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Chase Freedom changes...

Postby jeffysdad » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:38 pm

I knew this was going to happen eventually but still I'm disappointed. Letter from Chase today says without a doubt that 3% back in top three categories is over and all I'll get is the 5% back in rotating categories subject to cap and 1% on everything else, plus 10% more rewards as bonus for being a checking customer. No more $50 bonus for cashing in $200 worth of rewards. This is a much less attractive deal in my opinion.
American Express: Blue Cash Preferred (groceries, 6%; gas, department store, 3%); Gold Delta SkyMiles (Delta Air Lines, 2 miles/dollar, free checked bag).
US Bank: Cash+ (utilities, phone, internet, restaurant, 5%; drugstores, 2%).
FIA Card Services: Fidelity Amex (everything, 2%); Fidelity Visa (everything, 1.5%).
Chase: Freedom (rotating, 5%); Amazon (, 3%); PriorityClub (IHG hotels, 5 points/dollar); Sapphire (not in use).

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Postby fffresh » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:16 pm

That card has had the 5% rotating categories program for quite some time. Why is Chase only getting around to changing the older accounts now?

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:32 pm

I thought you might have a chance of keeping the 3% in top 3 categories since there was no word of Chase changing it up until now. That is really too bad. The 25% bonus (+$50 on $200) wasn't offered on my Cash Plus card. Did that only apply to the 3/3 Freedom program?

I liked the consistency of the 3/3 version where you would know your rewards would be more or less the same all year long. With the quarterly program I find myself juggling cards when the categories switch. Still worthwhile but takes more work.

Make sure you pay attention the the $1,500 quarter cap on the 5% categories on the current version of the program.
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Postby Cucumber » Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:13 pm

For the 5% version was it true there was no cap on the 5% earned in rotating categories until this summer?
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Postby infomaniac » Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:47 pm

Cucumber wrote:For the 5% version was it true there was no cap on the 5% earned in rotating categories until this summer?

That is correct. A pity it is capped now.

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