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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.

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Card

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa CardIntroducing the new Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Card, which is one of the best cashback credit cards on the market today by giving cardholders a generous $1.50 cashback per $100 spend everywhere Visa is accepted.

As a bonus, during your first 12 months of use, get a generous $1.80 cashback per $100 in purchases when using Android Pay or Apple Pay.

0% APR Financing Offer

Pay no interest on for the first 15 months upon opening the account. You can make that purchase you dreamed of, but could not quite afford until now. Minimum monthly payments must be paid to avoid interest charges.

Cashback Rewards

Save on every purchase you make by getting $1.50 cashback per $100 dollars you spend on eligible items using this credit card.

Qualifying purchases include,

  • Merchandise
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment

Redeem Points

What makes the  Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Card one of the best cashback credit cards?The ATM option shown on the list below. You can cash in your points starting at a minimum of $20, using any of the following choices,

  • Cash redemption at Wells Fargo ATMs in $20 amounts.
  • Direct deposit into your Wells Fargo savings or checking account.
  • As a credit to a qualifying Wells Fargo loan.
  • At the Go Far Rewards portal you canGo Far Rewards
    • Buy gift cards
    • Buy merchandise, dining, entertainment
    • Participate in auctions
    • Download digital products
    • Browse special limited-time offers
    • Pool rewards with other Wells Fargo cardholders.

Other Features

  • Wells Fargo mobile app
  • Make purchases using Apple Pay and Android pay
  • Exclusive savings with Wells Fargo Offers
  • Free FICO score updated monthly
  • Overdraft protection with linked checking accounts
  • Fraud Protection
  • Rapid alerts on spending
  • Cellular phone protection (details on Wells Fargo site)
  • Roadside assistance hotline
  • Car rental loss and damage insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Warranty extension

Fees and Rates

  • Grace period: 25 days
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Fee on balance transfer (introductory): 3% ($5 min)
  • Fee on balance transfer: 5% ($5 min)
  • Fee on cash advance: 5% ($5 min)
  • Fee for foreign transaction: 3%
  • Fee for late payment: up to $37
  • Fee on returned payment: up to $37
  • APR on balances: 13.24% to 25.24%
  • APR on cash advances: 24.24% to 26.24%

Online applicants must have an existing Wells Fargo relationship. For all the fine print and application details visit the Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Card site.