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Update: Triple points on the first Friday of each month is no longer available.
Earlier this year the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card introduced a new benefit whereby you earn triple points for all dining purchases made on the first Friday of each month. The card ordinarily offers double points on dining purchases, already making it the best card for dining spend, but earning an extra point per dollar is a nice added bonus.
Anyway, since I haven’t mentioned it since the program was introduced I figured I’d post a reminder, given that tomorrow (Friday, October 4) is the first Friday of the month. If there’s a restaurant you go to all the time it might be worth buying a gift card tomorrow.
I value Ultimate Rewards points at roughly two cents each, so while that isn’t an amazing return for holding a gift card long term, if it’s a place you frequent it’s better than nothing.