Sunday Reader Question: How Long Does It Take For Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses to Post?

May 20, 2012

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TPG reader Paul writes:

“Saw your post a couple months ago about the Chase Sapphire Preferred.  I wondered if you could tell me how long it took Chase to post the bonus points to your account after reaching the minimum spend?” 

Chase is probably the best credit card issuer when it comes to posting points. They generally deposit to your account once your statement closes in the month that you hit your spend requirement (which is $3,000 within 3 months for the Sapphire Preferred).

American Express will usually post the points a month after the statement closes when you meet the spend. Points go into “pending” status for a month, but if your account is in good standing, you can call and ask for them to be posted into your account if you need to use them.

I only have a couple Citi cards, but I remember those bonuses posting in a relatively timely fashion – within a month of hitting the spend, though feel free to share your experience.

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