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Select Chase Ink cards now offering bonus points & cash back in new categories [limited Time & targeted]

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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® Credit Card, but there’s every chance that other Ink cards are being targeted too.

Here’s the deal I’ve been offered:

As a valued Chase Ink Plus® cardmember, you have access to a limited-time offer that’ll help you earn rewards faster while driving your business forward.

Earn 5 total points on shipping and advertising purchases made on social media and search engines on up to $10,000 spent in combined purchases, Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2020.* (That’s an additional 4 points on top of the 1 point you’re already earning in these categories.)

And I’ve seen a similar deal (albeit in terms of bonus cash back and not bonus points) offered on the Chase Ink Business Cash card.

Note: If you pair the Chase Ink Business Cash card with one of Chase’s Sapphire Cards, the cash back offered by the Ink card can be converted to valuable Ultimate Rewards Points.

If you have a Chase Ink Business card and haven’t had an email from Chase, try searching your inbox(es) for an email with the subject line “Limited time: Now earn 5 total points on shipping and select advertising purchases” just in case you failed to notice it when it arrived. If you’re still out of luck, it’s always worth giving Chase a call to see if the offer can be added to your card(s) – the worst that can happen is that the associate says “no”.

Quick thoughts

We’ve seen Chase being very active in adding new spending category bonuses on its travel-related personal credit cards but this is the first set of new spending categories I’ve seen for one of the bank’s business cards.

At a time where online sales are on the rise, the temporary bonus on spending on shipping may be helpful to a lot of small businesses so this is a very nice move by Chase. I’m less convinced by the bonus being offered for advertising purchases as, based on what I’ve been seeing, most companies appear to have been cutting their advertising budgets over and over again as they look to save cash wherever they can as the current crisis shows no sign of abating.

Still, bonus points are a lot better than no bonus at all so it would be more than a little churlish of me to gripe about Chase’s latest measure to keep cardholders happy. Personally I don’t think I’ll be able to make the most of this offer from Chase but there will probably be quite a few small business owners for whom this is a very deal indeed.

Bottom line

Select Chase Ink Business cards are now offering bonus points for spending on shipping and online advertising. These bonuses are targeted and emails have been sent out to targeted card holders but, if you haven’t heard from Chase, it’s worth calling the bank to see if these offers can be added to your card(s).

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