The Benefits of Business Credit Cards
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Are you looking for ways to earn more Big Travel with Small Money?
I wrote about the recently increased sign-up bonuses on the Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card.
For a limited time, you’ll get 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the 1st 3 months on the Chase Ink Bold and Chase Ink Plus cards. And you’ll get 30,000 points ($300 cash back) after spending $3,000 in the 1st 3 months on the Chase Ink Cash card.
So if you’ve been thinking about applying for a business card, now is a good time!
Applying for business cards, especially if you already have a lot of personal cards, can be a good way to increase your miles and points balances and get extra perks!
Why Apply for Business Cards?
For example, the Chase Ink cards earn 5X points at office supply stores, and on phone, internet, and cable TV. And you get a Lounge Club membership which gives you 2 free airport lounge visits per year. Not to mention certain discounts like the Visa Savings Edge program!
Applying for business cards can be a good way to earn another sign-up bonus if you already have the personal version of a card. For example, if you have the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, you can get the bonus again if you sign-up for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.
This is especially useful now that AMEX has changed their rules to limit folks to 1 sign-up bonus per card in their lifetime.
Some folks may think they can’t apply for a business credit card because they don’t have a business. But read my post about how you could qualify for a business card.
What About Your Credit Score?
Some folks may worry that applying for business credit cards will affect their credit score.
You will get a hard credit inquiry when you apply for a business credit card, so your score might decrease a few points in the short term.
But the credit line, amounts owed, and length of credit history on business cards are NOT reported to credit bureaus. So apart from the initial credit inquiry when you apply, having a business credit card should have no effect on your credit score! In fact, it could be an advantage because your spending doesn’t impact your credit score.Note: If you default on a business credit card debt, it WILL be reported to credit bureaus and your score will most definitely decrease!
As always, you should read my post about the dangers of applying for credit cards. Only do what you’re comfortable with!
Applying for business credit cards can be a good way to increase your miles and points balances. Many business cards have very good sign-up bonuses, bonus earning categories, and extra perks and discounts.
You may qualify for a business card even if you don’t think you have a business! And if you have the personal version of a card (say the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express), you can get the sign-up bonus on the business version, Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express as well.
Which business credit card is your favorite and why?
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