Chase Freedom vs Discover It

All about maximizing your rewards!
Members share tips and tricks for getting the most miles, & points.
16 posts
Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 41
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:45 am
Location: NYC

Chase Freedom vs Discover It

Postby JackLane » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:45 pm

I already have a Chase Freedom, and was considering Discover It for no foreign transaction fee.

So does it make sense for me to get Discover It card as well? I don't travel internationally a lot, but when I travel, the fees really add up.

I assume, cashback wise, it should be same for both, right?

Thanks in advance.
Chase Freedom 04/2012. $6500 | Costco AmEx 10/2012 $8100 | AmEx BlueCash 06/2015, $15000 |Discover It 07/2015, $5200 |Amazon Store Prime 01/2016 $2200
Local Credit Union secured card, 12/2009 - Closed 02/2015
Tu-764, Ex-764

Centurion Member
Centurion Member
Posts: 229
Joined: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:59 pm
Location: Houston, TX

Postby dickey1331 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:20 pm

I have both. Sometimes the 5% is different, sometimes it's not but I certainly dont regret any of them.
Platinum Delta Skymiles $12,900
Marriott Rewards Premier $12,000
Discover IT $12,000
USAA Cash Rewards $11,000
American Express Blue Cash Preferred $10,000
Chase Sapphire Preferred $6,500
Best Buy $6,000
Chase Freedom $4,500
Zales $4,000
Amazon Prime $4,000

User avatar
Centurion Member
Centurion Member
Posts: 3624
Joined: Thu May 08, 2014 7:42 pm
Location: United States

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:52 pm

For domestic purchases, I find both useful.

Discover has no FTF, but there will be some places that won't take it.

If you travel a lot internationally and want to avoid annual fees and FTFs, I'd look at an Arrival.
Wallet: Prestige CSP SchwabPlat Freedom It Hyatt SallieMae AAPlat
SD: Arrival BrooksBros BCE ED IHG
Letting new accounts cool off since May
Really not sure what I'll add next or when

User avatar
Centurion Member
Centurion Member
Posts: 639
Joined: Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:45 pm
Location: Grand Forks, ND

Postby otter » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:17 pm

Do I get the Chase Freedom or the Discover It? Should I drink the Jägermeister or the Red Bull? How 'bout both!

It used to be that the Freedom and It had overlapping 5% cats half the year(and almost always gas in the summer), but it seems like they are diverging in their quarterly cats as the years go by. Yes, Discover is FTF free, but depending on where you go... the Discover could be useless. I go to Canada rather frequently and Discover acceptance is very spotty there.
In my Wallet:
  • Amex PRG NPSL[3-14, bd 91]
  • Sallie Mae MC $8000[1-14]
  • Chase Freedom $4700[1-14]
  • Discover It $2750[8-13]
  • BoA UCF Alumni Cash Rewards $5000 [3-15]
Sometimes in my Wallet:
  • GM BuyPower WEMC $5000[9-14]
  • Wells Fargo Propel 365 Amex $7000[4-14]
  • Barclaycard Arrival WEMC $7000[3-14]
  • BoA Better Balance $3000[2-15]
In my sockdrawer: Amex BCE $1000[10-13, bd 91], OCCU Duck $10000 [11-13], The Sportsman's Guide Visa $8000[8-14], Chase Slate $4000 [9-14]Delta Gold Amex $2000 [2-15 bd 91], Diners Club MC $20000 [10-14] Commerce Bank Visa $2000 [3-15] Citi Double Cash $1000 [3-15]
Total CL: $90450

Centurion Member
Centurion Member
Posts: 1733
Joined: Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:12 pm
Location: US

Postby takeshi » Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:49 am

JackLane wrote:So does it make sense for me to get Discover It card as well?

Your call to make. Some both find useful. Some find one of them to be redundant. I find both useful but YMMV.

If no FTF is your primary reason you might want to look into acceptance where you intend to travel.

Centurion Member
Centurion Member
Posts: 996
Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:35 pm
Location: Claymont, DE

Postby kdm31091 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:14 am

I agree -- if FTF is the consideration, be careful; Discover won't be accepted everywhere anyway.

For domestic purchases, I personally find having both redundant. The categories are basically the same during the year. No they don't typically overlap much anymore, but they tend to be extremely similar, and the rewards the same (other than if you have a CSP and are leveraging your Freedom points that way). But for a pure cash back perspective I prefer the Discover; to me the categories are more broad -- typically "home improvement stores" vs just Lowe's etc. Less restrictive

Centurion Member
Centurion Member
Posts: 241
Joined: Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:02 am
Location: TPC Stonebrae

Postby luvbullmarkets » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:32 pm

Chase Freedom might have a slight edge since the cash back can be converted to UR points.
Amex EveryDay, Amex BCE , Barclaycard Arrival+ WEMC, CSP Visa Signature, Discover it, Wells Fargo Propel 365 Amex

"Attack this day with a level of enthusiasm unknown to mankind." - Jack Harbaugh

Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:01 pm
Location: USA

Postby cardcustomerservice » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:34 am

I applied for a Chase Freedom and a Discover IT nearly the same time (I believe the Discover first) and was declined for the Discover, and approved for the Freedom. Just a tid bit of information to ponder.
Customer Service Rep for a card company

Chase Slate - $8000
Chase Freedom - $5000
Hyatt Rewards (Chase) - $2000
Citi Double Cash - $1000
UPromise Mastercard (Barclay) - $1400
Best Buy Credit Card (Citi)- $1000
Kohls Credit Card (CapOne) -$500
Target RedCard (TD Bank) -$1200
Walmart Credit Card (Synchrony) - $1000
Home Design Card (Synchrony) -$2000

User avatar
Centurion Member
Centurion Member
Posts: 1141
Joined: Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:55 am
Location: US

Postby Vattené » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:18 pm

Others mentioned acceptance, just make sure you look into it before you go somewhere. It is a great perk but if the no FTFs is the primary reason, other options may be better.

That said, I am very pleased with my Discover and the broader categories tipped my decision to them when I was looking at the it and Freedom ("home improvement stores" and "online shopping" vs. Lowe's and Amazon). The free FICO score is a great feature if you aren't already getting it somewhere else. Personally, I've been able to make good use of Discover Deals but that will vary from person to person. Finally, you can redeem cash back for any amount with Discover, if that matters to you.
EX - 804 (9/16) | TU - 803 (10/16)
Primary Cards:
American Express EveryDay - $20,000 (10/14)
Discover it - $23,000 (2/14)
AU on Barclay Sallie Mae - $10,000 (8/15)
plus several store accounts of varying usefulness now

Platinum Member
Platinum Member
Posts: 70
Joined: Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:04 pm
Location: CO

Postby DONx3 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:23 pm

I'd get both.
Amex Blue Cash Everyday 07/01
Amex Starwood Preferred Guest 03/16, BD 01
BOA Cash Rewards Visa Sig 06/07
Chase Freedom Visa Sig 12/13
Chase Ink Plus Visa Sig 05/16
Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Sig 07/13
Discover It 01/14
IHG Rewards Club World MC 12/14
Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa Sig 08/16

Return to “Rewards”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests