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Chase Freedom Quarterly Bonus: 5% Cash Back at Department Stores

Registration for the Chase Freedom quarterly bonus category is now open. Cardholders who register get 5% cash back/5 points per $1 spent at Amazon, Zappos, and select department stores between October 1 – December 31. The bonus is paid out on the first $1,500 spent during the quarter, which is still quite generous considering it falls right in the middle of the holiday shopping season. 

Chase Freedom Quarterly Bonus Calendar

Chase Freedom Quarterly Bonus Calendar

Most of us do a lot of shopping with these merchants during a regular quarter, so these categories are useful regardless of timing. However, considering Americans spend an average of $1,000 on holiday gifts each year, this presents a great opportunity to earn the full 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points/$75 cash back with the Chase Freedom card this quarter.

If you’re wondering what “select department stores” refers to, Chase has listed the following as qualifying for the 5% quarterly bonus:

  • Baskins
  • Bealls
  • Beiter’s
  • Belk
  • The Big Store
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Bon-Ton, including
  • Bergner’s
  • Boston Store
  • Carson’s
  • Elder-Beerman
  • Herbergers   
  • Parisian
  • Younkers
  • Boscov’s
  • Bradley’s
  • Burke’s
  • Cayman’s
  • Cee & Cee Department Store
  • Charles
  • Christensen’s
  • Conway
  • Cook Brothers
  • Dillard’s
  • Flemington Department Store
  • Getz’s
  • Hudson’s
  • JC’s 5 Star
  • Jeffery
  • Joe Brand
  • Loehmann’s
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Magic Mart
  • Max & Jill
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Rains
  • RH Renny
  • Saks Fifth Ave and Off 5th
  • Sam Moon
  • Stanley Korshak
  • Uhan’s Department Store
  • Uniway
  • Von Maur
  • Weaver Store 

This is a pretty vast list, though personally I haven’t heard of about half of these department stores. In addition, the following stores may also qualify for 5% cash back/5 points per $1:

  • JC Penney
  • Kohl’s
  • Macy’s
  • Nordstrom
  • Sears

Hopefully you can leverage this quarter’s 5% bonus along with coupons and promotions to get the most out of your holiday shopping. If you plan on shopping with some of these merchants online, you can often get a 10% discount for signing up to receive offers via email. This comes in handy later, when the store inevitably sends out special offers and coupon codes for additional purchases. Stacked with an online shopping portal, you can easily knock 20% off your holiday shopping this season.

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Ariana Arghandewal

4 Comments

    • I would think not, but it’s worth a try. If nothing else, you end up with 1,000 Ultimate Rewards/1% cash back.

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