If you’re interested in the Sapphire Preferred card, this is a great time to get it. There is currently a 90,000 point offer available in-branch. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the Sapphire Preferred card to help you decide if it’s worth a trip to the bank…
The Sapphire Preferred card has long been a favorite for points collectors. It earns valuable Ultimate Rewards points, has no foreign transaction fees, and offers primary rental car coverage for $95 per year. Until the summer of 2021, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card’s perks were straightforward: 2 points per dollar for all travel & dining purchases, no foreign transaction fees, and primary rental car coverage for $95 per year. As of August 16, 2021, though, Chase updated the earning structure and added new features:
- Earn 3x on Dining, Streaming Services, and Online Grocery (excluding Target, Walmart, and Wholesale Clubs).
- Earn 2x to 5x on travel
- Earn 5x on Travel Booked through Chase’s Travel Portal
- Earn 5x on Lyft (through March 2025)
- Earn 2x on all other travel
- Earn 1x on all other purchases
- 10% Anniversary point bonus: Each account anniversary, “earn bonus points that equal 10% of your total spend in points” based on spend in your cardmember year.
Note: This adds an extra 0.1x to all of your spend. If you spend $25,000 during the year, you’ll get 25,000 x .1 = 2,500 bonus points. You do not get extra points based on bonus categories. e.g. dining purchases, which earn 3x, effectively earn 3.1x not 3.3x thanks to this bonus.
- $50 Hotel Credit: Each cardmember year, earn $50 back on hotels booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards. The portion of this spend that is rebated will not earn Ultimate Rewards.
In my opinion, The Sapphire Preferred card’s earning structure is good, but not exceptional. However, the card is a great choice for its welcome bonus and to unlock the ability to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to travel partners. You can do well by using this card plus various fee-free Ultimate Rewards cards to earn 3X to 5X in various categories of spend and then move those points to the Sapphire Preferred so that you can then transfer the points to airline and hotel programs.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Application Tips
- 5/24 Rule: With most Chase cards, you won't get approved if your credit report shows 5 or more cards opened in the past 24 months. Details here.
- 24/48 Month Rule: With most Chase cards, you can get the same card and bonus again 24 months after having received the bonus as long as you no longer have the card open. With Sapphire cards, you must wait 48 months. No wait is required for Chase Ink cards.
- 30 Day Rule: Chase usually won't approve you for more than 2 Chase cards within 30 days
- Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.
- Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day (not always true when mixing business and personal)
- Shut-Down Caution: Signing up for new Chase cards can lead to Chase reviewing your accounts. This may lead to Chase shutting down all of your accounts if you appear to be a credit risk. See this post for details and recommendations: Why Chase shutdowns have increased and how to avoid them.
- Check your application status: Call (888) 338-2586.
- If denied, call to have the decision reconsidered: 1-888-270-2127
Should you apply?
The Sapphire Preferred card usually has a terrific welcome bonus. Interestingly, the Sapphire Preferred bonus is usually better than the bonus for the Sapphire Reserve. For that reason, it can make sense to sign up for the Sapphire Preferred card even if you really want the Sapphire Reserve. You should be able to upgrade to the Sapphire Reserve after year simply by calling Chase to request the product change.
If you are eligible (see next section), the welcome bonus on this card makes it a great choice.
Are you eligible?
To get this card you must be under 5/24, you must not be a current Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve cardholder, and at least 48 months must have passed since you last received a new cardmember bonus for the Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve card.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.
How to apply
You can find the current best online public welcome offer by clicking through to our Sapphire Preferred card page. At the time of this writing, a 90K in-branch offer is listed on our card page as an alternate offer.
After you apply, call (888) 338-2586 to check your application status.
If your application is denied, I recommend calling for reconsideration (1-888-270-2127). It’s surprising how often denials can be changed to approvals just by asking.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Perks
Premium Ultimate RewardsSince this is a premium Ultimate Rewards card, the following rewards are available:
- Redeem Points for 25% More Value: Points are worth 1.25 cents each when used to book travel through the Ultimate Rewards portal.
- Transfer Points to Partners: Points can be transferred one to one to a number of airline and hotel loyalty programs.
- No foreign transaction fees
- $50 Hotel Credit: Each cardmember year, earn $50 back on hotels booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards. The portion of this spend that is rebated will not earn Ultimate Rewards. Those who have the card open before August 15, 2021, will have to wait until their next account anniversary after that date to begin earning this credit.
- Auto Rental Coverage: Chase offers primary auto rental CDW (collision damage waiver). Here's the description directly from Chase: "Decline the rental company's collision insurance and charge the entire rental cost to your card. Coverage is primary and provides reimbursement up to the actual cash value of the vehicle for theft and collision damage for most rental cars in the U.S. and abroad."
- Trip Cancellation / Interruption Insurance: "If your trip is canceled or cut short by sickness, severe weather and other covered situations, you can be reimbursed up to $10,000 per person and $20,000 per trip for your pre-paid, non-refundable travel expenses, including passenger fares, tours, and hotels."
- Trip Delay Reimbursement: "If your common carrier travel is delayed more than 12 hours or requires an overnight stay, you and your family are covered for unreimbursed expenses, such as meals and lodging, up to $500 per ticket."
- Lost Luggage: Reimburses for costs incurred to repair or replace checked or carry-on bags and property within if loss or damage occurs during a covered trip. Coverage is up to $3,000 per person per trip (or up to $500 for jewelry, watches, cameras, video recorders, and other electronic equipment).
- Baggage Delay Insurance: "Reimburses you for essential purchases like toiletries and clothing for baggage delays over 6 hours by passenger carrier up to $100 a day for 5 days.
- Travel Accident Insurance: When you pay for your air, bus, train or cruise transportation with your card, you are eligible to receive accidental death or dismemberment coverage of up to $500,000
- Extended Warranty: "Extends the time period of U.S. manufacturer's warranty by an additional year, on eligible warranties of three years or less."
- Damage and Theft Protection: "Covers your new purchases for 120 days against damage or theft up to $500 per claim and $50,000 per account."
Food Delivery Benefits
- DoorDash: Free DashPass through 12/31/24
- GoPuff: Get $10 monthly GoPuff credit through 12/31/23
- Instacart: Get $15 quarterly Instacart credit through 7/31/2024, plus 6 months free Instacart+ (redeem by July 31, 2024)
Lyft Rideshare Benefits
- 5X Rewards: Use your Sapphire Preferred card with Lyft in order to earn 5 points per dollar. That's 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Earn Points
This card earns super-valuable Ultimate Rewards points. Here’s the current best public welcome offer (but note that at the time of writing the alternate offer, in-branch only 90K, is the one to go for if you can):
|Card Info Name and Earning Rate (no offer)|
Chase Sapphire Preferred Redeem Points
Pay Yourself Back
Chase changes or renews the eligible categories every few months. When using this feature, Sapphire Reserve cardholders get 1.25 cents per point value for most categories, and all other eligible cardholders get 1 cent per point value. Chase used to offer 1.5 cents per point value for Sapphire Reserve cardholders and 1.25 cents per point value for Sapphire Preferred cardholders. That was a decent deal. With the lower redemption values in play today, we no longer recommend this option. More details about Chase's Pay Yourself Back feature can be found here.
Cardholders can redeem points for 1 cent each either as statement credits or as cash back. Cash back can be taken as a statement credit or via check or ACH transfer.
Redeem points for travel: 1.5 cents per pointThis option requires that someone in your household has the ultra-premium Chase Sapphire Reserve card. First move (combine) points from your other Ultimate Rewards card to the Sapphire Reserve account. Next, log into Chase under the Sapphire Reserve account, and go to the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal to book your travel. A $500 flight would cost 40,000 points if you used points attached to a premium card (Sapphire Preferred or Ink Business Preferred), but with the Chase Sapphire Reserve it would cost only 33,333 points.
Redeem points for travel: 1.25 cents per pointThis option is directly available to anyone with a premium Ultimate Rewards card: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Business Preferred, or the no-longer-available Ink Plus. If you have points with no-fee Ultimate Rewards cards, then move them first to your premium card. Next, log into Chase under the premium account, and go to the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal to book your travel. A $500 flight would cost 50,000 points if you used points attached to a no-fee Ultimate Rewards card, but with your premium card it would cost only 40,000 points.
Details about booking travel through ChaseYou can use the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal to book airfare, hotels, cruises, activities, and car rentals. Airfare purchased through the portal still earns airline miles and elite qualifying miles. Hotels booked this way do not earn hotel rewards. Worse, hotels booked through the portal often won't offer you elite benefits even if you have status.
Travel protections applyWhen you pay with points for travel, Chase's automatic travel protections do apply. So, you can be covered for things like car rentals, trip delays, trip cancellation & interruption, lost luggage, etc. The coverage you receive will be based on which card's rewards were used to book the trip. For example, if you have both a Chase Sapphire Preferred and a Sapphire Reserve, you would want to move your Ultimate Rewards points from the Preferred to the Reserve and then use the Reserve points to book your trip. You will get both better value (1.5 cents per point) and better travel protections. See: Sapphire Reserve Travel Insurance.
Move points to premium or ultra-premium card firstYou cannot transfer points directly from a no-fee Chase Ultimate Rewards card to airline and hotel partners, but you can move points first to a premium card (Sapphire Preferred or Ink Business Preferred, for example) or ultra-premium card (Sapphire Reserve) and then transfer the points to airline or hotel partners. Points can be transferred to the loyalty accounts of the primary cardholder or any authorized user on the account. Points can also be transferred to the loyalty account of a joint business owner, but they do need to be an authorized user on the associated business account.
|Rewards Program||Best Uses|
|Aer Lingus Avios||Fuel surcharges are sometimes lower when booking with Aer Lingus (Avios.com) rather than British Airways, Qatar, or Iberia. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar. See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.|
|Air Canada Aeroplan||Redeem for Star Alliance flights and/or flights with Air Canada partners (such as Etihad). No fuel surcharges; $39 CAD award booking fee; 5,000 points to add stopover on one-way award. See: Air Canada Aeroplan: Everything you need to know.|
|Air France KLM Flying Blue||Monthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards. Air France often offers very good business class award pricing between the US and Europe & Israel.|
|British Airways Avios||While flights on British Airways itself often incur outrageously high fuel surcharges, many BA partners charge low or no fuel surcharges. Excellent value can be had in redeeming BA points for short distance flights. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar. See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.|
|Emirates Skywards||The best use of Emirates miles has been to fly Emirates itself. Unfortunately fuel surcharges can be steep. See: Emirates Sweet Spot Awards - First class from 30K miles round trip.|
|Hyatt||Use for Hyatt free nights, free suite nights, lounge upgrades, or suite upgrades. Hyatt points are often worth at least 2 cents each, but they’re sometimes worth far more. Bonus: award nights are not subject to resort fees.|
|Iberia Avios||Iberia offers very low award prices on their own flights and a very reasonable 25 Euro cancellation fee. Partner awards can offer good value under some circumstances as well, but these are usually nonrefundable. Fuel surcharges are sometimes lower when booking with Iberia rather than British Airways, Aer Lingus, or Qatar. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar. See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.|
|IHG||IHG dynamically prices their awards and sometimes offer very good value. IHG Premier and IHG Premier Business cards offer the fourth night free on award stays.|
|JetBlue||JetBlue points offer the most value when cheap ticket prices are available and when award taxes are high relative to the overall cost of the ticket (more details can be found here). The JetBlue Plus Card and the JetBlue Business Card offer a 10% rebate on awards, so you can get more value by holding one of these cards.|
|Marriott Bonvoy||5th Night Free awards. Opportunities to get outsized value exist but can be hard to find.|
|Qatar Privilege Club Avios||Qatar has reasonable award prices for flying Qatar itself. Points are now transferable 1 to 1 to British Airways (and from there to Aer Lingus or Iberia)|
|Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer||Use to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members), Alaska Airlines economy awards, or for Star Alliance awards (including United Airlines).|
|Southwest Rapid Rewards||Award flights are fully refundable. Point values vary due to certain taxes not being charged on awards, but tend to average around 1.5 cents per point.|
|United MileagePlus||United offers free award changes and free cancelations. Like Avianca and Aeroplan, United never charges fuel surcharges for awards. Unfortunately, United charges many more miles for international first class awards. Good uses of miles include United's Excursionist Perk awards and (sometimes) dynamically priced United economy awards.|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||Virgin Atlantic offers a few great sweet spot awards including US to Europe on Delta One business class for 50K points one-way. See: Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight).|
Other ways to redeem points
You can also use points to pay some merchants directly (Amazon.com, for example or via Chase Pay). Don't do this. These options offer very poor value. Further, they may compromise the security of your account (i.e. if someone hacks into your Amazon account, they might spend your Ultimate Rewards points - causing you a headache in getting your points reinstated).
Chase Sapphire Preferred Manage Points
Combine Points Across Cards
If you intend to cancel a Chase Ultimate Rewards card, you should first combine your points with a card you intend to keep active. Once you cancel, you will forfeit any unused points in that account (See: My 90,000 Ultimate Rewards Points mistake). A product change should not affect your balance, but some people prefer moving points before a product change as well just to be safe.
Share Points Across Cardholders
Why this is valuable:
- You earn points with the card offering the best return on purchases and then use points with the card offering the best redemption rate.
- Only one member of your household needs to maintain a premium card for transferring to partners or booking travel (though note that the primary cardholder can only transfer points to partner loyalty programs in the name of the primary cardholder or authorized users).
How to Keep Points Alive
Chase Sapphire Preferred Lifecycle
How to meet minimum spend requirements
Keep, cancel, or product change?
Is this card worth keeping in the long run? The main reason to keep this card around long term is as a way to transfer points to airline and hotel programs. You can get that same capability from the Sapphire Reserve or Ink Business Preferred, so you may find that one of those cards fits your needs better.
See: Sapphire Battle – Which is Right for You? Sapphire Reserve? Sapphire Preferred? Ink Business Preferred?
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What are the requirements to change from a CSR to CSP? Do you need to cancel the CSR first and then apply for the CSP or can you apply while you have the CSR as long as you haven’t received a bonus within 48 months?
Chase still doesn’t allow you to be the primary cardholder on both cards. So, you could either downgrade to one of the Freedom cards or cancel and then apply for the new one.
Thank you Tim!! How long do you have to wait after you downgrade to apply?
Wait 2 or 3 days just to be sure but even that might not be necessary