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As many of you may know, since earlier this year Chase has expanded what’s commonly referred to as “the 5/24 rule,” which means that they generally won’t approve you for a card if you’ve opened more than five new card accounts in the past 24 months. This is more a general guideline than a strict rule, though:
- Most non-Chase business cards, like The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, don’t count towards this limit
- There are people who report not having any issues being approved for a card even though they surpassed the 5/24 rule, so it’s not consistently enforced
- There sometimes are ways to get exceptions, like if you’re a Chase Private Client
- This doesn’t apply to all Chase cards
With that in mind, there’s often some confusion about which cards the 5/24 rule generally applies to, and which cards it doesn’t generally apply to. So in this post I wanted to share five great Chase credit cards that the 5/24 rule doesn’t apply to, at least anecdotally:
Sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases within three months
Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49
The single biggest benefit of this card is that it offers an annual free night certificate at any IHG property in the world on your account anniversary. That’s incredible, given that this is also the hotel credit card that has among the lowest annual fees. There are no category restrictions on the free nights.
Furthermore, the card offers IHG Rewards Club Platinum status for as long as you have the card, plus a 10% refund when you redeem points, for a total of up to 100,000 refunded points per year.
Redeem your annual free night certificate at the InterContinental Bora Bora
Sign-up bonus: Earn 3 complimentary nights at any participating Tier 1-4 Ritz-Carlton hotel after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months, plus 10,000 bonus points after adding an authorized user and having them make a purchase within that same time period
Annual fee: $450
While this card has the highest annual fee of any cards listed here, it also has the most benefits. The card offers a $300 annual travel credit, Ritz-Carlton Gold status (which is also valuable at Marriott properties), a $100 domestic companion airfare benefit, three Ritz-Carlton club upgrades per year, etc.
The $300 annual travel credit is based on a calendar year, meaning that before you pay your second year’s annual fee you should have access to two of these credits.
There are so many fantastic properties at which you can redeem those Ritz-Carlton complimentary nights.
Redeem your three complimentary nights for a weekend getaway to Half Moon Bay
Sign-up bonus: Two free nights at any Hyatt property after spending $2,000 within three months
Annual fee: $75
On top of that, the card offers a complimentary annual night certificate valid at any Category 1-4 property, which for most people should more than offset the annual fee. The card also offers Gold Passport Platinum status, and when Hyatt’s program switches over to World of Hyatt in March, it will come with Discoverist status.
Redeem your two free nights at the Park Hyatt Maldives
Sign-up bonus: Two complimentary nights at any Fairmont property after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months
Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95
While this is more of a niche card, Fairmont has some fantastic hotels, so it’s great to be able to earn two free nights at any of their properties. In addition to the sign-up bonus, the card offers an annul complimentary night certificate when you spend $12,000 on the card in a year.
Lastly, the card offers Premier status for as long as you have the card. If you’re already a Premier member when you apply for the card, you get an annual Fairmont Gold upgrade certificate.
Redeem your two free nights at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Earn an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you spend $10,000 total on purchases within your first year of account opening for a total of 75,000 bonus Avios. Earn a further 25,000 bonus Avios after you spend $20,000 total on purchases within your first year from account opening for a total of 100,000 bonus Avios.
Annual fee: $95
Avios are incredibly useful for shorthaul travel, given their distance based award chart. Avios can efficiently be redeemed for travel on Alaska and American on domestic flights.
On top of that, the card offers a Travel Together ticket when you spend $30,000 on the card per year. With this voucher you can have a companion fly with you on a British Airways award ticket, and they just have to pay the carrier imposed surcharges and fees, and not the actual Avios (though those fees can be high).
Use your Travel Together voucher for British Airways first class
There are a lot of great Chase cards you’re potentially eligible for, even if you’ve opened more than five new card accounts in the past 24 months.
Of the above cards, I personally think the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card offers the most outsized value long term, given the low annual fee and annual free night certificate. The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card has a great increased sign-up bonus, and offers so many perks that make the card a keeper. The Hyatt Credit Card and Fairmont Visa Signature Credit Card also have great sign-up bonuses and can be worth holding onto long term.
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