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Time to plan my 5x shopping for Q2 on my/our Freedom cards!

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As you can see from the schedule for the year, right now we are in the Q2 categories for 5x rewards from Chase Freedom VISA and/or MasterCard.

You will need to make sure that either via your smart phone or via the link HERE on the Chase web site that you activate your card(s) for the promotion.

So what is my grand plan? I like one stop shopping and last quarter Vanilla was my friend at my local drug store. But now it is not as simple. I like that Lowes has a huge rack of gift cards and the $200 SW Air cards are a simple choice if you fly them. I do not. But $100 Marriott cards are a very nice possible option.

I do put gas in my tank. I wish there were $100 or $200 cards but $50 at a time works too. So, I am sure I will get about 10-15 of them or more and prepay my gas for a little while.

I also eat (too much)! Some of the restaurant choices are not all that thrilling, but many of them I do frequent in my local area so picking up $500 worth would set me up for a while.

I also may just get some Lowes cards as well as from paint to fertilizer to you name it, it will be needed and rather than having the Freedom card remaining in my wallet I can just get it all done in one visit (plus I can just hand the Lowes gift card to Lisa when she goes to buy plants or whatever for her garden).

After spending ¼ million points again just recently my Ultimate rewards balance is looking pitifully low, but that is a good thing. It is the height of frequent flyer stupidity to hold millions upon millions of points as they will more than likely go DOWN in value moving forward so earn & burn is the best way to go. I am down to around 1.5 million [all types of points] and hope to push that total down under 1 million soon, but new points keep coming in fast. I guess a good #FirstWorldProblem problem to have!

So what are your plans for Q2 with Freedom? Comment below (on the blog) what your plans are and late tonight I will use to give away another  NEW  TUMI business class kit I have from my last trip to Sweden!


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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.


  1. If you plan to get Lowes brand gift cards, go through the UR Mall for a combined 10 points per dollars.

  2. I’m a mere babe (with only 500k pts)if you’re down to 1.5 million after your recent trips. How the heck? From the now dead 5x gc purchases? I’m assuming you’re juggling a few ‘birds?

    • @Acker – 2x INK BOLD each and 2x INK PLUS and Sapphire each and Freedom each and United cards and AMEX cards of all types, US AIR cards, AA cards, mint coins, mileage runs and on and on and on. Each churn nets a bunch of points. They just keep coming but yes vanilla helps a ton when it comes to my DL AMEX cards.

  3. Barbara Shifty Reply

    Thanks to your post, I will be running out to buy Starbuck’s gift cards from Lowe’sm as well as a couple gift cards for our Moms, Dads and Grads!

  4. Oh, combined points. I thought you had 1.5m UR points. Then I’m in great shape. And, I’m dealing with a huge obstacle. I live on Nantucket where the closest store that sells cards is a 2 1/2hr ferry ride away.I still manage to max out my 5x per quarter promos and 5k/month bird but it takes planning. Churning has been my friend for almost 10 yrs.

    • @Acker – No I would NEVER build up that many UR points as there are more and more reports of Chase closing some huge point “people” and then those points are just gone!

  5. I am going to stock up on Amazon gift cards. Most of those other gift cards look like categories I already get double points in anyway while Amazon is one of the hardest to double up. Also, for ease of use Amazon can not be beat. You buy the cards, go home, load them on your account and are done. No need to keep the cards in your wallet.

  6. I might purchase a few gift cards at my local movie theater and then use them over the next few months.

  7. I am going to load up on Amazon gift cards…..and perhaps some gas cards as well.

  8. First getting the card, then picking up amazon cards and try to find some vanilla, if possible.

  9. Chase Freedom for Gas with four drivers in the house we go through them like a hot knife through butter

  10. But be aware that the last quarter Freedom 5x lists, so you could just stick with gas cards if you don’t have the AmEx PRG getting the 2x…

  11. Amazon, Nordstrom, a little gas. I initially thought the marginal difference over restaurants wasn’t that great vs. Saph Perf, but it really is the same with regard to gas vs. Ink. Might go a little heavier on Amazon and then just finish it out with restaurant spending as we get closer to June.

  12. I always buy a few hundred in amazon cards. Always find something to buy on there!

  13. The movie theatre around us is Regal. About 14 years ago I got a bunch of friends together and we went in and did a group sales – needed a minimum (back then) of 100 tickets. I did the preorder with friends, contacted the group sales office and put in my order for 300 tickets at a much lower rate than buying tickets at the box office. Now I can do this and use my Freedom card this month to pay for all those tickets – lower ticket price and 5X points. What could be better? We eat out at a free non chain restaurants. I plan on going in this quarter and buying gift certificates for the rest of the year. Lowes will be visited also for gift cards (gas, shopping, etc). Cha-ching, I hear those points accumulating in my UR account 🙂

  14. I probably wouldn’t buy the restaurant gift cards for those mediocre places seeing how ANY restaurant is 5% this quarter anyhow. And Lowes is always 5% off if you buy with a Lowes card. Maybe gas cards make sense since those would be used quickly and, in effect, extends the 1st quarter 5% off on gas for another quarter — good tip on that one.

  15. i plan to get the freedom card and by pre paids at 5x’s to use for gas !!!

  16. Gas cards. We have a LONG drive in June so those are going to come in handy.

  17. Went to the UR shopping portal and bought Lowe’s gift cards from Lowes’s. Will return to UR shopping portal to use the gift cards to buy a new Weber BBQ for local pickup and use a Lowe’s moving coupon. So I calculate 5% for using my Freedom card, 5x pts x 2 for using UR shopping portal twice and 10% off using the moving coupon for a grill that never goes on sale. Woot!

  18. not too thrilled with most of the restaurant GC choices at Lowes.

    Will buy restaurant gift cards at local places we would visit sooner or later – including our local Stonehearth Pizza which is in the UA Dining Program, for a total of 10X.

  19. I eat out a lot, so it’ll be no problem to spend $1,500 on restaurants.

  20. Can you buy other merchant’s gift cards with Lowes giftcards? If so you can buy them online through a portal and earn the 5X and then go and buy other merchants cards in store.

  21. I’ll be stocking up on Amazon, Starbucks, and gas gift cards w/ my better half’s Freedom card!

  22. My plan to to GET a Freedom card! And then some targeted gift card purchases through the UR Mall. Along with some additional traditional spend.

  23. gussomer (aka Steve Jones) Reply

    Buying Lowes gift cards via UR portal? Per T&C, seems like a no-go…what gives?

    The UR portal states “Please note these terms & conditions: Special increased earnings now through 6/30/2013! Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible using promo codes that aren’t listed on this site. Any return, exchange or other adjustment made at a physical store location for an on-line purchase may result in your purchase being deemed ineligible for reward.”

  24. My problem with gas cards is that these companies don’t have the cheapest gas in my area

  25. I’ve got my 2013 movie’s already covered by the AMEX small business Saturday last year. So I’ll probably mix direct restaurant spending with perhaps Amazon GC at Lowes.

  26. burning in excess of 2500 gallons of gas per year I cannot seem to get enough gas gift cards!

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