Is It Worth Getting (or Converting to) the Chase Ink Business Preferred Just for 3X Plastiq Payments?

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Update 8/19/18: 3X on Plastiq payments with the Chase Ink  Business Preferred stopped working on 8/16/18. So the method below doesn’t work any more. I’m glad I kept my trusty Chase Ink Plus after all!

There’s a bit of a known secret about the Chase Ink Business Preferred card – you earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on ALL Plastiq payments (that is, the ones you can use a Visa card for).

I currently have the old Chase Ink Plus card (no longer available) that earns 5X at office supply stores, and on cable, internet, and phone service.

But month after month, I find myself spending way more on Plastiq payments than on “office supplies” or my internet bills. I’m heavily considering converting to the Ink Business Preferred to get that sweet 3X. When I run the numbers, I know I can earn more Chase Ultimate Rewards points this way. But, I’m afraid:

  • Chase will change the 3X any second now
  • Of losing the Chase Ink Plus card – once I convert, I can never go back

Is it worth a risk long-term for a short-term gain? Ah, isn’t that always top of mind with this hobby (and everything, really)?

chase 3x plastiq

I’ve had the Chase Ink Plus since it was a MasterCard… but if I convert, it’ll go the way of my Blockbuster card: SO TOTALLY OVER

Along the same thinking, would it be worth opening the Chase Ink Preferred to earn 3X on Plastiq payments… for as long as the gettin’s good?

Chase 3X Plastiq payments

Chase Ink Business Preferred100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points
• 3 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent on travel, shipping purchases, internet, cable and phone services, advertising purchases made with social media sites, and search engines each account anniversary year

• 1 Chase Ultimate Rewards point per $1 on all other purchases

• Bonus is worth $1,250 toward travel booked through Chase
• $95 annual fee• The minimum spending requirement is $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
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With the Chase Ink Preferred (compare here), you can earn 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

That’s worth $1,000 toward travel booked through Chase – or potentially $1,000s more when you transfer points to Chase’s valuable transfer partners.

You’ll also earn 3X Chase points on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases each anniversary year on:

  • Travel
  • Shipping purchases
  • Internet, cable and phone service
  • Advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines
a living room with a couch and a tv

Earning 3X Chase points on rent or HOA dues is super sweet

For whatever reason, Plastiq codes to earn 3X Chase points on every payment you can make with a Visa card, including:

  • Rent
  • Tuition
  • Student loans
  • Car note
  • Insurance
  • Utilities like electricity
  • HOA dues
  • Annual memberships
  • Taxes

Note: You can NOT use Visa cards for mortgage payments. Only MasterCards or Discover cards.

Plastiq charges a 2.5% processing fee. But considering Chase points are easily worth 2 cents each, that’s like getting 6% back – or 3.5% back after factoring in Plastiq’s fee. Either way, it’s hugely worthwhile to use this card for all your Plastiq payments.

Keep in mind, you need some sort of business income to open this card. And you will NOT be approved if you’ve opened more than 5 new cards in the last 2 years.

So is it worth it?

If you’ve already had any Chase Ink card for more than a year (I’ve had my Chase Ink Plus for many years by now), you can also product change to this card – which is what I’m considering.

a stone tower with a bridge over it

I’ve used Chase points to travel the world, like gorgeous Prague

The idea of earning 3X Chase points on thousands in spending each month is too good to pass up. But, the coding could revert to 1X at any time – and leave you high and dry with a card you don’t want to use.

Reddit hope

I have some hope this will stick around because of a recent Reddit AMA with Platiq’s CEO. Someone pointedly asked:

There’s a lot of worry around here that the more the media picks up on the Chase Ink Preferred card coding Plastiq as 3X, the sooner that perk will go away. Personally I can’t believe that Chase would be unaware of this. Can you confirm whether the 3X coding is intentional on Chase’s part?

To which he replied:

If you look at past discussions by Chase, including their public earnings calls/transcripts, they have mentioned several times how they were intentionally aggressive with, say, the CSR card and its bonus when it came out. This was despite analysts asking them about the huge cost, which Chase more/less summarized as “not a big expense” for their longer term goal of retaining the customers as part of the overall bank (i.e. card is just an entry vehicle to relationship with Chase banking). Point is, these bonuses are a rounding error as part of a broader strategy. I can also confirm that Plastiq is 100% following VISA and Chase rules in how we are processing these payments, so there are no surprises to anyone. Of course, as we have seen in the past, many issuers change their offers/bonuses from time to time.

So Chase knows about this, Plastiq is following the rules, and neither Chase nor Visa mind about the coding. In this light, I think it may stick around. But then the question becomes: how many months would I need to break even with this card vs other cards with 5X bonus categories?

a graffiti on a wall

I loved seeing Vienna and Slovakia on another Eurotrip – with Chase points

For me, I’d break even pretty much right away. But still, I hesitate to lose the 5X categories. I guess, worst case scenario, I could ride the gravy train until it ends, then convert to the Chase Ink Cash (compare it here) to have the same 5X categories again – albeit at lower spending thresholds. GOD I’M SO TORN.

As with everything, it’s gonna be case-by-case. But I do think it’s totally worth it to get 3X for as long as you possibly can. Chase knows about it and doesn’t seem to care – for now.

Bottom line

I love Chase Ultimate Rewards points and making payments through Plastiq to earn bonus points. I won’t earn 3X on my mortgage payment, but the idea of 3X on all other payments, like my car note, insurance, Airbnb rents, and more – is too good to pass up.

In fact, it may be worth it to open a new Chase Ink Business Preferred card (compare here) or convert an existing Ink card to hop on the 3X train for Plastiq payments.

I need to look at my monthly and yearly earning and decide if it’s worth it. Rough numbers tell me it’s highly worthwhile. But I dunno – what do you guys think? Solid bet – or too risky? 

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  1. I’d sign up for a new ink preferred, but I would not give up my ink plus. Remember, it pulls double duty, you get 5x on all the same stuff as the cash but it also allows transfers. If you product change to the ink preferred and 3x on plastiq suddenly goes away, you are stuck with the preferred, which is not a bad card in its own right, or you could change to the cash. But then you would need to convert one of your 5x freedoms to a card that allows transfers.

    • That’s a great point, Steve! I also have the Sapphire Reserve so I could still combine and transfer the points. But if I didn’t, that would be an incredibly important factor.

  2. I used Chase Ink Business Preferred to make college tuition payments through Plastiq. Only got 1X point per dollars. Does anyone really get 3X point per dollars for college tuition payment?

    • It’s working on all Plastiq payments. How long ago did you try to make a payment? If it’s been a while (like over a year), try it again – that could really add up, depending on what your monthly payment is!

  3. I’m always hesitant to close or convert a card that’s no longer available if the card has some tangible benefits. The 3x coding on Plastiq is not guaranteed forever. I downgraded my Ink Plus cards down to Ink Cash. I have access to a Chase Ink Preferred, so it works for me. Is your business partner below 5/24?

    • Oh no. Everyone I know is way over 5/24. I could always convert later to Ink Cash if the 3X stops working – but I hear you, I wouldn’t want to lose that higher cap in case I ever need/want it. SO TORN!

  4. Fantastic blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics talked
    about here? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get advice from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest.
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    Thanks a lot!

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