Chase updates Pay Yourself Back categories, adds charities for Ukraine relief
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Editor’s note: This guide has been updated with the latest information. Pay Yourself Back categories have changed as of April 1, 2022.
Interested in using your points to make a difference in Ukraine? Chase has added two new charities for Ukraine relief to its Pay Yourself Back feature, which allows cardmembers to redeem points for expenses outside of travel at a favorable rate.
As of April 1, 2022, cardmembers can redeem points for statement credits toward donations made to the International Rescue Committee, Inc. and UNICEF USA, two organizations that are providing relief to Ukraine. These charities join the existing ones that have been a part of this program since last year.
Also as of April 1, Away has been removed as a Pay Yourself Back category on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve, and both shipping and advertising have been removed as categories on the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card and Ink Plus (which is no longer available to new applicants).
Here’s everything that you need to know about these changes along with how to use Pay Yourself Back.
What is Pay Yourself Back?
In 2020, Chase introduced Pay Yourself Back as an ongoing redemption option within Ultimate Rewards to give cardmembers another choice in how they can redeem points. The categories have evolved over time, with the removal of options such as grocery and home improvement stores.
In short, the Pay Yourself Back option allows cardholders of many Chase cards to use points at a redemption value similar to booking travel. This won’t lead to maximum value for your Ultimate Rewards points, but if you’re looking for a simple return (or are sitting on a pile of points with no immediate use for them), it could be a good choice.
What purchases are eligible for Pay Yourself Back?
All Sapphire Preferred, Ink and Freedom (includes Chase Freedom Flex and Chase Freedom Unlimited) cardmembers can redeem at 1.25 cents per point for select charities with Pay Yourself Back through Dec. 31, 2022. Sapphire Reserve cardmembers can redeem at 1.5 cents per point.
As noted above, there are two new options that directly support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine (International Rescue Committee, Inc. and UNICEF USA). The existing list of charities for Pay Yourself Back remains and includes:
- American Red Cross.
- Equal Justice Initiative.
- Feeding America.
- Habitat for Humanity.
- International Medical Corps (also aiding efforts in Ukraine).
- Leadership Conference Education Fund.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
- National Urban League.
- Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
- United Negro College Fund.
- United Way.
- World Central Kitchen (also aiding efforts in Ukraine).
In addition to charitable donations, there are a number of other popular categories that participate in Pay Yourself Back. Here are the additional options currently in effect:
|Card||Redemption value||Categories||Current end date|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred Card||1.25 cent per point.||Airbnb.||June 30, 2022.|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||1.5 cents per point.||Airbnb and dining at restaurants (including takeout and eligible delivery services).||June 30, 2022.|
|Ink Business Preferred Credit Card, Ink Plus||1.25 cents per point.||Internet, cable and phone services.||June 30, 2022.|
|Ink Business Cash Credit Card and Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card||1.1 cents per point.||Internet, cable and phone services.||June 30, 2022.|
The information for the Chase Ink Plus card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Let’s say you had an eligible purchase on the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Instead of $100 when redeeming 10,000 points, if redeeming against an eligible Pay Yourself Back charge, a Chase Sapphire Reserve customer would receive a credit of $150 for the same redemption amount. This is the same redemption rate offered on Ultimate Rewards Travel redemptions for that card.
Requesting a credit
The process of requesting a credit through Chase’s Pay Yourself Back program is relatively straightforward. Simply log into your relevant Ultimate Rewards account via mobile app or desktop and select the “Pay Yourself Back” option in the sidebar.
I had nine eligible internet, cable and phone purchases (three shown) on my Ink Plus in the last 90 days. Simply check off the purchases you want to redeem and proceed to the next page.
You can choose to offset the full purchase amount, assuming you have enough points to cover it, or you can redeem a smaller amount if you prefer.
From there, you can confirm the redemption value and amount and choose to complete the transaction. Your statement credit should post within three business days.
Statement credit options on other purchases
Chase has long offered the option to redeem points for a statement credit — that’s not new. Simply log into your Ultimate Rewards account, hit the drop-down menu and select “Cash Back.”
You’ll be presented with an option to enter the amount you’d like to redeem and where you’d like your rewards deposited. All cash-back redemptions are fixed at 1 cent per point, only half of TPG’s valuation for Ultimate Rewards.
Even so, Chase’s traditional cash-back option is more generous than what you can expect from some other issuers. Here’s how it breaks down for some of the most popular programs and cards:
|Amex Membership Rewards||0.6 cents per point.||American Express® Gold Card, The Platinum Card® from American Express.|
|Chase Ultimate Rewards||1 cent per point.||Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.|
|Citi ThankYou Rewards||1 cent per point.||Citi Premier® Card, Citi Rewards+® Card, Citi Prestige® Card.|
|Capital One||0.5 cents per mile.||Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card.|
The information for the Citi Prestige card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Chase’s Pay Yourself Back feature provides valuable flexibility for many cardholders. But does it make sense to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points at up to 1.5 cents apiece toward non-travel charges, which is still at least 25% shy of TPG’s 2-cent valuation?
Ultimately, that decision comes down to how you plan to use your points, how many you currently have with airline and hotel programs, and whether or not you’d benefit significantly from the statement credits.
Additional reporting by Chris Dong, Stella Shon, Summer Hull and Zach Honig.
Featured photo courtesy of Airbnb.
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