Posted byon August 26, 2016
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Chase rolled out a new Chase Sapphire Reserve card this week with one of the highest sign up bonuses I have ever seen!
The bonus recently changed on this offer. The updated information is below.
The sign up bonus is 50,000 points and the card includes a $300 travel credit.
It’s our Free Money Friday offer.
Earning Points. You’ll earn 3 points per dollar on travel and dining and 1 point on all other purchases. There are no quarterly rotating categories.
Redeeming Points. The card offers a 50% bonus on travel redemptions, which means your 50,000 points could be redeemed for $750 in travel. Check out the Best Way to Maximize Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for the other redemption options.
Annual Travel Credit. You’ll get a $300 travel credit each anniversary year. (This was calendar year, but was recently changed to anniversary year).
More Benefits. The card also offers a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck, lounge access with Priority Pass, and various other travel benefits.
Whenever I see a card with a steep annual fee it’s time to do the math. The 50,000 points can be redeemed for $500 in cash equivalents (or $750 in travel credits). Add in the travel credit at $300 and the sign up bonus is worth $350-$600 after you pay the annual fee. For me I’d use another $85 offset on the TSA precheck since my husband and kids have it and I get stuck in the regular security line by myself!
Total value after annual fee: $350-$600
You should calculate your own benefit beyond the bonus points to see how much it’s worth in your situation. However, the sign up bonus should cover the annual fee no problem on this card!
This card is subject to the 5/24 rule (5 approvals in 24 months), or the Chase rule that they will not approve you for another Chase card if you’ve opened 5 new cards in the last two years with any issuer (not just Chase). This puts the brakes on for me (boo!) since my credit reports are showing 8 or 9/24 depending on the report and my husband’s show 10/24. I’ll be following the compiled data points on Reddit very closely to determine when and if we can pull the trigger on this card.