How To Track Points per Transaction on Your Chase Sapphire Preferred

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Chase has just made it easier for Chase Sapphire Preferred card holders to track how many points they earn for each transaction.

If you go into your account activity, you can now click the blue plus sign to the left of each line item and it will expand that transaction.

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As you can see, my recent Uber transaction has been properly categorized and it will earn a total of 16 Ultimate Rewards points.

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First Friday Bonus Points

It even tracks First Friday bonus points!

This is a really great feature and no longer will we have to go digging around and fumbling with calculations to find out how many UR points we’ll earn with each purchase.

Note, this only works for the Sapphire Preferred at this time. This feature wasn’t available for my Chase Freedom or Hyatt accounts. Hopefully, Chase will soon roll this out to all their products.

Chase Ink Offers Increased – 60K Bold/Plus

From June 16 – 22, in support of National Small Business Week, Chase is increasing the sign up bonuses for their Business cards!

  • Ink Bold: 60,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months of opening the card.
  • Ink Plus: 60,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months of opening the card.
  • Ink Classic: 25,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of opening the card.

These are the best offers for these cards to date. Click here to go directly to Chase’s site to apply for the cards. Note: No affiliate links here!

I’ll personally be going for another Ink Bold card using my LLC’s Tax ID. Previously, all my Business cards have been applied for using my SSN, which is a viable option as well.

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Fridays 3x Points

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Reminder!

This is just a reminder that today is the first Friday of June and, through the end of the year, every first Friday of the month offers 3x points on Dining when you use your Chase Sapphire or Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card!

I wrote about this several weeks ago when Chase first announced it. It’s just a little bump in bonus points from the usual 2x you’d earn from using your Sapphire Preferred for Dining purchases.

Ways to Take Advantage of This Promotion

I personally don’t like going out to eat on busy weekends. What I’ll probably do is visit a restaurant that I plan on eating at in the future and just buy a gift certificate from them using my Sapphire Preferred card. That way, I can avoid all the crowds of the weekend and still earn the 3x points on today’s promotion.

I know it might be hard to find a restaurant you like that actually has their own gift cards (aside from chain restos), but it’s worth a shot.

Then again, the simplest way is to just go out for a nice meal and pay for it with your Sapphire!

OpenTable

Again, Chase is running this promotion with OpenTable, but you do not have to use it in order to get the bonus.

See my original post for some information on OpenTable and why it’s a nice rebate if you go out to eat a lot.

Chase Sapphire No Longer Requires Travel Notification

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I just received an email from Chase stating that I no longer have to provide them with my travel information for my Chase Sapphire card.

This is actually great news because that form was a pain and I had mixed results while traveling. Sometimes, even though I filled out the form, my card would get declined. Obviously, I always carry back up (non-Chase) cards while traveling. Nevertheless, it was an unnecessary hassle.

Remember this thing?

Remember this thing?

Travel notifications no longer required
Your Account Ending in 1058

Dear Michael Las:

As part of our continuous efforts to improve your experience with your Chase Sapphire card, we’ve made an update to your account.

In the past, you may have notified us of your travel plans to ensure uninterrupted service while traveling. Because we value your business and your use of this card, you no longer need to provide us with your travel information.

Our fraud detection systems will continue to protect and monitor your account, and we may still decline charges that appear fraudulent.
Your account satisfaction and security is our priority. Should you need us while traveling, call the number on the back of your card anytime. Thank you for choosing Chase.

Sincerely,

Chase Card Services

This is taking after American Express who also does not require any travel notification. They must have confidence in their fraud detection systems.

One thing to note is that this is specifically for my Chase Sapphire card. It makes no reference to the other 3 Chase cards I have.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred 3x Points on First Fridays

What’s the deal???

My favorite all around card just got a mini boost. They announced it the other day on their Facebook page.

Through the end of 2013, the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card will earn 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on dining on every first Friday of the month!

As hopefully all of you know, the Sapphire Preferred normally earns bonus points on Travel (2x) and Dining (2x). This isn’t show stopping, but an extra point per dollar is always nice.

Is it a good deal?

I think so. It’s a good deal, not a great deal. It’s just an extra point per dollar. Unless you have really expensive tastes or are going with a BIG group of diners, you won’t get that many extra points.

It is still extra Chase Ultimate Rewards points and they are my favorite brand of points! I’ve written before about their flexibility and ease of earning.

My favorite partners to transfer UR points to are United (for long haul premium cabin flights) and Hyatt (for great value hotel stays).

Planning

For those too lazy to open up a calendar, here is the list of first Fridays left in 2013:

  • May 3
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 2
  • September 6
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6

OpenTable

This promotion is being run in tandem with OpenTable, a service that I use whenever possible.

With OpenTable, you earn 100 points per fulfilled reservation. For some cities, it has a lot of good restaurants. For others, not so much. Regardless, it’s always worth checking first if you’re going out to dinner.

Some restaurants have “specials” where certain reservation times are worth 1,000 points. For every 2,000 points you earn, you can redeem them for a $20 “OpenTable Dining Cheque” that you can use at participating restaurants.

To be clear, you DON’T have to use OpenTable to qualify for the 3x points on first Fridays.

I hope all you Chase Sapphire Preferred card holders can take advantage of this promotion. Now all my friends will know the reason behind me setting up a big dinner on a first Friday where I try to snatch the bill and have everyone pay me back!