We’ve seen credit card issuers add all kinds of limited-time perks in light of the current pandemic, which has greatly changed consumer behavior.
A few months back Chase introduced the “Pay Yourself Back” feature on Sapphire cards. Pay Yourself Back has not only been extended for several months but has also been expanded to other cards in a limited capacity.
Chase updates “Pay Yourself Back”
Not only has Chase extended the “Pay Yourself Back” feature on Sapphire cards, but it has also expanded this feature to both Freedom cards and Ink cards. Let’s take a look at all the details.
Chase Sapphire “Pay Yourself Back”
- You’ll continue to be able to efficiently redeem points for non-travel purchases, including grocery stores, dining, and home improvement stores
- You can now also redeem points at an improved rate for contributions to a dozen eligible charities
- This feature is now available through April 30, 2021 (this was initially valid through September 30, 2020)
As a reminder, you’ll be able to redeem points at the following rates towards these purchases:
- If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card, you can redeem Ultimate Rewards points for 1.5 cents each towards eligible purchases
- If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, you can redeem Ultimate Rewards points for 1.25 cents each towards eligible purchases
This is awesome as it essentially allows you to redeem points towards everyday purchases at the same rate as you usually could towards travel purchases.
Chase Ink Business “Pay Yourself Back”
- This will be valid between October 1 and December 31, 2020
- Points will be worth 25% more when redeemed towards select online advertising and shipping expenses, as well as contributions to a dozen eligible charities
Chase Freedom “Pay Yourself Back”
- This will be valid as of October 1, 2020, with no end date; Chase notes that categories and redemption values will evolve over time
- Points will be worth 25% more (so 1.25 cents per point) when redeemed towards contributions made to a dozen eligible charities
Eligible charities for “Pay Yourself Back”
As you can see, the “Pay Yourself Back” feature on all cards will be valid for contributions to charities. Here are the dozen eligible charities:
- American Red Cross
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Feeding America
- Habitat for Humanity
- International Medical Corporation
- Leadership Education Fund
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
- National Urban League
- Thurgood Marshall College Fund
- United Negro College Fund
- United Way
- World Central Kitchen
My take on Chase “Pay Yourself Back” expansion
It’s great that card issuers are giving members a lot more flexibility with redeeming their points. In particular, it’s exciting to see this feature extended by seven months on the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, with the same categories.
It’s also nice to see this feature added on other cards, though realistically it will likely be of limited value to most:
- It’s nice to see this feature added on the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card, Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card, and Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card, though online advertising and shipping expenses are fairly limited categories (meanwhile on personal cards, just about everyone has to eat, so grocery stores and restaurants are more useful)
- In theory it’s also nice to see this added to the Chase Freedom FlexSM Credit Card and Chase Freedom Unlimited®, though charities is a limited category; while I’m all for being charitable, the reality is that I value Ultimate Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, so it doesn’t make sense to redeem sub-optimally for charitable contributions, as I’d rather contribute in cash
The great thing about Ultimate Rewards is that you can combine your points, and redeem at the highest value offered by any card. In other words, if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card, then points earned on all of these Chase cards can be redeemed for 1.5 cents each towards grocery store and dining purchases (and more).
Chase is extending and expanding its “Pay Yourself Back” feature, which is great news. The benefit is continuing as before on Sapphire cards through April 30, 2021, and is being expanded in a limited capacity to Freedom and Ink cards.
Have you used Chase’s “Pay Yourself Back” feature yet? Are you happy to see it expanded?