Chase Sapphire "Pay Yourself Back" for Easy Cash-out at 1.25c (Preferred) or 1.5c (Reserve)!
Chase Sapphire cards has added an amazing feature called "Pay Yourself Back" effective 05/31/2020 where you can cash out ultimate reward points at value of 1.25 cent/point (Preferred card) or 1.5 cent/point (Reserve card) for your purchases made with the card in certain categories. For starters below categories are valid till 09/30/2020:
As per the media release the statement credit will post within 3 days after redeeming ultimate rewards for the said charges. You can access the special pay yourself back page here after logging in your chase account and redeeming ultimate reward points for either 1.25 cent/point or 1.5 cent/point value for the said categories depending on which sapphire card you have purchases on.
Chase Sapphire Preferred comes with $95 annual fees whereas Chase Sapphire Reserve has annual fees of $550 (although Chase has lowered annual fees to $450 for any renewals from now till December 2020 instead of the regular fees of $550). Also Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with $300 annual travel credit which can now be redeemed against Grocery store purchase or Gas station purchase till Dec 31st, 2020.
So, if you have huge stash of Ultimate Reward Points then having one of the Sapphire credit cards would allow you to redeem the points at a great value. You could also upgrade an existing freedom card to Sapphire card. Do remember though that if you go after Sapphire Reserve card you would have to probably pay regular fees of $550 instead of reduce fees of $450 or you could upgrade to Sapphire Preferred for $95 annual fees. So, do your math if it's worth for you to upgrade and to which card!!
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