Chase Sapphire Preferred Annual Fee Increase?

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Postby pac4toon » Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:53 pm

That is a pretty hefty jump from $95 to $149. I guess the cost to produce the 'metal' card went up. :D

I'm glad I'm grandfathered in, but if they decide to up the annual fee after a couple of years then I'll probably downgrade to the regular no annual fee Sapphire card.
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Postby rockyrock » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:52 pm

swipe_masta wrote:Same.

I don't know where you guys are getting these links from, but I just confirmed with CSP rep that the $95 is accurate and there are no plans on increasing the fee in the near future. She also said that all current cardholders are grandfathered into their respective AFs including those who pay the original $89 fee. She said she was not aware of a $149 fee card, but the $125 fee card is only a small sub-group of people (would not elaborate why), but rest assured that there are no exclusive perks that come with the extra AF card.

The links are to the Chase website...sounds like the CSR you spoke to is a little behind the power curve. Just sayin'.
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Postby DONx3 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:12 am

This has to be the weirdest thing seeing it $149 last night and $125 today and now tonight its back to $95.
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Postby linuxmachine » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:17 am

My brother asked me whether he should jump in now, and I didn't know what to respond with. Told him not to get it if he didn't need it, but it seems like he wants it, just not until he hoarded enough points on his Freedom card. I think he's hoping Chase will run another $95 promo later this year or maybe the next, but it's hard to say.

IMHO the $30 diff between the $125 version is very little if you are converting your chase points effectively (e.g. 2 cents per UR point). But I guess like a few people here, they are hung up on $30 a year.

Any thoughts on whether Chase will run future $95 fee promos at lesser bonus packages? Give my brother some peace of mind... because I won't. HA!

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Postby swipe_masta » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:33 am

rockyrock wrote:The links are to the Chase website...sounds like the CSR you spoke to is a little behind the power curve. Just sayin'.

I know that the links are to Chase, I was asking where, if any, did ppl find those links. When I clicked on them they both said 95 for me as well as when I went to Chase homepage. That's why I was agreeing with dj. As for Chase customer service, they've never been wrong for me no matter who I talked to, so who am I to doubt them now? Lol as long as we're all grandfathered into our respective AFs, no worries, be happy.

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Postby whit » Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:07 am

I've talked to a chase rep, who confused me because he said the 125 was "csp plus"

then went to tell me there's three diff price point, 95, 125, 149--which I already knew--but couldn't explain to me why there was three diff price points if the benefits are all the same (went through and confirmed it's all still 2x dining/traveling, 7% dividend, 20% off ultimate rewards with travel bookings, etcetera

he said that it didn't matter b/c it looks like it's eventually going to be phased out (the 95)
but at that point he sounded unsure so who knows

I can say that if you call back, since it's humans you're talking to, that there are bound to be mistakes but I would give them a break, from what my friend describes, now a programmer who works in an office with mini table soccer game and ping pong tables..being a CS in call center is no walk in park (you get a lot of weirdos)

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Postby MemberSince 79 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:01 pm

Sounds like marketing. Same airline ticket; different pricing depending on where you look, or even the time of day.

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Postby Patcell87 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:26 am

I tend to agree that it is probably marketing... I have been seriously considering the CSP for some time now and decided to go for it after seeing this thread hoping to lock in the lower fee. I too was able to find links to the $95, $125, and $149 annual fee offers. I just picked the lowest, applied, was instantly approved, and the customer service rep assures me that the $95 annual fee is accurate. I'll have to wait till next year to see what they actually charge me, but in the mean time the card benefits are very good and the signup bonus is a no-brainer...

Even at the $149 mark the CSP is still considerably less than the Amex PRG, and the benefits seem to be almost as good if not better... Not to mention, no foreign transaction fees...

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