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Chase Sapphire Preferred: 3 Benefits That Set It Apart

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Chase Sapphire Preferred: 3 Benefits That Set it Apart

Sign-up bonuses, rewards rates, redemption values and flexibility are the features consumers typically look at when deciding which travel credit card to apply for. And it just so happens that the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is exceptional in each of these aspects.

It also offers three distinct benefits that few or no other cards provide. Let’s see why the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card deserves a closer look.

1. Primary rental car insurance

Most credit cards offer some form of rental car insurance, but it’s usually secondary insurance, which covers only what your primary car insurance policy doesn’t. With the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card’s primary rental car insurance, you may not even have to file a claim with your primary car insurance company. Not only can this save you from seeing an increase in your insurance premiums after you get home from your trip, but you’ll also escape the hassle of filing claims with two different companies: your primary insurer and the credit card company.

Covered losses include physical damage to and theft of the rental car, loss-of-use charges levied by the rental company while the car is being repaired and isn’t available for use, and reasonable towing charges. The coverage provides a reimbursement up to the actual cash value of the rental car as it was originally manufactured. Although most exotic and luxury cars are not eligible for coverage, some models of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and Lincoln are covered.

2. Discounted travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards

The best use of Ultimate Rewards points earned with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is booking travel. That’s because Chase offers a 20% discount on travel booked on the Ultimate Rewards Platform. For example, if you’re booking a $200 plane ticket (including taxes and fees), you can:

  • Pay $200 in cash
  • Use 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points (for non-Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card holders)
  • Use 16,000 Ultimate Rewards points (for Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card holders)

The booking tool, which is similar to Kayak, offers flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and more. Just enter your departure and destination locations and/or your preferred travel dates and you can compare prices across several providers.

Note that the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card offers a 25% discount, but it’s mainly a business card, not a travel card.

3. Authorized user bonus

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is well-known for its high-rolling sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. But that’s not the only way you can earn easy points. If you add an authorized user to your account and make a purchase in the first three months after you receive the card, you’ll earn 5,000 bonus points, worth $62.50 if you use it to book travel.

The bonus is perfect for couples or parents who want to add a teenager as an authorized user. But keep this in mind: Adding an authorized user to your account gives that person access to your full credit line, so be careful about whom you choose to add to the account.

The takeaway: When it comes to choosing a travel credit card, you may be tempted to focus on the rewards program or the sign-up bonus. However, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is a prime example of a card that has extra features that make the card worth holding for years to come.

Ben Luthi is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: bluthi@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @benluthi.


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