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Chase Sapphire triple points promotion

Postby jeffysdad » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:15 am

I have a Chase Sapphire Visa (standard version, no annual fee) that I'm not using. I just got a card from chase offering triple points from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 in purchase categories:

"dining establishments (including caterers), drug stores, gas stations, convenience stores, grocery and specialty food stores, gym and recreation club memberships, dry cleaning and laundry establishments, beauty and barber establishments (including spas and cosmetic stores), local and commuter transportation (including trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, tolls and parking), utilities (including electric, gas, water and sanitation), cable and satellite television and radio services, wireless/telecommunications services and equipment, internet services, discount stores and warehouse clubs."

You have to sign up using a code provided in the mailer, which I did. Cap is 5,000 bonus points, which I assume would represent $1,666 in spending.

I also have a Chase Freedom that still offers 3% in top three categories monthly (I'm grandfathered). I'm also told that I'm getting the 5% rebate in the rotating categories. So Freedom is a better choice for me. Also, I've built a rebate balance on Freedom; I haven't on Sapphire. After the promotion I presume Sapphire is back to the same lame 1% in everything while Freedom will still be offering the same as it always has.

What I'm wondering is if the Sapphire brand manager at Chase has realized that his/her card isn't taking off because Freedom is offering points/cashback-conscious customers a better deal?
American Express: Blue Cash Preferred (groceries, 6%; gas, department store, 3%); Gold Delta SkyMiles (Delta Air Lines, 2 miles/dollar, free checked bag).
US Bank: Cash+ (utilities, phone, internet, restaurant, 5%; drugstores, 2%).
FIA Card Services: Fidelity Amex (everything, 2%); Fidelity Visa (everything, 1.5%).
Chase: Freedom (rotating, 5%); Amazon (Amazon.com, 3%); PriorityClub (IHG hotels, 5 points/dollar); Sapphire (not in use).

*All cards are registered with PriorityClub IDine program for 8 points/dollar at participating restaurants.


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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:00 pm

I received a similar offer from Chase for my Amazon card which I barely use. Offered 5,000 bonus points for spending $2,400 during the same time period. I think they are doing this to encourage Christmas shopping on their cards.

I will probably charge my car insurance and a few others things to reach the $2,400, charges that don't fall under special categories so I won't be missing out on any higher rebates I would get with a different card.

As far as I know the Sapphire is a success but it's more for travel benefits and service than rewards. The Freedom clearly beats Sapphire for rewards.
Disclosure: I am a moderator/paid staff of this site, which does have advertising relationships with some credit cards that are discussed and linked to. Regardless, anything I say is my honest opinion.

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Postby jeffysdad » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:56 am

I'd like to have that Amazon offer. Maybe I should stop using my Amazon card for a while and see what happens.
American Express: Blue Cash Preferred (groceries, 6%; gas, department store, 3%); Gold Delta SkyMiles (Delta Air Lines, 2 miles/dollar, free checked bag).
US Bank: Cash+ (utilities, phone, internet, restaurant, 5%; drugstores, 2%).
FIA Card Services: Fidelity Amex (everything, 2%); Fidelity Visa (everything, 1.5%).
Chase: Freedom (rotating, 5%); Amazon (Amazon.com, 3%); PriorityClub (IHG hotels, 5 points/dollar); Sapphire (not in use).

*All cards are registered with PriorityClub IDine program for 8 points/dollar at participating restaurants.

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:33 pm

In the past I have found that Chase gives various incentives when a card lays dorment for a while but this was the best offer I have got to date. A couple years ago it would be a $10 statement credit for spending a small amount.

By the way I made a typo- my offer is for $2,600, not $2,400. I have spent about $1,500 on it the past two weeks between car insurance and an airline ticket. I should have no problem coming up with an extra $1,100 in non-category purchases over the next 65 days to meet the requirement. From what I gather the offer isn't pro-rated so if I spend any less there will be no bonus points given.
Disclosure: I am a moderator/paid staff of this site, which does have advertising relationships with some credit cards that are discussed and linked to. Regardless, anything I say is my honest opinion.

Current Cards:
American Express: Blue Cash, Simply Cash Bank of America: WorldPoints Platinum Plus Chase: Amazon, British Airways, Cash Plus Rewards, Freedom, Ink Cash Citi: Thank You Premier, Dividend Platinum Select Discover: More
Primary Everyday Card: American Express Blue Cash
Primary Travel Card: Chase Sapphire Preferred

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Postby Cucumber » Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:36 pm

Did you get the one from Discover? Sent me a thing for $250 bonus but I don't spend enough to qualify.
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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:24 pm

Cucumber wrote:Did you get the one from Discover? Sent me a thing for $250 bonus but I don't spend enough to qualify.


I just got the Discover promotion in the mail. This is the best one I have seen from them to date. Like you though I don't foresee spending enough to meet it. If I shifted my grocery spending I would but I already get 5% on groceries, making it a wash if I did that.
Disclosure: I am a moderator/paid staff of this site, which does have advertising relationships with some credit cards that are discussed and linked to. Regardless, anything I say is my honest opinion.

Current Cards:
American Express: Blue Cash, Simply Cash Bank of America: WorldPoints Platinum Plus Chase: Amazon, British Airways, Cash Plus Rewards, Freedom, Ink Cash Citi: Thank You Premier, Dividend Platinum Select Discover: More
Primary Everyday Card: American Express Blue Cash
Primary Travel Card: Chase Sapphire Preferred

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Postby ronnieloo » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:14 pm

are the rewards on this card really worthwhile because i have compared it to the freedom and correct me if i am wrong but both get 1% and the difference (benefit) is freedom gives 5% on spending types?



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