New Chase Sapphire Perk: Access to Curated Tours and Experiences

Oct 5, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

There’s surely no shortage of avenues to find a great tour, and as banks and credit card issuers look to further cement loyalty, we’re seeing yet another emerge: Chase. By teaming up with Atlas Obscura, it has launched a new tour, activity and experiences portal. Reservations are currently being accepted for more than 20 adventures, from Colombia to the Galapagos to Mexico City and beyond. Those with an excellent memory may remember Mastercard launching a similar tactic (Priceless Events) many years ago, and we have an ongoing guide that covers credit cards that include VIP event access.

Atlas Obscura is doing the digital event hosting, with the experiences themselves “curated by Chase Sapphire.” If you’re a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholder, you can gain access right away. For the rest of the world, you’ll have to wait until Nov. 1, 2018, to book.

The trips seem to be fairly interwoven with Atlas Obscura’s other trips – the ones not curated by Chase – and do not appear to offer notable discounts or exclusives to differentiate them. On the surface, at least, this mostly appears to be a branding play. Chase likely reckons that the audience who would apply for a CSP or CSR would appreciate the Atlas Obscura vibe, along with more off-the-beaten-path, multi-day trips.

The collaboration comes hot on the heels of an Ultimate Rewards travel booking portal revamp, which saw Chase switch to Expedia as the provider. As a reminder, that portal enables Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Ink Business Preferred Credit Card cardholders to exchange Ultimate Rewards points for travel (flights, hotel, car rentals, etc.) at 1.25 cents per point, while Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders enjoy a heightened 1.5 cents per point exchange rate. Only time will tell if Chase decides to integrate tour and activity bookings into that engine.

For more on maximizing the Chase Sapphire range of credit cards, dig into our guides below.

H/T: Skift

Discover it® Miles

Set your own sign-up bonus with the Discover it Miles card. Any rewards you earn in the first year will automatically be matched at the end of the year and you'll earn an unlimited 1.5 miles on all purchases with no annual fee.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Unlimited Bonus: Discover will match all the Miles you've earned at the end of your first year, automatically. For example, if you earn 35,000 Miles, you get 70,000 Miles. That's $700 towards travel! The more you earn, the more you get.
  • Earn unlimited 1.5x Miles for every dollar spent on all purchases - with no annual fee.
  • No Blackout Dates. Simply pay for travel purchases like airlines, hotels, rental cars, and more with your Discover it® Miles card.
  • Miles Pay You Back. Easily redeem Miles as a statement credit for travel purchases. Or get cash.
  • Freeze your account in seconds with an on/off switch either on the mobile app or website to prevent new purchases, cash advances, and balance transfers.
  • Get your free Credit Scorecard with your FICO® Credit Score, number of recent inquiries and more.
  • Get an alert if we find your Social Security number on any of thousands of Dark Web sites.* Activate for free.
  • Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
0% for 14 months
Regular APR
13.49% - 24.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
3% intro balance transfer fee, up to 5% fee on future balance transfers (see terms)*
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.