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In the last few days we have had access to a 60,000 point Chase Ink Bold offer (normal is 50K), a 30,000 point Chase Freedom offer, and now via Million Mile Secrets, a 35,000 Chase Freedom offer (normal is 20K). It seems that links that aren’t totally meant for wide public use are being discovered and shared with the community at large. Once Chase catches wind of it, the links seem to being shut down pretty quicklyk. Those are all great offers, and I am very excited to see people getting in on some great point sign-up bonuses (and I am kicking myself a bit for not being quicker to the trigger on the Ink Bold deal), but am I the only one a little worried?
I’m worried because it feels a bit like the feeding frenzy from Amex last summer when all of the sudden their were bonus codes everywhere, and everyone was being bumped to a better sign-up offer. It was super exciting and super rewarding for many folks, but then the Amex “Iron Curtain” fell and no one was getting bumped for any reason any more. Not only that, but it seems that Amex customer service reps lost the ability to fix some problems with points posting that they were able to easily do before the bump the bonus madness. I know I have had some challenging interactions with Amex since that happened even when I was rightly due points, whereas I had not experienced those sort of problems before the clamp down on “bonus bumping”.
So, I am just a bit worried about Chase. By many in the points community, myself included, Chase is thought of currently to be much easier to work with to resolve issues regarding missing points that other banks, and they are certainly better about matching any higher sign-up bonuses that may appear if you applied for your account in the last 90 days. I just don’t want to see that go away because they are being inundated with people asking to be matched to better offers all at once. I would hate to see them go the way that Amex did and become more difficult to work with on issues surrounding points as a result. That said, I’m certainly not saying people shouldn’t ask to be matched to the better offers as they appear, it’s more just a concern I was thinking about, and I was wondering if anyone else had the same thoughts.