Chase has just unveiled new welcome offers on its IHG Rewards Club credit cards. The Premier card has had its welcome offer raised to 140,000 points (the joint all-time-high offer) and the no annual fee Traveler card has had its welcome offer raised to an incredible 100,000 points. In the right hands, both cards can be excellent additions to a credit card portfolio and with these increased welcome offers they're clearly worth a closer look.
In mid-July Chase announced that all of its Marriott Bonvoy and Marriott Bonvoy-related credit cards (including credit cards that are no longer available to new applicants) would offer bonus points for spending in categories that had less to do with travel and more to do with what people have been mostly spending their money on since Covid-19 became part of our lives. These bonuses end today.
Chase has recently shaken up its credit card portfolio by introducing the new Freedom Flex credit card and by updating the Freedom Unlimited credit card with new bonus categories. Both cards are key players in the Ultimate Rewards universe so I've put the two side by side to see how they compare.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred credit cards have been offering special benefits and enhanced earnings in select shopping categories since the beginning of July, but with the end of September rapidly approaching, cardholders have just days left to make the most of what these cards currently offer.
As we move into the final few months of 2020 (this year really can't end soon enough!), Chase has revealed the 4Q 2020 category spending bonuses for the legacy Chase Freedom credit card and the credit card that's taking its place - the Chase Freedom Flex credit card.
The Ritz-Carlton credit card that's issued by Chase offers an annual $300 credit for incidental spending with airlines but with most people either not able to travel or not interested in travel, Chase has extended the credit to cover grocery spending and dining expenditure too.
Since July 15, Chase Marriott Bonvoy credit cards (including credit cards that are no longer available to new applicants) have been offering bonus points for spending on dining and at gas stations and although this promotion was scheduled to end in a little over a week's time, it looks as if Chase has extended the offer without actually telling anyone.
The Ritz-Carlton credit card from Chase comes with a $300 travel credit that, under normal conditions, can only be used to offset incidental travel costs like seat selection fees, baggage fees, and lounge memberships (airfares, hotel costs and the like can not be reclaimed). Now, however, with the travel world still at a standstill, that travel credit has been expanded to include spending made at grocery stores and on dining.
Chase is emailing select holders of its Ink Business cards to announce that, for a limited time, their cards will now offer bonus points in two new spending categories. I've seen this bonus targeted to my Chase Ink Plus card (which is no longer open to new applicants) and to the Ink Business Cash card, but there's every chance that other Ink cards are being targeted too.
Chase Ultimate Rewards offers cardholders of select Chase credit cards the opportunity to earn one of the three big transferable currencies in the miles & points world – Ultimate Rewards points - and these points can be transferred across to a variety of other loyalty programs affiliated to major airlines and hotel chains.