Saving Money on Travel with Chime Card

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I first wrote about the Chime Card about a year and a half ago and while I’ve written about them a bunch of times since then, I took somewhat of a break over the past few months. There were times were there were no offers available or they were subpar. But a few new offers just appeared and I thought they were worth sharing, especially since they will help you save some money in the travel world.

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What is a Chime Card?

For those new to this card, it is a debit card that gives similar type deals to the American Express Offers. By shopping at participating merchants with your Chime Visa debit card you receive money back and unlike Amex Offers you do not need to sync or register your card in advance. Although offers are limited so they are available as a first come first serve (although I have yet to see an offer reach its maximum quickly).

These offers are set to expire January 16, 2016 and include:

  • 24 Hour Fitness – Spend $30, get $5 back
  • Planet Fitness – Spend $30, get $5 back
  • Nike – Spend $50, get $5 back
  • Gold’s Gym – Spend $30, get $5 back
  • LA Fitness – Spend $30, get $5 back
  • Southwest Airlines – Spend $50, get $5 back
  • Virgin Airlines – Spend $50, get $5 back
  • Airbnb – Spend $50, get $5 back
  • Fitbit – Spend $100, get $10 back
  • Uber – Spend $1, get $1 back
  • Subway – $1 instant credit (make any purchase at Subway regardless the price, and get $1 back)
  • Wendy’s – $1 instant credit (make any purchase at Wendy’s regardless the price, and get $1 back)
  • Bed Bath & Beyond – Spend $25, get $3 back
  • Sports Authority – Spend $25, get $3 back
  • ULTA – Spend $20, get $2 back
  • Dick’s Sporting Good – Spend $25, get $3 back
  • Bonobos – Spend $25, get $5 back
  • Chili’s  – Spend $25, get $5 back

These are semi good deals depending on your purchasing needs. I personally will be purchasing a $50 Southwest gift card since I fly Southwest quite often and can use the gift card to pay for the taxes on my award flights. My husband will also be using the Bonobos offer since that is where he typically purchases his work shirts. Overall, a $10 savings for us. Nothing earth shattering, but still something. And over the course of the year it adds up.

New to Chime? 

While you can find all details on the Chime card in this prior post, here is a synopsis:

  • What is the Chime Card? A debit card where you must apply and enter your SS#. It is a soft inquiry, which will not affect your credit score.
  • How do I apply? Apply hereIf approved you will not be able to take advantage of any of the offers until your card comes in the mail. In the meantime, however, you can setup your account online, download the Chime app, and fund your card.
  • How do I unload my money from the card? Use your card at any merchant that accepts Visa! You can also purchase gift cards, i.e.,, if you want to get the money off fast to use for future purchases. You can withdraw your money at an ATM (up to $500/day) but there is a $2.50 fee per transaction on domestic ATMs. You might also incur a fee from the ATM provider directly.
  • What are the fees for this card? If there is no activity on your card for 180 you will be charged $5. Activity can be as simple as a $1 purchase or a $1 transfer from PayPal, but there still needs to be some activity. A $5 fee can add up so make sure to remember this! This card comes with a 3% foreign transaction fee.
  • How do I take advantage of the Chime offers? The main purpose of this card is to receive money back with participating offers, not to use at everyday merchants. When you see an offer, it will tell you how many are left. Surprisingly, not many people use Chime, so even if you see there are only 50 transactions left for that one offer, it could take weeks to meet. Before you shop though, make sure there are at least a few transactions left to ensure you will get the money back to your Chime account. Each offer is only available once per card. One thing to note – purchasing gift cards typically works to trigger the cash back. If online, just make sure you are purchasing through the store directly and not a third-party merchant (which is typically with eGift cards but not physical plastic gift cards).

Overall, I found the process with applying and using the card incredibly easy. While this is not a huge money making opportunity, I believe I will save about $100-$200 over the course of the year. Not so bad for hardly any effort!


  1. We are Australians, travelling to USA for vacation. Our first stop,is Hawaii then the West Coast. Rather than haul a lot of cash around, is there a debit card that we can purchase (visa preferably) in Hawaii to use. We will not have a SS number.



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