Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Frequent Miler is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as CardRatings.com, but we always show the best public offer even when we don't earn a commission . This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. For additional details, see our Advertiser Disclosure.

Card Details and Application Link
Chase Freedom Unlimited®
Up to 30K points / $300 cash back ⓘ Affiliate
Earn an additional 1.5% on all purchases (up to $20K spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back.
No Annual Fee

Click here to learn how to apply
This is an affiliate offer. Frequent Miler may earn a commission if you are approved for this offer
This card is likely subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).
Recent better offer: Unlimited Double Cash Back for 12 month (expired 1/11/24)
FM Mini Review: Great for 3x categories and 1.5X everywhere else. Excellent companion card to Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Business Preferred. Click here for our complete card review
Earning rate: 5x travel booked through Chase Travel℠ ✦ 5X Lyft through March 2025 ✦ 3x dining ✦ 3x drugstores ✦ 1.5X everywhere else
Base: 1.5X (2.25%)
Dine: 3X (4.5%)
Other: 5X (7.5%)
Card Info: Visa Signature or Platinum issued by Chase. This card imposes foreign transaction fees.
Noteworthy perks: Free DashPass for up to 3 months upon activation ✦ $10 quarterly Instacart credit ✦ 3 months free Instacart+

The no-fee Freedom Unlimited card is a great choice for those who also carry a premium Chase card such as the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Business Preferred.

The Freedom Unlimited card is unique among Chase’s rewards cards in that you’ll earn a minimum of 1.5 points per dollar for all spend while also earning 3 to 5 points per dollar within specific bonus categories. Chase advertises the Freedom Unlimited as a cash back card, but it actually earns points. When paired with a premium card, the points earned with the Freedom Unlimited card become more valuable.  You can freely move your points to a premium card in order to get better than 1 cent per point value for travel.  For example, if you move points to a household member’s Sapphire Reserve card, you can get 1.5 cents per point value.  In that situation, the Freedom Unlimited earns between 2.25% (1.5 cents per point X 1.5 points per dollar) and 7.5% in rewards!  See our Chase Ultimate Rewards Guide for details.

This card does charge foreign transaction fees, so leave it at home when traveling internationally. Within the US, though, the Freedom Unlimited is an excellent choice both for its category bonuses and as an “everywhere else” card which earns a minimum of 1.5 points per dollar.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Application Tips

Chase Application Tips

  • Shut-Down Caution: Signing up for new Chase cards can lead to Chase reviewing your accounts. This may lead to Chase shutting down all of your accounts if you appear to be a credit risk. See this post for details and recommendations: Why Chase shutdowns have increased and how to avoid them.
  • 5/24 Rule: With most Chase cards, you won't get approved if your credit report shows 5 or more cards opened in the past 24 months. Details here.
  • 24/48 Month Rule: With most Chase cards, you can get the same card and bonus again 24 months after having received the bonus as long as you no longer have the card open. With Sapphire cards, you must wait 48 months. No wait is required for Chase Ink cards.
  • 30 Day Rule: It is tough to get approved for more than 2 Chase cards within 30 days
  • Get Same Card Again: You can get the same exact card and again if you first cancel the older card and follow the 24/48 month rule. Ink cards are OK to get again without cancelling previous card if you apply with a new business.
  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.
  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day (not always true when mixing business and personal)

Call (888) 338-2586 to check your application status
If denied, call reconsideration here:1-888-270-2127 for both personal and business cards

Should you apply?

In my opinion, the Freedom Unlimited is a good choice in many cases, but it’s especially good if you or a household member has (or plans to get) the Sapphire Reserve card.  Use the Freedom Unlimited to earn 5X for travel booked through Chase, 3X for drugstores and dining, and 1.5X on all other spend.  Move your Freedom Unlimited points to the Sapphire Reserve account to get at least 1.5 cents per point value from all points.  When you earn 1.5X with the Freedom Unlimited and redeem at 1.5 cents value with the Sapphire Reserve, you get a combined 2.25% return on your spend.

Are you eligible?

To apply for the Freedom Unlimited card, you must not currently have the same card (it’s okay to have a different Freedom card), and you must not have received a welcome bonus for the Freedom Unlimited in the past 24 months.

Additionally, to get this card you must be under 5/24.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

How to apply

You can find the current best welcome bonus offer and application link at the top of this page: Chase Freedom Unlimited.

Application status

After you apply, call (888) 338-2586 to check your application status.

Reconsideration

If your application is denied, I recommend calling for reconsideration (1-888-270-2127). It’s surprising how often denials can be changed to approvals just by asking.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Perks

Travel Protection

  • Auto Rental Coverage: Chase offers secondary auto rental CDW (collision damage waiver) when renting within your country of residence (presumably it is primary for rentals in other countries).
  • Trip Cancellation / Interruption Insurance: If your trip is canceled or cut short by sickness, severe weather and other covered situations, you can be reimbursed up to $1,500 per person and $6,000 per trip for your pre-paid, non-refundable travel expenses, including passenger fares, tours, and hotels.

Purchase Protection

  • Extended Warranty: “Extends the time period of U.S. manufacturer’s warranty by an additional year, on eligible warranties of three years or less.”
  • Damage and Theft Protection: “Covers your new purchases for 120 days against damage or theft up to $500 per claim and $50,000 per account.”

Chase Freedom Unlimited Earn Points

Welcome Bonus

The welcome bonus for this card is advertised as cash back, but the rewards are actually delivered as points. Here’s the current offer:

Card Offer
Up to 30K points / $300 cash back ⓘ Affiliate
Earn an additional 1.5% on all purchases (up to $20K spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back.
No Annual Fee
This card is likely subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).
Recent better offer: Unlimited Double Cash Back for 12 month (expired 1/11/24)

Refer Friends

Referring friends is often a good way to earn extra points with Chase products, but referral offers come and go over time.  When referral offers are available, Chase sends emails to eligible cardholders with the offer details. Cardholders can also look for Chase friend referral offers here.

Bonus Spend

Card Info Name and Earning Rate (no offer)
Earning rate: 5x travel booked through Chase Travel℠ ✦ 5X Lyft through March 2025 ✦ 3x dining ✦ 3x drugstores ✦ 1.5X everywhere else
Base: 1.5X (2.25%)
Dine: 3X (4.5%)
Other: 5X (7.5%)

The Freedom Unlimited card offers surprisingly strong earnings for a fee-free card: 5X travel booked through Chase, 3X dining and drugstore, and 1.5X everywhere else.  At the time of this writing, the Freedom Unlimited and Freedom Flex are the only nationally available credit cards in the United States that I’m aware of which offer a great bonus for drugstore spend.  It’s also unusual for cards with strong bonus categories to earn better than 1X for all other spend, yet that’s what the Freedom Unlimited offers.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Redeem Points

Pay Yourself Back

Chase allows most Sapphire, Freedom, and Ink cardholders to “Pay Yourself Back”. The basic idea is that you can exchange your points for statement credits against certain categories of purchases. Here’s the link to use this feature yourself.

Chase changes or renews the eligible categories every few months. When using this feature, Sapphire Reserve cardholders get 1.25 cents per point value for most categories, and all other eligible cardholders get 1 cent per point value. Chase used to offer 1.5 cents per point value for Sapphire Reserve cardholders and 1.25 cents per point value for Sapphire Preferred cardholders.  That was a decent deal.  With the lower redemption values in play today, we no longer recommend this option. More details about Chase's Pay Yourself Back feature can be found here.

Cash Back

Cardholders can cash out points for 1 cent each. Cash back can be taken as a statement credit, check, or ACH transfer.

Travel

If you or another household member has a premium or ultra-premium card that earns Chase points, it is easy to get better than 1 cent per point value when redeeming points for travel. The trick is to move the points from your no-annual-fee card to the premium card before using points to buy travel. Chase allows you to freely move points to another card you own or to a card owned by a household member or business partner. They call this "combining points" (see: Combine Points Across Cards).

Redeem points for travel: 1.5 cents per point

This option requires that someone in your household has the ultra-premium Chase Sapphire Reserve card. First move (combine) points from your no-fee card to the Sapphire Reserve account. Next, log into Chase under the Sapphire Reserve account, and go to the Chase portal to book your travel.  A $500 flight would usually cost 50,000 points if you used points attached to the no-fee card, but with the Chase Sapphire Reserve it would cost only 33,333 points.

Redeem points for travel: 1.25 cents per point

This option requires that someone in your household has a premium card that earns Chase points: Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Business Preferred.  First move (combine) points from your no-fee card to one of these premium cards. Next, log into Chase under the account that now has the points, and go to the Chase portal to book your travel. A $500 flight would usually cost 50,000 points if you used points attached to a no-annual-fee card, but with the Chase Sapphire Preferred it would cost only 40,000 points.

Details about booking travel through Chase

You can use the Chase portal to book airfare, hotels, cruises, activities, and car rentals. Airfare purchased through the portal still earns airline miles and elite qualifying miles.  Hotels booked this way do not earn hotel rewards.  Worse, hotels booked through the portal often won't offer you elite benefits even if you have status.

Travel protections apply

When you pay with points for travel, Chase's automatic travel protections do apply.  So, you can be covered for things like car rentals, trip delays, trip cancellation & interruption, lost luggage, etc.  The coverage you receive will be based on which card's rewards were used to book the trip. For example, if you have both a Chase Sapphire Preferred and a Sapphire Reserve, you would want to move your points from the Preferred to the Reserve and then use the Reserve points to book your trip. You will get both better value (1.5 cents per point) and better travel protections.  See: Sapphire Reserve Travel Insurance.

Transfer points

The best use of Chase points, in my opinion, is to transfer points to airline and hotel partners in order to book high value awards.  Your best bet is usually to wait until you find a great flight or night award before transferring points. Points transfer at a ratio of 1:1 as shown in the list of transfer partners below. Keep in mind that while transfers are instantly posted to most loyalty programs, transfers to Singapore Krisflyer and Marriott Bonvoy are not instant.

Move points to premium or ultra-premium card first

You cannot transfer points directly from a no-annual-fee Chase card to airline or hotel partners, but you can move points first to a premium card (Sapphire Preferred or Ink Business Preferred, for example) or ultra-premium card (Sapphire Reserve) and then transfer the points to airline or hotel partners. Points can be transferred to the loyalty accounts of the primary cardholder or any authorized user on the account. Points can also be transferred to the loyalty account of a joint business owner, but they do need to be an authorized user on the associated business account.

Transfer Partners

Rewards ProgramBest Uses
Aer Lingus AviosFuel surcharges are sometimes lower when booking with Aer Lingus rather than British Airways, Qatar, or Iberia. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar.  See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.
Air Canada AeroplanRedeem for Star Alliance flights and/or flights with Air Canada partners (such as Etihad). No fuel surcharges; $39 CAD award booking fee; 5,000 points to add stopover on one-way award. See: Air Canada Aeroplan: Everything you need to know.
Air France KLM Flying BlueMonthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards. Air France often offers very good business class award pricing between the US and Europe & Israel.
British Airways AviosWhile flights on British Airways itself often incur outrageously high fuel surcharges, many BA partners charge low or no fuel surcharges. Excellent value can be had in redeeming BA points for short distance flights. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar. See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.
Emirates SkywardsThe best use of Emirates miles has been to fly Emirates itself. Unfortunately fuel surcharges can be steep. See: Emirates Sweet Spot Awards - First class from 30K miles round trip.
HyattUse for Hyatt free nights, free suite nights, lounge upgrades, or suite upgrades. Hyatt points are often worth at least 2 cents each, but they’re sometimes worth far more. Bonus: award nights are not subject to resort fees.
Iberia AviosOn their own flights, Iberia offers low award prices and a very reasonable 25 Euro cancellation fee. Partner awards can offer good value under some circumstances as well, but these are usually nonrefundable. Fuel surcharges are sometimes lower when booking with Iberia rather than British Airways, Aer Lingus, or Qatar. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar. See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.
IHGIHG dynamically prices their awards and sometimes offer very good value. IHG Premier and IHG Premier Business cards offer the fourth night free on award stays.
JetBlueJetBlue points offer the most value when cheap ticket prices are available and when award taxes are high relative to the overall cost of the ticket (more details can be found here). The JetBlue Plus Card and the JetBlue Business Card offer a 10% rebate on awards, so you can get more value by holding one of these cards.
Marriott Bonvoy5th Night Free awards. Opportunities to get outsized value exist but can be hard to find.
Qatar Privilege Club AviosQatar has reasonable award prices for flying Qatar itself. Points are now transferable 1 to 1 to British Airways (and from there to Aer Lingus or Iberia). It is now also possible to book JetBlue flights with Qatar Avios.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyerUse to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members), Alaska Airlines economy awards, or for Star Alliance awards (including United Airlines).
Southwest Rapid RewardsAward flights are fully refundable. Point values vary due to certain taxes not being charged on awards, but tend to average around 1.5 cents per point.
United MileagePlusUnited offers free award changes and free cancelations. Like Avianca and Aeroplan, United never charges fuel surcharges for awards. Unfortunately, United charges many more miles for international first class awards. Good uses of miles include United's Excursionist Perk awards and (sometimes) dynamically priced United economy awards.
Virgin Atlantic Flying ClubVirgin Atlantic offers a few great sweet spot awards including US to Europe on Delta One business class for 50K points one-way. See: Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight).

Other ways to redeem points

Through the Chase portal you can redeem points for cash back, gift cards, merchandise, or experiences.  With this approach you'll usually get 1 cent per point value.  One exception is that Chase occasionally offers gift cards at a discount so you may be able to get better than 1 cent per point value during a gift card sale.
You can also use points to pay some merchants directly (Amazon.com, for example or via Chase Pay).  Don't do this.  These options offer very poor value. Further, they may compromise the security of your account (i.e. if someone hacks into your Amazon account, they might spend your points - causing you a headache in getting your points reinstated).

Chase Freedom Unlimited Manage Points

Combine Points Across Cards

If you are the primary account holder with multiple cards, you can freely combine Chase points back and forth between your accounts.  Your points can then be redeemed according to the card to which you move them.  For example, if you have the no-fee Ink Business Cash card and the ultra-premium Sapphire Reserve card, you can earn 5X points per dollar on office supply purchases (or on gift cards purchased at office supply stores) with the Ink Card and then move those points to your Sapphire Reserve account to redeem them for 1.5 cents per point towards travel.
If you intend to cancel a card that earns Chase points, you should first combine your points with a card you intend to keep active. Once you cancel, you will forfeit any unused points in that account (See: My 90,000 Points mistake). A product change should not affect your balance, but some people prefer moving points before a product change as well just to be safe.

Share Points Across Cardholders

Chase allows customers to transfer Chase points to any other account in that customer's name or to one additional household member or joint business owner (for free). You do need to call Chase the first time you transfer points to a different person's account, but once that's been done, you can freely transfer points online in the future.
share Chase Ultimate Rewards with friends Why this is valuable:
  • You earn points with the card offering the best return on purchases and then use points with the card offering the best redemption rate.
  • Only one member of your household needs to maintain a premium card for transferring to partners or booking travel (though note that the primary cardholder can only transfer points to partner loyalty programs in the name of the primary cardholder or authorized users).

How to Keep Points Alive

Thankfully, it is very easy to keep Chase points alive: simply keep the points in an open account and they will not expire. Note that if you close a card that earns Chase points, you will lose any points associated with that card. You should first combine points to move points away from the card you intend to close and to another card that will remain open as per the sharing section above before canceling. See: My 90,000 point mistake. See also: A checklist for cancelling credit cards.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Lifecycle

How to meet minimum spend requirements

Once you are approved for a Chase card, you have three months to meet the required spend in order to get the welcome bonus. If your usual spend isn’t enough, consider using the Plastiq bill pay service to use your card to pay bills that can’t usually be paid by credit card (rent, contractors, etc.) or maybe pay taxes. Click here to find many more options for increasing credit card spend.

Keep, cancel, or product change?

Is this card worth keeping in the long run? Yep. With no annual fee and strong earning power, why not? If you decide to cancel anyway, make sure to first redeem any remaining points or move them to another qualifying card.

Related Cards

Consumer Cards

Card Offer and Details

Business Cards

Card Offer and Details
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

48 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
GFM

Links for bonuses including 5X for grocery or gas are no longer showing as available. Are there new links including this?

matmaliack

How is the value for the Chase Freedom card over $1000? With the UR from the SUB and what else is being added to increase the value? Thank you, Mat

Greg The Frequent Miler

Thanks for bringing that to our attention. I looked and found that the formula was incorrect. It now shows over $800 value based on the idea that you’ll earn 5x on $12K spend and points worth 1.5 cents each (which is only true if you pair this card with a premium card that allows transfers to airline and hotel programs).

[…] are great companions to the Sapphire Preferred.  One great choice, for example, is the fee-free Chase Freedom Unlimited card which has great 3X and 5X categories and earns 1.5X everywhere […]

[…] 1 transferable account: Chase Ultimate Rewards cards with no annual fee (such as Freedom Flex, Freedom Unlimited, and Ink Cash) do not directly allow point transfers to partners.  However, if you or a household […]

[…] with a credit card that offers a drugstore category bonus.  For example,Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Freedom cards each earn 3 points per dollar at drugstores.  Additionally, Chase Freedom […]

[…] best-ever welcome bonuses for their Freedom card lineup.  Both  the Freedom Flex and the similar Freedom Unlimited offer three components to their offer: 1) 20,000 points after $500 spend; 2) 5X earnings at grocery […]

[…] light of the new Chase Freedom Flex and new capabilities for the Freedom Unlimited (5X travel through Chase, 3X drugstore, 3X dining), I’ve argued that Chase was going to have […]

[…] previously written about the changes coming to the Chase Freedom Unlimited this month. While those changes were previously reported to be taking effect on September 15th, […]

[…] brand new card called the Chase Freedom Flex and they are also seriously enhancing benefits on the Chase Freedom Unlimited. Given the enhancements on these cards – both will offer 3x dining and 3x drugstores […]

[…] Chase Freedom Unlimited: Offering 1.5x everywhere and the ability to combine points with other Ultimate Rewards-earning cards (like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Business Preferred above), you earn valuable rewards and can then combine them with one of those premium cards to transfer to airline and hotel partners. The downside here is that if you do not also hold a premium Chase Ultimate Rewards card, points can only be used at a value of 1c each, which would make this card a poorer option for everyday spend. […]

[…] Chase Freedom Unlimited (Joe) […]

[…] back (as discussed recently here) and other options for earning 1.5X airline miles (such as the Chase Freedom Unlimited when paired with any premium Ultimate Rewards card).  On the business side, the Spark Cash card […]

[…] points for a value of 1.5 cents each towards travel booked through the Chase portal. Suddenly, the Freedom Unlimited seemed a lot more sexy than a 1.5% cash-back card, 5x bonus categories started to feel like […]

[…] considered having him sign up for the Chase Freedom Unlimited card.  This way he could earn 1.5 points per dollar for all spend.  And since his official address is […]

[…] Chase Freedom Unlimited (Joe) […]