Chase Ink Bold Being Discontinued…but When?

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

Via MileValue, the Chase Ink Bold business card will be discontinued as of November 16, 2014.  And some folks report that you can no longer apply in a branch, only online.

There seems to be some confusion as to whether the card is actually still available.  There are no longer affiliate links which earn us a commission for the card, but it appears to still be active on the Chase website.

I did some digging and got conflicting information.  I’ll explain!

Can You Still Apply?

Link:   Chase Ink Bold

I sent a secure message to Chase asking when the Chase Ink Bold would be discontinued, and if it was still available to new applicants.

The response from Chase was surprising!  The representative said that the card is already NOT available!

Chase Ink Bold Being Discontinued But When

This Chase Representative Says the Ink Bold Is NOT Available

The online application still seems active. 🙂

Then I called a Chase branch to ask you could still apply for the card in-branch, and the employee said that it was still available there!

Chase Ink Bold Being Discontinued But When

Confused? Me, Too! A Chase Employee Said Today You Could Still Apply In-Branch!

I sent another secure message to Chase asking for clarification, and this time the employee said you could still apply online, but couldn’t confirm being able to apply in-branch.  I then went to a branch, and the card wasn’t available in the branch.

Chase Ink Bold Being Discontinued But When

This Chase Representative Says You CAN Still Apply for the Ink Bold Online

Most likely Chase is in transition with this card and the window of opportunity to apply is getting very small!

Should You Apply for the Chase Ink Bold?

Maybe.  But it depends on which other business cards you have with Chase!

If you don’t have the Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus, you might want to skip the Chase Ink Plus for now and apply for the Chase Ink Bold, because it’s most likely disappearing soon.

The most recent offer for the Chase Ink Bold gets you 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $5,000 in the 1st 3 months.  And the $95 annual fee is waived for the 1st year.

There’s a limited time offer for the Chase Ink Plus card.  You’ll get 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $5,000 in the 1st 3 months.

Note: The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point bonus offer ends on October 19, 2014.

The annual fee of $95 is NOT waived, but I’d happily pay that for 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points!  That’s because 70,000 points is worth ~$875 when redeemed for travel, and potentially a lot more when transferred to airline and hotel partners.

Chase Ink Bold Being Discontinued But When

70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Can Get You LOTS of Big Travel With Small Money!

But if you already have the Chase Ink Plus card, it might be worth it to apply for the Chase Ink Bold while you still can.

The 50,000 point sign-up bonus is still very good, and I’m not sure if Chase will replace this card with another that has such a large bonus for signing-up!

Bottom Line

The Chase Ink Bold business card is being discontinued, but it’s unclear when.

My best guess is that Chase is in the process of phasing this card out.  The online application is currently still active.

If you miss out on the Chase Ink Bold, there’s a better (limited time) offer for the Chase Ink Plus that gets you 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

If you’ve recently been able to apply for the Chase Ink Bold, please let me know in the comments!

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26 responses to “Chase Ink Bold Being Discontinued…but When?

  1. I submitted an application for Chase Bold yesterday, but did not receive an instant decision. Instead, I received the usual “under consideration” message and a similar email.

  2. Daraius, do you know if they plan to replace it with a similar product for Chase Business Credit Cards? It’s .. strange is it, to basically kill of one of their best products in this category?

  3. these chase posts are getting to be a bit much, don’t you think??

  4. 9 of the past 16 posts, chase, chase ink, etc.

  5. @Chris, please take your trollish remarks elsewhere.

    In case you are unaware, Chase Ink has a 70,000 point offer on the table, and there are a ton of ways to use those points. A lot of people are probably thankful for the advice.

    Personally, I find it more uplifting than crying about devaluations every day like some blogs have the habit of doing.

  6. It seems to me that the real questions are:
    1. Is 20,000 UR worth $95 since you can get 50,000 UR without paying the annual fee.
    2. Is it a good strategy to apply for the Bold now and hope to close it and open the Plus in the future to collect that initial bonus?

  7. @Sam: Those are exactly the questions I asked myself, and the answers for me right now were 1) No, and 2) Yes.

  8. I applied and was approved in August for the Ink Plus Business Card. I’ve satisfied the $5,000 spending requirement. I was wondering how soon it’s possible to get approved for another Chase Card. I was thinking of applying for the Chase Bold before it is discontinued.

    I already have a total of four Chase Cards. Would the number of Chase cards that I have which include the very recent approval of the Ink Plus Business Card adversely impact the possibility of being considered for another Chase card? Is there a minimum time that I should/must wait before applying for another Chase card?

  9. Can you apply for both ink cards on the same day?

  10. I, like Pat, was approved for the Ink Plus 2 months ago. I am still in the process of meeting my $5,000 spend. Should I try to get the Bold now, or will it be declined? I’ve opened 1 other Chase card in the past year (IHG, I think), so I still have room to meet the 3 Chase cards in 1 year. (I believe the limit is 3 per year?) Thanks for all you do!

  11. I’m having the same debate as @Sam and @R.R. Leaning towards Bold now and then Plus sometime in the future. It seems to me that even if the Plus goes back down to 50,000 bonus I would still be getting 10,000 (50,000 for each) vs 70,000 (better bonus on the Plus now, but missing out on the Bold entirely before it’s discontinued) … right?

  12. If there is a limit, I don’t believe it’s 3. I got the Rapid Rewards Personal in January, the RR business in March, United Explorer in April, Marriott in July and just got approved for the Ink Plus yesterday. For the last 2 cards they moved some credit around. I don’t think I’ll press my luck by going for a sixth Chase card this year…but they do have some of the best cards!

  13. Does this mean that if you already have a Bold card that it will be closed by Chase? Or just that you can’t apply for a new one? Thanks.

  14. @Pat and @Tammy Horvath- I was approved for the Ink Bold in June, then applied for the Ink Plus in September. After I applied, Chase asked me to call them with additional information. I already had a total of 5 Chase cards – 3 personal and 2 business. They asked me about my business, gross revenue and profit for last 3 years, and why I needed a third business card. After a 5 minute conversation I was approved.

  15. What happens to people who currently have Chase Ink Bold once the card is discontinued?

  16. I’ve been approved for 14 Chase cards this year (includes business and personal cards). When I tried to cancel an Ink bold at the card’s anniversary I was offered 10,000 UR points to renew if I spent another $5000 within 90 days.

  17. My curiosity lies along the same lines as @Steve & @Bean. I am a current Ink Bold cardholder, and my concern would be that they might unilaterally convert the product into a Plus card, which might deprive me of the opportunity to earn a sign-up bonus for it in the future. One approach would be to cancel the card, but I just paid the annual fee a couple months ago (July/Aug.) since it does represent adequate ongoing benefit to me to carry it past year 1. Any indications of what Chase plans to do with current cardholder accounts once Bold is discontinued for new applicants?

  18. Woohoo! My Chase Bold application was just approved. 🙂

  19. Per a commenter “Cj” on MileValue:

    Holders of the Bold card should see no change for a while: “Chase got back to me after I sent them a SM. The Bold card will no longer be offered after 11/16/2014 …Existing accounts will have NO Change to them and if there is ever a change BOLD INKers will be emailed well in advance.”

  20. Any thoughts about whether or not there will be a new card offered some time after the Bold is discontinued ?

  21. I am trying to figure out if it makes more sense for my husband to get the INK BOLD now and get the PLUS later for a total of 100,000 pts. or to get the INK PLUS. with 70,000 Bonus points plus my targeted 10, 000 referral points and give up the INK Bold all together.

    Any thoughts on this?

  22. I have had the old MasterCard Bold for about 2 years. Do you know if new Visa vetsion of Bold is considered a new product and am I then bonus eligible? Thanks

  23. People. 70,000 offer will come back at some time in the future. Lets be real. 50,000 miles will be gone FOREVER. Apply now. Sorry MMS your post is so biased its pretty laughable. Can we please have some SANE suggestions.

    I rather get 50,000 points then 0 once this card goes away. Stop your CC shilling for once.

  24. I held off but finally applied for the Ink Bold… Already got the ink plus a couple months ago, so crossing my fingers.. I got the “further review” message.. So I’ll call them and shift it around.. Just hit the 5k threshold on my ink plus can’t wait to get the 70k points, but this 50k would be the icing on the cake. Really enjoying getting 5X points on my Verizon bill too and the 5X points on starbucks via OD gift cards, etc etc… It’s the best point opportunity and everyone should just do it.

  25. When you close your chase ink bold. The point are automatically forfeited..
    How do you move them if I don’t want a statement credit ?