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Tips to maximize your rewards with school shopping
Learn some of the ways to earn and redeem Chase Freedom credit card points.
The following story is part of a broader series meant to inspire practical ideas around back to school spending presented by Chase Freedom.
Celina Hernandez, a mother of three, has her hands full of snacks and supplies as she leaves a wholesale club on a hot summer day in suburban Chicago. "I haven't even thought about back to school shopping yet," says Hernandez, whose children are 11, 5 and 1.
As a Chase Freedom card holder, Hernandez says she redeems her cash back rewards that help her shop for back-to-school supplies.
Here are some ways parents like Hernandez can earn and redeem as many Chase Freedom reward points as possible when shopping:
Add an authorized user: Instead of worrying about how much money your son or daughter might need for textbooks, add them to your credit card account to make sure they can cover their expenses. Additional authorized users make it easier for every family member to earn cash back rewards on their purchases.
Shop at wholesale clubs: Earn 5 percent cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases from July through September at restaurants and through December, 2016 wholesale clubs. in bonus categories each quarter from shopping at restaurants to wholesale clubs after you sign-up for the deal. That includes shopping at wholesale clubs.
You'll always automatically earn unlimited 1 percent cash back on all other purchases.
Book a flight or a hotel during your next college visit: Traveling is expensive. If you're going to visit a college campus, book your next flight or hotel with points to save money.
One of the most valuable features on the Chase Freedom credit card is being able to transfer points to airlines and hotels or redeem them for 1.25 cents each toward travel reservations.
Shop for school supplies on Amazon.com: One easy way to avoid the crowds—and score better deals—is by shopping online with your bonus rewards. Use your cash back rewards to shop for shoes, backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils on Amazon.
Marie Clemens is a Chicago-based writer.