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The bonus debuted in-branch a couple of weeks ago. Now it’s available online: 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points for customers who bring in $75,000 in qualifying deposits and investments and open or upgrade to a Sapphire Banking account.
Chase has taken the Sapphire branding and put it onto a perk-rich checking account designed for new affluent customers who do not yet meet the target for Chase Private Client banking.
- You need a Sapphire or Freedom credit card to be eligible (Chase Sapphire Preferred card)
- You need to hit the minimum balance within 45 days and maintain it for 90 days
Customers who maintain $75,000 in qualifying deposits or investments receive:
- No fees on ATMs worldwide, including refunds on fees charged by non-Chase ATM owners
- No fees on everyday banking, including foreign exchange fees, outgoing wire transfers and stop payments
- Higher ATM withdrawal limits
- Commission-free stock and ETF trades (new You Invest platform)
- “Access to Sapphire lounges at concerts, sports and special events, early ticket sales and premium seats”
- “Advice from Chase’s specialists in banking, home lending and small business
Accounts that do not maintain a $75,000 average balance incur a $25 monthly fee. It’s not going to make sense to leave $75,000 or more sitting around in a low yielding account in order to get these benefits but it could make sense to consolidate investments in a Chase account in order to build this relationship.
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Chase is explicit, “this offer is stackable.” For instance you can sign up for a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and earn a 50,000 point bonus (after $4000 spend within 3 months, $0 annual fee the first year then $95) and those points transfer to airline miles and hotel points — any other Chase points can be moved into that account and transferred as well.
Then in addition to the 60,000 points for Chase Sapphire Banking you can earn their current bonus of up to 75,000 points for a new mortgage (last year there was a 100,000 point offer stackable with a $595 credit). Incentivizing mortgages with points makes Chase twice as likely to get a mortgage from cardmembers..
Bonus points from the checking account offer may be tax-reportable. Existing Chase Sapphire Banking and Chase Private Client customers are ineligible. And you can only earn one checking or investment account bonus once every 12 months.