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Brand New Chase Freedom Flex Card Coming – Basic Review

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What does it mean when I now get giddy when I find out that a new credit card is coming out? Imagine a kid on Christmas opening up a long-awaited gift. Chase announced that within a few weeks there will be a brand-spanking-new take on the Chase Freedom. Learn more about the Chase Freedom Flex Card in our Basic Review.

What’s Old

There are currently two versions of the Chase Freedom Credit Card. The Chase Freedom Unlimited and the standard Chase Freedom. Each card comes with different perks like everyday earning and bonus categories.

$200
Bonus
after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening

$0 Annual Fee

$200
Bonus
after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening

$0 Annual Fee

What’s New

The new Chase Freedom Flex has three distinct changes in the Freedom Family. First, the Chase Freedom Flex will be a World Elite Mastercard. Most of Chase’s credit card portfolio falls under the Visa family. As a World Elite Mastercard, the Chase Freedom Flex will provide the following benefits:

  • Cell Phone Insurance ($800 per claim and $1,000 per year)
  • Postmates ($5 off of every $25 purchase)
  • Lyft (Earn a $10 Credit after riding five times in a Calendar Month)
  • Boxed (Earn a 5% Cash Rewards on Boxed Purchases)
  • ShopRunner (Two Day Free Shipping and Free Return Shipping)
  • Mastercard ID Theft Protection (Free Credit monitoring services)

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Second, the Chase Freedom Flex will be offering some new options for earning cashback (or Ultimate Rewards Points). The new options include:

  • Earn 5% cashback on rotating quarterly categories (up to $1,500 per quarter)
    • Similar to the Current Chase Freedom (more on that below!)
  • Earn 5% on Travel purchased through the Ultimate Rewards Portal
  • Earn 3% on Dining/Restaurants
  • Earn 3% on Drugstore Purchases
  • Earn 1% on all other Purchases

Third – No Annual Fee and Opening Signup Bonus

Similar to Chase Freedom Unlimited, the new Chase Freedom Flex will also not include an annual fee. The welcome offer will be the same as the other Chase Freedom cards right now which is a $200 bonus after spending $500 in the first three months.

$200
Bonus
after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening

$0 Annual Fee

$200
Bonus
after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening

$0 Annual Fee

Fourth – Goodbye Old Friend

Chase Freedom Flex will actually be taking the place of the existing Chase Freedom Card. New customers will no longer be able to apply and open a Chase Freedom Credit Card. Current Chase Freedom holders will have the option to keep the old card or call to convert their old card into the Freedom Flex. Additionally, I’d speculate that current holders will be able to open the new Chase Freedom Flex even if they have the old Freedom card. This could be a great opportunity to earn double the points/cashback on those 5%/5X rotating categories.

PSA – Better Value by Pairing

It’s always important to remember that while the Chase Freedom cards, including the new Chase Freedom Flex earns cashback by itself at a 1 cent per point value. BUT when paired with other cards in the Chase Portfolio, those same points can be redeemed for more or transferred to travel partners directly (Southwest, JetBlue, Hyatt, & More).

When will the Chase Freedom Flex be available?

The new Chase Freedom Flex opened to applicants on September 14th, 2020! To learn more about the card, you can check out our Top Credit Cards page, or visit our partner page to learn more about applying here. (You will just have to scroll down to the Chase section).

Can I have multiple Chase Freedom Cards?

This is a question I wonder as I currently hold the Chase Freedom, and Lisa has both the Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited. According to Chase’s website, you can have both the Chase Freedom Unlimited and the Chase Freedom Flex Card. You can also have the Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Flex card.

Courtesy of creditcards.chase.com

Chase Freedom Flex Offer Details

Secondly, according to the new Chase Freedom Flex card offer details, you can earn the bonus if you are:

  • not currently a cardmember of this credit card
  • not a previous cardmember of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the last 24 months

Essentially, my take is this is a brand new credit card and therefore nobody has had this card in the last 24 months. Therefore we should all be eligible for the new Chase Freedom Flex cardmember bonus. Lisa is definitely going to apply for this card when it opens up to test the waters and see if she qualifies to be both a Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited cardmember.

Courtesy of creditcards.chase.com

Basic Breakdown

I love what I am hearing about the new Chase Freedom Flex Credit Card. Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, I’d assume that this card will also require applicants to be Under 5/24 (Opened less than 5 Credit Cards in the previous 24 months). I’ve been taking advantage of various offers over the last six months and am currently not under but am willing to hold off on applications to take advantage of this new product.

Let us know

What do you think of the new Chase Freedom Flex offer?

I’d love to hear in the comments below or over in our 7,800+ Member Basic Travel Facebook Group!

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