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As reported by Doctor of Credit and confirmed by TPG, Chase just began restricting Sapphire signups. It’s a logical move — there isn’t any reason to carry both the Preferred and Reserve cards, since the Reserve offers all of the Preferred benefits, plus a whole lot more. The only advantage to applying for both cards is related to the sign-up bonus — both products offer 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months, so if you managed to get both you could have ended up with a cool 100k. That deal’s no longer on the table. Going forward, you’ll need to wait 24 months after receiving a Sapphire sign-up bonus before signing up for a new Sapphire card. (Note that if you already have both Sapphire cards you’ll be able to keep both accounts open.)
So, now that you can only get one or the other, which should you pick? Well, most of my friends and family members now carry the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Sure, they signed up last year when Chase was offering 100,000 points for this card alone, but they’re all hanging onto the Reserve for at least another year — after all, if you spend an average of just $9.68 per day on travel and dining, and can take advantage of the other perks, you’ll come out ahead with the Sapphire Reserve. That works out to about $3,532 per year — even if you only purchase airline tickets, stay at hotels and dine out occasionally, there’s a very good chance you’re spending quite a bit on purchases that earn 3 points per dollar.
And, if you later decide that Sapphire Reserve isn’t the best fit for you, you can product-change to the Sapphire Preferred after the first year. You won’t be eligible for the sign-up bonus, but it’s entirely possible to move to a different product within the Sapphire family. Similarly, you can upgrade from Preferred to Reserve, if you currently have a Preferred card and can benefit from the boosted perks.
Would you sign up for Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve?
With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees