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Like many of you, I love to see my points earning strategies pay off in black and white, so this new feature on the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card that allows you to quickly and easily tell if a dining or travel expense paid at 2x Ultimate Reward points is awesome…and a little addictive if I do say so myself.
You can now go to your online account and click the blue box next to a transaction to see how many points you earned for that transaction.
I just went back through months of statements online to see if all travel (hotel, airline, subway, taxi, rental car, etc) expenses were paying out at 2x, and to see if all restaurant charges were paying out at 2x. It will even tell you if your “First Friday” restaurant charges are paying off at 3x!
Here’s a spot check on how things looked in my account…
Food/drinks at a football game counted as dining for 2x.
Cab ride counted as travel for 2x.
Very expensive First Friday 5th anniversary counted at 3x!
Starbucks in Vegas rang in at 2x for dining.
Dinner and drinks at a movie theater that serves food only counted at 1x even though it really was dining. This has to do with how the business is coded with Chase.
I also saw some transactions at a juice/smoothie store that didn’t code as dining, but for the most part about 98% of transactions that should have been dining or travel indeed counted that way! As a busy mom, there is no chance that I will ever go through a statement and do the math with lots of little transactions to make sure they all paid out correctly, however I will absolutely take a look online when all I have to do is click a box.
It would not surprise me if this feature made its way to the Freedom and Ink Bold/Ink Plus cards, and that would be a very helpful way to track those 5x bonuses! Thumbs up to Chase for making life a little easier for us point-a-holics!
Do you see yourself using a feature like this to track your Ultimate Reward points? Thanks to the Hustle Blog for sharing news of this feature!