Chase points are now worth up to 50% more when redeeming for Apple — is it worth it?

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Consumer spending has drastically shifted in the last seven months. And credit card companies have taken note by pivoting their benefits and redemption opportunities.

Chase has been one of the most agile, shifting bonus categories and offering new ways to redeem points, particularly with travel-focused cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

Now, Chase is launching its latest points redemption offer. Cardholders can get up to 50% more value when purchasing eligible Apple products through Ultimate Rewards from Oct. 15, 2020 through Nov. 15, 2020.

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Using Ultimate Rewards towards Apple purchases

Typically, redeeming Ultimate Rewards points for shopping — such as with Apple — gets you a flat one cent per point redemption rate. That’s not a great use of points, considering that TPG values Ultimate Rewards at two cents per point (largely thanks to Chase’s valuable travel transfer partners).

Details of the promotion

However, with less demand for travel now and an up to 50% bonus on eligible products, we start getting into a territory that it may make sense to use your points towards Apple.

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Take the Chase Sapphire Reserve, for instance. That card gets a 50% bonus redeeming for eligible Apple products.

Alternatively, you’ll get the same 1.5 cents per point redemption rate when you book travel directly through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Likewise, with Pay Yourself Back, you’ll be able to offset grocery stores, home improvement stores and dining purchases at a 1.5 cents-per-point elevated rate through April 30, 2021.

If you’re looking at buying the latest iPhone — and have a hefty balance of Ultimate Rewards points — it’s actually a pretty decent option.

Related: 8 reasons to upgrade to Apple’s new iPhone 12, Mini, Pro and Pro Max

Here is the breakdown of the limited-time Apple redemption rate for select Chase cards:

50% bonus redeeming for Apple (1.5 cents per point value)

25% bonus redeeming for Apple (1.25 cents per point value)

20% bonus redeeming for Apple AirPods only, 5% bonus on all other Apple products

The information for the Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Freedom Flex has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

The elevated Apple redemption promotion runs from Oct. 15, 2020 through Nov. 15, 2020, just in time to kick off the holiday shopping season and the launch of the newest iPhone.

Related: How to maximize your iPhone purchase

Bottom line

This latest redemption offer from Chase comes hot on the heels of a brand-new dining hub that the issuer launched last week.

Through at least April 30, 2021, Sapphire cardmembers will get access to more than 4,000 restaurants and dining experiences, with Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders able to redeem Ultimate Rewards at 1.5 cents apiece, and Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders able to redeem points at 1.25 cents each.

There have been numerous ways Chase has kept cardholders engaged during the pandemic. But for new card applicants, you certainly aren’t left out either. The Chase Sapphire Preferred is currently offering one of its highest sign-up bonuses ever: 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,600

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide, eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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