The Chase Freedom Card Gets A New Design

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The Chase Freedom is one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards, as it offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories, for up to $1,500 of spend per quarter.

For example, here’s the 5x points calendar for 2017 (we don’t yet know what the fourth quarter bonus categories will be):

I’ve already maxed out the 5x bonus category for the third quarter, and am excited to see what the fourth quarter bonus category is.

What makes this card so great is that in conjunction with a card earning Ultimate Rewards points, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, points earned on the card can be converted into Ultimate Rewards points as well. So while the card is typically considered to be a cash back card (with each point being worth a penny), you can get more value out of your points by having this card in conjunction with one earning Ultimate Rewards points. That’s because I value Ultimate Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me that increases the value of the points by ~70%.

Anyway, up until now the Chase Freedom hasn’t had an especially appealing card design. I don’t think card design matters that much (I think the actual benefits are more important), though there’s no denying that card issuers across the board are putting more thought into card design.

The Points Guy reports that the Chase Freedom is getting a new card design, which I quite like. The new design is more minimalist, and will have the card numbers on the back. In many ways, the design looks a lot more like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

Previously I always thought that the Chase Freedom looked more like a debit card than a credit card, especially as I thought the card numbers stood out rather than the branding as such. However, unlike some other premium cards, this one will continue to be plastic, as you’d expect for a no annual fee card. That’s sort of a blessing, since at this point many of us have quite a few metal cards (even The Platinum Card® from American Express recently became metal), and they can easily weigh down a wallet.

New applicants for the Chase Freedom should get the new card design, and existing cardmembers should receive the new card design when their current card expires. I suspect if your card goes missing or needs to be replaced you’d get the new design in the meantime as well.

Like I said, this doesn’t make an actual substantial difference to the card benefits, which remain unchanged. However, it is always nice to have a card in your wallet that you also find to be nice-looking.

What do you make of the new Chase Freedom card design?

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  1. Blargh. The Chase Freedom was my last credit card with raised numbers, and the only one I could use at places where the CC machine went out and they had to take a graphite rubbing of my card. I suppose it’s the end of an era for me.

    I don’t mind the new design, but is it asking too much to just have one card with raised numbers?

  2. Love the new design. I sm’ed Chase to ask for the new design card even though my card doesn’t expire until 22. First was told no, then I asked again and was told okay the second time 🙂

  3. @bob. You can always ask for a “legacy card” and explain your experience. When Chase Freedom stopped issuing contactless cards, I was still able to request one with it.

  4. I am elderly and now disabled (building fire in NYC). Before that I worked on Wall Street (financial graphics) and during my time lobbied hard for banking regulations. ( as well tried with others before the subprime meltdown to alert people – our little group was mentioned in Bloomberg – alas few believed us small fry).

    The problem with this card is that it does not state CHASE – and for some – perhaps not YOU, it makes it hard to distinguish from other cards. My sentiment is that it is designed to deliberately obfuscate so people make mistakes. Think not? I liked the older card design where CHASE is clearly stated. MHO.

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