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AARP Rewards Card from Chase

AARP Rewards Visa Card

The AARP Rewards Visa credit card offers features 3% rebates on gas and dining purchases, and has no annual fee.

As an added incentive new cardholders receive a $100 bonus after spending $500 within the first three months of using the card.

In addition they pay no interest on purchases made during their first 12 billing cycles, if they decide to hold a balance until then 

Though co-branded with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), you don’t have to be over 55 or even a member for this credit card.

Upon approval Chase may issue either a Visa Signature Card with a credit line of at least $5,000, or a Visa Platinum Card with minimum credit line of $500. 

In effort to help those in Chase Bank will donate $0.10 for each purchase made at a restaurant to the AARP Foundation towards the support of Drive to End Hunger.

A summary of rates, fees, features and benefits follows below.

Interest Rates

  • Purchases – 0% for 25 days if statement balance is zero
  • Purchases – 17.99% to 24.74% if statement balance is greater than zero
  • Cash Advances – 26.74%
  • Balance Transfers – 17.99% to 24.74% (if available)

Fees

  • Annual Fee: $0.00
  • Balance transfer: 3% ($5 min)
  • Cash advance: 5% ($5 min) or 5% at ATM
  • Foreign transaction: 3.0%
  • Late payment: up to $15 or $35
  • Returned payment: up to $35

Earn Rewards

  • 1 Member Reward point per dollar on eligible purchases
  • 3 Member Reward points per dollar on eligible gas stations or restaurants

Redeem Member Reward Points

  • Minimum to redeem: 2,000 points
  • As a statement credit or direct deposit checking or savings account
  • Gift cards such Walmart, Amazon, and more
  • Travel, including flight, hotels, cruises, etc.

Purchase Services

  • Theft and accidental damage protection, including cell phones
  • Return protection within 90 days of purchase
  • Free extended warranties (up to 2 years)

Travel Benefits

  • Roadside Assistance Hotline
  • Car rental and damage insurance (excludes liability coverage)
  • Global Assist Hotline (doesn’t pay for third-party costs)
  • Travel accident insurance on common carriers

Security Features

  • Fraud Protection
  • Advanced secure chip technology
  • Text alerts

Other Card Benefits

  • Mobile banking
  • Text and/or email alerts on purchases, balances, reminders, etc.
  • Monthly summaries

Chase Sapphire Credit Card Comparison Tool

Chase Sapphire Card
Chase Sapphire with Ultimate Rewards no longer takes new clients, but current cardholders can still use the card as before.

Chase currently offers a Ultimate Rewards card in two versions:

  • Sapphire Preferred ($95 annual fee)
  • Sapphire Reserve ($450 annual fee)

You can compare the three Chase Ultimate Rewards cards offer in the table below to see which one is best for you.

CHASE SAPPHIRE COMPARISON CHART

FEATURES REG PREFERRED RESERVE
Type VISA VISA VISA
Grace period 21 21 21
Annual Fee $0 $95 $450
Balance Transfer Fee n/a 5% 5%
Cash Advance Fee 5% 5% 5%
Foreign Transaction Fee 0% 0% 0%
APR Intro n/a n/a n/a
APR Balance 17.49%- 24.49% 17.49%- 24.49% 17.49%- 24.49%
APR Cash Advances 26.49% 26.49% 26.49%
REWARDS
Base  purchase rewards 1% 1% 1%
Dining (see notes) 2% 2% 3%
Travel (see notes) 1% 2% 3%
Annual bonus no no 50% UR
Minimum amount to redeem none none none
Redeem at UR portal 100 => 100 100 => 125 100 => 150
Redeem at ChasePay 100 => 80 100 => 80 100 => 80
Redeem at Amazon 100 => 80 100 => 80 100 => 80
PURCHASE SECURITY
Fraud Protection yes yes yes
Purchase Protection $500 per claim $500 per claim $10K per claim
Price Protection discontinued discontinued discontinued
Return Protection discontinued discontinued discontinued
Warranty extension 1 yr max 2 yr max 3 yr max
Free FICO score yes yes yes
Blueprint Financial Tool yes yes yes
Apple Pay yes yes yes
Mobile App yes yes yes
Visa Signature Concierge yes yes yes
Add authorized user fee $0 $0 $75
Shop through Chase yes yes yes
Credits – travel no no $300
Credits – global entry no no yes
Credits – travel no no $300
Points transfer no 1 to 1 1 to 1
Lounge access n/a n/a Priority select
INTRO (ONE TIME ONLY)
Bonus points ($4000 spend/3 months) n/a $500 $500
Bonus points (authorized user) n/a $50
INSURANCE
Auto rental collision yes yes yes
Trip cancellation up to $5K up to $10K up to $10K
Trip Interruption $500/12 hrs $500/12 hrs $500/6 hrs
Baggage delay yes $100 day/ 5 days $100 day/ 5 days
Lost baggage $3K per person $3K per person $3K per person
Roadside assistance fee fee 4 times
Travel accident death $500K $500K $1M

NOTES

DINING REWARDS

The restaurant category for extra reward points is broader than is generally believed, since it includes fast-food places, coffee shops, bars, as well as fine dining ones.

However Chase writes, “Please note that merchants that sell food and drinks located within larger merchants such as sports stadiums, hotels and casinos, theme parks, grocery and department stores will not be included in this category unless the merchant has set up such purchases to be classified in a restaurant category.”

So getting a Starbucks in a grocery store may not get points, but a free-standing shop will.

VISA has a handy locator that will tell you exactly which places earn, or don’t earn bonus restaurant points.

VISA supplier locator

Enter your location, pick the restaurant code, click search, and up to 50 places VISA lists as restaurants/bars pop-up on a map.

For example in Dayton, Ohio, places such as Arby’s, Carmen’s Deli & Bistro, Engineers Club of Dayton, Homestyle Chili, Kindred Hospital, McDonalds, Nutritional Services, Subway, Table 33, Uno Chicago Grill, are listed.

TRAVEL REWARDS

Although bonus rewards for travel aren’t applicable for the no-fee Chase Sapphire card, they could add up quickly in certain metropolitan areas such as New York City or Los Angeles.

Besides airline tickets and hotels, the travel category includes tolls and parking which can quickly add up in Manhattan, where the average monthly garage bill is about $400 or almost $5,000 per year, and the George Washington Bridge toll is $15 or up to $3800 per year.

Earning 2% on $7,800 nets $156, or more than the $95 annual fee on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

REWARD POINTS NEVER EXPIRE, BUT…

Under certain conditions Chase will take all your hard-earned points away.

Your points don’t expire as long as your account is open, however, you’ll immediately lose all your points if your account status changes, or your account is closed, for any of the following reasons:

  • You don’t make the minimum payment on your account within 60 days of the due date
  • You fail to comply with this or other agreements you have with Chase
  • We believe you may be unwilling or unable to pay your debts on time
  • You file for bankruptcy
  • We believe that you’ve engaged in fraudulent activity related to your account or the program
  • We believe that you’ve misused the program in any way, for example:by buying or selling points
  • By moving or transferring points to an ineligible third party or account
  • By repeatedly opening or otherwise maintaining credit card accounts for the purpose of generating rewards

In other words deadbeats and people who churn accounts at Chase will be unceremoniously booted out of the program.

Since the original Chase Sapphire cardholders can still use their cards Ultimate Rewards card, the choice on whether to upgrade to the premium versions depends on whether paying annual dues makes or breaks the deal.

Chase credit card discontinues checking overdraft protection

chase bank logoChase credit card holders will no longer be able to use their card as overdraft protection for their Chase checking accounts starting August 26, 2016.

The overdraft protection feature was a handy way to avoid the Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) fee of $34 Chase charges for bounced checks in linked checking accounts.

Chase’s announcement explains that overdrawn amounts on linked savings accounts will still be covered and will eliminate the $10 transfer fee.

The credit cards include:

The change applies only to customers who have Chase checking accounts and credit cards linked to them.

Contact Chase bank for alternatives methods to avoid the hassle of having checks bounce and be socked $34 for each withdrawal.

This also includes electronic payments via the internet, especially automatic recurring charges that you may have forgotten about.

Consider setting up a Chase savings account for automatic payments, since that will have overdraft protect without any transfer fee.