Save on Back-to-School Purchases with Chase Freedom

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Last updated on February 20th, 2024

Parents, college students, and anyone looking to save this back-to-school season can save big with the Chase Freedom Flex. Cardmembers who activate the Q3 bonus categories can earn up to 5% back on gas, car rentals, movie theatres, and live entertainment – perfect for getting the most out of summer before it ends.

Activate Chase Freedom Q3 5% Back Categories to Save this Summer

With children heading back to school, parents everywhere are looking for any ways to save money they can find. But it’s not just parents looking to save this year, as college students hope to reduce costs as inflation soars.

Fortunately, eligible Chase Freedom family cardmembers can safely spenders navigate back to school with the rotating bonus categories of the Chase Freedom Flex and Chase Freedom (no longer accepting new applicants). Chase Freedom cardmembers who activate this quarter’s categories can earn up to 5% cash back on gas stations and select live entertainment purchases to enjoy the end of summer fun before school is back in session.

Limited-time Gas Promotion

New Chase Freedom Flex (and Freedom Unlimited) cardmembers can benefit even from limited-time-only gas rewards welcome bonus. New accounts receive a $200 sign-up bonus (after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening) plus 5% cashback for each $1 spent on purchases in gas stations made within the first year from opening an account or until customers reach $6,000 in gas station purchases, whichever occurs first.

About the Chase Freedom Flex

The Chase Freedom Flex earns up to 5% back on rotating categories each quarter after activation. These categories change every quarter and are capped at the first $1,500 spent per quarter. Bonus category purchases made after $1,500 in spending each quarter will earn a flat-rate 1% back.

Here is the Chase Freedom cash back calendar for 2022:

5% Cash Back Category
January - March 2023 Groceries (excluding larger stores like Target or Walmart) and eBay
April - June 2023 and select streaming services
July - September 2023 Gas stations, car rentals, movie theatres, and select live entertainment
October - December 2023 PayPal and Walmart

The card also earns cash back in the following everyday categories:

  • 5% back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • 3% back on dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery services
  • 3% back on drugstore purchases
  • 1% back on all other purchases

Freedom Flex cardmembers also receive World Elite Mastercard benefits, including cell phone protection and discounts with Lyft, Shoprunner, and more.

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