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Chase recently announced positive changes to the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® cards – with no increase to either card’s annual fee.
For the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, updates include boosted points earning, a 10% account anniversary bonus, and up to $50 hotel credit annually for hotels booked through the Chase travel portal.
Cardholders now earn 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points for travel booked through Chase, 3x points on dining (including eligible takeout and delivery services), 3x points on select streaming services, 3x points on online grocery purchases (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), 2x points on all other travel, and 1x on all other purchases.
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While most of the updates are straightforward, the one added benefit with some nuance is the $50 hotel credit. While the credit is available for new cardholders starting right away, it doesn’t kick in for existing cardholders until their next account anniversary date.
How the Chase Sapphire Preferred $50 hotel credit works
To take advantage of the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card’s $50 hotel credit, you’ll need to book a hotel stay through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal.
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Begin by logging in at ultimaterewards.com, then, select your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card from the login screen, if applicable, then click the “Travel” menu. Select the “Hotels” tab, and from there, you can book a stay at any hotel that’s available.
There’s usually a selection of chain, independent, and boutique hotels to choose from, and as long as you pay with your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, you’ll receive a statement credit for up to $50 toward your booking within a couple of days of the transaction.
If your booking costs less than $50, you’ll receive a credit in the amount of the purchase and have credit left over for your next hotel stay. For example, if your hotel costs $40, you’d receive a $40 statement credit and have $10 in credit left over to apply to your next Chase Travel hotel purchase.
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The annual hotel credit resets each year on your cardmember anniversary. If you can use the $50 annual hotel credit, the net annual fee drops to just $45 ( $95 annual fee – $50 hotel credit). Considering the card’s other perks, including the enhanced bonus categories and primary rental car insurance, that makes it one of the best Chase cards.
Keep in mind, the annual hotel credit is “use it or lose it.” It doesn’t roll over, so you can’t save it for a long or more expensive hotel stay.
How to maximize the Chase Sapphire Preferred hotel credit
If you opened the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card on or after August 16, 2021, you can use the $50 annual hotel credit as soon as you open your account. However, existing cardholders won’t get to use the credit until their next account anniversary.
The best way to use the hotel credit would be for an inexpensive stay that’s as close to $50 as possible. That could be handy for one-night stays such as an airport hotel before an early flight, or to take a break during a long road trip.
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Keep in mind, when you book through a third-party booking website like the Chase travel portal, you usually won’t have your elite status recognized or earn bonus points and tier credit toward the hotel’s loyalty program. If that’s important to you, you could book one night through Chase and book the others directly through the hotel’s website. Or you could use the credit at an independent hotel that doesn’t have a rewards program.
Also note that while you’ll receive 5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on all travel booked through the Chase, you won’t earn any points for the $50 portion that’s credited back to your account.
Other Sapphire Preferred updates
Effective August 16, 2021, these benefits also kicked in:
- 5x points on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards (except hotel purchases that qualify for the $50 hotel credit)
- 3x points on dining, including eligible delivery services, takeout, and dining out (previously 2x)
- 3x points on select streaming services
- 3x points on online grocery purchases (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs)
- 10% anniversary point bonus equal to 10% of all purchases made in the previous year
Other eligible travel purchases will continue to earn 2x points, and all other purchases will earn 1 point per dollar.
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These Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card changes add a lot of potential value to the card, and bring it into alignment with other Chase Ultimate Rewards cards.
The only Chase card with a hotel credit is the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which now offers up to $50 annually on hotel purchases made through the Chase Travel Portal.
If you can use it, this credit brings the net annual fee down to just $45. And with a wide selection of hotels available through the Chase travel portal, that should be easy for many cardholders.
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3 Free Nights (valued up to 50,000 points each) after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, plus 10x total points per $1 spent on up to $2,500 in combined purchases in select categories within your first 6 months
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$200 after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening
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