The Story of My Wife’s New Chase Credit Card

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  My wife and I have a few large expenses coming up in the next few months, so we decided to get a new credit card.  Since Laura is under 5/24, we decided that she should apply for a new Chase credit card.  She currently has a Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card, a Chase Southwest Airlines Priority Credit Card, and a Chase Freedom Credit Card (converted from a Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card last year).

Laura doesn’t have a business, so we didn’t look at any business credit cards.  It’s too soon to apply for a Chase Sapphire Reserve, she didn’t want any more Southwest Airlines credit cards, she didn’t want an international airline credit card (Aer Lingus, British Airways, or Iberia), and she wanted a decent sign up bonus.  After whittling down the list of possible Chase credit cards, we were left with 4 options.

After calculating the value of the sign up bonus and subtracting the first year annual fee, the Chase IHG Premier Credit Card had the highest net value.  Coincidentally, I wanted Laura to get this credit card because I also have a Chase IHG Premier Credit Card.  My annual fee will post next month, so I wanted to have 2 credit cards that would renew around the same time so that the free night certificates would be valid for the same date range.

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My Wife’s Super Easy Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card Retention Call

Good morning everyone.  A few days ago, the $59 annual fee posted on my wife’s Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card.  Laura has been a loyal Capital One cardmember since before she met me and uses this card as her go-to 2% back everywhere card.  I told her she should call Capital One and ask them to waive the annual fee.  She looked at me strangely wondering why she should ask to waive the annual fee.  I told her that my Citi Double Cash Credit Card earns 2% cash back with no annual fee and we aren’t travelling, so we haven’t put any eligible travel purchases on the card that could be reimbursed.  Plus, she has never transferred Capital One “Miles” into frequent flyer miles.  She called the number on the back of her card and talked to a friendly Capital One rep.

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Overpaid Chase Credit Card? Receive Credit Balance Refund via ACH Bank Transfer Instead of Check

Good morning everyone.  A few days ago, my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card statement closed and I ended up with a credit balance of $349.34 because I redeemed 1/3 of my Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for several Pay Yourself Back transactions.  I called Chase to see if I could move the credit balance from my Chase Sapphire Reserve to another Chase credit card (to act as a payment), but the rep said that the Pay Yourself Back transactions were not eligible to be moved to another Chase credit card.  She then asked if I would like to receive a check in the mail for the credit balance.  Before I said yes, I asked if it were possible to get a bank transfer instead.  She said yes – Chase recently started offering bank transfers for credit balances.  She told me I would receive an email from Chase in the next day with instructions on how to set up my Chase Payments account and receive a bank transfer.  I thanked her for her help and waited for the email to arrive.

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PSA: Check Posting Date of Discover It Purchases Near End of Quarter (Don’t Miss 5% Cash Back Transactions)

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend.  Yesterday, I was reviewing my Discover It Credit Card statement and noticed that I only earned $4.05 cash back on my last statement.  After reviewing my transactions, I saw that my $400 Costco online purchase posted on July 2 (2 days after the end of Q2).  In Q2, Warehouse Clubs (like Costco) were providing 5% cash back, so my $400 purchase should have earned me $20 cash back ($400 x 5% = $20).  I did some research and called Discover for help.

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Reminder: Chase’s Pay Yourself Back Feature Does Not Allow Multiple Partial Redemptions

Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well.  A few days ago, I wrote Why I Redeemed 1/3 of my Chase Ultimate Rewards Points with the Pay Yourself Back Feature.  That post received many great comments, but the comment from Al was especially relevant to me:

“I didn’t realize that the maximum redemption for an eligible charge (grocery) had to be made at one time. I redeemed $300 out of a $500 charge figuring I could redeem the remaining $200 at a later date. Well, I was wrong. But now I know for the rest of my eligible charges.”

According to the Pay Yourself Back terms, “Once you redeem any amount of points towards an eligible purchase for a statement credit, it will no longer be an eligible purchase.” I inadvertently tested this out on June 28 when I did a partial redemption (I did not do the max dollar amount) for a Trader Joe’s purchase.  As you can see, I only have 3 eligible Pay Yourself Back transactions available.

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