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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Dining Points July 5

by on July 5, 2013 · 7 comments

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Hopefully many of you spent the holiday out and about in the sunshine, hanging out with friends, grilling on the barbecue and all those other fun things that make summer great. But just because it’s a holiday weekend, don’t forget that today, Friday, July 5, is the first Friday of the month, and that means 3X points per $1 on dining when you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire cards at restaurants, where they would normally only earn 2X points per $1.

Chase Sapphire 3X First Friday

Although the promotion is part of Chase Sapphire’s partnership with OpenTable, you don’t actually have to book through OpenTable in order to earn the 3X points, it can be at any restaurant. However, by booking through OpenTable, you have a chance to triple dip with OpenTable Rewards and earn an additional 1% back in the form of future dining credit. If you do a little research and use OpenTable to book a restaurant in your airline’s dining rewards network and then pay with your Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred, this could be a really lucrative promotion and a great way to maximize earning points on dining.

Even if you’re not going to eat out today, there are still ways to earn 3X points, including buying gift cards or certificates to restaurants you know you’ll be eating at in the future. A lot of restaurants sell gift cards or certificates directly, so this is a good way to make sure you’re earning those bonus points on future dines.

Regarding those gift cards, remember, you’ve got to make the purchase directly at a merchant that’s coded as a restaurant on your statement, so don’t go into an office supply store, drugstore or gas station to buy them and think you’ll be getting the 3X earning ratio with your Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred.

The Sapphire and Sapphire Preferred normally earn 2X on dining.

The Sapphire and Sapphire Preferred normally earn 2X on dining.

That said, if you have the Ink Bold or Ink Plus, you can buy restaurant gift cards at office supply stores for 5X points per $1 every day, so keep that in mind since I’d rather get 5X points than 3X, and you get that earning rate every day. Buying directly from restaurants is just a strategy for those folks who just have the Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred cards. If you have both of these cards, use your Sapphire Preferred since it awards you with a 7% annual points dividend on all points earned – base and bonus – so you’re really earning 3.21 points per dollar on dining using it.

Another thing to note: Ultimate Rewards points earned on the Sapphire card can be used towards cash back or redeemed for travel at 1 cent apiece. However, if you have the Sapphire Preferred or either the Ink Bold or Ink Plus cards and your Ultimate Rewards accounts are all linked, you can redeem those points at a rate of 1.25 cents each for travel using pay with points – or potentially much more lucratively, you can transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to one of the program’s travel transfer partners including: British Airways, Korean Air, Southwest, United, Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Ritz-Carlton and Amtrak.

By dining out or buying restaurant gift cards/certificates on a first Friday, you’re potentially earning 3 United miles or Hyatt points for example, which I value at about 2 cents each, so you’re getting a 6% return on your dollar. Not only that, but if your card is linked to your airline or hotel program’s dining rewards network and you dine out at a participating restaurant, you’re earning a potential 3-5 miles per dollar on top of that bringing your miles-earning up to a potential 8 miles per dollar.

So if you triple dip – find a restaurant that’s part of your dining rewards network, use OpenTable to make the reservation and then pay using your Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred – you can turn First Fridays into a really lucrative way to maximize earning points on dining.

Apart from gift cards, if you are actually dining out, just remember that your transaction must take place prior to midnight in the time zone where the restaurant is, so be sure to get the check by then.

Here are the rest of the First Friday dates for the year so you can put them on your calendar!

August 2
September 6
October 4
November 1
December 6

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NYBanker July 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

I wouldn’t call it “1% back” with Open Table… more like $1 or $10 back. The amount back has nothing to do with what you spend.

RealityRobin July 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

Do you have a link to the original agreement from Chase Sapphire Preferred? I need to check the “fine print” for international dining.

Flyer July 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

I have had issues with purchases made on Friday but the merchant submitted only on Saturday so I missed on the bonus. Needed to fight with Chase to get it. Anyone else had this issue?

Roger July 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

Great idea re: buying gift cards today to get the bonus. I was getting bummed cause I already have plans to stay in tonight, but now I’m racking my brain on gift cards to buy!

flyinace2000 July 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

FYI this works in the UK too!

ROB July 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

any posts on what you can do with your miles and posts? not just on hotel with points and airline with miles for car rentals, hotels airlines and more?

which programs allows?

Anthony July 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm

3x points? How quaint. I just earned 45x points by buying a gift card (a pile of gift cards actually) at Hillstone Restaurant (formerly Houston). I then had one glass of wine ($10) and paid for it with my gift card. Here is where it gets amazing: At Hillstone they don’t simply deduct the purchase amount from your gift card. No sireee! They give you change! In this case $140. In other words, for a $10 purchase I received 450 points ($150 gift card x 3). I’m pretty sure that works out to 45 points per dollar spent. Just for good luck, I then had dinner and received an additional 180 points when I charged the $60 meal on my Saphire Preferred card.

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