These are two of the hottest Chase cards on the market right now, but how do they stack up against each other? Here’s a head to head comparison of the Freedom vs Sapphire…
- Annual Fee: None for regular version, the “Preferred” version has a $95 annual fee.
- Rewards: 1 point per dollar on purchases. 2 points per dollar on dining (and that includes fast food!). 2 points per dollar on airfare when you book your flight using their reservations tool. Points can be used towards travel, merchandise, cash back… just about anything you can think of. The Preferred version gives 2x points on all travel categories (airlines, taxis, trains, parking fees and much more).
- Unique Benefits: Top notch notch dedicated customer service, they say you can speak to someone without having to press numbers. Phone concierge service. A wide array of benefits on eligible travel purchases include auto rental collision damage, travel accident insurance, trip cancellation insurance, and lost luggage reimbursement.
- Go here to see the current bonus for the regular version.
- Go here to see the current bonus for the Preferred
- Annual Fee: None
- Rewards: 5% cash back in various categories which rotate each quarter, 1% cash back on all other purchases. The 5% is typically capped at $1,500 of spending per quarter within the categories.
- Unique Benefits: The high cash back is the most unique aspect of this card. The other benefits are comparable to what you would find on many other credit cards.
- Go here to see the current bonus.
That depends what you want to get out of your card. If you’re looking for the highest percentage of rewards possible versus extra premium benefits, then the Freedom is the way to go. You can’t beat the 5% plus the 1% on everything else. However if you are looking for great rewards, premium customer service, and benefits that are geared towards travelers, then the Sapphire is the clear winner.
However the best approach is to have both! Why? Because you can transfer and combine the Chase Ultimate Rewards points amongst your accounts. So, a great strategy is to use the Freedom for the 5% categories, but transfer the points to my Sapphire Preferred account and redeem through that account. That way you can redeem the points for travel thru Ultimate Rewards and expend 20% fewer points – i.e. $371 plane ticket would only cost 29,680 points, instead of 37,100.
Written or last updated March 14, 2014