2,500 Extra Ultimate Rewards Points for Authorized Users on Chase Freedom and Sapphire Cards

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Starting today, you’ll get 2,500 extra Ultimate Rewards points for adding an authorized user when you sign-up for the Chase Freedom and Chase Sapphire cards.  The authorized user has to make a purchase within 3 months for you to get the extra 2,500 points.

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Adding an Authorized User Could Have Other Benefits!

Usually, these cards don’t have a bonus for adding an authorized user, so this could be good news for folks who were thinking of signing-up for these cards soon.  This is very similar to the 5,000 extra Ultimate Rewards points you get for adding an authorized user to new Chase Sapphire Preferred applications.

However, you can’t add an authorized user to your existing cards to get the bonus because this promotion is only for new accounts.

Chase Freedom

Link:   Chase Freedom

Link:   My review of the Chase Freedom

The Chase Freedom has a sign-up bonus of 10,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points or $100 cash back after you spend $500 in the 1st 3 months.

But now, you’ll get an additional 2,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points or $25 cash back when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the 1st 3 months.

The authorized user bonus is only for new sign-ups, so if you already have the card, you’re out of luck.

I love the Chase Freedom because it makes it easy to earn 5X the number of Ultimate Rewards points (up to $1,500 or 7,500 points a quarter) for purchases which Emily and I normally make.  You’ll earn 5X points or 5% cash back on rotating categories each quarter.

And it’s a fee-free card, so it’s good to keep for a long time to increase the length of your credit history and possibly improve your credit score.

Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Freedom can’t be transferred by themselves to select airlines and hotels.  But here are step-by-step instructions on how to transfer points from the Chase Freedom to a card (like the Chase Sapphire PreferredChase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus) which allows you to transfer them to hotels and airlines.

I like the extra points for adding an authorized user.  However, previously Chase has increased the sign-up bonus to 20,000 points or $200 cash back.  That deal MIGHT come back but I don’t know for sure.

Chase Sapphire (NOT Preferred)

Update:   The Chase Sapphire card is no longer available for new sign-ups.

Link:   Chase Sapphire

I haven’t written much about the Chase Sapphire because I like the Chase Sapphire Preferred version better.  You can NOT transfer points from the Chase Sapphire to airlines and hotels like you can with the Preferred version.

Normally, the sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire card is 10,000 points ($100 in rewards) after you spend $500 in the 1st 3 months.  They’ve now added a 2,500 point ($25) bonus for adding an authorized user when you sign-up and make a purchase in the 1st 3 months.

This card earns 2X points per $1 you spend on restaurants (but NOT travel, like the Sapphire Preferred) and 1 point per $1 you spend on everything else.

Ultimate Rewards points from the regular Sapphire card can’t be transferred by themselves to select airlines and hotels.  But here are step-by-step instructions on how to transfer points from the Chase Freedom to a card (like the Chase Sapphire PreferredChase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus) which allows you to transfer them to hotels and airlines.

I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this card, but if you were planning on applying for it anyway, now is a good time to get the extra sign-up bonus.

Bottom Line

The Chase Freedom and Chase Sapphire Visa cards have added an authorized user bonus to their sign-up deal.  You’ll earn an additional 2,500 points ($25) when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the 1st 3 months.

This is in addition to the regular sign-up bonus of 10,000 points or $100 cash back.

And because these cards don’t have an annual fee, you can keep them for a long time to help improve your credit score.

These cards don’t normally have an authorized user sign-up bonus.  But I wouldn’t sign-up just for the bonus, unless you were planning on getting these cards soon anyway.

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16 responses to “2,500 Extra Ultimate Rewards Points for Authorized Users on Chase Freedom and Sapphire Cards

  1. Do you know if chase gives 2,500 points for each authorized user if you add more than one? If I added 3 would I get 7,500 points?

  2. FYI — I sent a secure message and tested the waters to see if they’d be able to match or extend the offer to existing customers. From the reply, it appears that if you have opened an account within the last 90 days, they could potentially match that bonus offer for the authorized user. The message I got back includes:

    With the continual changes and promotional offers for many
    credit card products we at Chase will always consider
    allowing the newest promotion to be applied to any
    qualified accounts that were opened within the previous 90
    days of the offer.

    In reviewing the open date on the account, I regret to
    advise that the account is not qualified to participate in
    the new enrollment promotion and therefore we are unable
    to honor your request.

    Funny thing is, this card is about 92 days old. Opened on new years eve!

  3. Do you happen to know if the Chase Sapphire has zero foreign transaction fees like the preferred card does?

  4. How do “additional cards” work with credit scores/reports, etc. Is there anything either party should be aware of before adding on an additional card holder?

  5. My wife has had the Chase Slate card for years now and doesn’t use it now that she has a CSP. I think the slate can convert to the Freedom. She won’t get the sign-up bonus, but if she does the conversion, do you think she’ll get 2500 UR for adding me as a AU?

  6. Approved a little more than a month ago. Called and was given the 2,500 after adding an authorized user. Thanks for keeping us updated!

  7. Newbie question (apologies): Is it advantageous to convert Ultimate Rewards points to airline/hotel points as opposed to just booking reward travel directly through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal? Do you get a better conversion rate, more airline/hotel options, etc….or is it simply a way to combine/boost point totals you already have with an airline/hotel? If you already have a post on this topic, please point me in that direction. Thanks!

  8. @Bart, the regular Chase Sapphire does unfortunately have foreign transaction fees. You pay 3%.

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    • @Bart – The regular Sapphire card charges a foreign transaction fee.

      @New guy – Depends on your travel goals, but in general you can get more value transferring to hotels or airlines than using points for travel via the Ultimate Rewards portal.

  10. Just got my statement for CSP–shows $95 annual fee; the free ride is over, and now I have to think about what to do. My first call to Chase came up empty–the rep said no bonus points, no fee waiver.
    I guess I’ll try again (with a different rep) tomorrow.

    I don’t think I’d be eligible for any Welcome bonus from a new CSP, since I’ve had the VISA version several years ago, and just last year got the MC version.

    Still, it makes me wonder whether it might be better just to downgrade to the free CS card, in hopes Chase offers me an upgrade at some point (which is how i got the firstr CSP VISA several years ago).

    What do you think, is this a reasonable hope??

    Otherwise, I’ll just make any last-minute transfers, then cancel the card. I can always apply down the road.

    PS Chase rep told me I have “2 billing cycles” to have them refund the Annual Fee, so I have until end of May.

  11. Have you one across an alternative to the vanilla reloads they don’t seem to be available anywhere for purchase with credit card anymore what do we do 4 miles?

  12. in order to get the extra points (either 2500 or 5000) with an authorized user, do we need to add a user at time of application, or can we do it after?

  13. Are any of the chase authorized user bonuses (like current on the Sapphire preferred or Mileagus Plus) good for multiple authorized users? Or do you only get one 5,000 pt bonus no matter how many users you add?