Update: The Chase Ink Bold card is NO LONGER AVAILABLE for new sign-ups. Check the Hot Deals page for the most up-to-date information!
Chase Ink Bold
Emily and I love Chase Ultimate Rewards points because they give us a lot of ways to have Big Travel with Small Money.
Not only can we transfer Ultimate Rewards points to airline partners, but we can also transfer them to hotel partners. The choice of airline and hotel partners is also much better than the transfer options of American Express’ Membership Reward Points.
The American Express Business Gold (the AMEX equivalent) card offers NO sign-up bonus, so I’m not even considering applying for it.
Emily can also transfer Ultimate Reward points directly to my account or to my airline and hotel accounts for free.
Emily applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred last July and managed to bump the sign-up bonus to 100,000 Ultimate Reward points. But we can always do with more Ultimate Reward points so we’ll be applying for the Chase Ink Bold later this month.
Chase usually lets you get 1 business and 1 personal card on the same day, but you’ll have to call the reconsideration line to get approved for the 2nd card. Emily will most likely apply for the Chase United card with 50,000 miles after the 1st purchase along with the Chase Ink Bold.
Business Charge Card
The Chase Ink Bold is a business charge card which means that you have to pay off your balance in full at the end of each month (you should be doing this in any case!).
As I’ve written before, many folks may qualify for this card even if they don’t currently have a business, but are thinking of starting one. Or if you’ve dabbled with a business (sold something on ebay, had a garage sale, sold crafts etc.), but now want to concentrate a bit more on it.
Or you could want a business card to keep your reimbursable business expenses at work separate from your personal expenses.
You usually have to enter your social security number on the application form and the credit inquiry will appear on your personal credit report, but the credit line will not appear on your personal credit report.
This means that the average age of your credit history should not decrease because the business credit line doesn’t sit on your personal credit report.
However, it may take a little longer for the effect of the credit inquiry to be made up, because your personal credit report will not show increased available credit so your credit utilization ratio will not change. But I like the longer term effect of having a higher average age of my credit history.
When applying for a business credit card, I enter my social security number as the Tax ID in the application form and enter my name as the business name.
Chase Ink Bold Review
1. 50,000 point Sign-up Bonus
You get 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points as a sign up bonus after spending $5,000 within 3 months of being approved for the Chase Ink Bold.
Spending $5,000 within 3 months is a lot for us, especially since we’ll be applying for other cards and will have to complete the minimum spending on those as well.
However, I’ll be using some of the ways outlined in the 40+ ways to complete minimum spending requirements including paying my rent via Williampaid.
How to use 50,000 Ultimate Reward points
The Chase Ink Bold earns Chase Ultimate Rewards points which are very valuable. For example, the 50,000 bonus points can be redeemed for:
- Gift cards or Cash Back – $500 value
- Travel through the Ultimate Rewards Portal – $625 value
- Transfer to hotel and airline partners – $625 – $2,000 value
You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points earned via the Chase Ink Bold (& also the Chase Sapphire Preferred), in a 1:1 transfer ratio, to:
- British Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Korean Air
- Ritz Carlton
My preferred way to redeem 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points is to transfer them to Hyatt and redeem for 2 nights in a top category 6 Hyatt hotels such as the Park Hyatt in Paris, Tokyo, or the Maldives where I could get to experience a hotel room which I would otherwise never be able to afford ($ 500 or more per night).
Another potential use is to transfer to United which, together with the bonus from either the United 60,000 miles card or the Chase Sapphire Preferred, will get you 100,000 miles or enough for a business class trip to Europe. Or may be all 3 for 150,000 United miles.
Or you can transfer 4,500 points to British Airways and redeem them for short distance tickets on American Airlines which would usually require 25,000 American Airline miles.
And transferring to Southwest Airlines is another great option for domestic travel!
In general, you may be able to squeeze out more value by transferring to a hotel or airline partner than redeeming through the Ultimate Rewards portal.
However, I wouldn’t redeem for Priority Club points since I can get them for .6 cents per point using the cash and points trick. If I were to redeem 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points for 50,000 Priority Club points I would get only a $360 value (50,000 X .6 cents).
But your needs will be different so do what’s best for you.
2. Double points on gas & hotels & 5 X points on office supplies, cable & satellite TV, wireless and land line expenses. You earn double points on gas & hotel purchases up to the 1st $50,000 in purchases.
And you earn 5X points on office supplies (from office supply stores), cable and satellite TV services and wireless and land line expenses up to the 1st $50,000 in purchases.
This is the best category bonus I’ve seen for office supplies, cable, wireless and land line expenses!
I’m not a big fan of category bonuses because they are slow to add up. But even spending $200 a month on office supplies and telecom expenses on the Chase Ink Bold would earn you 12,000 ($200 X 12 months X 5 points) Ultimate Reward points a year, versus the 2,400 points ($200 X 12 months X 1 point) you’d earn on a card which earned only 1 point per $1 spent.
But do the math before applying for the card because not everyone will spend significantly in these categories. I know that I don’t spend significantly in those categories.
3. No Foreign Transaction Fee. The Chase Ink Bold like the Chase Sapphire Preferred does not have a foreign transaction fee which saves ~3% when you use the card outside the US.
Complimentary Lounge Club Membership which includes 2 free lounge passes. You get 2 free visits to a lounge per year. Afterwards, you have to pay $27 per person for lounge access.
This could be a good deal if you don’t travel often, but still like lounge access, but don’t want to pay for a full year of lounge membership or get the American Express Platinum card which does come with lounge access.
Here’s a post on how to sign-up for the free Lounge Club benefit.
5. No Preset Spending Limit. The Chase Ink Bold is a charge card, not a credit card, so you’ll likely get a higher credit line, but will have to pay it off in full when the statement closes.
6. First Year Annual Fee Waived. The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.
1. $95 annual fee after the 1st year. You’ve got to pay the $95 annual fee after the 1st year. However, this may make sense if you have significant spending in office supply stores or on telecom or cable TV. But do the math carefully to see if the additional benefits are worth the annual fee.
2. $5,000 minimum spending. $5,000 within 3 months is high, so I’ll be relying on the 40+ ways to complete minimum spending requirements.
Bottom Line: The 50,000 sign up bonus after spending $5,000 within 3 months is an easy way to get more Ultimate Reward points. The double points on hotels and gas, and 5 X points on cable, internet, telecom & office supply stores could be useful to folks who spend heavily in those categories or if you buy gift cards from office supply stores and use them elsewhere.
But make sure that you can complete the minimum spending and pay it off in full before you apply for this card.
Post updated to reflect new minimum spending requirement for sign-on bonus.