A customer service representative at the Chase Sapphire Desk mentioned to me yesterday that they’ve upped the point earning potential on the Chase Sapphire℠ Preferred Card to two points per dollar spent on dining and travel (plus one additional point if the travel is booked on the Ultimate Rewards website). According to him, this was effective 7/17/11. I found confirmation of it on their website: http://www.chasesapphire.com/cardmembers/
Download the .pdf for the Chase Sapphire Preferred under “Benefits Guide” (bottom right of your screen). Here is a snippet from page 4:
“With Chase Sapphire Preferred, no purchase goes unrewarded. Whether you’re buying everyday household items, dining out or even paying your phone or cable bill, using your card maximizes your point earnings, with:
- 2 points per dollar spent on dining – from quick serve restaurants to fine dining.
- 2 points per dollar spent when you purchase flights, hotel accommodations, car rentals, timeshares, and more.
- 1 additional point per dollar spent when you book airfare or hotel accommodations online through Ultimate Rewards with your Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
- Plus, 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.”
And here is a snippet from the T’s & C’s on page 12 of the same .pdf:
“Earning Rewards: You will earn 1 point for each $1 of Net Purchases. You will earn an additional 1 point for each $1 of Net Purchases made at merchants that classify their merchant location for Visa/MasterCard in any of the following categories: dining establishments (including caterers), airlines, airports, car rental agencies (including truck, trailer, and RV), cruise ships, hotels and motels, timeshares, local and commuter transportation (including trains, buses, taxis/limos, ferries, bridges, tolls, and parking), travel agencies. We do not determine whether merchants correctly identify and bill transactions as being made at locations in each particular category.
“However, we do reserve the right to determine which purchases qualify for the additional point on category purchases. Purchases not eligible to receive the additional point on category purchases include, but are not limited to, purchases made at superstores, warehouse clubs, discount stores, and their affiliates. Online and catalog purchases are not eligible to receive the additional point on category purchases unless the merchants have correctly identified and billed the transactions. You will also earn an additional 1 point for each $1 of eligible airfare and hotel Net Purchases made online through the program booking tool (for a total of 3 points).”
FYI: I’ve posted the above also out on FlyerTalk — post #1178 in the Chase Sapphire Preferred 50K Point thread in MilesBuzz http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/milesbuzz/1215268-extra-50k-expired-chase-sapphire-preferred-card-50k-points-79.html#post16758258
Thanks for all your info on the blog, and belated happy 10th anniversary on FlyerTalk!
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Annual Fee: $95 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The Sapphire Preferred offers 2x points on dining and travel, and no foreign transaction fees, making this the go-to card for travelers.
This card accumulates Ultimate Rewards points, which are very valuable for transfer to United and Hyatt. Overall, this card is a great choice for maximizing earnings on dining, travel, and every day spend.
- Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
- 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
- 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
- Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95