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At the start of the year I was planning a weekend in Chicago in mid-March. I was going to have dinner at Kyoten and I wanted to try Smyth as well. That’s when I stumbled into a Chase restaurant benefit I was unaware of: extra reservations availability at top restaurants through Tock.
The partnership automatically offered extra booking availability for Chase cardmembers (who had to log into their Chase account as part of the checkout process and prepay) and also the ability to spend points on the bookings.
Chase has now integrated the partnership, through something called Chase Dining, into the Ultimate Rewards website and Chase mobile app offering,
access to reservations and experiences across Tock’s network of restaurants, wineries, and culinary pop-ups in 200+ cities across the country. The hub will include new features from Tock including the ability to order takeout through Tock To Go, as well as access to farm fresh produce, meats and more via Tock Pasture, Produce, & Purveyors network.
Through April 30, 2021 Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® can redeem points at the ‘pay yourself back’ rate for these dining experiences (1.25 cents apiece for the former, 1.5 cents apiece for the latter).
Meanwhile Chase is rolling out virtual chef events – the “Sapphire at Home Dining Series” offering “demonstrations, intimate conversations, behind-the-scenes tours and more.” Living in Austin, I picked up Franklin Barbecue for lunch on Sunday. Apparently this Thursday they have Aaron Franklin:
- Thursday, 10/15: Aaron Franklin (Hot Luck Fest, Franklin Barbecue) shares grilling tips and gives you a sneak peek into his new beer collaboration with Karbach Brewing Company
- Thursday, 10/22: Marissa Mullen, founder of @thatcheeseplate, teaches you how to create a special Sapphire inspired cheese and charcuterie board
- Thursday, 11/5: Chef Brady Williams from Canlis will walk cardmembers through how to prepare a unique Canlis meal-kit designed especially for Chase Sapphire cardmembers
- Wednesday, 11/18: Husband and wife duo from SingleThread, Chef Kyle and Katina welcome you to their Farm and SingleThread Inn. The night includes a farm tour, wine tasting and cooking demo
Aaron Franklin, of course, has had a long relationship with Chase. Here’s Nobu meets Aaron Franklin in a Sapphire commercial from 2014:
The Tock integration, since it’s part of Ultimate Rewards, isn’t just open to Sapphire customers. Freedom cardmembers (such as holders of the excellent new Chase Freedom FlexSM) and Ink cardmembers also can use it.