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In March when I wrote about my most recent round of credit card applications, I mentioned that I applied for a second Ink Plus card for a new business that I am starting. Even though I already have an Ink Plus and an Ink Bold, I registered a new small business at the beginning for 2014 and while there is no revenue yet, I wanted to have separate business cards for those expenses as I begin to ramp up operations. I’ve always found that separating business expenses from the start is much easier than trying to go through and assign expenses from one credit card to two or more different businesses.
I was approved for the card on March 13, 2014 and on April 25, 2014 I hit the $5,000 spend requirement. At the end of the most recent statement close, my 50,000 point bonus posted to my account in the first week of May.
Bigger Bonus Than Anticipated
However, on May 1, 2014 Chase upped the bonus on the Ink Plus and Bold to 60,000 points after the same $5,000 spent (and also $300 for Ink Cash after $3,000 spent within 3 months) so today I called Chase by calling the number on the back of my card, pressed 2 to speak about my account and then got a friendly rep and asked him if I could be eligible for the 60,000 point bonus since I applied just before the bonus increased. Without hesitation, he looked at my account and confirmed I hit the spend and as such, would put in a request for me to get 10,000 additional points. He even provided a 5 digit confirmation code and said the points will automatically post within 7-10 business days and I’ll get an email confirmation when they post. The call was done in under 4 minutes and I personally value Chase points at about 2 cents a pop because they can be instantly transferred to partners like United, Hyatt and British Airways, so it is a nice $200 payday for just a couple minutes of work (even at the lower value of 1.25 cents a point, which you can get by redeeming via Ultimate Rewards travel for any flight, those points are worth $125.)
All in all, I’m extremely happy with my Chase business credit cards. They allow me to have the spend flexibility I need to grow my businesses with the Ink Bold being a charge card (no pre-set spending limit, but you need to pay off every month) and the Ink Plus gives the ability to pay over time as a credit card (though you should still pay off every month to avoid interest). Not only are the points valuable and 5x/2x spend categories super lucrative, but the customer service is top notch.
For more information on getting the most out of Chase business credit cards and Ultimate Rewards points, 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