The Real Deal with Being a Blogger + Losing Chase Links

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I am constantly asked by friends, family members, blog readers, etc. “How do you make money by blogging?” The answer is quite simple and I am happy to share it: 1) Credit card affiliate links, 2) Advertising revenue, 3) Random affiliate links (i.e., Amazon, points.com, hotel booking sites, etc.). While blogging has allowed me to stay home with my daughter since she was born 2 years ago, the pay has always been uncertain.

Up until now, the best revenue source has been from credit card affiliates. If you applied and got approved through a link on my site, I received a slight commission (I should point out that less than 50% of the credit cards I write about are affiliate links – for example, the Chase Hyatt credit card has never been in the affiliate channel and often times there are much better publicly available offers than the offers I receive so I make sure to always write about the better offer). The credit card avenue has always been extremely uncertain and now the card issuers are wanting to see a lot more approvals from their bloggers.

Losing Chase links

Unfortunately, on Friday I was told that Chase has decided to end their partnership with my blog and all links will be deactivated tomorrow Monday July 13 at 5pm ET. This means that it will take me some time to replace all my Chase links from the past 5 years of blogging with the best offer from the Chase site directly. This will probably take a day or two so I apologize in advance if you are brought to a dead page.

What this means for my readers

Absolutely nothing! I will still write about the best credit card offers available. Blog content will stay 100% the same. So there is nothing for you to worry about! The only slight difference is that sometimes I am able to get information ahead of time on new offers coming or ending. But once an offer is live I always keep myself up to date and will be sure to write about it quickly!

Supporting the blog

I know many readers like to support the blog and that choice is totally yours. If you were looking to apply for a Chase credit card within the next few days and wanted to apply through one of my links, you still have until end of day tomorrow. I always appreciate reader support, but understand there are many options for applying. You can always check out all credit cards available (regardless if they are an affiliate link or not) on the “Current Promotions” page, but here are some popular offers in the affiliate channel (I only included cards with decent sign up offers):

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred: 40,000 points for new applicants after $4,000 spend within the first 3 months plus an additional 5,000 points after adding an authorized user and the user makes a purchase within the first 3 months; No foreign transaction fees; Earn 1 point for every $1 in purchases, and double points on all dinning, airfare, and hotels; Annual fee waived for the first year then $95/year. Card application link. Blog Post
  • Chase Ink Cash: 20,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first three months (worth $300). Earn 1 point for every $1 in purchases, 2x points on gas and restaurants, and 5x points on business spend (see post to see which categories apply). Card Application linkBlog Post
  • IHG Rewards Club Select VisaReceive 60,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first three months + free night annually to redeem at ANY IHG hotel starting with your first anniversary; Get a 10% points rebate on any redemptions; No foreign transaction fees; First year annual fee waived, then $49/year. Card application linkBlog Post  —> this offer has been as high as 80,000 points in the past, so if you are not in a rush for this card, you might want to hold off
  • British Airways Visa Signature Card: 50,000 Avios points for new applicants after $2,000 in spend in the first 90 days; $0 intro annual fee the first year, then $95; free companion pass valid for 2 years after spending $30,000 in a calendar year on your card; no foreign transaction fees. Card application link. Blog Post  

As always, thanks for reading this site and enjoy traveling on a deal!

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Comments

  1. Looks like Chase is cutting back in a number of ways. Sorry to hear about that; I am now mostly a Citi and Barclays spender right now due to the changes.

  2. I’m happy to report that my grand total to date is just over six dollars in two years! While I don’t do my blog every day or every month, U do have many thousands of hits. Unfortunately the hits and money do not match up.

  3. Were the commissions paid on applications made, or for approvals of cards only. I ask only because some blogs continue to tout the Chase products without advising of the new 5 card/24 month rule.

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