Chase Freedom announces Q2 5% bonus categories: GYM!!

The Chase Freedom is one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards out there.  The card offers 5% cashback on quarterly rotating categories, and if you have a premium Chase Ultimate Rewards card like the Chase Ink Preferred or the Chase Sapphire, you can transfer your Chase Freedom points over to the premium cards, which in turn can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to their travel loyalty program partners.  If you don't have already have the Freedom, Chase is offering their best ever $200 (20,000 Ultimate Rewards points) sign-up offer after spending just $500 in 3 months.


Chase has just announced their 2nd quarter 5% bonus cashback categories for their Freedom card: grocery stores, gym memberships, and fitness clubs.  Gyms are a first in the history of Chase Freedom 5% categories, and Q2 is all about the dieter and fitness enthusiast!  Grocery stores are where you pick your protein and veggies, allowing you to cook healthy, unprocessed meals at home.  And of course, the gym is the church of iron where you build and sustain your muscles and physique.  Diet and exercise will always go together, so the Chase Freedom absolutely nails it for Q2!

Now you can lift heavy knowing that you're also getting 5% cashback

Registration for the Q2 categories will open on March 15, 2020, and will apply to grocery store and gym purchases totaling up to $1,500 between April 1 and June 30, 2020.  I'm guessing you don't spend $500 monthly at the gym, even if you have memberships at both the overpriced Bay Club and Equinox, but you should easily be able to hit the $1,500 at grocery stores.  If you're not a healthy dieter and eat at McDonald's every day, then you can also easily max out by buying 3rd party gift cards such as Amazon at your local Safeway, Lucky's, or Whole Foods.

Make healthy meals from bok choy and organic ground pork found at your local supermarket for 5% cashback

As a reminder, the current Q1 5% categories for the Chase Freedom are gas stations, Internet, cable, and phone services, and streaming services.  Q1 ends on March 31, 2020, and the last day to register for Q1 purchases is tomorrow.  The nice thing about activation is that it'll apply to all previous purchases in the quarter, so definitely don't forget to activate for Q1 if you haven't already done so.


Quick thoughts

After an "uneventful" Q1, I am thrilled to see the Chase Freedom hit the mark on Q2 with grocery stores and gym memberships.  This is the perfect way for you to get ready for summer as you can lean up with your diet, weight lifting, and cardio.  If you don't already have the Chase Freedom, you can apply for the no annual fee card here, and also get 20k Ultimate Rewards bonus points while you're at it.


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