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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