Curtis Arnold Editor-in-chief
Chase has spent plenty of advertising dollars positioning the benefits of its various rewards credit cards with different types of consumers. While the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card resonates with jet-setters who love luxury experiences, Chase Freedom®'s brand aligns with frugal Americans who love to uncover extra cash in their daily activities. That's why Chase's current credit card deal makes their cash back card an even better value. Along with the opportunity to earn a $100 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening, new cardholders can also earn a $25 Bonus after you add your first authorized user and make a purchase within this same 3-month period. In addition new cardholders are offered 15 months at 0 percent introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers. After the introductory period, a variable APR of 13.99%-22.99%. There is a balance transfer fee of $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Chase Freedom® blends features from the best cash back credit cards
Chase Freedom® borrows two concepts from some of the country's best cash back cards. Everyday purchases earn unlimited 1 percent cash back for every dollar spent on purchases, adding up to the same base rebate as popular cards from Capital One and American Express, a CardRatings.com advertiser. 100 reward points add up to a dollar rebate, and Chase's signup deal kicks off your account with 10,000 bonus points after you spend $500 on eligible purchases in your first three months from account opening.
Like Discover, Chase also enables cardholders to sign up for quarterly bonus offers. Those opt-in deals offer 5 percent total cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in rotating feature categories each quarter. In addition, the 2015 calendar includes promotions involving specific merchants such as Amazon.com. It's worth your time to set up calendar reminders for yourself about the sign-up periods, especially when promotions include bonus rewards at gas stations and restaurants.
Trading higher rebates for no annual fee
On paper, other cash back cards offer slightly bigger rebates than Chase Freedom®. However, those cards often come with annual fees in the high double digits, and it's no fun to see your rebate evaporate at renewal time. With no annual fee, Chase seems willing to bank on your long term loyalty.
Converting cash rebates into Chase Ultimate Rewards
Chase Freedom® and Chase Sapphire Preferred credit cards appeal to different kinds of consumers, but they both run on the same engine: Chase Ultimate Rewards. If you'd occasionally like to indulge in some exclusive experiences or pick up some deeply discounted gift cards, Chase's website gives you that option. Of course, you can still request a check or a statement credit for your rebate after you hit a $20 threshold.