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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining December 6

by on December 5, 2013 · 21 comments

in Chase, Dining Programs, OpenTable

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It’s already December! And that means that tomorrow is the last first Friday of the month for earning 3X points per $1 on dining when you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire cards at restaurants, where they would normally only earn 2-2.14X points per $1. The bonus works at any restaurant you’d normally earn 2X points at – so internationally as well as within the US.

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 on Friday, 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.

If your statement comes and you don’t see the 3X points, call Chase and they should be able to manually add the points to your balance.

And in the meantime, check out my post on Maximizing Dining Spend – An Updated List of Current Dining Program Bonuses

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  • Dieuwer

    Do you also get 3x points 1st Friday dining abroad? If so, what timezone is used as reference?

  • stvr

    This is starting to feel a bit spammy.

  • Mark Garretson

    Can anyone confirm if this is good on all spend at restaurants tomorrow? If I were to eat out at two different places. Would I get 3x points at each place? Or is only good on one dine?

  • John

    It’s a verbatim copying and pasting from the previous months with the first and last paragraph changing. I hope people don’t click on his affiliate link and reward him for posting garbage.

  • PtsJunkieWI

    I’ve found it works on as many restaurants as you patronize on the Friday… to include multiple gift card purchases.

  • PtsJunkieWI

    Why are you two somehow ‘wronged’ by TPG re-posting information again. Why reinvent the wheel, when it’s an ongoing program? Just because you’ve read it before doesn’t mean new readers have. And all of the links to other articles and prior blog posts are valuable to such newcomers.

    If you’re so well informed that posting vitriole comments is all you have to contribute, do everyone a favor and just close your browser.

  • alcw

    or lunch?

  • Nicole

    Thanks for the reminder! I hope they do this again next year, as I have really racked up some points with this promo!

  • stvr

    Earning an extra point per dollar once a month is just not that impactful on the margin.

  • stvr

    This is the kind of question that, if TPG were to work his contacts to answer, would be ADDING to the conversation.

  • stvr

    Sorry to harp, but I refer you to this post as an appropriate way of spamming readers: http://boardingarea.com/onemileatatime/2013/12/05/reminder-3x-points-on-dining-tomorrow/

    Adds new info, talks about current promotions.

  • Rob

    The guy has several staff members but I bet none of them would be able to find out that answer. But you’ll see them pushing Chase cards 10 times a day

  • Dan

    I feel sorry for you if you come here to find out new information… Check out the link that stvr posted. At least the other blogger mentioned can promote his own affiliate links while providing useful information not like this bum copying and pasting stuff…

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, it works internationally – the transaction just has to be coded as a restaurant in the merchant category, and it’s midnight in the time zone you’re in when making the purchase.

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, it’s good on all dining purchases, not just the first one or the one of least value or anything like that.

  • steven hanson

    I will be going to get gift cards tomorrow, because this time of the year, most will give me an extra $10 if I purchase a $50 gift card.

  • Brennan

    Anyone know if this works for purchasing gift cards online? One if my favorite local restaurants is offering $25 bonus gift cards with the purchase of $100 card. Would love to buy today, but in out of town and can only do so at the restaurant website…

  • Mark B.

    Is it possible to upgrade my Chase Sapphire card to a Chase Sapphire Preferred card?

  • JJ

    Are charges dine thru Seamless considered a food/restaurant charge at Chase?

  • Lesli

    I purchased $2500.00 in gift cards for my mom’s Christmas party. Easy score of 7500 points. Cha Ching!

  • Mark Garretson

    Just a heads up to everyone!

    I tired to purchase Gift Cards on 12/6 to earn 3x points on the spend and also double dip with my “Dining Rewards” program through United…

    It didn’t work!

    Here is why….Though the gift cards were purchased through the restaurant website, they were actually distributed from OpenTable.com…(My card statement shows the charge as “OpenTable Gift Purchase” and is only giving me 1 point per dollar on my Sapphire)

    I am going to call Chase and see if I can at least get the 2x spend for Dining and hopefully talk them into the 3x spend, since the gift cards were purchased on Friday 12/6…

    A heads up for future!!! When purchasing gift cards for 1st Friday’s 3x dining spend, make sure you purchase at the actual restaurant location…Or at least make sure the Gift Cards aren’t sold by a vendor that isn’t coded as a restaurant…such as OpenTable…

    I will comment here and post an update about how my call to Chase goes…Let you guys know if I am able to get the 2x spend at least and hopefully the 3x spend!

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