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80,000 Point Offer on Chase Sapphire Reserve®

For the first time I can remember since the Chase Sapphire Reserve® launched over 5 years ago, the Reserve has a higher bonus offer than the Chase Sapphire Preferred®, which a new cardmember bonus of 80,000 points for $4,000 in spend in 3 months.

For a long time, the advice generally given was to get a Sapphire Preferred for the higher bonus and then upgrade in a year to the Reserve because the extra bonus points outweighed the rest.

But now, if you really want the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can go ahead and apply for it outright with a larger offer of 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Personally, I keep hoping the Sapphire Reserve gets a bit of a refresh. The Sapphire Preferred was improved in 2021, even matching the 3X points on dining that the Reserve has, while the Sapphire Reserve has not had significant benefits added since the annual fee rose from $450 to $550.

Still, for some, as I lay out in my Sapphire comparison article, the Reserve can still be the better card for you, especially if you are looking to carry only one card and travel a lot, since you’ll get the Priority Pass lounge access (including airport Priority Pass restaurants) and the 3X points on all travel as well as the ability to redeem your points for travel (or Pay Yourself Back) at 1.5 cents per points compared to 1.25 with the Sapphire Preferred.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve

I will note that Chase has recently been offering more experiences to Sapphire Reserve cardmembers, like the special lounge at EEEEEatscon NY and the reserved day at their Seaport Dining chef led events in NYC – focusing a bit more on the lifestyle aspect of special things only Reserve cardholders get, rather than the more tangible card benefits or points offerings. Still, I’d like to see both 🙂

Here’s how to apply for the bonus offer of 80,000 points for $4,000 in spend in 3 months

How Long Will This Chase Sapphire Reserve Bonus Last?

Nobody knows, but a bonus like this doesn’t tend to last very long. My best guess, and it’s a total guess, is 4-8 weeks from when it launched.

Eligibility Criteria

Anyone that does not currently have a Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred card is eligible as long as they have not received a bonus on a Sapphire series card in the past 48 months. You’re only eligible for this bonus once every 4 years. But people often downgrade to a Freedom Flex or Freedom Unlimited as part of the Chase Trifecta. And if it’s been more than 4 years since your CSP or CSR bonus, then you would be eligible for this one.


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