A few weeks ago we saw Chase introduce the new Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card, which is a compelling new no annual fee card that’s rewarding for everyday spend, has a great welcome bonus, and also offers useful perks. In this post I wanted to write a full review of the card, as it’s a useful place for me to refer people who ask about it.
Let’s take a closer look at the welcome bonus, annual fee, return on spend, and perks, of this awesome card:
Ink Unlimited Card welcome bonus & eligibility
The new Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card is offering a welcome bonus of 50,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months. I’ll talk more about how these points can be redeemed a bit later, but let me note that I generally value them at about 1.7 cents each.
That means I value the welcome bonus on this card at $850. Welcome bonuses on no annual fee cards don’t get much better than that.
This card is subjected to the 5/24 rule, meaning that you typically won’t be approved for this card if you’ve opened five or more new card accounts in the past 24 months.
Having any other type of Chase card won’t make you ineligible for this card, so you can be approved for this card even if you have the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card and/or Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card, for example (my dad just recently picked up this card, and now has all three).
Ink Unlimited Card annual fee
The Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card has no annual fee.
Ink Unlimited Card points earning opportunities
While the other versions of the Ink Cards have complicated (and lucrative) category bonuses, the Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card offers a very simple return on spend. Specifically, the card offers 1.5x points per dollar spent, with no limit to how many points you can earn. This is the best return on spend offered by any Ink Card for non-bonused spend.
If you’re maximizing these points correctly I value them at 1.7 cents each, so that’s like a 2.55% return on all spend, which is fantastic.
Maximizing points on the Ink Unlimited Card
I’ve been vague about the points earned on the Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card up until now. That’s because this is generally a cash back card, where each point gets you one cent that you can apply towards all kinds of things. That means that on the surface, 1.5x points is equivalent to a return on spend of 1.5%, which isn’t that great.
This is where there’s a trick that can greatly increase the value of your Ink Unlimited points. If you have this card in conjunction with another card that earns “premium” Ultimate Rewards points, then you can do significantly better. These cards include the following:
If you have the Ink Unlimited in conjunction with one of those cards, suddenly your points are much more valuable. At a minimum:
- If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, points can be redeemed for 1.25 cents each towards a travel purchase
- If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card, points can be redeemed for 1.5 cents each towards a travel purchase
That increases the value of your points by 25-50% right there, and you can potentially get even more value out of your points by transferring them to one of the Ultimate Rewards airline or hotel partners (which is my preferred redemption, and where I get the valuation of 1.7 cents per point). This includes the following partners:
|Aer Lingus Aer Club||IHG Rewards Club|
|Air France/KLM Flying Blue||Marriott Bonvoy|
|British Airways Executive Club||World Of Hyatt|
|Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club|
Transferring points between cards is easy and can be done online. You can learn more about that process in this post.
Redeem your Ultimate Rewards points for travel in Singapore’s A380 business class
Ink Unlimited Card benefits
Not only does this card offer a great return on everyday spend, but it also comes with quite a few perks that you wouldn’t expect for a no annual fee card:
Ink Unlimited Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver
Decline the rental company’s collision insurance and charge the entire rental cost to your card. Coverage is primary when renting for business purposes and provides reimbursement up to the actual cash value of the vehicle for theft and collision damage for most cars in the U.S. and abroad.
Ink Unlimited Purchase Protection
Covers your new purchases for up to 120 days against damage or theft up to $10,000 per claim and $50,000 per account.
Ink Unlimited Extended Warranty Protection
Extends the time period of U.S. manufacturer’s warranty by an additional year, on eligible warranties of three years or less.
Ink Unlimited Card best complement
In many ways the best complements to the Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card are the other two other Ink Cards. This may come as a surprise to some, since typically cards of the same “family” are considered substitutes rather than complements.
While the Ink Unlimited offers the best return on everyday, non-bonused spend, the two other Ink Cards have excellent bonus categories.
- 5x points on the first $25,000 of combined purchases per cardmember year on office supply stores, internet, cable TV, mobile phones, and landlines
- 2x points on the first $25,000 of combined purchases per cardmember year on restaurants and gas stations
Meanwhile the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card (review here) has a $95 annual fee and offers 3x points on the first $150,000 spent each cardmember year on travel, shipping purchases, internet, cable, phone services, and advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines. Having the Ink Preferred also increases the value of your points (as described above), and the card also has perks like an unparalleled cell phone protection benefit.
If you want to go a different direction, you could get either the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card as a complement. These are personal cards, but the key is that having one of them increases the value of your Ink Unlimited points.
Ink Unlimited Card best substitute
If you’re looking for another business card that offers a generous return on everday spend, then there are a few options to consider.
One excellent option is The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, which has no annual fee (Rates & Fees) and offers 2x Membership Rewards points on the first $50,000 spent annually.
Alternatively, another business card with a good return on non-bonused spend is the Capital One® Spark® Cash for Business, which offers unlimited 2% cash back.
The new Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card is an excellent addition to the Ink portfolio. If you’re using the card correctly, it offers one of the best returns on non-bonused spend for any business card. When you factor in the welcome bonus, the return on spend, and the good perks, I think this card is worth serious consideration.
Chase is really killing it lately with their card portfolio, in my opinion.
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express (Rates & Fees).