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Update: This offer is expired. You can find the current offer details here.
Chase has been pretty aggressive lately (or for that matter, for the past couple of years) with sign-up bonuses and improving their product offerings. There are some especially exciting changes right now, but there has been so much going on lately that I’ll consolidate them all into one post rather than writing individual posts about them.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card now chip & signature
As of a few days ago the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is available as a chip & signature card. If you already have a Chase Sapphire Preferred you can call and have them send you a new one with chip & signature, and it should arrive overnight. Alternatively, if you apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred now it should either already be a chip & signature, or you can immediately request to have it converted.
British Airways Signature Visa Card – (Update: This offer is now expired)
Over the weekend Chase brought back the 100,000 Avios sign-up bonus on their co-branded British Airways card. It’s not nearly as lucrative as it was back in the day when the card was first introduced in the US, as you earn the 100,000 Avios in the following thresholds:
- 50,000 Avios after spending $2,000 within three months
- 25,000 bonus Avios after $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening.
- An additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening.
So you have to spend a total of $20,000 on the card in a year to earn the 100,000 Avios. At the end of the day the card is worth it for the 50,000 Avios after spending $2,000. I’d also argue it’s worth spending an additional $18,000 to earn 50,000 bonus Avios. For spending $18,000 you earn 22,500 Avios (since the card accrues 1.25 Avios per dollar spent), plus the 50,000 bonus Avios. That’s 72,500 Avios for spending $18,000, which is over four Avios per dollar spent. Not bad, if you ask me!
And if you reach $20,000 of spend, you’re only $10,000 away from earning the British Airways travel together companion certificate.
Chase Ink Plus® Business Credit Card and Ink Bold® Business Charge Card are now Visa Signature Cards
It’s worth posting a reminder that as of September Chase’s Ink Plus and Ink Bold cards are issued as Signature Visas rather than World MasterCards. Personally I prefer Signature Visa benefits. Even if you’ve had the Chase Inks in the past when they were issued as Mastercards, you should still be eligible to apply for these and enjoy the Visa benefits.
￼Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card 50,000 point sign-up bonus is still live
Chase was running a promotional 50,000 point sign-up bonus on their co-branded Southwest credit card through last week. The offer was supposed to end end last month and be limited time, though they kept the offer around and took out the “limited time” verbiage, so there’s a good chance that the offer is around to stay for a while.
This card is especially lucrative since if you rack up 110,000 points in a year you’ll earn Companion Pass with Southwest, which allows someone else to travel with you for the entire year. For domestic travel that’s a value that’s tough to beat. And now’s a great time to get the card, since you can push reaching the minimum spend off into the first few weeks of next year, which should allow you to qualify for the Companion Pass for the subsequent two years.