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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining Today

by on March 7, 2014 · 12 comments

in Chase, Dining Programs

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Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here.

It’s almost lunchtime on the east coast, which means you’re probably thinking about where to eat and hopefully which credit card to use to maximize the points on your dining purchase, so I wanted to post a reminder that today is the first Friday of March and you can earn 3X points per $1 at restaurants using your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire cards today.

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Chase originally launched First Friday for 2013, but announced that First Friday would be extended throughout 2014 as well, so there are a lot more delicious dining bonus points in our future. The bonus works at any restaurant you’d normally earn 2X points at – so internationally as well as within the US, and at many coffee places like Starbucks as well as at a lot of bars and lounges that are coded as restaurants as many of my favorite places in Miami and New York are. You just have to purchase by 11:59pm in the time zone you’re in, so make sure you get the bill before midnight! Plus, if you have the Sapphire Preferred, you’re actually earning 3.21X points per $1 factoring in the annual 7% points dividend.

The promotion is part of Chase Sapphire’s partnership with OpenTable, but you don’t have to book through OpenTable in order to earn the 3X points. However, if you do, you can 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.

If you’re not going to eat out tomorrow, you can still earn 3X points on dining purchase by buying gift cards or certificates directly from restaurants you know you’ll be eating at in the future. A lot of restaurants sell gift cards or certificates directly, like Outback Steakhouse, so this is a good way to make sure you’re earning those bonus points on future meals.

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And some like Applebee’s give you bonus value on gift cards, like $10 extra on a $50 gift card, which is a nice 20% bonus in itself. Just remember that in the case of Ultimate Rewards points, you might be getting better bonuses using other cards at other kinds of merchants, for instance using the Ink Bold or Ink Plus to purchase restaurant gift cards at Staples and earning 5X Ultimate Rewards points per $1 with the card’s everyday office supply store category bonus.

Bon appetit!

For reference, here are the rest of the first Fridays in 2014:

April 4
May 2
June 6
July 4
August 1
September 5
October 3
November 7
December 5

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  • Linda

    Amazing tip. I’ll get an extra 5.72 points on my lunch which at an inflated TPG value of 2 cents per point turn to be 11.44 cents :)

  • Francisco

    Wish GrubHub/Seamless counted… you can get Chase to individually credit the bonus but it’s a hassle, would rather they do it automatically…

  • Justin

    Drove to my wife’s office just to swap her Fairmont card with her CSP card. Dedication to the cause.

  • Tellitlikeitis

    Such minutia – my Fidelity card gives me 2x. On a $50 meal or giftcard I make another 50 cents. Must be a slow news day for TPG. Of course, anything to get the minions to click on the referral links.

  • Ed

    Just had my lunch meeting with a colleague of mine :)

  • Koto

    Danger – purchasing tickets via Ultimate Rewards on United Airlines (whether you use cash or points or a combo) are NOT Eligible for PQDs which means you’re out of luck in terms of earning any flight status.

  • wohoo

    Linda:

    Not sure what your point is, other than you are a cheap date for lunch.

  • dmbas

    On the contrary — it is not minutia. For the adults here, some of us do work for a living, take clients for lunch/dinner, etc…. and a reminder of what card to use for this kind of thing is just a little nugget that TPG is good at.

    Thanks TPG!

  • imtheman

    Your $50 lunch saved you 50 cents – I call that minutia.

  • imtheman

    I’ll tell you what the point is – this is a silly article!!! You eartn an extra 50 cents on a $50 meal and then have to use Ultimate rewards to redeem them. Compare to a card that givesa you 2x in cash. TPG usually has worthwhile articles but making a big deal every month on Dining Friday is silly.

  • Guest

    Really??? Citi Forward gives you 5 TYP points & can be redeemed for cashback at 5%. Someone mentioned Fidelity that is fine too or Costco TrueEarnings.

  • Goal Sugar

    This SUCKS… out here in California. Every time I go to dinner on Friday night and pay with the card. They credit me the NEXT day as transaction processed. so I always get 2x instead of 3x… this is lame.

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