2 Changes to the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

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You can get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card with 2 new changes: a chip for greater acceptance outside the US and the ability to view your bonus points online.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card, in my opinion, is 1 of the best credit cards for earning miles and points.  It is usually the card I recommend to folks who only want 1 credit card.

With the Chase Sapphire Preferred you get:

  • 2X Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent on travel and dining
  • 1X Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent on everything else
  • NO foreign transaction fees

You earn Ultimate Rewards points on your purchases which can be used for statement credit or travel.

You can get 1 cent per point if you use your Ultimate Rewards points as a statement credit.   For some, the statement credit is worth it, but I get more value by using my Ultimate Rewards points for travel.

Ultimate Rewards points are worth 1.25 cents when you book travel through the Ultimate Rewards Mall.

You can almost instantly transfer points to the following airlines and hotels at a 1:1 ratio:

  • British Airways
  • United Airlines
  • Hyatt
  • Southwest
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Marriott
  • Ritz-Carlton
  • Korean Air
  • IHG Hotels
  • Flying Blue

This makes the points earned from your Chase Sapphire Preferred even more valuable.

Smart Chip

You can get a Smart Chip on your Chase Sapphire Preferred card.  This is similar to the Smart Chip on the British Airways card and the Hyatt card.  All new versions of the card already have the chip and if you already have the Sapphire Preferred, you will get the version with the chip when your card is renewed.

But you can also call the number at the back of your card (800-493-3319) to request a new card with the chip if you’ll be traveling outside the US soon.

However, this is a Chip-and-Signature card, so you may not be able to use the card everywhere in Europe, because many automatic machines in Europe require Chip-and-PIN cards.  But it will certainly be easier than using a card with no chip. 

You pay NO foreign transaction fees when you use the Chase Sapphire Preferred card for international travel.

You get 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you use your card for traveling and dining so having a smart chip on your card lets you to use it more often when you travel.

View Bonus Transactions Online

You can also see how many Ultimate Rewards points you’ve earned per transaction, including the bonus points you’ve earned from travel and dining online.

2 Changes To The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

How Many Ultimate Rewards Did You Earn For Each Transaction?

So now you can easily check that you’re getting your bonus points.

Bottom Line

The Chase Sapphire Preferred now comes with a chip and the ability to view the 2X points you’ve earned on each dining and travel purchase.

If you already have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you can call to get the new chip card and go online to view your bonus transactions.

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18 responses to “2 Changes to the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

  1. Do you think Chase will offer similar transparency on their other cards with category bonuses? (i.e. Freedom or Hyatt) I would think it is an easy thing to add on their end if they’re already doing it for the Sapphire Preferred.

  2. Haven’t they offered both of these for awhile now?

  3. Is the chip version considered a different product, like the old MC version?

  4. Are these the RFID chips that you have to wrap in tin foil to prevent thieves from scanning your wallet and stealing the info?

  5. why dont you mention one additional change and that is the increase fee for next year ?

  6. @Chris. The Chip/Signature isn’t RFID. it uses the metal contacts to talk to the reader. An RFID wouldn’t need the metal contacts on the face of the card.

  7. This this card churn-able? If so, how long to wait before re-applying?

  8. Isn’t this old news? Can’t you post something more meaningful on a daily basis? I was a fan but I’m getting sick and tired of this old news.

  9. chip and signature is worthless. it’s more confusing for the locals in europe (even canada) in explaining that yes, you have the chip system they’ve been using for years, but no, your PIN does not exist so you’ll be signing a receipt… which pretty much defeats the point of having the chip in the first place.

  10. PoPo – think “manufactured content” rather like “manufactured spending.”

    🙂

  11. I’ve had the chip and pin for awhile but just noticed the points received feature. Pretty nice. Chip and pin in the US is a funny thing. Most people don’t know what it is. One girl last week and Walmart wouldn’t let me slide my card and insisted that I had to insert my card in the chip reader which I find actually takes longer to process your card in my experience.

  12. Hey MMS: Welcome to October of 2013!!!

    http://thepointsguy.com/2013/10/changes-to-chase-ultimate-rewards-bonus-points-earned-are-now-posted-in-account-activity/

    Come on now, give us some fresh content that’s a little newer than SIX MONTHS OLD!

  13. Hi, Daraius. Thanks for the post, it’s a nice reminder of all the features of the Great Sapphire card. Hopefully, if Chase doesn’t increase fee for those who have this card already. One question I have is: Is there a way to see the Purchases of an Authorized user separately? I know it’s possible with Business cards, but I want to keep this card and I have auth.users added to my account. Thanks, Daraius & Emily

  14. Daraius, do you have any tips of how to explain this to reps? I have received 3 replacement cards now that do NOT have the chip despite them saying they show it is one with chip in their system. The last rep I spoke to, who was a supervisor, said that you cannot see the chip it is embedded in the card which I of course know is false. I am leaving for an international trip soon and want to be able to use my CSP!

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