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Chase Freedom Flex top spend category

NRB525
Super Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category


@NRB525 wrote:

Well, it will make it easier to round out the $1,500 spend.

Right now I would get gas at 9%, as I doubt any other category would fit as PayPal also.

This does need to be weighed vs Custom Cash, as yes, the categories compete.

 

An interesting problem to sort out Smiley Happy 


After searching in vain for the added bonus on my standard Freedom card, read closer to see it is only Freedom Flex. I've been contemplating the $12k groceries spend bonus, and this stack of earning methods pushed me over the line to apply for Freedom Flex. 

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SouthJamaica
Super Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category


@BRIVERS73 wrote:

Chase is now giving 5% cash back to a top spend category for this quarter in addition to the rotating categories 

https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/chase-freedom-flex-top-spending-category-bonus-earn...

 

 

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/chase-freedom-earn-5-on-your-top-category-or-9-on-paypal-up-to-1500-i...


As I see it, this is just a temporary 'Christmas' bonus for the last quarter of this year. So it doesn't really compete with Citi Custom Cash, which offers the limited 'top spend' feature permanently.


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Yankee2
Regular Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category


@SouthJamaica wrote:

@BRIVERS73 wrote:

Chase is now giving 5% cash back to a top spend category for this quarter in addition to the rotating categories 

https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/chase-freedom-flex-top-spending-category-bonus-earn...

 

 

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/chase-freedom-earn-5-on-your-top-category-or-9-on-paypal-up-to-1500-i...


As I see it, this is just a temporary 'Christmas' bonus for the last quarter of this year. So it doesn't really compete with Citi Custom Cash, which offers the limited 'top spend' feature permanently.


What I'm hoping is this won't be a temporary thing and they will offer it again or permanently. 

 

We might be seeing the beginning of the 2nd generation 5% cards.  I think most people would prefer the Custom Cash model and that will drive others to do the same.

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kilroy8
Super Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category


@Yankee2 wrote:

@SouthJamaica wrote:

@BRIVERS73 wrote:

Chase is now giving 5% cash back to a top spend category for this quarter in addition to the rotating categories 

https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/chase-freedom-flex-top-spending-category-bonus-earn...

 

 

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/chase-freedom-earn-5-on-your-top-category-or-9-on-paypal-up-to-1500-i...


As I see it, this is just a temporary 'Christmas' bonus for the last quarter of this year. So it doesn't really compete with Citi Custom Cash, which offers the limited 'top spend' feature permanently.


What I'm hoping is this won't be a temporary thing and they will offer it again or permanently. 

 

We might be seeing the beginning of the 2nd generation 5% cards.  I think most people would prefer the Custom Cash model and that will drive others to do the same.


As long as whatever they do is sustainable long term. (Looking at you Blispay, Uber, etc.)

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kilroy8
Super Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category

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Crowhelm
Frequent Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category


@kilroy8 wrote:

Just got the below email:

 

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Yup, it will be a sweet quarter. Love this card already. We also got a 10% offer for Best Buy up to $25 back. Guess our bonus category will be a new TV for the Theater Room. 100 bucks off is pretty good, lol


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plaidington
Frequent Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category


@SouthJamaica wrote:

As I see it, this is just a temporary 'Christmas' bonus for the last quarter of this year. So it doesn't really compete with Citi Custom Cash, which offers the limited 'top spend' feature permanently.

This quarter you have Paypal and Walmart, the top spend bonus can stack on top of that. So you can potentially earn 9% on Paypal or Walmart spend. Also since it changed to Flex you get 5% travel portal, 3% Dining and Drugstores. Even without the top spend bonus this is one of the best cards out there. I have not even considered the Citi card, they have a tendency to nerf their benefits (Double Cash for instance) and are not nearly as generous as Chase.

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longtimelurker
Mega Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category


@plaidington wrote:


This quarter you have Paypal and Walmart, the top spend bonus can stack on top of that. So you can potentially earn 9% on Paypal or Walmart spend. Also since it changed to Flex you get 5% travel portal, 3% Dining and Drugstores. Even without the top spend bonus this is one of the best cards out there. 


I think that is a little strong!  The card has low caps per quarter so even if you get 10% this quarter that's only $150, and not everyone is going to max out every quarter.   

 

The Citi card and this have slightly different implementations, which leads to one being better than the other for different use cases:  Citi is more flexible for those that might have different top categories each month, I can earn on $500 spend per month in that category.   However, if need to spend nearer $1500 in one go, the Chase card allows me to get the full bonus whereas the Citi card would only give me the reward for $500.   (At the other end of the spectrum, the Citi Dividend would allow a full $6000 charge, if you were lucky to have the spend in that quarter's category)

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quikj9
Frequent Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category

I agree with @plaidington in that the CFF is one of the best cards out there. More specifically, I think it's arguably the best no-AF categorized spend rewards card from a major bank.

 

If it didn't have FTFs, I'd crown it. 




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arunkumarmm
Regular Contributor

Re: Chase Freedom Flex top spend category


@plaidington wrote:

@SouthJamaica wrote:

As I see it, this is just a temporary 'Christmas' bonus for the last quarter of this year. So it doesn't really compete with Citi Custom Cash, which offers the limited 'top spend' feature permanently.

This quarter you have Paypal and Walmart, the top spend bonus can stack on top of that. So you can potentially earn 9% on Paypal or Walmart spend. Also since it changed to Flex you get 5% travel portal, 3% Dining and Drugstores. Even without the top spend bonus this is one of the best cards out there. I have not even considered the Citi card, they have a tendency to nerf their benefits (Double Cash for instance) and are not nearly as generous as Chase.


I dont think you can maximize walmart. It will be 5% only. But say for example, you can maximize Gas, using paypal key on BPme app for 9%

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