I hold a basic Chase British Airways Visa card that doesn't charge an annual fee but which can only be obtained by downgrading the regular Chase British Airways Visa card. This is a card I very rarely use so I haven't earned more than a handful of Avios through Chase for years. That makes the offer just I received in an email more than a little surprising.
The Chase Sapphire cards are two of the best travel credit cards around so, at a time when travel isn't at the forefront of most people's minds, Chase has been adding new benefits to these cards to keep them relevant to everyday life. Up until the end of last month, both cards offered generous bonuses for spending at grocery stores and now Chase has added a new set of new benefits that it hopes will engage cardholders for the next three months.
At the beginning of May Chase announced that a large number of credit cards in its portfolio would be offering bonus points for spending made at grocery stores. This news gave new life to cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card whose benefits are heavily skewed towards the travel sector so, with the gravy train ending in just 7 days' time, this is a reminder to use your Chase-issued credit cards at grocery stores while you still can.
Since the middle of April, the World of Hyatt credit card has been offering an improved welcome offer which includes twice as many elite night credits as the card ordinarily offers. As with all good things, this offer is coming to an end and anyone interested in getting the World of Hyatt card has until 30 June to be approved if they want to make the most of the current welcome offer.
Chase issues the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit cards and if you like to travel, if you enjoy playing the miles and points game and if you like being able to earn valuable points with relative ease, you should probably have one of these cards in your wallet...but not necessarily because of what these cards offer on their own.
On the whole, I'm a fan of Chase. I've never really had any problems with the bank and I'm a big fan of a number of its travel-related credit cards which I'm very happy to hold. Just recently, however, I've had one small but annoying issue with Chase that I thought I'd share.
Chase is sending out a new batch of emails in an attempt to tempt holders of the legacy IHG Rewards Club Select Card to upgrade to the IHG Rewards Club Premier Card but, for most people, this is probably a very poor option to take as it involves leaving a lot of value on the table.
A little earlier I wrote about how the majority of Marriott Bonvoy credit cards issued by Chase and American Express will earn 6 points/dollar on grocery spending for a limited time, and now we're hearing that Chase is also offering bonus points for grocery spending on 21 of its other travel-related cards...including the very popular Sapphire Cards.
With travel at a halt, with non-essential businesses closed and with social distancing measures in place, a lot of the traditional miles & points credit cards no longer offer a particularly compelling set of benefits. To combat this issue we're starting to see credit card issuers tweaking the benefits and earnings rates that their cards offer to be more relevant to the current environment and today it's the turn of the Marriott Bonvoy cards.
Out of the three big credit card issuers, American Express has so far been the one to lead the way with customer-friendly changes like welcome offer extensions and new targeted offers and bonuses appropriate to the situation a lot of us are finding ourselves in...but Chase appears to be starting to make an effort too.