Last Few Days For Increased Chase Ink Sign-Up Bonuses

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Since May 1, Chase has been offering increased sign-up bonuses on their Ink Business Cards. They offered the promotion last year for a week, while this year they’re offering it for an entire month. They’re offering the increased Ink sign-up bonus until June 1, 2014, so you only have a few days left to apply before the promotion ends.

The sign-up bonus for each of these cards is 10,000 points more than usual, so that’s a 20% increase in the sign-up bonus for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold, and 50% increase in the sign-up bonus for the Ink Cash.

So if you haven’t yet gotten in on the bonuses, you have only a few days left to do so. The Ink Plus and Ink Bold are in my opinion the two best business cards on the market, for two reasons in particular:

  • 5X points on the first $50,000 spent annually at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services
  • No foreign transaction fees

And the Ink Cash is a great no annual fee alternative to the “premium” Ink Plus and Ink Bold Cards.

As a reminder, here are the offers and marketing bullets for the cards:

Ink Bold® Business Charge Card

  • Chase celebrates small businesses with a special bonus offer!
  • For a limited time, earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • No interest charges because it’s a pay in full charge card.
  • Earn 5X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs with no transfer fees.
  • Direct access to a live service advisor anytime.
  • Free Employee Cards.

Ink Plus® Business Credit Card

  • Chase celebrates small businesses with a special bonus offer!
  • For a limited time, earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • With Ink Plus, you have the cash flow flexibility with the choice to pay over time or pay in full.
  • Earn 5X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services.
  • Earn 2X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually at gas stations and for hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • 1:1 point transfer to participating travel programs with no transfer fees.
  • Free Employee Cards.

Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card

Chase celebrates small businesses with a special bonus offer!

  • For a limited time, earn $300 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 in 3 months from account opening.
  • 5% cash back on the first $25,000 spent annually at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services.
  • 2% cash back on the first $25,000 spent annually at gas stations and restaurants.
  • 1% cash back on all other card purchases with no limit to the amount you can earn.
  • 0% introductory APR for 12 months on purchases and balance transfers.
  • No annual fee.

Bottom line

If you’re looking for a business card, you really can’t beat the Ink offerings. They’re top notch, both in terms of the sign-up bonus and in terms of the value you get from them for everyday spend.

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Comments

  1. Hey Lucky! What’s your opinion on this. I’ve been trying to wait as long as possible to apply for the Ink bold. The reason being, my last AOR was in early March so it hasn’t been three months.

    Do you think it’s better to go ahead and just apply for the ink alone and do my AOR later in June/July? In addition to the ink bold, I also need to apply for the citi hilton reserve and chase hyatt since I am planning to do the hyatt diamond challenge in September. Thanks in advance!

  2. @ Ang — This is a great topic for a post. I think nowadays the concept of having to do an “app-o-rama” every few months is overrated. Back in the day they would sometimes only pull your credit once for multiple applications in a day, but that doesn’t really happen anymore. I feel just as comfortable applying for a single award every month vs. three cards every three months. So I’d do the Ink Card now, I don’t see the benefit in waiting, especially since it will allow you to spread out your minimum spend.

  3. Can you pretty please make another post in a couple days to remind us again, in case we forget and don’t see it any other site?

  4. Thanks so much Lucky for always answering my questions so quickly! You rock! I never even thought about the spreading out my minimum spend since I was so focused on when to apply. I will do the ink now and wait for the other two. I hope you’re having a fab time where ever you are!

    @Jay – Well, Lucky could have advised otherwise and suggested I wait and forego the extra 10k. I’ve thought about doing that and have no problem doing so, but I wanted Lucky’s opinion since I value that more than mine since I’ve only been doing this for a year and not as experienced.

  5. Ben, I know this has been asked before but never gotten a clear cut answer. I really want to apply for one of these cards but I don’t own a business. Still worth applying? I don’t want to risk it if there’s a chance they won’t approve me.

  6. May 28 post – last few days!!
    May 29 post – last couple days!!
    May 30 post – day before the last day!!
    May 31 post – last day!!

  7. @ang – you do realize that Lucky earns several hundred dollars for you signing up?

    you trust his opinion when he has a direct financial benefit in you using his affiliate link?

    would you go buy a car and ask the salesman – “do you think it’s a good idea that I buy this car from you”? what answer besides “yes” would you expect to receive?

  8. i think you don’t have enough info to give him the advice to buy now.

    If he did an AOR in march and another one 93 days before that, ALL those pulls will come up as recent (under six months). So it would have been important to know how many pulls he’s had in the last six months before recommending he apply now. that wasn’t known.

    If he had two large AORs btw march and january, then no, i wouldn’t recommend he apply

  9. @luis

    “till worth applying? I don’t want to risk it if there’s a chance they won’t approve me.”

    There’s a chance they won’t approve you. How big a chance depends on a lot of factors, but not owning a business, yes theres a chance you don’t get it

  10. @ jay — Okay, maybe I can expand there a bit. I give general advice on this blog. I respond to literally hundreds of comments and emails a day, so I can’t realistically provide tailored advice to everyone in terms of their exact situation. My point was that — in general — the concept of an “app-o-rama” is really outdated nowadays and not necessary.

    The simple facts are that a credit card application dings your score by a couple of points for two years, at which point it falls off. There can be positive impacts on your credit from applying for new cards, though less so with business cards.

    In the past the point of an app-o-rama was that sometimes your credit would only be pulled once if you applied for multiple cards in a day. That doesn’t really happen anymore.

  11. @ Luis — You do need a business, though it doesn’t have to be a corporation. A sole proprietorship/side business would qualify. That being said, if you don’t have any type of business then you likely wouldn’t be approved. So if you don’t want any risk in terms of applying, I would skip this card.

  12. Chase reportedly offered a targeted 70k sign-up bonus for Ink Plus this past January and did the same for Sapphire Preferred back in June 2012.

    That said, I will probably apply for one of the cards in this offer rather than take a chance on waiting to be targetted for a bigger bonus.

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