Each quarter I put together a list of the 5% cash back on rotating categories . To help you plan big purchases and even buy gift cards when they earn the most cash back, it’s important to look at the cash back categories for the entire year.
If you have flexibility with the timing of your purchases and you know the purchase category will be on the list for a future quarter, you might want to hold off on your purchases until you can get 5% cash back.
Here is the Chase Freedom cash back calendar for 2018.
2018 Chase Freedom Rewards Calendar
|1st Quarter||2nd Quarter||3rd Quarter||4th Quarter|
Internet, Cable and Phone
Chase Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, or Android Pay Purchases
(Excluding Target and Walmart)
|Summer (Last summer was restaurants & Movie Theaters)||Holiday (Last holiday was Walmart & Department Stores|
More on Chase Freedom Calendar
Cash Back Limits. The 5% cash back is for spending up to $1,500 each quarter in the bonus categories.
Activation. Even though the Chase Freedom 2018 calendar is available in advance, you have to wait to enroll each quarter. Enrollment for each bonus category starts on the 15th of the month prior to the new quarter. For example, for 2nd quarter, you can sign up for the 5% cash back beginning on March 15.
How to activate. To enroll here is the Chase quarterly activation  link.
Other calendars. You can use the 2018 Citi Dividend Rewards Calendar  and the 2018 Discover It Rewards Calendar  to help you plan out your purchases this year. In addition, I’ll still remind you each quarter to switch out your cards and we’ll review all of the cards at once.
Maximize points. Once you earn your rewards, be sure to check out the Best Way to Maximize Chase Ultimate Rewards Points .