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RIP: Chase Ink Plus was one of the best cards for 5X categories. Yes, you earned 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points at office supply stores, and on phone, cable, and internet service. And 2X on hotels and gas.
Chase Ink Plus is gone and in its place… the Chase Ink Preferred. But they nerfed the 5X categories! (And kept them on the Chase Ink Cash, thank gods.)
If you’ve opened more than 5 new cards in the last 24 months from ANY bank, go ahead and stop here. And read some of my other posts. Cuz its unlikely you’ll be approved for this one.
Or get one of these cards, which aren’t subject to the 5/24 “guideline”:
- Chase British Airways
- Chase Hyatt
- Chase IHG
- Chase Fairmont
- Chase Marriott Business
- Chase Ritz-Carlton
If you’re on the prowl for a card to use for your small business, the Chase Ink Preferred is still extremely worthwhile.
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Not as good as Ink Plus. Redundant if you have other Chase cards. Most of us can’t get it, anyway. But worth it if you spend even small amounts in the bonus categories.
With the Chase Ink Preferred, you’ll earn 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. And you’ll get 3 points per $1 in these categories:
- Shipping purchases
- Internet, cable, and phone services
- Advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines
On the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases each account anniversary year. Mmmkay?
This is an excellent card to have if you spend a lot on travel. And “travel” here is extremely broad. Think airfare, hotels, tolls, parking garages, subway passes…
Internet, phone, AND cable is another huge category for most people AND offices. So, another win there.
And if you ship a lot of items (perhaps for eBay or Amazon sales), or advertise your business, you’ll get 3X points for your efforts there, too.
If you spent the maximum of $150,000 in the bonus categories, you’d earn a staggering 450,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($150,000 X 3). Which is enough to do… A LOT. Even if you don’t spend that much, 3X is still a strong earning rate.
However, if you have other Chase cards, like the Sapphire Reserve, you already get 3X on travel. And if you have the Ink Plus (no longer offered), you can still earn 5X on internet and phone. Which is pretty awesome. But if you don’t have either, the Ink Preferred is a nice way to access a lot of strong bonus categories.
Cell phone coverage
Another benefit of the Ink Preferred is your cell phone is covered for theft and damage, up to $600 per claim (max of 3 in a 12-month period). There’s a $100 deductible, so more like $500 per claim.
You have to pay your bill with the card to access the coverage. Which is great because hey, 3X bonus category.
I haven’t seen this feature on a lot of cards, so it’s nice to have. Especially if you’re accident prone. Or just clumsy. 😉
How bout that annual fee though?
There are no foreign transaction fees. However, there IS a $95 annual fee if you apply online.
If you apply in-branch, though, it’s waived. So try to do that if you want to apply. But if you’re not near a Chase branch, online is the way to go.
To put the $95 annual fee into perspective, you’d only have to spend $2,533 per year in the 3X categories to recoup it.
Because the points are worth at least 1.25 cents toward travel when you book through Chase. So $2,533 X 3 X 1.25 = 9,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. That’s ~$211 a month in the bonus categories. This shouldn’t be hard for most people.
With that in mind, this card is worthwhile if you want a small business card. Or if you’re looking for a new card with a strong sign-up bonus and a lot of bonus categories.
The sign-up bonus alone is worth $1,000 (80,000 x 1.25) toward travel. So really, it’s a no-brainer. I’d apply for this card before you can say “submit application,” if only I could.
Why not A? The 5/24 rule and no 5X categories. And no waived annual fee the first year.
I wouldn’t let that separate me from an easy $1,000 sign-up bonus though. This B for “Bitchin'” is perhaps the most solid B+ I’ve ever awarded. Without the 5/24 rule in place, no doubt this card would be an A. I love having access to new bonus categories (and so should you).
Keep or DTMFA: Keep.
Considering you only need to spend a little over $200 a month in the bonus categories to make the annual fee worth it, that should be pretty easy. Between travel, cable, internet, and phone, most people (and especially businesses) would do well to hang on to this card.
At a bare minimum, the 80,000 point sign-up bonus is worth it. And you’ll come out very far ahead in any result, even if you do have to pay the annual fee for a year or two.
So I say this one’s a keeper. Again, especially if you like the 3X bonus categories. There are enough of them to appeal to most peeps.
What’s your take on this card? Anything you wish were added, or that you really like? All observations welcome here.
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