The first quarter of 2019 is slowly drawing to an end and, as another quarter starts up in a couple of weeks, Chase has released details of the new bonus categories which will offer Chase Freedom credit card holders the chance to earn 5% cash back in the second quarter of 2019.
In this post I'm going to set out a quick step-by-step guide which will show you how you can combine your earnings from one of the Freedom Cards with the Chase Ultimate Rewards balance associated with whichever Sapphire Card you hold.
Accor Hotels part-owns a hospitality group called 'sbe' which it bought for ~$319m last year and it's this hospitality group which has just announced a new partnership with Chase which will see Sapphire Reserve card holders offered a set of new benefits when they stay at select sbe properties.
Right now, and for the rest of March, Chase is offering holders of the Chase Freedom Card and the Chase Freedom Unlimited Card 10% cash back on hotel bookings (up to a maximum spend of $2,500).
Holders of the legacy IHG Rewards card are getting emails from Chase offering them a 5,000 point incentive to upgrade to the IHG Rewards Premier Card so I thought I'd take a look at how the two cards differ and if it's a good idea to consider an upgrade.
I've seen reports flying around which suggest that Chase is no longer offering a traditional sign-up bonus on its British Airways Visa Signature Card, but those reports are inaccurate. If you'd like a sign-up offer on the Chase British Airways Signature card there's still 100,000 bonus Avios on offer and, if that sign-up offer isn't to your taste, there's a second offer that may work better for you.
Chase is sending out emails to Marriott Rewards credit card holders inviting them to register for a promotion which earns them bonus points for spending through 31 March 2019. Based on the T&Cs of my offer it looks as if Chase is varying the promotion from person to person so, if you have a Chase Marriott Rewards credit card but haven't received an offer, I suggest checking your spam filters/folders in case it has been caught up there.
The last day to register for the Chase Freedom Q4 2018 bonuses is tomorrow (14 December) and that means that it's time for Chase to reveal the bonus categories for the Chase Freedom card for 1Q 2019. In Q4 2018 the Chase Freedom card earned 5% cashback (or 5/dollar if you also have a Sapphire branded Chase card) on the fist $1,500 spent at department stores, wholesale clubs and everywhere that card holders used Chase Pay to pay their bills.
To date American Express has been the only one of the major card issuers to have any meaningful money-saving offers available to cardholders (Citi dabbles with offers every now and again but I've yet to see anything worth mentioning) but now it looks like Chase is trying to get in on the action too.
There have been a lot of changes taking place with Marriott's loyalty program over the past few months (not least the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest) and, among those changes, we've seen the complete overhaul of the Marriott award chart and the introduction of some new credit cards. A lot of the important changes have been discussed over and over again so most people are pretty familiar with what to expect going forward....but there's one little issue that I haven't yet seen addressed.