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Chase just announced the biggest-ever public offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card: 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
The previous offer of 60,000 points was the best public offer ever for the card. They’ve increased it by one third – 20,000 more points – and haven’t even increased the spending requirement. This is huge for the $95 annual fee card.
For many years this was the single best card for earning valuable rewards points, in a class by itself. It currently has the biggest public offer there’s ever been for the card, and in my view the best offer for any rewards card right now. They’ve never opened up a 80,000 point offer to anyone who wished to apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card before this offer.
Chase will generally only approve new customers for this card that have gotten fewer than 5 new cards in the past 2 years (so getting a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card before you apply for other cards makes the most sense). In addition to be eligible for a bonus on this card you cannot be a current Sapphire cardholder or have received a Sapphire card bonus in the last 48 months.
Here are my 16 favorite things about Sapphire Preferred.
- Initial Bonus
80,000 points are worth a minimum of $1000, but I value Chase points at around 1.8 cents apiece because of all of the transfer opportunities. That’s $1440 in value just for spending $4000 on the card within the first 3 months of opening the account. Put another way, that’s effectively a 36% rebate on the spend which is almost unheard of.
- Double Points on All Travel and Dining
That’s what most of my spend is, especially reimbursable spend — not just air and not just hotels, but both and cars and taxis and tolls, plus meals on the road.
To be sure the Sapphire Reserve earns 3 points per dollar on travel and dining, but I’m asked frequently by people that have the Reserve whether they should keep that currently $550 annual fee card after the first year, and it’s a much tougher card to get approved for in readers’ experience.
- Ultimate Rewards Mall
Additional points for your online shopping through access to the Chase Ultimate Rewards mall, a mileage-earning shopping portal that often has the most lucrative opportunities to earn extra points for the online purchases you’d make anyway.
- Points transfer to Singapore Airlines — one of the best airlines in the world, with great premium cabin availability, stopovers for a fee even on one-way awards, and very low fees
It’s very rare indeed that you can ever use miles from Star Alliance partner programs like United MileagePlus, Aeroplan, or LifeMiles for long haul premium cabin travel on Singapore. But Singapore offers members using their own miles fantastic award availability on most of their routes. In the past Suites Class has even been regularly available between Europe and Singapore as well as Australia.
- Points transfer to United Airlines MileagePlus which is great because it’s one of the few airlines in the world that does not add fuel surcharges onto any awards and because that gives you access to availability across the Star Alliance and with easy online bookings.
- Points transfer to Air France which offers great business class award availability and discounts on awards up to 50%.
In my experience they make far more award space available on Air France and KLM flights to their own members than they do to partners. I find really good space between the US and Europe, even on West Coast routes.
Flying Blue offers promo awards discounting certain markets 20% – 50% that let you book travel between that city and anywhere Air France or KLM flies in Europe (depending on the gateway that is on sale).
- Points transfer to Hyatt which gives you access to high-end hotel redemptions, reasonably-priced suite awards, and room upgrades with points.
Hyatt lets you redeem ~ 60% more points than a standard room for a suite on a free night. And Hyatt lets you spend 6000 points per night on a qualifying paid rate stay to upgrade to a suite — at booking. And that 6000 point price is the same regardless of the price level of a hotel. For additional points you can even book a premium suite.
You do have to pay the standard or Hyatt daily rate to use points to upgrade a paid reservation to a suite, and at a resort you have to book at least a deluxe room to be eligible to use points for upgrades. And free nights in suites require a minimum 3 night stay.
Park Hyatt Aviara
- Points transfers with most airline and hotel partners are instant.
This is great because you don’t risk awards disappearing this way. And you don’t need to transfer points to an airline or hotel program until you need them, since transfers happen quickly. (Singapore Airlines transfers in my experience take 12-24 hours but have taken as long as 36 – which is ok since Singapore has let me put awards on hold, then I’ll transfer the points).
- Use Points For Statement Credits
The new Pay Yourself Back tool lets you redeem points at 1.25 cents apiece in value against eligible card charges (currently, grocery, dining, and home improvement).
- Food delivery Benefit
Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DoorDash’s DashPass (activate by December 31, 2021).
- Limited Time Benefits
Earn triple points on Instacart, plus $50 in statement credits towards yearly or monthly Instacart Express membership; triple points on gas; and 5 points per dollar on some streaming services.
- Purchase Protection
If you buy something and the merchant won’t take it back and it’s within 120 days of your purchase, they can pay you back instead up to $500.
When I dropped my Android phone on the sidewalk two months after I bought it, I smashed the glass screen — and I wound up with a check for $314.99.
If a manufacturer’s warranty lasts a year, they’ll cover a second year. If it lasts two years, they’ll cover a third year. So if your stuff breaks don’t just throw it away, call Chase and get the ball rolling on their provider sending you a check.
- Baggage Delay Coverage
If your checked bags are delayed more than 6 hours they’ll reimburse you for things like toileteries and clothing you need to buy, up to $100 a day for 5 days (or until your bags are delivered, if less).
And if your checked or carry-on bags are damaged or lost permanently, they extend coverage up to $3,000 per passenger.
- Primary Rental Collision Coverage
If you rent a car with this card you don’t just earn double points (for travel) but get extra protection. Most premium cards offer secondary collision coverage, they pay what your insurance doesn’t (which usually means they cover your deductible). With Sapphire Preferred’s primary coverage, rental a qualifying vehicle and charge it to the card and your insurance company may not even need to know…
- Trip Delay Coverage
Buy airline tickets with the card and if you’re delayed 12 hours or overnight you can get reimbursed for hotel costs and meals.
You must be on a round trip ticket (trip not to exceed a year) and have charged at least a portion of your ticket to the card.
The $500 benefit applies to each spouse or dependent (under age 22) that’s delayed whose ticket you charged to the card.
Since you only have to charge a portion of a ticket to the card, coverage applies even to award travel thus it’s best to pay award ticket taxes with a Sapphire Preferred Card (and not just for the double points on airfare).
- The Card Has a Great Look and Feel
This isn’t a reason to get a card but it’s a sleek card, heavier than what you’re used to and without any raised numbers (and in fact, no numbers on the front of the card).
AndyAndy decided downgrade his Chase Sapphire Preferred card to a regular Sapphire card with no fee (no longer available). He tried to dispose of the card himself. With a blow torch.
I applied for this card back in 2011. And it’s still a great role-player, especially as a ‘Chase hub’ where you earn points at accelerated rates with Chase’s no annual fee cards and then transfer them to the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card so that those points can then be moved to airline miles and hotel points.