This is post #10 of a series regarding the Chase Ultimate Rewards program.
- Introduction to Chase Ultimate Rewards Program
- Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards with Chase Freedom
- Maximizing your Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire, Chase Ink Classic, and Chase Ink Cash Points
- Downgrading your Chase Ultimate Rewards Card to Avoid the Annual Fee
- Best Redemption for Chase Ultimate Reward Points – Hotel Stays
- Best Redemption for Chase Ultimate Reward Points – Air Travel
- Chase Sapphire Preferred vs. Chase Sapphire
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: Sapphire Preferred vs. Ink Bold
- Comparison of Four Chase Ink Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards
- Difference Between the Chase Ink Bold and Chase Ink Plus
- Top 10 Chase Ultimate Reward Questions
Awhile ago a reader emailed me with this question:
“I am looking to apply for either the Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus card. The bonus points are the same upon approval and the virtually look the same, but am I missing something? Why would someone apply for one over the other? Which one would you recommend that I apply for?”
Unfortunately, the Chase Ink Bold is no longer available to new applicants, so the only option really is the Chase Ink Plus. However, those that already had the Chase Ink Bold can still use the card to earn and redeem points. Ultimately, the two cards are very similar as long as you pay your balance in full every month. The points for all your purchases are the exact same, the annual fee is the exact same, and the benefits that come with the card are the exact same.
However, for those that do not pay their statement balance off every month, there are significant differences, but quite honestly, I probably wouldn’t recommend either of these cards if that is the case. Cards where you can earn a decent number of points and miles typically come with a high interest rate, and having that rate typically is not worth the points and miles you earn. So here is the difference:
- Chase Ink Plus: The Chase Ink Plus is a credit card which means you are allowed to carry a balance on your card.
- Chase Ink Bold: The Chase Ink Bold is a charge card which means you must pay your balance in full each month. With that said, this card comes with no set spending limit. Your credit limit adjusts with how the card is used as well as your payment history. Also, because there is no set credit limit, when calculating your credit the balance is not included (this is the amount of debt vs. available credit).
So which card should should you use?
- If you are going to pay off your card in full every month… then it really doesn’t matter, either will work
- If you think you might need to carry a balance a month here or there… then only use your Chase Ink Plus (but remember, I am not recommending carrying a balance!)
- If you want no pre-set spending limit… then use your Chase Ink Bold card
I personally have both cards and use them both to keep track of purchases for different needs.
Sign Up Offer:
- Chase Ink Plus card: 60,000 bonus points with $5,000 spend in 3 months; $95 annual fee.
- Chase Ink Bold card: No longer available to new applicants
- Earn 5X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services.
- Earn 2X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually at gas stations and for hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel.
- No foreign transaction fees.
- Direct access to a live service advisor anytime.
- 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs with no transfer fees.
- $0 Intro Annual Fee for the first year, then $95.
If you have any questions let me know!
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