[Expired] Holy smokes… Chase Freedom Unlimited 3X everywhere first year

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Here’s the link to the offer (this is not an affiliate offer):

creditcards.chase.com/cash-back-credit-cards/chase-freedom-unlimited

Chase’s usual offer for the no-fee Freedom Unlimited card is for “$150” after $500 spend.  In reality, the “cash back” earned by this card is in the form of Ultimate Rewards points which can be cashed in at a penny each.  So, the normal offer for this card is really for 15,000 points after $500 spend.  And the card normally offers 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, which is pretty darn good since it’s possible to move these points to a premium card in order to get more than 1 cent per point value.

Now Chase has unveiled an optional new signup bonus for this card.  Instead of earning 15,000 points, you can earn an extra 1.5 points per dollar for all spend for the first year of card membership.  For big spenders, that’s insane!  If you expect to spend more than $10,000 in your first year with the card, then you’ll come out ahead with the new offer instead of the usual offer.

Unfortunately, the Freedom Unlimited card is subject to 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. Some exceptions that are NOT subject to the 5/24 rule include: British Airways, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott Business, and Ritz Carlton.

To determine your 5/24 status, see: 3 Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status.

The Freedom Unlimited does charge foreign transaction fees, so leave it at home when traveling internationally.  But within the US, 3X everywhere cannot be beat.

Ultimate Rewards points can be redeemed as follows:

  • Cash or merchandise (1 cent per point value).  Through this option, the Freedom Unlimited earns 3% cash back ton all spend first year.
  • Move points to a premium card (Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Business Preferred, for example) and purchase travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel site (1.25 cents per point value).  Through this option, the Freedom Unlimited earns 3.75% back towards travel on all spend first year.
  • Move points to the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and purchase travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel site (1.5 cents per point value). Through this option, the Freedom Unlimited earns 4.5% back towards travel on all spend first year.
  • Move points to a premium card and then transfer to a variety of airline and hotel programs (per point value varies from very low to extremely high when points are used this way). Through this option, the Freedom Unlimited earns 3 miles per dollar on all spend first year.

Consider these options for increasing your 3X spend in the first year:

  • Use the card for all spend first year: This is obvious, but needs to be said for completeness.  Use the card for all day to day spend.  You can even put away your Sapphire Reserve except when traveling internationally because your first year Freedom Unlimited will earn the same 3X for restaurants and travel (and everywhere else!)
  • Timeshift Spend: With some utilities and other ongoing expenses it may be possible to pre-pay for charges that you know you’ll incur past the first year.
  • Pay Bills: Obviously if a biller allows credit card payments, that’s a good way to go.  If not, consider using a service like Plastiq to pay bills (including things like rent, mortgage, day care, etc.).  With Plastiq you’ll have to pay a 2.5% fee, but you’ll still come out ahead at 3X.  Better yet, pay your rent for 1.5% with Urbanr.
  • Pay Federal Taxes: The timing on this offer doesn’t make this a great option for many of us, but it’s still a great option for paying estimated taxes or for next year’s taxes.  Fees start at 1.89% for credit cards. Over-payments, if any, will be refunded after you file your year end taxes. For full details, please see: Complete guide to paying taxes via credit card, debit card, or gift card.
  • Fund Kiva Loans: Do good and hopefully get your money back. See: Manufacture Spend (and do good) with Kiva and Kivalens.

Additional ideas for increasing credit card spend can be found here: Manufactured Spending Complete Guide.

Hat Tip: Doctor of Credit.

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Chuck
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That is awesome! Do you know if these points would be earned up front as ongoing 3x or like discover card that doubles your first year at the end of the year?

Abe
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Dw just got this card!! Chances of getting matched ?

Rachel
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Can I “product change” a CSP to this card? (since another household member just got an additional CSP…)

Mos aza
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If my wife has 2 CFU from downgrading cards. Can I apply her now? She never actually got a sign up bonus for the CFU

Rob
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Read the terms in the offer page, I thought I saw it said this product is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a bonus in the past 24 months.

philco1941
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Very clever of Chase, you have a bunch of soon to be SPG refugees looking around for place to put their un-bonused spend. CFU and EDP were both near the top of my list for SPG replacement but CFU just rose quite a bit higher now.

Jay
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Is it worth the risk to refer my wife and then SM for a product match?

Steinerlj15
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Thanks for the info Greg! My wife just signed up for it, I was trying to figure out what her last chase card for the next two years would be and this is a great choice.

Cheers mate
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Greg,

I love the site, read it all the time and while this seems like a great offer (3x) on everything, if $10,000 is just for a benchmark it seems to me that the simple freedom card can earn the same points on $6k spend. Yes, it has rotating categories and isn’t an everyday card but their bonuses have been pretty simple to maximize so far this year.

I’m all about the 3x coupled with a reserve/ ink preferred… can’t be beat. Just throwing it out there… keep up the good work.

And maybe if this offer sticks I can get it summer 2019

Jarrett
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Wanted to confirm the latest on the ability to have both the Freedom Unlimited and Freedom cards simultaneously? Thanks!

sam
Guest

I had previously done a PC from the Sapphire Preferred to CFU but never received a bonus for CFU. Would I qualify if I applied for a new CFU even it has not been 24 months since PC? Thanks!

Nick Reyes
Editor

PC doesn’t matter. The 24-month clock only applies if you had received a signup bonus on the CFU. You didn’t, so you’re good to go. Just note that you can’t open a new CFU if you have a CFU currently open. You’ll need to close or PC your CFU to something else first.

Yuri
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My wife was Opt-out from receiving credit card offers for years. Yesterday I went to optoutprescreen.com and opt her in. It says that it will take 5 days to process the request.
Should we wait before applying for her Chase Unlimited or it doesn’t matter?
When we go through Chase Pre-qualify page, she gets message: “We are unable to locate any offers for you at this time. This may be because you have opted out of “pre-screened” offers from Chase and other companies or you have recently responded to another offer from Chase.”

Nick Reyes
Editor

It doesn’t matter whether you’re opted in or out. You can still apply for new accounts — you just won’t receive prescreened offers in the mail or online if you’re opted out. That won’t affect this situation at all.

James
Guest

Can I sign my wife up for this card and transfer the points to my Chase Ultimate account since she doesnt have one in her name?

Nick Reyes
Editor

Yes, your wife can sign up for this card and transfer her points to you if you live in the same household. You can transfer points from one household member to another. For example, I can move points from my Freedom Unlimited account to my wife’s CSR and use them to book travel.

Superworm
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Is using this card going to generate UR or cash back if I don’t have any other chase cards? Would I need to open up a UR earning card first or could I convert these earnings to UR if I open an Ink months down the road? Don’t want to hit up chase for two cards at the same time if possible. Thanks

Nick Reyes
Editor

Using this card generates Ultimate Rewards that can only be used for cash back at 1 cent each if you don’t have any other Chase cards. You need a premium card to transfer your Ultimate Rewards to partners or to use them for more value towards travel booked through the UR portal.

To answer your question: You’re totally fine to open this first and open one of the premium cards sometime later when you want to transfer to partners or use the points towards travel. No need to open them both now (as long as you’ll still be under 5/24 when you need to open the other card).

Actually, another tactic is that you could open the Freedom Unlimited now, and then a year from now you could product-change it to a CSP or CSR in order to transfer to partners if you like.

SDO
Guest

Greg, any idea how long this offer will last? Trying to max out my amex SPG spend before being kicked off the island in August, so I want to hold off as long as possible.

Nick Reyes
Editor

No way to know for sure.

Evan
Guest

Now I am actually excited about paying my son’s tuition! Going to be a freshman at U of Miami. They charge 2.5 percent fee but at 3x I think it is worth it.

Nick Reyes
Editor

You might want to see this. Unfortunately, TRU doesn’t sell the cards anymore…but it’s worth looking at this for future double-dipping possibilities.

https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2017/08/14/double-dipping-college-rewards/

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Ed. C
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I sent a secure message requesting this offer to be matched to my account because I only received the card 2 weeks ago. Chase responded “your account is not eligible for the new offer you requested.”

I also sent a direct message via Twitter to @ChaseSupport and got this reply:
“I’m very sorry for any inconvenience. However, we’re not able to change the offer you applied for. We are not able to provide the 3% bonus on your specific account.”

In my case, anyway, Chase isn’t matching the offer for new accounts even still in their first billing period.

Nicole
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Can I get your recommendation? I’m currently at 3/24. The only Chase product I have is the Slate card with zero balance. I want to apply for this Chase Freedom offer. Which other ‘premium’ card should I apply for? Which application should I complete first? Same day applications? Thanks!

Nick Reyes
Editor

If you have a business of any sort (maybe you sell things online or mow lawns or babysit or write a blog or something else?), the Ink Business Preferred for the 80K signup bonus. I’d apply for that first and wait until it gets approved.

Really, you want to read this post, which answers in a lot more detail:

https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2018/03/09/best-chase-cards-subject-5-24/

Gabe
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What’s the latest word on manufactured spending w/ chase? By my math, this means I could be manufacturing UR points for .39 cpp instead of .58 cpp w/ an ink at an office store. Super tempted to get one and throw ~ $4k on it a month, of course having everyday spend on the card as well and no more than 75% bonus spend (this is what I do on my Ink cards, and has prevented any shutdown over the past several years)

Nick Reyes
Editor

If you’re looking at $4K per month, I don’t think you’ll have any issue. I’d recommend building up a bit rather than doing $4K on Day 1 with a brand new card. The shutdown stories have been people opening a lot of cards in the past year or spending a lot more than you’re talking about.

Allen
Guest

Can you still pay mortgage via plastiq with a Visa card? I thought plastiq now only allow mortgage payment with MasterCard or discover.

Nick Reyes
Editor

No. You can’t. You can pay rent or business leases with a Visa, but not mortgage — mortgage is just Mastercard or Discover.

Ken
Guest

If I’m at 4/24, should I apply for the Sapphire Preferred or this card? The CSP would give me 54K points with only $4K spend. The CFU would require $18K spend for the same amount of points.

Nick Reyes
Editor

You can do both on the same day. When at 4/24, two apps are possible on the same day. Chase definitely has gotten a bit more conservative lately, so it’s somewhat of a risk — but if you’re only at 4/24, I would think you’d be fine.

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Julie Drassinower
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I am under 5/24 but I just got a Chase Ink Cash last week. How long do i need to wait to apply?

Nick Reyes
Editor

The general rule of thumb is that Chase won’t approve more than 2 cards in 30 days (some folks have gotten 3, but it’s neither common nor advisable these days). So if your question is “How long do I need to wait to apply?”, the answer is that you don’t. If you’re asking “How long *should* I wait before I apply?”, the answer is harder to say — but if you’re under 5/24, you are probably fine to apply whenever you’d like as you’re not exhibiting the type of activity that seems to be getting people shut down.

5150d
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Are there any DP’s on if you can get this card (3X) if you already have an existing FU from PC of CSP with no bonus? Also, seems you must apply on line as there is no phone to call. Also, what procedure to apply if your credit reports are frozen? Please advise.

Nick Reyes
Editor

Chase won’t approve you for a card you already have. You have to PC your FU to something else before applying for a new FU. You can get the signup bonus as long as you haven’t gotten a signup bonus on the CFU in the past 24 months, but you can’t currently have the card you’re applying for.

If your credit reports are frozen, you have a couple of options. You can apply. It’ll get denied or you’ll get a message that they need further review. Then you can call recon and provide them with a one-time-use PIN (you get it from the bureau they want to pull) to give them one-time access.

Alternatively, you can temporarily thaw your reports in most states (whether or not you can and whether or not it costs something / how much it costs depends on your state). You could then, for example, thaw your report for 1 day, setting the freeze to go back on the next day and apply while it’s temporarily thawed. The issue there is knowing which bureau they’ll pull. Chase is generally predictable on that front. Go to the Creditboards.com credit pulls database. In the “creditor” search box, just enter “Chase”. Then just choose your state from the drop down. You don’t need to select a CRA or enter a score — just “Chase” and your state and hit search. Then you can look at which bureau they’ve pulled in your state for others. Usually, it’s pretty consistent — but if they’ve recently pulled from more than one bureau in your state, you may end up wanting to thaw all three (or go the phone call and PIN route above). Here’s a link to the database:

https://creditboards.com/forums/index.php?app=creditpulls

Pam
Guest

Nick, this new 3x card doesn’t have a “bonus” per se, does it? There are 1.5 extra points on spend but if someone had gotten a bonus on a CFU previously and then PCd it to something else, might they not be able to get this card again? Have no idea, just wondering your thoughts, thx!

scott
Guest

Has anyone here actually had any success in getting this offer approved? I called Chase and was told that this is NOT a legitimate offer. I asked to speak with a manager and was told the same. The offer cannot be found when searching the Chase website.

Benno
Guest

I am not sure why people are so excited about this. The standard offer gives you $150/15,000 UR for only $500 in spend. Previous offers gave you $300/30,000 for the same $500 in spend.

You would have to spend $20,000 with this offer to get a bonus equal to $300/30,000. Remember that the bonus is only 1.5 pts/$.

Sure if you have $30k or $40k of unbonused spend lying around, that you aren’t using to get signup bonuses on other cards, this can make sense. But for most people, I imagine this is a whole lot of spend for very little signup bonus.

Ralph
Guest

As you point out, it all depends on your typical level of monthly credit card spending. I’ll be getting this card and adding my wife and daughter as AUs. With the exception of Chase Ink and Chase Freedom for 5 UR spending, it will be the only card we use for the first year. With our normal monthly spending + home and auto insurance payments + possibly private college tuition payments through plastiq, we could easily pull in a few hundred thousand URs over the course of the first year. For me, this card is a game changer.

Pam
Guest

because $5,000 spend gives 3x points or 15,000 URs that can be transferred to a CSR, etc, etc etc; $10,000 gives 30,000 URs & anything above that is manna from heaven.

Benno
Guest

Yes, but only half of the 3x is bonus. So you need $10,000 in spend to generate 15,000 BONUS UR points.

Pam
Guest

yes, and all I need is $20,001 to come out ahead which will be a piece of cake once I cancel my SPG AMEX in August

Pam
Guest

(enter the new point workhorse)

Benno
Guest

Right. My point is only that $20k spend for 30k UR points is not a great deal. Certainly if you have gobs of spend that can’t be put towards another signup bonus, or on category bonuses on a card earning 5x or 3x , this might work for you. But why not get 100k UR for $5k spend and $95 by signing up for the Ink Preferred?

Pam
Guest

Because I just got approved for the CBP last week along with the Cash in branch. I am all in on URs after the SPG beating, enhanced with Chase’s help! Fantastic marketing/timing on their end.

Nick Reyes
Editor

Benmo, you’re absolutely not wrong that if you only do $10K or $20K or $30K in total spend per year, this offer wouldn’t be exciting compared to multiple signup bonuses, maxing out bonus categories, etc. I think the excitement you see on any offer that assumes $10K or $20K+ in spend to be worthwhile is from people doing multiples of that amount in unbonused spend per year. I don’t think anyone is saying that you should do $20K spend on this (or any card) card in place of $5K spend on a card that earns a signup bonus of 80K or 100K.

Benno
Guest

Wholeheartedly agree. I just think that to sign up for this card over even one of many other cards out there, you should be doing at least $40k-50k in unbonused spend a year. And if you can sign up for just two cards in place of this one, you should be doing around $100k in unbonused spend. Itks just hard to justify, unless you can’t get other cards (5/24, etc).

Pam
Guest

This is a NF card, guys! If something new and amazing comes along to shove URs to the side then it’s easy enough to shelve this card. As it stands, strategies must be put into play for constant & significant hotel/airline devaluations. I see the absolute most benefit with URs over MRs and TYs for protection against this ongoing corporate practice.

I am not a churn & burner anyways. I am certainly not one to turn away from a nice bonus here and there, but my motivation is, and always will be, with enhanced opportunities for spend. Like “Ralph” above, I am now sitting pretty for at least the next year and also positioned for new opportunities as they might arise.

GMAN8
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Greg/Nick

I currently have an Ink Business Plus (which I believe is now discontinued). If I get the Chase Freedom Unlimited, can I transfer the URs earned on from the Unlimited Freedom Card to the Ink card and then to various programs (BA, SQ, Etc)? Thanks so much!

Nick Reyes
Editor

Yes.

GMAN8
Guest

OMG. I could kiss you right now, that is amazing! Thanks so much!

Brett
Guest

I got this card almost a year ago and also have a CF. And just got the CIC a few weeks ago. Will be 4/24 next month. If I PC my CFU to another CF then reapply for another CF could this make Chase possibly want to shut my cards down…

Or should I just be content with the fact that having the CIC I’m already getting 5x on my Internet services and 2x on fuel and can also get 5x on gift cards. Since I only do organic spending for the most part (internet, cellphone, gas restaurants groceries). Thanks for any insight

Troy
Guest

Awesome news! Question I have is related to I am still learning the ropes on the Chase UR side of the house. Greg/anyone, if I have an authorized user on one of my unlocking cards and then they they get this CFU; will that allow them to unlock/share/transfer URs earned with it (I am primary on my CSR or InkBP and my spouse is an AU, if she then gets her own CFU will that work or does she need to be primary on her own unlocking UR card?

Thanks!

Ryan
Guest

Greg/Nick –

Applied for this for my wife, she’s under 5/24 and has a “regular” Freedom only. Decision went pending with the “we’ll let you know within 30 days” language. What is the current thinking or recommendation about calling reconsideration for a decision?

Thanks!

Tina
Guest

Just applied and was approved instantly. Thank you for the tip on this! My concern is that I will be given the “old” 15,000 points sign-up bonus instead of the “new” 3x points bonus. The card already shows up on my Chase account, but when I click on the points page, it reads that I will earn 1.5% back under the “Your Cash Back To Date” section. Doesn’t mention the 3x points anywhere. Hopefully won’t be an issue, but wondering if anyone else has the 3x points mentioned on their account page?

Laurie
Guest

I too signed up and was approved immediately. It shows up on my Chase accounts but I can’t tell if I am getting the 3x either. Hoping when my new card arrives it designates that

Lori
Guest

Same, husband approved after making a reconsideration phone call. I can see the new card in his Chase online account but it is showing 1.5x rewards. Sure hoping it is 3x for the first year or it is going to be a wasted hit on 5/24. 🙁

Tina
Guest

So I just got off the phone with the CC CS line, the rep said this is not a valid offer from Chase. Am planning to call back and hopefully speak with a different rep. Perhaps worth calling through the Chase Sapphire number on the back of my CSP card? Any other data points anyone can share about this offer being valid or not valid would be appreciated. Thanks!

Nick Reyes
Editor

This offer is at chase.com — I’ve never heard of an invalid Chase.com link.

If you Google “Chase Freedom Unlimited”, the third search result is the link in this post:

https://creditcards.chase.com/cash-back-credit-cards/chase-freedom-unlimited

If you click to open that link — Chase’s main page for the Freedom Unlimited — you will see that sometimes it shows the $150 back on $500 offer and other times it shows the 3% back offer (try a different browser if you don’t see it on the first few clicks). If I just click that link and then click back and click the link again, it rotates between the two offers every three or four clicks.

It’s not at all uncommon for phone reps to be wrong and/or not know about all of the promotions being offered by the bank.

Tina
Guest

Just tried what you suggested and am able to see the 3x offer on first try. Any tips on how to get them to honor it?
Thanks!

Nick Reyes
Editor

Honestly, I’d just apply through the link and expect it to work (and I did in this case). I took a screen shot of the offer and I just expect that I’ll get the 3x (if my application is approved, it initially went pending). If I didn’t get 3x on the first statement, I’d send a secure message about it and eventually send a screen shot if there is an issue.

I’ve never had a Chase signup offer fail to post correctly. That’s not to say it’s impossible, but it’s never happened to me.

I know you said you already sent a secure message and they said you’d get 1.5x. I’d say your options at this point are to go ahead and send them a screen shot of the offer — it’s right there on Chase.com and it’s the link you applied through — or wait until the first statement cuts and see what happens.

As it’s right there on the main Chase.com Freedom Unlimited page, it’s obviously legitimate. I would bet that it will just post on your first statement as expected, but if you’re concerned, send them the link (https://creditcards.chase.com/cash-back-credit-cards/chase-freedom-unlimited) and the screen shot.

Ryan
Guest

Nick – can you share the screenshot? I am getting some push back from Chase on this as well.

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Gabe
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Is this deal still alive? Link just says $150 sign up bonus

Kandra
Guest

Hi Greg! I am just wondering if anyone has ever received the 3x card? I applied for it using an appropriate link that showed 3x on it. Received the card and the paperwork for it and it only said 1.5x. I called them and it was escalated to a 2 supervisors. They said they would call back in 24-48 hours. They called and left me a vm and said they will only honor the 1.5x because that is what I signed up under.

A week later my husband signed up for it using the 3x link and we took a screenshot of it before we signed up. We just logged into his Chase portal and it is showing 1.5x! I am in shock! Curious to find out if anyone has actually received this?

Rebekka
Guest

I just got my card in the mail today. I also signed up using the 3x application link, but all my ppwk that came with the card says 1.5x also! I haven’t made any purchases yet, but I was nervous when I saw that. I’ll let you know how I fare….

the other Sam
Guest

My wife just got her Chase FU in the mail yesterday (applied last week from 3X promo page), and the enclosed literature made no mention of the 3X UR points for the first 12 months, only 1.5X. We SM’d them seeking clarification, and they responded today that they will honor the 3X offer. No screenshot needed – just a quick dig that if they don’t honor it, their card is worth less than the Citi DCB card.

Rebekka
Guest

I just rec’d an SM back after I asked them to confirm the 3x on all purch for the first year. She came back and said she did not see that on my account and I needed to send them the ppwk that I received showing that. I sent her my screenshot, hopefully that’s enough…

Rebekka
Guest

Final DP: I posted 2 days ago, but I now have my answer. So I sent the screenshot showing the 3x application link, they SM’d back saying the offer was not on my account…only the 1.5x.
I called in and the woman I spoke with was very nice, and she put me on hold to check my offer. She came back and said she did see it on my account and she would make a special note just in case I called in again about it and someone did not see it. She mentioned several times that she saw the “targeted” offer on my account…so I’m not sure if somehow that’s what’s messing things up.
Anyway, she did say I was all set with the 3x, and she seemed believable. So if you get shot down by SM, definitely call in and make them search for it!

amy
Guest

i signed up for the chase freedom unlimited on 5/4. did i make the cut off for the 3x points everywhere?