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As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal sign-up bonus of 50,000 points. Previously this offer was only available in Chase branches, but now you can apply online. This limited-time offer was supposed to end last Friday; however, I just received word that the offer will actually end on Sunday, October 19, so if you thought you missed out on this sign-up bonus, you still have one last week to go for it.
Chase Ink Plus
- Limited Time Bonus Offer: Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $875 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
- Named “Best for Travel Rewards for Small Business” MONEY® Magazine, October 2013
- Earn 5X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services each account anniversary year.
- Earn 2X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at gas stations and hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel each account anniversary year.
- No foreign transaction fees.
- 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs with no transfer fees.
- $95 Annual Fee
I value Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 2.1 cents each because of the strong transfer partners (United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, IHG/Priority Club and Amtrak), so the 70,000 point bonus is worth at least $1,470 to me. For example, I used 60,000 Chase points transferred to United to book a one-way business class award to the Maldives in 2013.
Right now, Southwest is running a fare sale offering paid flights as low as $49 and award flights for only 2,214 points (for short haul service), meaning you could book 31 one-way award flights on Southwest with the sign-up bonus from the Ink Plus.
I consistently rank the Chase Ink cards among the top travel rewards cards for the benefits they give cardholders. The Ink Plus card earns 5 points per dollar at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services, and 2 points per dollar at gas stations and on hotel accommodations (when booked directly through the hotel). Ink Plus also offers primary insurance for auto rentals (when you’re renting primarily for business purposes, or secondary insurance otherwise), similar to the recently added benefit on the Chase Sapphire Preferred.
As a reminder, you can have more than one Ink Bold or Ink Plus card. I already had an Ink Bold and an Ink Plus when the recent 60,000 point offers came around, but I applied and was approved for a second Ink Plus for another small business I’ve started. If you’re interested in doing the same, check out this post.
Chase is also offering some current Chase Ink cardholders a targeted referral bonus of 10,000 Ultimate Rewards for this offer, so be sure to check your email to see if you’re eligible.
For more information on getting the most out of Chase business credit cards and Ultimate Rewards points, see these posts:
10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-up Bonus – Amazing Deal Alert
Top 10 Benefits of the Ink Bold and Ink Plus 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
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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