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!
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49