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The 70k card I wish I could get
Last year I took the bait and signed up for Chase’s United MileagePlus Explorer when they snail mailed me a 50k offer. Honestly, I was pretty happy, and 50k was about as good as I thought it was going to get. AND THEN THE 70Ks started to roll out. They’ve extended the 70k offer this time around until 7/31. This card is restricted by 5/24 rules, and while I’m under 5/24, it’s only been a year since I was a proud cardholder, and Chase limits sign up bonuses to every 24 months. UGH! However, if I were eligible to get the 70k bonus…I’d be very eager to snatch up this card.
The offer ends on 7/31
You may have to login and out a few times, use incognito, etc. The offer varies for me, but the last time I was checking award avail the 70k popped up, and after I logged in it continued to show 70k.
The major benefits
The benefits that interest me the most
- 70k points
- United Club Passes
- 5k bonus for AU
- Extra Award availability
Even if you could, why would you add on to your 5/24 Miles?
Plain and simple. It preserves my Ultimate Rewards and I highly value flexible currency over fixed. By creating 78k United Miles from a sign up bonus, I save 78k UR for some other redemption. Plus, 80k points will fly you in EVA Royal Laurel Business Class from the US to Asia- and those are points you won’t regret redeeming.
You can check here if you’re targeted
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
Super solid welcome offer.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.