60,000 Bonus Points For Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus, $300 For Ink Cash – Amazing Deal Alert!

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Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.  

Chase has just launched limited-time sign-up offers on both the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards of 60,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 20% higher than the normal sign-up bonus of 50,000 points, so if you’ve been holding off on getting either/both these cards, now is the time to do it while this offer lasts. Chase is also offering a limited-time higher bonus offer on the Ink Cash for $300 in cash back when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months.

Here are the terms of the current limited-time offers:

Chase Ink Bold

  • Chase celebrates small businesses with a special bonus offer!
  • For a limited time, earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • No interest charges because it’s a pay in full charge card.
  • Earn 5X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs with no transfer fees.
  • Direct access to a live service advisor anytime.
  • Free Employee Cards.

Chase Ink Plus

  • Chase celebrates small businesses with a special bonus offer!
  • For a limited time, earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • With Ink Plus, you have the cash flow flexibility with the choice to pay over time or pay in full.
  • Earn 5X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services.
  • Earn 2X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually at gas stations and for hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • 1:1 point transfer to participating travel programs with no transfer fees.
  • Free Employee Cards.

Chase Ink Cash

  • Chase celebrates small businesses with a special bonus offer!
  • For a limited time, earn $300 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 in 3 months from account opening.
  • 5% cash back on the first $25,000 spent annually at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services.
  • 2% cash back on the first $25,000 spent annually at gas stations and restaurants.
  • 1% cash back on all other card purchases with no limit to the amount you can earn.
  • 0% introductory APR for 12 months on purchases and balance transfers.
  • No annual fee.

The Ink Bold versus the Ink Plus

All three of these cards are business products, but the Ink Bold is a charge card, which means there is no limit but, but the balance must be paid off monthly. The Ink Plus is a credit card with the ability to pay off the balance over time, but with a set spending limit. The Ink Plus also gives you access to Chase’s Blueprint service which helps you design a plan to pay off purchases in flexible ways and track your spending.

Charge cards like the Ink Bold often give cardholders bigger spending power and flexibility since they have no set spending limit, but they require full payment every month or else you get hit with higher fees and penalties than with a credit card. Credit cards generally have pre-set limits, but if you need to carry a balance, the cost is less (though still not a bargain).

Both sign-up bonuses are the same at 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points with this limited time offer, and you can actually get the sign-up bonus on both cards for a potential 120,000-point payday. Just be sure you can meet the combined $10,000 in minimum spending getting both would require to get both bonuses. Both have $95 annual fees that are waived in the first year.

Earning Power

5x/2x Categories: Beyond the sign-up bonuses, the Ink cards are great because they allow you to earn 5 points per dollar at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services. The Ink Bold and Ink Plus have a limit of $50,000 per year at the 5x rate (1x thereafter) and the Ink Cash caps the 5x bonus at $25,000.

They also offer 2x points at gas stations and hotel accommodations (when booked directly through the hotel). The Ink Bold and Ink Plus have a limit of $50,000 per year at the 5x rate (1x thereafter) and the Ink Cash cap is $25,000.

There are 10 great travel transfer partners of Ultimate Rewards.

There are 10 great travel transfer partners of Ultimate Rewards.

The Value of Ink Cards and Ultimate Rewards

The Ink Bold and Ink Plus allow you to transfer points to Ultimate Rewards’ 10 travel transfer partners: United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Priority Club and Amtrak. The Ink Cash is a cash-back card, which means that the points can be used for statement credit/gift cards/travel expenses. However if you also have a premium Ultimate Rewards cards like the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Plus or card you can combine all of your Ultimate Rewards points and then transfer them to partners, making them much more valuable in my opinion.

Despite a big United devaluation that went into effect in February and recent Hyatt changes – these are the two Ultimate Rewards partners I tend to maximize – there are still some amazing values to be had from transferring your points to these two partners in particular.

For instance, it takes 140,000 miles to fly United business class roundtrip to Australia or 160,000 in first class, like I did in February, a ticket which goes for well over $10,000 normally and is still a good redemption value in my opinion.

An overview of the GlobalFirst cabin.

An overview of the GlobalFirst cabin I flew to Australia.

In terms of Hyatt, yes top-tier redemptions just went up from 22,000 points to between 25,000-30,000 points depending on the property, but 30,000 points for an award night at a world-class hotel like the Park Hyatt Sydney (where I stayed while I was down there) that would normally cost nearly $1,000 a night is worth it in my book.

Visiting the Sydney Harbour...crossed that off my bucket list!

The view from my room at the Park Hyatt Sydney.

Not only that, but you can score some great deals at mid-level properties like the newly opened Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, where I spent New Year’s, and which was recently dropped from a Category 6 to a Category 4 property requiring only 15,000 points per night or 7,500 points + $100 with cash and points for rooms that go from $400-$700 depending on the season.

Sleek pools at the Andaz Papagayo.

Sleek pools at the Andaz Papagayo.

British Airways is another good choice (not to actually fly BA thanks to huge fuel surcharges) because it has a distance-based award chart that means you can redeem as few as 4,500 Avios for short-hauls that can be rather expensive otherwise, plus other sweet spots like just 12,500 Avios each way from the West Coast to Hawaii – well below other airlines’ mileage levels.

All in all the Ink cards, and especially the Ink Bold and Ink Plus, come with some great benefits and travel opportunities that make them among the best business cards and overall travel cards out there. These offers will only be around for a limited time, so if you’ve been thinking of applying for these cards, now is the time to get in on these historically high bonuses.

For more information, see these posts:

Detailed Look at the Benefits of the Ink Bold and Ink Plus Cards

Top 10 Benefits of the Ink Bold and Ink Plus Cards,

A Detailed Look at Ink Bold Benefits You Might Not Know About,

Maximizing Chase Ink Bonus Spending Categories

Maximizing the Ink Office Category Bonus Spending

Maximizing the Ink Bold’s 5X Spending Bonuses With Gift Cards

Maximizing Ultimate Rewards With the Chase Ink Cards

Chase Ink: Which Card Is Best For You

Can You Get Both The Ink Bold and Ink Plus?

Ranking the Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

Top 10 Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

Why I Love Chase Ultimate Rewards

Ranking the Top Chase Travel Credit Card Offers

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  • RJP

    Funny, if you follow chase’s own links (from “my account” on their page) they still only show 50k bonus.

    Question: any idea of likelihood of getting approved for a Bold just a month after opening Plus? Since February I’ve got Sapphire Pref, United, Ink+, and rejected for Marriott. (Due to “amount of recent chase cards”.) I don’t desperately need the points now, but never sure when a 60k offer will come along again. Plus, never know when the MS train might come to a screeching halt. Right now I’ve got no minimum spend requirements, so if I can get a Bold approved, might be a good time.


  • thepointsguy

    There is no time limits with Chase. You can wait a year between apps and then still get pending- basically they’ll call you to confirm and if you are credit worthy you can get the second card and bonus. You may have to shift around lines of credit, but Chase is generally very flexible in that regard

  • Tyler

    Thanks for the heads up! I’m going to go over and use Lucky’s link, because he didn’t selfishly kill the US/BA surcharge deal. Everyone should boycott your links until you gain back a little humility and respect.

  • thepointsguy

    That’s weird.. the US Airways/BA deal isn’t “dead”, so what exactly are you talking about?

  • Brandon

    I literally got approved like a week ago for the Ink Bold. Do you think they would up my bonus if I asked them to match the new offer?

  • Ben Price

    Lucky posted the US/BA “deal” too….

  • thepointsguy

    Never hurts to ask- I know people who have applied within 90 days of a better offer and chase matched

  • hi hello

    Which card is easier to get approved for? The Bold? or The Plus?

  • thepointsguy

    I believe the requirements are pretty much the same.. Applying for the ink plus may be easier if you need to shift credit lines because the Bold is a charge and you can’t shift credit lines to charge card lines

  • momiles

    I just closed an ink bold card 2 months back, am I barred from either applying or the 60k UR points?

  • thepointsguy

    You cannot get the same bonus for the same business but I have gotten the bonus again when opening for a different business

  • cyprian

    I asked and received the extra 10k bonus points within an hour

  • momiles

    Thanks. I only had the ink bold card, can I now apply for the ink plus for that same business?

  • Brandon

    Is the link dead? Doesn’t seem to be working?

  • savscott

    Got Ink Plus about 50 days ago…called and they put in request to give me the extra 10,000 points to match this offer….did not seem to be an issue whatsoever. So if you got one recently…call cust. service

  • music4him99

    The links aren’t working. They say “Invalid Publisher Code, Offer, or Publisher – Advertiser Partnership Status”

  • brian

    …unless you had the bold/plus as a MC, since now it is a Visa and is technically a different card….correct?

  • Adi

    I have applied for Citi AAdvantage Mastercard and have to use $10K in 3 months as I got the card yesterday.
    I am tempted to apply for Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold as it has great benefits (100K points for $10K spent in 3 months).

    Do you think the offer will be still there next Thursday (05/08/14)?

  • sarah

    Would you call the chase reconsideration line or customer service to see about matching the new offer? I also just signed up for the Ink Plus when it was 50,000–would like to see if I can get the 60,000 offer

  • thepointsguy


  • Justin

    I can confirm getting the additional 10,000 points on both the Ink Plus & Ink Bold after getting the 50k offers last month.

  • thepointsguy

    Really? I just tried all and they work for me

  • thepointsguy

    I have no idea on timing, but historically these limited time offers are usually for at least 10 days or more, so if I had to guess, I’d think it would still be around- but don’t hold me to it!

  • thepointsguy

    There was one typo, but it has since been fixed. Let me know if you have any other issues.

  • thepointsguy

    Absolutely call and see if they’ll give you the better offer- never hurts to ask!

  • Steve |

    Called in the first time, “No we don’t do that.” Called in the second time, “I’ll definitely send that up the chain and they’ll decide if they can approve it.” You’ll hear back in 7-10 business days. So funny, it really is dependent on the rep. I was hoping for an instant approval, but take what I can get I suppose.

  • Martin

    I applied and was approved for the Ink Plus card back in March 2014. At that time the offer was with 50,000 bonus points. Called Chase this afternoon to match the 60,000 bonus point offer. They said yes and credited me the 10,000 point difference. Nice.

  • Macdik Phile

    Dear XXXXX,

    Thank you for contacting Chase regarding the 60,000 bonus
    reward points offer.

    We would be glad to match the new 60,000 bonus reward
    points offer on your account. We request you to fulfill
    the spending criteria of $5,000.00 in purchases in first
    three months from the account opening date. Once, you
    have spent the qualifying amount of $5,000.00 within three
    months, then please reply to this e-mail with your

    Either myself or one of my colleagues will be glad to add
    the 10,000 bonus reward points to the original promotional
    offer of 50,000 bonus reward points.

    If you have any further questions, please reply using the
    Secure Message Center.

    Thank you,

    Ankit Shah
    Customer Service Specialist


    Account is owned by Chase Bank USA, N.A. and may be
    serviced by its affiliates.

  • Zila

    With the disappearance of both the Chase gift cards, and the Vanila Reload cards, now it is getting harder to meet parallel minimum spending to get the bonus. Any thoughts?

  • dd


    Thank you for all your post and links! I just called chase and they are giving me the extra 10k and I opened the account about 2 months ago! Wouldn’t have know about this if it wasn’t for your post!


  • yourPFpro

    Yet this clown is still reading haha

  • yourPFpro


  • yourPFpro

    So you don’t need to wait 60 days inbetween two chase biz apps like you do with personal?

    What about if I did a personal 30 days ago, can I apply for biz today?

  • yourPFpro

    Really? I thought I read on ft there’s a 60 day wait inbetween apps

  • thepointsguy

    Nope.. you can get approved sooner- you may have to call and coax it along, but there is no firm date rule for approvals

  • WJB

    Opened account 91 days ago – to get 10,000 additional needs to be within 90 days – 24 hours cost me 10,000 points…….

  • Eugene Tunitsky

    What if you don’t have a small business….? Any recommendations on how to apply?

  • Rang10

    I was told Chase upped the bonus because May is Small Business Month so it might be good all month.

  • JDSoCal

    I don’t see any discussions about what qualifies as a real business, or business expenses. Are you people getting separate biz bank accounts? Separate credit scores.

    As someone pointed out in a another blog post, the language on the apps say the cardholder agrees to use for biz purposes only, not personal.

    Points Guy?!?!

  • Steve |

    And I can now confirm. Today 10,000 points posted in both my Ink Plus and Ink Bold accounts. An extra 20,000 points just for calling up and asking… And then hanging up and calling in again to get a different rep. Hey it never hurts to ask.

  • Martin

    Chase gave me the 10,000 points two days after I requested, making a total of 60,000 points. I told them a month prior I had already been approved for the Ink Plus card with 50,000 sign up points just before the 60,000 point promotion came out.

  • Chad

    Only ever had SPG Amex cards and AAdvantage Citi Cards. This seems like a great offer though especially if I get both cards for 120,000 total points. Quick question for you – TPG – or any readers that are familiar with Chase Ultimate Rewards. I want to be sure that the value of the Chase Rewards points are 1:1 with Hyatt. In other words – if I have 120,000 Chase Rewards points – does that mean I have 120,000 Hyatt points at my disposal? Thanks everyone.

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- 1:1 instant transfers

  • Ryan

    I received the offer in the mail as well. Says I must apply by June 16, 2014 as a reference on how long this offer may last.

  • shay peleg

    Any idea if i have any use for this in korea?

  • shay peleg

    Best to use the secure messaging for this

  • Paul

    At the end of the first paragraph of the “offer rules” it states the following:

    “This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer.”

    This is ambiguous and could imply you cannot get the offer if you either already have a Chase account and are applying for a new card or previously had the Chase card you are now applying for.

    Are current Chase members who applied and received a card getting their miles?
    Have those who applied for the same card they previously had received their miles?


  • Newbie

    If I get the Ink card will I get shut down if I only spend $3k each month at staples? How much is too much on bonus categories? I would just get gift cards to pay mortgage. Would this raise red flags with Chase? I would want to get close to the 250k rewards points per year. Thanks

  • John

    I have applied for the Chase Ink Bold back in April and saw the promotion of 60,000 points (instead of the usual 50,000 points). So I called Chase and they were able to extend the 60,000 points offer to me since my account is within 90 days of this new promotion. The representative added 10,000 points right to my account. Easy, and quick!

  • villybhakta

    Applied for both cards(plus and bold). Received instant approved for the ink plus, but then pending decision for the bold. Should I call recon line?

  • Jim O.

    I applied for Bold after seeing this article, and instantly approved. I then followed the link to go to apply for the Plus card and it said my app needed to be reviewed. I got a letter that stated I was denied due to “Too many requests for credit or opened accounts with us”. I called the 800# and went through the app questions again and was approved for the Plus card. Thanks for the info as I should be able to get 120K points now via both cards! ;)

  • SHSUhomestar

    Hey All

    So my girlfriend applied for one the Ink Plus, and I applied for both the Plus and the Bold on 5/2. She got an email a few days later that her application was accepted, and then received it in the mail today. I still hadn’t heard a thing.

    So I called Chase and asked to speak to a representative. I started getting the 3rd degree about the nature of the business, the income of the business, and why I needed two card. He eventually told me that my application was rejected. Neither myself or my girlfriend actually have a business, but I was able to get an AMEX biz card, and she just scored the Ink Plus without any hassle.

    So what should I have done? Not called in and just been patient? What should I have answered about my business?

    Thanks all!

  • Brian

    I applied for the Ink Plus as the 60K bonus was too good to pass up. I already have Sapphire Preferred and Chase Freedom. I’ve never had a “application pending” response before and I have excellent credit. Should I be worried? They won’t flag me for two many Chase cards will they? I have had the Freedom for about three months and the Sapphire Preferred since January of this year.

  • Traveling Scholar

    I received my Ink Bold on April 1 but still have a few hundred $$ short of the $5K spending limit to qualify for the bonus. I emailed Chase about the extra 10K bonus and was told to contact them once I have reached the spending limit. Does anyone know if I need to reach the $5K spending limit before May 31 to qualify for the extra 10K points? Thanks!

  • FYin

    Is this promotion long over?

  • Alan

    It seems to me that the best card between these three is actually the Chase Ink Cash because it doesn’t have an annual fee. You can always transfer points to the Chase Sapphire preferred when you want to use them, but why pay for more than card that have overlapping redemption rewards?

    If you can sign up for an Ink Plus, get the bigger bonus, and then downgrade to the Ink Cash, perhaps that’s a viable option.

  • Josh

    I’m very discouraged. I applied for the Chase Ink business card for my actual business I’ve had for 3 years. I was doing design work on the side as a sole proprietor for 2 1/2 years and just recently obtained my LLC 6 months ago. I’ve had positively increasing income since 2011 and the design business alone pulls in tens of thousands on top of my annual salary at my main job as an architect. I was immediately denied for the card. Reasons listed: “Business is too new”.

    I called the reconsideration line and they said I didn’t have any business credit – that was obvious to me, I’ve never had a business card. They were courteous and asked for proof of positive business income. I gave them all last three tax returns and the guy actually said “Wow it looks like you’re doing well with your side business…” Then ten minutes later officially denied me because I didn’t have any actual business credit yet…? I am frustrated because I fully expected to obtain it. Especially after reading all these comments of people getting it with brand new businesses and no income! I have plenty of income and I’ve been a business for 3 years! Am I the only anomaly on here that got denied!? I’m assuming there’s nothing else I can do for this card.

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