I don’t really use Visa Checkout, but apparently it is sort of Visa’s alternative to Paypal. I vaguely remember using it last December when Orbitz was offering $100 off a $100 or more hotel when you paid using Visa Checkout. The best part was that you could use it over and over again with the same card. I think that ended up covering most of our stay in Los Cabos back in January.
Well, it’s time to remember how Visa Checkout works because they are back with another promotion. This time you can get a $15 statement credit on your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card by using Visa Checkout at an online merchant by September 30th.
How The Visa Checkout Promotion Works
This promotion is pretty straightforward.
- Find and shop at a store that accepts Visa Checkout (this is actually the crux of the promotion!)
- Pay with Visa Checkout
- Link your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Chase Sapphire Card to your Visa Checkout account
The number of places accepting Visa Checkout seems really small. In fact, the website only shows 12 participating merchants.
- Virgin America
- Under Armour
- Williams Sonoma
- Neiman Marcus
- Pizza Hut
Twelve merchants. That’s it? You’ve had this thing going for a year and you’ve only signed up 12 merchants?
OK, maybe there are others as well. I mean, there’s an offer for Shutterfly on the Visa Checkout page, so you’d think that they would probably be accepting it, right? Or maybe some stores just aren’t participating in this promotion?
I couldn’t really think of anything that I needed from this vast array of merchants, so I took Jonathan’s advice over at My Money Blog and bought a game code for 49 cents at NewEgg. I simply searched for “game code” and sure enough, it offered me one for Max Payne — whoever that is.
I then went to the checkout screen, and selected Visa Checkout. Of course I couldn’t remember my Visa Checkout password, so I had to reset that, but once I did, I was able to add my Chase Sapphire Preferred card easily enough. Then I clicked pay, and that was that. I probably went from start to finish in about 5 minutes, and that includes the time spent recovering my forgotten NewEgg password, and registering a new card in my Visa Checkout account.
Hopefully I’ll get the $15 statement credit soon. It’ll help offset the annual fee on this card, which quite frankly I can’t decide if I want to keep paying.
In the meantime, I have no idea what I just bought, but here’s the code for Max Payne 3 if it’s useful to somebody: [APBA4-6V8Q0-E4V9K]
Visa Checkout Promotion Fine Print
The listed merchant(s) are in no way affiliated with Chase, nor are the listed merchant(s) considered sponsors or co-sponsors of this program. All trademarks are the property of their respective owner(s).
This offer is valid from September 10, 2015 through September 30, 2015. To qualify for this offer, you must use your Chase Sapphire or Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa credit card with your Visa Checkout account during checkout. Limit (1) $15 statement credit per customer or card account. Allow 1 to 2 billing cycles from Visa Checkout purchase for delivery of the statement credit to the Chase Sapphire account added to the Visa Checkout account; your card account must remain open and not be in default to receive the statement credit. Statement credit cannot be processed if your card number expires or changes while statement credit is pending. Statement credit will appear on your statement as a stand-alone transaction independent of any purchase transaction. Chase or Visa may terminate this offer at any time without notice. The value of this reward may constitute taxable income to you. You may be issued an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 (or other appropriate form) that reflects the value of such reward. Please consult your tax advisor, as neither Chase, its affiliates, nor their employees provide tax advice.
Visa is a registered trademark of Visa International Service Association and is used by the issuer pursuant to license from Visa USA Inc.
Are you going to claim your $15 statement credit? Can anyone find a way to spend less than 49 cents?