8 Reasons To Get Ink Business Preferred With Best-Ever 100K Bonus

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In recent years we’ve seen business credit cards become more compelling than ever before, as credit card issuers increasingly try to create products that meet the needs of small business owners.

The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card (review) was introduced a few years ago, and continues to be one of the most rewarding business cards out there. There’s not another business card that offers a combination of a huge welcome bonus, generous return on spending, and useful perks, all while having such a reasonable annual fee.

For those of you who have small businesses but don’t yet have this card, here are eight reasons I consider this to be the all-around best business credit card and Chase card nowadays:

1. 100K Ultimate Rewards Points

The Ink Business Preferred Card is offering an incredible 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $15,000 on purchases within the first three months.

I value Ultimate Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me, 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points are worth ~$1,700. That’s by far the biggest welcome bonus being offered by any card at the moment.

As a point of comparison, before the current bonus, the card offered 80,000 points after spending $5,000. That means for an extra $10,000 in spending you’ll earn 20,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points in addition to the points you usually earn, for a minimum of 3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar. That’s excellent.

Transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to Singapore KrisFlyer to redeem for Suites

2. 3x Points

The Ink Business Preferred Card offers triple points in several useful categories that your business may spend quite a bit in, including:

  • Travel
  • Shipping purchases
  • Internet, cable, and phone services
  • Advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines

You earn triple points on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases in the above categories each account anniversary year (which means Chase isn’t using a January 1 through December 31 calendar, but rather it’s based on your account year).

Based on my value of points, that’s like earning a return of ~5.1% on spending in those categories, which is exceptional.

Earn 3x points on travel purchases with the Ink Business Preferred

3. Cell Phone Protection Benefit

There’s one benefit of the Ink Business Preferred Card that really stands out, that’s especially useful given how expensive smartphones are nowadays.

The card offers up to $600 per claim in cell phone protection against covered theft or damage for you and your employees listed on your monthly cell phone bill when you pay it with your Ink Preferred. You can have a maximum of three claims in a 12 month period, and there’s a $100 deductible per claim.

On top of that when you charge your cell phone bill to the Ink Preferred, you’ll be earning triple points on that purchase.

The Ink Business Preferred has a great cell phone protection benefit

4. Car Rental Coverage

The Ink Business Preferred Card offers primary collision damage waiver coverage for rentals of most types of vehicles in most countries.

There aren’t any countries that are specifically excluded from coverage through Chase cards these days, but the benefits guide does note that “coverage is not available where it is prohibited by law or by individual merchants, or is in violation of the territory terms of the rental agreement.” You’ll want to decline the rental car company’s collision or loss options.

You can confirm coverage for a particular trip by contacting the benefits team at 877-631-0919.

Coverage is primary globally when renting for business purposes, while it’s primary internationally for personal rentals, and secondary in the US for personal rentals.

When renting a car you’re also potentially earning triple points on your car rental by charging it to the Ink Preferred, since this qualifies as travel.

Use the Ink Preferred car rental coverage when renting from Silvercar

5. Travel & Purchase Protection

In addition to the cell phone and car rental coverage, the Ink Preferred offers other purchase and travel benefits, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Trip cancelation and interruption coverage, of up to $5,000 per trip
  • Extended warranty protection, for up to a year on eligible purchases

You’ll want to read the cardmember agreement for exact terms, but this has the potential to be extremely valuable for purchases as well.

For example, I really like the trip delay coverage. If your trip is delayed by 12 hours or more, you can get up to $500 reimbursed for hotel accommodation, meals, and transportation. You just need to pay for the travel with your card, or with your Ultimate Rewards points.

6. $95 Annual Fee

The Ink Business Preferred Card has a reasonable $95 annual fee. That’s especially affordable when you factor in all the perks and bonus categories.

As a point of comparison, I also really like the American Express® Business Gold Card, which is the Amex business card with the best bonus categories. However, that card has a $295 annual fee (Rates & Fees).

7. Flexible Travel Rewards

The Ink Business Preferred Card earns Ultimate Rewards points, which are one of the most valuable points currencies out there.

Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to over a dozen loyalty programs, including 10 airline programs and three hotel programs, including the following:

Aer Lingus Aer ClubIHG Rewards Club
Air France/KLM Flying BlueMarriott Bonvoy
British Airways Executive ClubWorld of Hyatt
Emirates Skywards
Iberia Plus
JetBlue TrueBlue
Singapore KrisFlyer
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
United MileagePlus
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

There’s so much value to be had maximizing those programs. For example, you could transfer 30,000 points to World of Hyatt for a free night at Ventana Big Sur, which is an Alila property that often costs $2,000+ per night…

Redeem your Ultimate Rewards points at Ventana Big Sur

Alternatively, you could transfer miles to one of the Ultimate Rewards airline partners so you could redeem for ANA’s incredible first class — hopefully, it’ll be practical to once again travel to Japan sooner rather than later.

Redeem your Ultimate Rewards points for ANA first class

What makes Ultimate Rewards points even better is that you can also redeem them at an efficient ratio towards a travel purchase. You can redeem Ultimate Rewards points for 1.25 cents each towards the cost of a travel purchase through the Ultimate Rewards website.

If you have the Ink Preferred in conjunction with the Chase Sapphire Reserve, then all your Ultimate Rewards points can be redeemed for 1.5 cents each towards a travel purchase, getting you even more value from your points.

Like I said, admittedly many people aren’t traveling right now, but the Ink Preferred allows you to rack up rewards that you can redeem towards amazing redemptions in the future.

8. Pool Points With Four No Annual Fee Cards

While the Ink Business Preferred CardChase Sapphire Preferred® Card (review), and Chase Sapphire Reserve (review) are valuable alone, they also make other cards more valuable.

Chase has four fantastic no annual fee cards that can help you earn more Ultimate Rewards points. I’m talking about the:

By having a card that earns Ultimate Rewards points, like the Ink Preferred, you can convert the points earned on the cards (where one point is ordinarily worth a penny) into Ultimate Rewards points, which I value at ~1.7 cents each. Just having this card makes other cards more valuable as well.

Use the Ink Business Preferred as a “hub” Chase Ultimate Rewards card

Getting Approved For The Ink Preferred

If you want to be approved for a Chase Ink Business Card there are some general restrictions to be aware of:

  • The Ink Preferred is subjected to Chase’s “5/24 rule,” meaning you typically won’t be approved for the card if you’ve opened five or more new card accounts in the past 24 months (many business card applications don’t count towards that limit)
  • You are eligible for the Ink Preferred if you have the Ink Unlimited and/or Ink Cash, as all three cards are considered separate products (I have all three cards, for example)
  • While there’s no hard limit to how many Chase credit cards you can have, there is often a limit to how much total credit Chase will extend you
  • Generally, I recommend only applying for one Chase business card every 30 days at most

Chase Ink Preferred Bottom Line

There are a lot of great business cards out there.

For example, I love The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express, which offers 2x Membership Rewards points on the first $50,000 spent annually, and doesn’t have an annual fee (Rates & Fees).

However, in terms of well-rounded business cards, it’s tough to beat the Ink Business Preferred Card, between the 100K point bonus (the best welcome bonus of any credit card at the moment), reasonable $95 annual fee, 3x bonus points in select categories, and great coverage, including on travel, car rentals, and cell phones.

Arguably the Ink Business Preferred is also the ideal card to use as a “hub” for your Ultimate Rewards points, in particular, to maximize the value of other no annual fee cards.

Assuming you can complete the minimum spending, the Ink Business Preferred is seriously worth considering…

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: American Express® Business Gold Card (Rates & Fees), and The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express (Rates & Fees).

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  1. FYI for folks — seems like chase is being quite strict with Business Card applications.

    I’m well under 5/24 and have owned an LLC with about 30k/yr in revenue for a side business.

    I was declined for not having an established enough business and not enough deposits with chase. The decision stayed after calling reconsideration since I’d opened a couple cards recently on their personal side.

  2. “As a point of comparison, before the current bonus, the card offered 80,000 points after spending $5,000. That means for an extra $10,000 in spending you’ll earn 20,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points in addition to the points you usually earn, for a minimum of 3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar. That’s excellent.”

    Informative article otherwise, but I call BS on this statement. Earning a minimum of 17x UR/dollar for the old bonus (or 21x if you were able to get the 100k bonus for the same spend in branch) sure seems like an exponentially better deal than 7.67X UR/dollar minimum on the current deal. I’d MUCH rather stick with the previous deal for 80k UR on $5k spend, and then double up with the current Ink Cash or Unlimited offer for 75k UR on $7.5k spend (which also sucks compared the previous 50k UR for $3k spend), but obviously a moot point now and hey…can’t blame Chase for making this offer much more profitable for them.

    My fear is that Chase is figuring out they can dangle 100k points out there and get chumps to sign up regardless of minimum spend, much like the Avios-family Chase cards’ 100k/$20k offer (which, I’ll admit I signed up for only because I had easy MS routes at the time plus you had
    a full year to complete the $20k spend).

  3. Have three ink cards. Most recent one was obtained last year I believe. Others at the time indicated chase was really cracking down on businesses but if you have an established business relationship with them it isn’t too bad. If your business hasn’t done business with them before it probably can be a bit of a hassle. Even years ago when I got my first chase business card which was the ink bold they were demanding all sorts of stuff before I could get it approved.

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