Chase Freedom Unlimited® Review (2020.9 Update: New Benefits Now Live & $200 + 5x On Grocery First Year Offer)

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Chase Freedom Unlimited® Review

2020.9 Update: New benefits are now live: Earn 5x UR points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, earn 3x UR points on dining (restaurants & delivery) and drugstore.

2020.7 Update: The new offer is $200 offer plus 5% cashback on grocery store on up to $12,000 spent in the first year.

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Benefits

  1. 20k+5x offer: earn 20,000 Ultimate Rewards (UR) points after spending $500 in 3 months from account opening. Plus, earn 5x UR points on grocery store on up to $12,000 spent in the first year.
  2. Earn 5x UR points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, earn 3x UR points on dining (restaurants & delivery) and drugstore.
  3. Earn 1.5x UR on all other purchases with no cap!
  4. Although this card is advertised as a cash back card, it actually earns Ultimate Rewards (UR) points. We estimate that UR points are worth about 1.6 cents/point, see below for a brief introduction. So the 20k sign-up bonus is worth about $320, and the 1.5x earning rate is worth about 2.4%!
  5. [Limited Time] Earn 5x UR points on Lyft, until 2022.03.31. Here is the official link for this promotion.
  6. [Limited Time] Free DashPass (Doordash membership) for 3 months, and 50% discount on Dashpass for 9 months. Activation required before 2021.12.31. Here is the official link for this promotion.
  7. Refer a friend: You can earn 10,000 bonus UR points for every approved account you refer, up to a maximum of 5 approved referrals (50,000 UR points) per calendar year.
  8. No annual fee.

Disadvantages

  1. It has foreign transaction fee, so it's not a good choice outside the US.

Introduction to UR Points

Recommended Application Time

  1. [5/24 Rule] If you have 5 or more new accounts opened in the past 24 months, Chase will not approve your application on this card, no matter how high your credit score is. The number of new accounts includes all credit card accounts, not only Chase accounts. See this post for details about how to possibly bypass this rule.
  2. This product is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months. Note that what matters here is the time you got the sign-up bonus, not the time you open the account or close the account.
  3. Don』t apply for more than 2 Chase credit cards within 30 days, or it』s highly likely that you will get rejected.
  4. If you have more than $10,000 deposits in Chase checking, you can get this card even with no credit history at all. You can go to a branch and find a banker to apply for this credit card directly through Special Consideration. Special Consideration is no longer available.
  5. We recommend you to apply for this card after you have a credit history for more than 8~9 months.

Summary

1.5x UR earning rate on everything is worth about ~2.4%. The return is even higher than 2% cashback cards! So as long as you are interested in points/miles, and you have/will have CSP/CSR to convert UR points, this card is great for non-bonus categories. In 2020.09, 3x earning rate on dining is added to this card, which makes this card even stronger. This card makes a lot of other dining credit cards less attractive. Everyone should have one! If you want this card but you think the sign-up bonus is not high enough, or you are limited by the 5/24 rule, you can convert your other Chase credit cards (CFFCSPCSR ) to this card (there’s no sign-up bonus for conversion). The CFF + CFU + CSP/CSR combo makes the UR currency even better than before! The biggest drawback is the difficulty in acquiring UR cards because of the 5/24 rule.

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After Applying

  • Call 800-436-7927 to check Chase application status. This is an automated telephone line, and the information has the following meanings: Receive decision in 2 weeks means your application is probably approved; Receive decision in 7-10 days means your application is probably rejected; Receive decision in 30 days simply means your application requires further review and there’s nothing to tell you for now.
  • Chase reconsideration backdoor number: 888-270-2127 or 888-609-7805. Call it if you didn』t get approve immediately. Your personal information will be acquired and they will then review it. You seldom answer questions, instead, just enjoy the music and then you get approved or rejected, or further information is needed to be hand in to the branch or faxed.

Historical Offers Chart

Note: in 2019 there was an everything 3x UR first year welcome offer. This is not shown in the chart. In 2020 there is a 20k + 5x on grocery in the first year offer, and the latter part is not shown in the plot.

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