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The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months as well.

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss‘s Chase Sapphire Preferred was expired and once the new card came it was time to dispose of the old one. Here is the process he went through:

Given that the metallic Chase Sapphire Preferred card is not your standard run-of-the-mill plastic credit card, disposing of it is simply not as easy as grabbing your closest pair of Fiskars and going to town. Attempting to put it through your shredder will destroy the machine, and although I have a feeling that a grenade might do the trick, I did not have one at my disposal.

The quick solution (and the recommended one) is to reach call that handy 1-800 number on the back of the card to reach out directly to Chase customer service and let them know that you would like to have your old cards returned and destroyed. The rep I spoke to explained that they would be sending me a postage-paid envelope that I would place my card within and they would handle the destruction of said card. For some reason the envelope stated that I should send by my Freedom card by accident, but it doesn’t matter and I still included my Sapphire Preferred.

My letter from Chase and the proper disposal envelope they sent
My letter from Chase and the proper disposal envelope they sent

It is interesting to see that they would be accepting a Chase Freedom Card, it must mean that people are returning plastic cards and not cutting them up on their own. Seems like an unnecessary step, but to each his own I guess.

So long old card, ye served me well!
So long old card, ye served me well!

I placed my expired card in the envelope, sealed it up (and added an extra piece of tape on the back for good measure) and sent it on it’s way.

Image courtesy of ShutterStock.
Image courtesy of ShutterStock.

Im curious though- has anyone successfully destroyed their Sapphire Preferred- and lived to tell?!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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