What Happened to the Chase Ink Classic Card?

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A reader commented on a blog post yesterday asking about the Chase Ink Classic credit card – he could not find the card application link. After a quick call to Chase, I learned that the Chase Ink Classic card is no longer available for new applicants, however, they will continue to service those who already have the card.

Now, I did find a live application link during my google search, but I am not sure what happens if you go to submit it. I did not want to test it out as I am not in the market for another Chase Ink card at the moment.

So we are now down to three Chase Ink Business credit cards – Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Ink Cash. The Classic card was most similar to the Chase Ink Cash as they both have no annual fee, but the 2x point categories differed. The Chase Ink Classic gives double points on gas, hotels, and motels, while the Chase Ink Cash gives double points on gas and restaurants.

So what are the differences in the three remaining cards:

  • Chase Ink Cash: New applicants earn 30,000 points after $3,000 spend within the first 3 months. You will then earn 5x points on business spend, 2x points at gas stations and restaurants, and 1x point on all other purchases. This card has no annual fee, but you cannot transfer points directly to partner loyalty programs. Blog Post
  • Chase Ink Bold: This card is no longer available to new card applicants. You will then earn 5x points on business spend, 2x points at gas stations and hotels, and 1x point on all other purchases. This card comes with a $95/year annual fee, but is waived the first year. The points earned from this card can be transferred directly to a partner loyalty program. Blog Post
  • Chase Ink Plus: Similar card to the Chase Ink Bold, but this is a credit card, where the Chase Ink Bold is a charge card. New applicants will receive 50,000 points after $5,000 spend within the first 3 months. You will then earn 5x points on business spend, 2x points at gas stations and hotels, and 1x point on all other purchases. This card comes with a $95/year annual fee, but waived the first year. The points earned from this card can be transferred directly to a partner loyalty program. Blog Post

I am sad to see another Chase Ultimate Reward credit card disappear as I love the program, but I guess it wasn’t doing nearly as well as the other three Chase Ink Business cards.

Comments

  1. Hay! It’s me! ;-)

    Thank you for calling Chase and trying to find out more information. I’m sad to see the Classic go, as that’s the card I wanted. Having the grandfathered Citi Forward (active since 2009), I get 5x TY points at restaurants so the Ink Cash’s 2X at restaurants doesn’t do much for me.

    I travel a lot, for both business and personal reasons, and I only wanted to pay one $95 annual fee per year (to Chase) on my separate travel expenses, being that I already have a CSP. In an ideal world, the Ink Classic got the same 5x and 2x redemption as its bigger brothers, but without the annual fee! Thus, I could still get 2x points on hotel stays whether for business or pleasure, combine my points to the CSP, and only pay 1 annual fee!

    I also may have found the same working application link you did, so we’ll have to see how it goes. I have to wait, however, as I just applied for a few more credit cards and my FICO score has taken a dip. Here’s to hoping the application sticks around!

  2. Off the topic. If I remember correctly reading somewhere yesterday, Google was infected by the Heartbleed virus. You need to stay off that website until next week.

  3. Just wanted to say, as an employee of Chase, and an avid reader of the blogs, we stopped offering Ink Classic (in branch) about a month ago.

  4. Which of the free cards had an affiliate link? I know I saw one always mentioned while the other (without a link) rarely mentioned. Could explain why it went away.

  5. Can you provide the application link you found for Ink Classic when doing google search. I would like to still apply for this card if it is available.

    • @Deep – I just did a quick google search and can no longer find it. If I come across it again, I’ll be sure to post it.

  6. Can you provide the application link you found for Ink Classic when doing google search. I would like to still apply for this card if it is available

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