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You can now activate the Chase Freedom® bonus categories for the third quarter of this year. The bonus categories for the upcoming quarter are restaurants and wholesale clubs, including Costco, BJ's, Texas Jasmine and Sam's Club. Once you have activated the bonus categories, you will be able to earn 5% cash back per dollar on the first $1,500 spent with those merchants from July 1, 2016, through September 30, 2016. That is an easy 7,500 (1,500 * 5x) Ultimate Rewards if you can maximize spending on the upcoming quarter’s bonus categories.
We have known for a while that restaurants would be one of the bonus categories for the next quarter while Chase recently announced that wholesale clubs will remain one of the bonus categories for the rest of the year mainly as a result of the fact that Costco is now exclusively accepting Visa cards.
This quarter is always one of my favorite bonus category quarters of the year as neither my wife or I cook, so it is easy for us to maximize the bonus points earnings just on restaurants alone. Adding wholesale clubs makes it even simpler for us to do.
Activation for the third quarter bonus categories will be open until September 14, 2016. There is no reason to wait to activate your bonus categories; however, points earned for bonus categories will be awarded retroactively as long as you have activated the bonus categories on or before the deadline.
For reference, the bonus categories for the first quarter of this year were gas stations and local commuter transportation, while the bonus categories for the second quarter of this year are grocery stores and wholesale clubs. Wholesale clubs will remain a 5x bonus category for the fourth quarter; however, additional bonus categories have yet to be announced for the final quarter of 2016.
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