When you get Chase Freedom, activate your card by logging in to the Chase Freedom verify card page: chase.com/personal/credit-cards/verify-credit-card. You can also activate Chase Freedom by phone: 800-432-3117.
You must verify receipt of your Freedom card to activate it for use. But even then, you won’t be done with Chase Freedom activation.
Every three months, Chase Freedom requires you to activate new bonus rewards categories in order to earn 5% cash back on those purchases. If you don’t, you’ll only earn 1% back. To sign up for the latest categories, go to the Chase Freedom activate 5% cash back page. Enter your last name, the last 4 digits of the card, and your zip code. Click the green “Activate Now” button and you’ll be all set.
Here’s how to activate Chase Freedom:
Create a Chase.com account. You’ll need to provide your SSN or tax ID number, your account or application number, and the email you used for your application.
- Go to the Chase Freedom activate card page: chase.com/personal/credit-cards/verify-credit-card.
- Log in to your Chase.com account.
- Verify that you received your card when Chase prompts you.
After you activate Chase Freedom, you can use it right away. The steps to activate Chase Freedom are the same as activating any other Chase credit card. No other Chase card requires you to activate quarterly bonus categories, though.
Chase says they require quarterly Freedom card activation to make sure cardholders always know what the latest bonus categories are. But that’s probably only part of it. Either way, activation only takes a minute.
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