The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has enhanced their offer and is giving an additional 5,000 points for new applicants after adding an authorized user to the card and having the user make a purchase within the first three months. The current that comes with the $95/year annual fee (first year waived) is 40,000 points for new new applicants after $3,000 spend within the first three months, plus the additional 5,000 points. There is another offer for this card that comes with a higher annual fee ($125/year, first year free). It seems as though this offer might be targeted, but there is a whole FlyerTalk thread about it here. If you are able to see the better offer, it is 10,000 points more (with the same minimum spend requirements). It is $30/more a year so depending on how long you plan on keeping the card might sway your decision on which offer to get.
For the past year plus, the ongoing offer was a steady 40,000 points after meeting the minimum spend requirements, so being able to get an easy 5,000 additional points is great! Adding an authorized user is free and does not hit the users credit report.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is not linked to a specific airline or hotel, therefore, gives you the flexibility to use the points earned in a number of ways. This is a great card for the traveler who does not want to tie themselves to a specific chain and wants the freedom to travel at will. Also, with this current offer the $95/year annual fee is waived. After the first year you can always downgrade to the non-preferred card which has no annual fee.
The points earned can be redeemed in a variety of ways:
- Transferring to a partner airline/hotel: You can transfer your Chase points at a 1:1 ratio to Continental (which can be transferred to United), British Airways (American partner), Hyatt, Priority Club (Intercontinental), Marriott, and Amtrak. I personally value 45,000 points at $900.
- Pay for travel: You can use your points to redeem free travel with their travel booking services. This allows you to pay for anything travel related (car rental, cruises, etc.). There are no black out dates and you can earn frequent flyer points for the selected travel reward program. For preferred card holders (which this card is), you will get a 25% bump when redeeming in this type of travel. Therefore, 1 point = 1.25 cent towards the purchase of your travel. This means that 40,000 points is equal to a cut and dry $562.50. This works similar to American Express’s Membership Rewards travel services.
- Cash Back: Instead of redeeming for travel, you can use your points to receive cash back. 1 point = 1 cent cash back. The 45,000 points will then equal $450. Not the best redemption, but it is the bear minimum you will receive.
- Gift Cards/Entertainment: Again, not a great redemption ratio, but you can redeem your points for various gift cards or entertainment opportunities. The value of the 45,000 points is determined on your selection.
Earning: When using the card, you will earn 1 point for every $1 in purchases. Additionally, you will earn double points on all dining in restaurants, airfare, and hotels. The great thing is that points never expire as long as you have the card and their is no cap on the number of points you can earn annually. The preferred card also gives you a 7% annual bonus on all points earned. For example, if you spend $40,000 on the card (including the initial $3,000 spend), that will give you an additional 2,800 points.
Card Benefits: Along with the points earned, there are many additional travel benefits that come along with the card
- Travel Insurance – When making travel purchase with this card you will receive: trip cancellation insurance, auto rental collision damage, travel accident insurance, and lost luggage reimbursement
- No Foreign Transaction Fees – With the preferred card there are no transaction fees when using your card internationally. This is a huge benefit as some cards charge up to 3% in fees.
Click here to apply for the card and get the 40,000 bonus points after meeting the minimum spend requirements and then add an authorized user for the additional 5,000 points.
You can learn more about this card as well as the Chase Ultimate Rewards program in this prior blog series:
- Introduction to Chase Ultimate Rewards Program
- Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards with Chase Freedom
- Downgrading your Chase Ultimate Rewards Card to Avoid the Annual Fee
- Best Redemption for Chase Ultimate Reward Points – Hotel Stays
- Best Redemption for Chase Ultimate Reward Points – Air Travel
- Chase Sapphire Preferred vs. Chase Sapphire
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: Sapphire Preferred vs. Ink Bold
- Top 10 Chase Ultimate Reward Questions
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