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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.

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend.

The Chase Freedom card is tied into a program called Exclusives, which gives a 10% bonus on all points earned throughout a year (including the 5X bonus points) to customers who have both the Freedom card and a Chase checking account.

TPG reader Nick asked “does the Sapphire Preferred get a 10% customer bonus like the Freedom in addition to or in lieu of the 7% annual dividend.

The answer is no; there is no Exclusives offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, but as Nick mentioned, you do get a 7% annual dividend on all the points you earn within a year.

A couple people tweeted me this week, worried because Chase has removed that 7% dividend from its marketing bullets for the Sapphire Preferred, but that doesn’t mean the offer is no longer available. I reached out to my contacts at Chase, and they assured me that the annual 7% dividend is still available, it’s just not one of the key benefits that they’re marketing at this time. So don’t worry, it’s not going away as far as I know.

Personally I have both the Freedom and Sapphire Preferred cards. You can leverage both the Exclusives and the 5X categories on Freedom, as well as the 2X points on dining and the 7% dividend on Sapphire. Then you can combine all of your Ultimate Rewards points, so those Freedom points (which are generally cash back) can be merged and then transferred to any of the 11 Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partners.

If you have any others, please message me on Facebook, Tweet me @ThePointsGuy, or email me at

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great travel benefits, 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. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.

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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®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 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 travel 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
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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