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I’ve been a big fan of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card (review) since they upped the sign-up bonus to 50,000 in May. This is an all-round powerful card with a waived annual fee, 7% bonus on all points accrued (so the sign-up is actually 53,500 points) and the points can be transferred instantly at a 1:1 ratio to Continental, British Airways, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club and Amtrak – plus the card has no foreign transaction fees, which will save you about 3% on all of your foreign spend.

Chase now announced that they are doubling the points earned on dining and travel (flights, hotel, car, timeshare, etc) to 2 per every dollar spent. This is a significant increase in the power of this card, because most of us travel and eat!

As for the sign-up bonus, many of you have asked whether I think it will go up from 50k or down. In my honest opinion (I have no insider knowledge), I would put money on the sign-up offer going down before it goes up. Remember, Amex ran the Platinum card at a 50k bonus and then randomly one day dropped it to 25k (though realistically many people are still getting 100,000 points).

While there are some attractive Chase offers out there right now (60-80k Priority Club, 2 Free Night Hyatt), I think the Sapphire Preferred is the best card and overall sign-up bonus.

Hat tip Frugal Travel Guy!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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