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The Chase Ink Business Preferred® credit card review (2024) – still offering the best welcome bonus around*


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*In our opinion!

The card_name from Chase continues to offer one of the best welcome bonuses on the market, but there’s a lot more to this card than just a one-off points bonanza – this is a credit card that offers excellent spending category bonuses, that makes other great credit cards even better, and that offers one of the rarer (and more useful) credit card benefits around.

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In brief

The card_name is one of the best small business credit cards on the market today. It offers strong earnings in key spending categories that are often heavily used by small businesses, it has a relatively low annual fee, it offers a number of excellent benefits that are not offered by a lot of other business credit cards, and it earns cardholders valuable Ultimate Rewards Points which can be converted with ease to a variety of airline and hotel loyalty programs.

Who this card is aimed at

Contrary to a lot of common misconceptions, this isn’t a card that’s aimed at major businesses.

In fact, your business doesn’t have to be your primary source of income to qualify for this card, and you don’t need to have a long-established business to be eligible to get this card (although that certainly helps).

If you have a side hustle that brings in extra income (selling on eBay, tutoring, rideshare driving, etc…) you could qualify for a small business credit card like the card_name and you could use it to help you keep your private expenditure separate from your business spending – something that can come in very useful at tax time.

In detail

Here’s what you need to know about the card:

Annual fee:

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Cost of additional/employee cards:

  • $0

Current welcome bonus:

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Earnings:

The card_name earns 3 points per dollar on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases in the following categories each anniversary year:

  • Travel
  • Shipping purchases
  • Internet, cable, and phone services
  • Advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines

Cardholders earn 1 point per dollar on all other transactions and on all transactions above the $150,000 yearly maximum.

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Earn 3 points/dollar when booking travel with the Chase Ink Business Preferred Card

Key benefits:

  • Primary auto rental cover
  • Cell Phone protection
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption insurance
  • Purchase protection
  • Extended warranty protection
  • Roadside dispatch
  • Transfer points to 11 airline partners and 3 hotel partners in a 1:1 ratio (details)
  • Get 1.25 cents/point in value when you spend your points on travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal

Why this is a great card

The first thing you should know is the terms and conditions which Chase applies to the welcome bonus… so here they are:

To qualify and receive your bonus, you must make Purchases totaling $15,000 or more during the first 3 months from account opening. (“Purchases” do not include balance transfers, cash advances, travelers checks, foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers or similar cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, and fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable.) After qualifying, please allow 6 to 8 weeks for bonus points to post to your account. To be eligible for this bonus offer, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment.

I value Chase Ultimate Rewards points at a conservative 1.5 cents each (based on the value I know that I can get out of them with ease) so, according to that valuation, you could say that successful new applicants can currently earn a welcome bonus worth $1,500.

Better yet, the spending target for this fantastic welcome bonus has recently been dropped from $15,000 to $8,000.

If you think my valuation is too high, you’ll find it hard to argue against a 1.25 cents/point valuation as that’s the value you’ll get from the points when you book travel through the Ultimate Rewards portal, and at that level, the welcome bonus is worth $1,250.

Whichever valuation you’re most comfortable with, that’s a pretty fantastic welcome bonus  but be aware that as this bonus has been around for some considerable time (and as Chase has recently changed the welcome bonus on two other Ink Business cards, we don’t know how much longer this bonus will be around for).

Outside of the great welcome bonus, there are 5 major reasons I like this card:

The earning rates

With, travel, shipping, social media & search engine advertising, internet, cable, and phone services all earning 3 points per dollar with the card_name (up to a spending limit of $150,000), this card is very well suited to a large number of SMEs where those categories often represent significant outgoings.

Assuming a valuation of 1.5 cents/point, the card_name effectively offers a return of 4.5% across a number of significant spending categories… and that’s impressive.

Yes, the $150,000 cap is going to be a little disappointing if you happen to be a high spender, but considering this card’s target audience, I don’t think that’s a particularly unreasonable cap to have in place.

Also, it’s worth keeping in mind that following a refresh to the AMEX, this is now one of the strongest cards (probably *the* strongest card) that you can use if you’re a business which spends a lot of shipping.

Personally, I wouldn’t use any other card in this category unless I was redeeming an additional offer (e.g. if another card that I hold was offering me a one-off rebate for spending with a specific shipping company).

Chase Ultimate Rewards

I’m a big fan of Chase Ultimate Rewards and I work very hard to keep my UR balance as healthy as possible.

I use most of my points for transfers over to Hyatt (from where I usually book some of the nicer hotels in the world), but a large number of the other transfer partners, including United Airlines & Singapore Airlines, all also offer great ways to use the points that the Ink Business Preferred® credit card earns.

Cell phone protection

One of the nicer (and possibly more useful) benefits that come with the card_name is the cell phone protection benefit which offers up to $500 per claim (for theft or damage) to phones listed on the monthly cell phone bill paid with the card.*

Even if you don’t need a lot of the card’s other benefits, at just $95 per year this card could be considered worth it for the cell phone protection alone.

*A claim can be made for up to $600 but as all claims are subject to a $100 excess, the net maximum claim is $500.

Primary auto rental cover

Unlike a lot of credit cards, the card_name offers cardholders primary auto rental cover as long as the rental company’s collision insurance is declined, the rental is for business purposes, and the entire rental cost is charged to the card.

Considering how many small businesses require their employees (and owners) to rent cars, this can be an incredibly useful benefit to have.

It makes some other Chase credit cards significantly better

The card_name (review), the Chase Freedom Flex℠ Credit Card, and the card_name (review) are all fantastic credit cards in their own rights (take a look at the reviews to see what I mean) but they are made even better if you hold the card_name.

These three cards are all cash back cards and they offer cardholders some of the best cash back rates available. However, when one or more of these cards is paired with the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card, the points that these cards earn (and that are normally only convertible to cash back) can be converted to valuable Ultimate Rewards Points.

As an example, let’s take the excellent Chase Freedom Flex℠ Credit Card which doesn’t charge an annual fee and earns cardholders the following:

    • 5% cash back on up to $1,500 of spending in quarterly revolving categories.
    • 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase’s travel portal.
    • 3% cash back on dining (includes take-out and delivery)
    • 3% cash back on spending at drugstores
    • 1% cash back on spending in all other categories

A Freedom Flex card holder who also holds an Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card can either take the Flex Card’s earnings as cash back or can convert it into Ultimate Rewards Points (1% cash back = 1 Ultimate Rewards Point).

As I’ve already mentioned, I value Ultimate Rewards Points at 1.5 cents each so that would effectively mean that when paired with the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card, Chase’s already excellent Freedom Flex Card would offer a return of between 1.5% and 7.5% across various spending categories – that’s a truly stunning rate of return to get from a card that doesn’t charge an annual fee.

I hold this credit card

I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk too, so the card_name holds a very special place in my wallet.

Getting the card wasn’t plain sailing for me (I think that had something to do with the fact that I applied at the height of the pandemic when Chase was still in full-on panic mode and rejecting a large number of business card applications) but I finally struck gold in October last year when Chase was only too happy to issue me with the one card that I had been after for longer than any other.

I applied for the card at a point in the year when I knew that I had a lot of bills heading my way so it didn’t take me very long to trigger the welcome bonus…

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…and those 100,000 points paid for a number of Hyatt stays that would otherwise have cost me a significant (painful!) sum of money, so they’ve been put to good use.

The wonderful welcome bonus aside, it’s great having a card that gives me bonus points for my cell phone bills while giving me cellphone cover as well, and it’s nice to know that each time I rent a car for work I’ve got primary cover protecting my trip. Better still, now that I hold the Chase Ink Preferred Credit Card, I’ve been able to save money by downgrading my Chase Sapphire Reserve Card to the card_name (review) without having to give up the ability to earn 3 points/dollar on my travel spending… and that makes me love this card even more.

Bottom line

How much use you get out of the card_name will depend on the nature of your business and the nature of your spending, but this is very obviously a card that a significant number of people would find useful.

If you (or your employees) travel a lot for the business, then this is definitely a card to be considering – the bonus points for travel spending and the primary auto coverage will make it a must-have card for a lot of SMEs – but it’s also a card to be considered by anyone who holds the Freedom Flex or Freedom Unlimited card if they want to be sure they’re maximizing their card’s earnings potential.

Overall, in an environment awash with business credit card options, the card_name is easily one of the better all-around options available today, so with the welcome bonus as high as it currently is, this could be a great time to add it to your portfolio.

Our Favourite All-Round Travel Card

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The card_name is Chase's incredibly popular entry-level Ultimate Rewards card which offers strong earnings on travel and dining and some great benefits too. Right now and in exchange for an annual fee of annual_fees, this card is offering all successful new applicants the following welcome bonus:

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Our Favorite Benefits:

  • 5 points/dollar on most travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • 3 points/dollar for spending on dining worldwide
  • 3 points/dollar for spending on select streaming services
  • 2 points/dollar for spending on travel worldwide
  • Redeem points at 1.25 cents each when booking travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • Annual $50 credit for hotels booked through Chase
  • Primary auto rental cover

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