Chase Freedom Flex: The Best Starter Card [Updated]

Credit Cards Dec 11, 2020

UPDATE 4/1/2021: Reminder to activate Q2 (Apr-June) 5% categories - gas & home improvement!

UPDATE 1/14/2021: 5% on groceries signup offer has expired

Usually when asked which card people should start with, I would reply with, "It depends". However, the recently revamped Chase Freedom Flex changed that and has become THE go-to card I recommend to friends & family. Read on to find out why!

[referral link] Freedom Flex


Need I say more?


That is at least $200 if you cash it out right after spending $500 within the first 3 months. This is already an incredible 40% return-0n-spend!

If you eventually upgrade or apply for one of Chase's premium cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve (review), it could be redeemed for at least $300 cash or potentially way more (think $1000-2000 worth!!!) if business class flights or 5-star hotels are what you are aiming for. Also, note that even if you already have the old (now discontinued) Chase Freedom or Freedom Unlimited (review) card, the Freedom Flex is considered a new product and you are eligible to earn this bonus.


5% on Quarterly Rotating Categories

2021 5% Categories
Old 2020 5% Categories

5% on Groceries (within your first year) UPDATE: closed to new applicants

5% on Lyft (limited time)

5% on Travel through Chase

3% on Dining

3% on Drugstores


  • Zero Liability Protection - protects you from fraudulent charges
  • Purchase Protection - covers many issues including theft, loss, and accidents
  • Extended Warranty
  • Car Rental Protection
  • Trip Cancellation / Interruption Protection
  • Cell Phone Protection
  • ... and many more


3 months of DashPass (DoorDash's delivery subscription service, which usually costs $9.99/month) FREE, so you can save on delivery fees. Furthermore, points from Chase Ultimate Rewards cards (including the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, Freedom Unlimited, Freedom, etc.) can be combined together for redemption. You can even pool points with others in your household! Learn more here.

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