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New 3% Cash Back Offer on Chase Freedom Unlimited

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Chase has launched a valuable new offer on one of its most popular rewards cards, the Chase Freedom Unlimited®.

Instead of an upfront cash bonus, the card now offers an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back. That's 6.5% on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 4.5% on dining and drugstores, and 3% on all other purchases.

When you account for the card's normal earning rate of 1.5% on purchases, that translates to a minimum 3% return on spending during the first year for new cardmembers. After you reach the $20K spending threshold, the earning rate reverts to the standard 1.5% cash back on every dollar spent.

Chase Freedom Unlimited®
Chase Freedom Unlimited®
Annual Fee$0
Welcome Bonus Earn an extra 1.5% on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back. That's 6.5% on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 4.5% on dining and drugstores, and 3% on all other purchases.
The everyday workhorse of the Ultimate Rewards family of cards earns 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day of the week. While the Freedom Unlimited earns cash back on its own, the points earned become even more valuable when you hold an Ultimate Rewards card with the ability to transfer points to partners.
  • INTRO OFFER: Earn an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back!
  • Enjoy 6.5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, our premier rewards program that lets you redeem rewards for cash back, travel, gift cards and more; 4.5% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and 3% on all other purchases (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year).
  • After your first year or $20,000 spent, enjoy 5% cash back on Chase travel purchased through Ultimate Rewards®, 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and unlimited 1.5% cash back on all other purchases.
  • No minimum to redeem for cash back. You can choose to receive a statement credit or direct deposit into most U.S. checking and savings accounts. Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open!
  • Enjoy 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 20.49% - 29.24%.
  • No annual fee - You won't have to pay an annual fee for all the great features that come with your Freedom Unlimited® card
  • Keep tabs on your credit health, Chase Credit Journey helps you monitor your credit with free access to your latest score, real-time alerts, and more.
  • Member FDIC
  • Earn 5% on travel purchased through Chase
  • Earn 3% on dining at restaurants
  • Earn 3% on drugstore purchases
  • Earn 1.5% on all purchases

If you value simplicity, Freedom Unlimited is an ideal choice because it gives you a great return on every purchase—without having to worry about whether you're using the best card for gas, groceries, dining, etc.

However, the Freedom Unlimited works best as a companion to one of the premium Ultimate Rewards cards:

If you don’t have one of the above cards already, the points earned with the Freedom Unlimited are worth less when you redeem for travel, and they can't be transferred to Ultimate Rewards partners. (More on that below.)

In short, if you're open to the idea of having two Ultimate Rewards cards in the long term, we recommend applying for the Sapphire Preferred—which currently features a welcome bonus of 60,000 points—before getting the Freedom Unlimited.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
Our #1 recommended beginners rewards card featuring a 60,000-point signup bonus after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. This card comes with great benefits and earns valuable Ultimate Rewards points.
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining, and 2x on all other travel purchases, and $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024.
  • Member FDIC
  • 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2025
  • 5X points on travel purchased through Chase
  • 3X points on dining at restaurants worldwide
  • 3X points on eligible streaming services
  • 3X points on online grocery purchases (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs)
  • 2X points on all other travel
  • 1X point per dollar spent on all other purchases

Here’s how the numbers stack up:

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • 60,000 points after $4,000 spend
  • $95 annual fee
  • Points worth 1.25¢ each through the Chase Travel Portal and you can transfer them to airline and hotel partners for potentially much higher redemption values

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

  • 60,000 points after $20,000 spend
  • $0 annual fee
  • Points worth 1¢ each as cash back or through the Chase Travel Portal

That is not to say that you shouldn’t get the Freedom Unlimited. Long-term, we see the Freedom Unlimited as one of the most valuable cards you can hold for non-bonus spending when integrated into an Ultimate Rewards earning combo of cards. And if you already hold a premium Ultimate Rewards earning card, this offer will allow you to earn 3X points on all purchases in the first year up to $20K spend, and then 1.5X points after that. Ongoing, you're earning 50% more points for every dollar that doesn’t hit a category bonus than if you don’t hold this card. The card works even better when paired with its no annual fee companion card, the Chase Freedom Flex℠, which features a complimentary earning structure.

As a standalone rewards card, the Freedom Unlimited earns points that can be redeemed for 1 cent each as cash back or travel. However, if you pair it with the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Preferred, those points are worth 1.25-1.50¢ per point when used for travel. You can also gain the ability to transfer them to Chase’s stellar list of airline and hotel partners, including high-value programs like United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Singapore KrisFlyer and World of Hyatt.

Freedom Unlimited Application Strategy

Our take on the new Freedom Unlimited offer:

  • If you don’t currently hold a premium Ultimate Rewards card that allows you to transfer points to travel partners, and you are under 5/24 – get the Sapphire Preferred first (or the Sapphire Reserve if you can max out the additional travel perks).
  • The 60,000 bonus requires just $4,000 spend as opposed to the $20K needed to earn fewer points on the Freedom Unlimited. Plus, you must have a premium Ultimate Rewards earning card to transfer points to partners.
  • If you currently hold a premium Ultimate Rewards earning card, or, for whatever reason, you don’t think you can hit the $4,000 minimum spend in 90 days on the Sapphire Preferred, applying for the Freedom Unlimited can provide a ton of value.
  • Earning 3x Ultimate Rewards points on non-bonus spending is a fantastic return by anyone's standards, and for folks that can hit the $20K spend over the first year, this offer is an opportunity to capitalize on household expenses that don’t fall within traditional bonus categories.

Keep in mind both the Freedom Unlimited and Sapphire Preferred are subject to Chase’s 5/24 policy, so if you’ve opened 5 or more new credit cards in the previous 24 months, there is almost no chance you’ll qualify for either of these cards.

Final Thoughts

The new offer on the Chase Freedom Unlimited® could land you a significant balance of Ultimate Rewards points over the first 12 months. And, looking long-term, it's a card you want in your Ultimate Rewards stable of cards, as you receive 50% more points on non-bonus spending than any other consumer UR earning card. But, if you don’t hold a Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, or Ink Preferred, you are almost guaranteed a better return by applying for one of those cards first so you can unlock the heavy-weight features that make Ultimate Rewards so valuable; the ability to transfer points to partners, and higher fixed-value redemption options through the Chase Travel Portal.

Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Offer New Cardmember Offer! Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $8,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
The most valuable Ultimate Rewards signup bonus on offer and our top pick for small business rewards cards. Business owners earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $8,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, earn up to 450,000 points per year on a wide range of 3X bonus categories.
  • Earn 100k bonus points after you spend $8,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 cash back or $1,250 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Earn 3 points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent on travel and select business categories each account anniversary year. Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
  • Round-the-clock monitoring for unusual credit card purchases
  • With Zero Liability you won't be held responsible for unauthorized charges made with your card or account information.
  • Redeem points for cash back, gift cards, travel and more - your points don't expire as long as your account is open
  • Points are worth 25% more when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Purchase Protection covers your new purchases for 120 days against damage or theft up to $10,000 per claim and $50,000 per account.
  • Member FDIC
  • 3X points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases on travel, shipping purchases, Internet, cable and phone services, advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines each account anniversary year
  • 1X point per $1 on all other purchases
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  • With Citi slashing so many benefits on its Double Cash card, and making its 2% seem less of an advantage, I can see how Chase is playing its 3% card-for-a-year game right 🙂

  • Salina Chen says:

    I wish I didn’t already have the freedom card.

  • I have a card that was 3% CASH back (not points) for a year, now it’s 2.5% CASH back forever. Alliant Credit Union. Good savings rates too

  • Stacy Liu says:

    Ah, great way to also double down on Chase’s freedom cards. The other Chase freedom (no annual fee, and 5% cash back bonus categories) you can definitely use both cards with one another for spending.

  • Chase has the credit cards on lock down. Almost can’t go wrong with so many of the cards. 5/24 always a thought

  • Sigh. I already have this card — wish I could get a new one to get the 3%!!!! =(

  • Stacy Liu says:

    Love this option, I’m going to jump on the band wagon for this ! Does anyone have both this card and Capital One Venture?

  • I’m in need of a Chase card so this is very helpful. I appreciate AwardWallet giving us strategies to help plan which Chase card to get first. Thanks!

    • This is the workhorse card. Pair it with a Chase Freedom and a Sapphire (I prefer Reserve) and you’ll set yourself up very well.

  • Nice nice offer. I’m in on this one.

  • One of the best offers. Wish this offer will run through the end of this year till I get out of my 5/24 rule…

  • Is this offer better than the Sapphire bonus of 60,000 points?

    • Not at all. This will be 60,000 points for spending $20,000. Sapphire would be minimum 80,000 points for $20,000 if none of the purchases were dining or travel.

  • I am under the 5/24 “rule” and currently have a freedom unlimited card which I downgraded to so I never received the signup bonus for this card. Could I apply for another freedom unlimited card to take advantage of this 3% bonus or do I need to cancel my current freedom unlimited card first before applying? If the latter, how long do I have to wait after closing before applying? Any help would be much appreciated!

    • I know you can downgrade from a Sapphire and have several Freedom cards. I think you can apply for more than one but I’m not 100% sure.

  • This will benefit my wife and I more than the previous bonus did. In non-bonus categories, we spend about $1,200/month which we’re currently getting 1.5 pts for. We won’t max out the $20k but if we can piggyback a new card for me and then her after my 12 months is up, we’ll come out pretty far ahead.

  • Wish I could apply. Darn that 5/24 rule!!!

  • That’s a large break even point over the standard $150 bonus. My plan though is to downgrade my CSR soon and then reapply for a new CSR. I’m not a churned and I think I’d rather have solid card history than continually opening and closing cards.

  • Sweet offer. Guess they are trying to outdo Discover who doubles the first year’s cashback.

  • Thomas Ramm says:

    Not sure I get the appeal. Instead of getting your points upfront via a bonus you have to spend $20K. You could spread that across 4 other cards that have signup bonuses for a $5K initial spend. 3% indefinitely would be another story all together.

  • Patrick B. says:

    This looks like a card with a very impressive and competitive set of features and bonuses! 😉

  • Chase has once again proven the value of not signing up for many new card bonus offers at a time. By waiting (& always keeping open a 5/24 slot), a household could have taken advantage of the 100k Chase Reserve offer; the 100k Chase Ink Preferred offer; the unltd first yr Chase Freedom Unltd last year; the Ritz Carlton offer last year with Marriott Plat status for a year & 2 free nights at Marriott’s very best hotels; WOH card with 60k WOH points bonus offer.

    I’m not sure when the folks who “chase” any, & all, other card offers will finally learn to tamper their activities, but Chase has made it clear they will only reward those who do. And they do so with the absolute best transferrable points program along with plenty of seed points to get started.

  • 3% straight cash is great. Everyone loves miles but sometimes cash works out to be the best!

  • Patrick B. says:

    Ive seen a few people writing about the “5/24 rule”, would someone be able to explain what that is for those of us who aren’t aware? it sounds like it could be very important and useful information for people who might be considering applying for a rewards card

  • Thanks for posting. I will plan to get this card in April as I need to replenish my UR points.

  • I’m going to need a lot more cash back to go to Rio ?

  • I have Chase Ink Business Preferred. Does it work for this card also

    • Hey Ron, you should be able to combine points earned on the Freedom Unlimited card with your Ink Business Preferred. Having the business card means you can transfer points earned with the Freedom Unlimited to Chase’s excellent partner programs.

  • Interesting approach by Chase – might work well for some, but would rather get the same return after only $3K-$5K spend with an upfront bonus. Hope this isn’t the trend now unless the offers get a bit more lucrative.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    3% cash back on all purchases for the first year, up to $20,000. That’s a deal.

    • But after the first year it goes down to 1.5%. In that case Citicard 2% cash back makes more sense.

      • Unless you also have CSR. Then through the portal you get a 50% bonus so these points are effectively 2.25% cashback as a floor. You could transfer to partners and get even better value.

  • The card comb strategy combination is very much appreciated.

  • Great offer! That 3% can make a difference.

  • good offer…too bad for those that already have the card

  • The 3% can definitely be worth it these days, even if you can get — on paper — more value elsewhere. Not the best signup bonus though.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    My wife said we will use this card to take advantage of the 3 per cent. Works for me!

  • Is chase a partner with the american airlines too?

  • Great information to have. I may just give it a try.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    That 3 percent can really add up. Patience is rewarded.

  • Sounds like a great opportunity to earn points! The 3% is great!

  • This card is not worth applying in my opinion. If you are under the 5/24 rule, there are lots of other Chase cards that have a signup bonus more valuable than $600 with much less work (just meeting a minimum spend).

  • A different approach to marketing. Interesting option.

  • I like the idea of differently structured welcome offers across cards, so this is a nice addition to the mix. And, I’m sure Chase likes the idea to test how a different bonus affects consumer behavior.

  • Very clever on Chase’s part. The average customer will not spend $20,000 on this card in a year, especially if they hold other 5%/5X earning cards, such as the Chase Freedom, Discover It, US Bank Cash+, etc.

  • I’m confused, is this 3X on all purchases or just certain categories?

  • Thanks! I need a new Chase card.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    I have received significant cash back over the years. It seems to arrive a good time.

  • I’ve read the post and looked at the site for the CFU. Maybe it’s the early time but I don’t understand if this is a sign up thing or if I already have the FU that I get it? I like to max points with Chase and Amex. This could make my Chase much more valuable.

  • Freedom unlimited is 1.5% on everything. 1.5cent back for every dollar spent. But like author mentioned if you have sapphire reserve those points count as 1.5X travel money. Meaning if you have both cards and you are willing to use the points for travel through sapphire reserve then you get 2.25cent travel money for every dollar you spend with freedom unlimited. It adds up and it is awesome! We just recently booked $2200 worth of a resort and it cost us 145,000 points. There is not other better rewards deal out there!

  • Thanks! We may take advantage of this one.

  • Bill from Maine says:

    I never tried a cash back card. With Chase’s 5/24 rule I guess I never will, at least with them. Even though the spending to earn the bonus is high, the end result is a nice stash of UR points or cash.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    These are the type of programs that can really add up.

  • Just not a fan of these types of offers

  • I wish I was under 5/24 so I could get Chase cards.

  • Ron, is that because Chase rep can only tell you Chase’ card history , while 5/24 checks your entire credit history? Wondering what is the easiest way to check 5/24 before submitting an application.

  • what is the easiest way to find out whether I am still under 5/24?

  • Wow crazy…I wish this offer was available a few years ago when I got my freedom unlimited card.

  • B1BomberVB says:

    Let me paraphrase Jess’s most important point for Matt. The 60K points will still be 60K points, they don’t decrease. By also having one of the “Premium” Cards to transfer points to from the Freedom, the money value of those points increases to ~1.7c, or $1020, when used intelligently.

  • Is it worth it more then a sign up bonus thou if your under 5/24?

    • It depends. I have the CSR so getting 1.5 points as the floor everyday spend can then transfer to CSR for 50% bonus through the portal which comes out to 2.25% cashback. This 3% promotion for a year would transfer for an effective rate of 4.5%. The Chase ecosystem is incredibly valuable.
      I’d say if you’re under 5/24, it’d be worth trying to complete the trifecta of Freedom, Freedom Unlimited, and a Sapphire (I prefer the Reserve by far).

    • This is the base card of the Chase trifecta. You definitely want it in your reportoir as it’ll be the workhorse of all non-category, non-churning spend.

  • I think that they should make the 3% cash back permanent, instead of only the first year.

    • Totally agree. That’s why I’m not jumping in on this. not worth it for a year when I can easily get 2% back forever on CitiCashBack.

  • My wife and I have both been denied Chase cards because of 5/24!

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    The cash back is always a welcome surprise to me.

  • Damn you, 5/24! ?

  • Great option for those who don’t already have the regular Freedom card.

  • Nice bump on a fantastic all-around card. One of my favs!

  • This is a great bonus for every day spend, thanks for letting me know!

  • I already have this card so I can’t take advantage of the offer. However, for the right person, this would be great. I remember them offering this three points per dollar for the first year bonus a while back for a very short time. At that time, there wasn’t the upper limit of earnings at 3%. I think they realized that could cause trouble and this is why there’s the upper limit on earnings this time.

  • En Masaki says:

    —My wife has the Chase Sapphire Pref, the Ink Biz, & is 4/24 (I have the Chase Reserve); if she calls in to downgrade her CSP to the Freedom Unl, will she get the bonus points?
    —Better to have her just apply for the CFL? (She got the CSP & Ink in 2018).
    —I do most of the charging; can I somehow transfer her UR pts to my account?

  • says:

    This 5/24 thing with Chase is amazing. I called Chase and ran through my card history and I was clearly below the 5/24, but still no dice. The rep wouldn’t even admit to the 5/24 rule. There must be some sort of additional cooling off period, so I am going to have to lie low for a bit.

    • It’s incredible they don’t even admit to 5/24!

      • I’m not sure that’s a publicized rule that their reps would know about. It’s a rule that’s so out in the open that you’d think the reps wouldn’t be told to avoid disclosing it.

  • Matt Ward says:

    It’s Friday and I’m tired but I think I am missing something here. On another page on your site you value Chase Ultimate Rewards points at being worth 1.7 cents per point. So, $600 cash back is worth only 35,294 Ultimate Rewards points, right? – Matt.

    • If you only hold the Freedom Unlimited, the points earned on this card are worth 1 cent per point as cash back or towards travel in the Chase Travel Portal, so 60.000 points = $600. While the card is marketed as earning 1.5% cash back, in reality, it earns points which you can combine with Ultimate Rewards points earned on other cards. This is where it can get a little confusing. If you also hold the Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, or Ink Preferred, you can transfer points to travel partners like Hyatt, Southwest, and United, and get a much higher cent per point value when redeeming those points for business and first-class travel. If you also hold a premium UR earning card, we value UR points at ~1.7¢ each, if you only hold the Freedom Unlimited points are worth a flat 1¢ each. Clear as mud?

      • I just recently got the Freedom Unlimited, but also have the regular Freedom and Chase Sapphire Reserve cards. Was I wrong to think that I would be getting 1.5 UR points per dollar with the Freedom Unlimited? If so, boo. Is it more worthwhile to take the cash back rather than combine it with the UR points on my other cards? Thanks!

        • Not wrong at all, the Freedom Unlimited earns 1.5 points on every purchase and you can combine those points to your Sapphire Reserve for better redemption value and transfer to partners.

          • Exactly. 1.5 points/dollar here where you can then transfer to your Reserve and redeem through the travel portal at a 50% bonus so now you actually got 2.25 cents per dollar spent on you FU card. Freedom then translates to 7.5 cop on quarterly spending and travel/dining g at 4.5 cpp. That’s a great return right there as a cashback system on a travel card.

            You can transfer to partners for better face value (but is a first class flight really worth 100,000 points…. not to me) but as an across the board 2.25% cashback with bonus categories of 4.5% and 7.5%, you can’t beat that for a $150 annual fee.

  • Since there’s no bonus for applying for the 3% CFU, if you already got the bonus from CFU within 24 months, can you still get the 3% bonus (if that makes sense)?

  • I plan to apply for Sapphire Preferred or Reserve in the next 12 months and will not be subject to 5/24. If I got the Unlimited now, and have Freedom already, would I be able to move all UR points that I have accumulated between now and then over to the premium card once I get that?

    Thank you!

    PS – I found you guys after listening to Richard’s new podcast.

    • Awesome, always nice to meet a new reader! And, yes, when you get a premium UR earning card you will then be able to transfer all the points from the two Freedom cards to the CSP/CSR and transfer them to partners.

    • Alternatively, you could get the Ink Preferred to make your points available for partner transfers.

  • Very nice! I like simple ways to save