Chase Freedom Q3 Restaurant Spending (Blueprint vs. Ultimate Rewards Dashboard)

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Good morning everyone, happy Wednesday.  We are almost halfway through Q3 (July 1 – September 30), so I thought it would be fun to check how my Chase Freedom Credit Card Q3 restaurant spending was going.  Like the old disturbing saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”  The same is also true with Chase.  I will show you how to calculate your Q3 restaurant spending using the Chase Blueprint tool and the Chase Ultimate Rewards Dashboard.  Both have pros and cons, but taken together, they provide a very detailed answer to these questions: “How much have I spent at restaurants this quarter and how much more do I need to spend to maximize this bonus category?”  Let’s start with Chase Blueprint.  Log into your Chase online account, scroll down to your Chase Freedom Credit Card and click the Go to BLUEPRINT link.

Then click See Spending in the Track It box.

Then click the Restaurants link under the Categories header.

Click on the various bars in the bar chart to see the qualifying transactions.  Here are the charges from my last few statements.

It is equally interesting to see which purchases posted in other categories.  For example, a gelato shop and coffee shop coded as grocery stores, my breakfast at a restaurant inside a Marriott hotel coded as travel, and frozen banana desserts coded as other.

That concludes the Chase Blueprint tool.  Now, let’s check out the Chase Ultimate Rewards Dashboard.  Go back to your Chase online account, scroll down to the Chase Freedom Credit Card and click the Go to Ultimate Rewards link.

Then scroll down and click on the Review More Activity link.

The Cash Back Rewards summary is pointless for our purpose, so keep scrolling down.

The Most Recent Activity table is very helpful because you can immediately see which transactions did and did not earn bonus points.  The transactions from the Chase Ultimate Rewards Dashboard match perfectly with the Chase Blueprint tool.

I copied the above table into a spreadsheet, removed the non bonus transactions and calculated how much I had spent at restaurants in Q3.  So far in Q3, I spent $805.84 and earned a total of 4,029 Chase Ultimate Rewards.  Both figures represent 54% of the maximum quarterly spending, so I are right on track.

Beneath the Most recent Activity table, there is another mostly-useless 5% Cash Back Categories section.

There you have it, now you can find out exactly how much you have spent toward Q3 restaurant spending using the Chase Blueprint tool and Chase Ultimate Rewards Dashboard.  Are you close to maxing out your restaurant spending?  Have you already maxed out your spending this quarter?  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone.

8 thoughts on “Chase Freedom Q3 Restaurant Spending (Blueprint vs. Ultimate Rewards Dashboard)

  1. John

    Other than buying restuarant gift cards is there any other way to max out bonus if you don’t dine out enough?

    Reply
    1. Grant Post author

      If you plan on buying gift cards for chain restaurants, you can usually get a bigger discount by buying from Gift Card Granny.

      I don’t know of any other ways to maximize the restaurant bonus category.

      Reply
  2. BOS George

    Go to UR page, right click the bar graph, choose Inspect Element and you’ll get the exact percentage completed. Multiply by $1,500 and there you go.

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      1. Phil

        Like paxtis…No way dude. Amicis is much better in the restaurant, it doesn’t translate well to delivery.

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        1. Grant Post author

          I do like Paxti. Both delivery and dine in. Love the deep dish style :)

          I’ll have to dine in at Amici’s sometime to try the pizza at its best.

          Reply
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