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How I Plan To Use 100k Points on the Ink Business Preferred’s Welcome Offer

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I’ve been on the hunt for a new credit card for some time. I’ve had heaps of cards since I turned 18, many of which have restrictive guidelines on how many times you can earn the welcome bonus offer.

So, for the last year, I’ve found myself struggling to find cards worth applying for that I’m even eligible for. But, I came across the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card from Chase‘s NEW OFFER: Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $8,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

I knew it was an offer worth grabbing, so I applied with my LLC and was approved.

The welcome offer was enticing enough that the other benefits of the card were cheddar on top. Here’s how I plan to use the 100,000 bonus points once I earn them.

How I Plan on Using (And Earning) 100,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

After meeting the spending requirements for the welcome bonus, I will have an estimated total of 110,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points, as non-category spending on the card earns 1x point per dollar.

But, I’ll likely be spending a good amount on one of the bonus categories in particular, as cardholders can earn 3x points per dollar on the first $150,000 spent:

  • Travel (where I’ll likely be spending most)
  • Shipping purchases
  • Advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines
  • Internet, cable, and phone services

We estimate that Ultimate Rewards points are worth 2 cents apiece, meaning I will have $2,200 in value from spending and the welcome offer. Even considering the $95 annual fee on the card, I’ll project over $2,000 in potential rewards value.

Once I’ve racked up the points, I’m planning on transferring them to World of Hyatt and using them for a stay at the Secrets, The Vine in Cancun, Mexico. Having ~110,000 points should get me roughly 4 free nights, although I may need to top off my account by strategically buying Hyatt points.

Cancun, Mexico
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Hyatt is regularly known as one of the best Chase transfer partners, and for good reason. Rates for this hotel can run upward of $500 per night, so getting a $2,000 hotel stay to redeem these points is well worth it to me.

However, this doesn’t come without careful planning, as meeting the minimum spending can be challenging. After all, it’s best practice to keep my business and personal expenses on separate cards. But if I find myself not hitting the minimum, I can always put day-to-day expenses on there.

And if I’m really cutting it close, I could call friends and family to see if they have any large expenses coming up, and they write me a check for the expense. My grandfather recently had a $1,700 dental expense, and I was able to use my card for it, for instance.

Ink Business Preferred Card Benefits

The Ink Business Preferred card is a solid card for those who need a separate business credit card from their own personal expenses without a stark annual fee. But the real value comes in its ongoing benefits, which offer long-term perks and insurance protections like:

  • Earn 5x points on Lyft rides through March 2025
  • Redeem points for travel at an elevated 25% rate through Chase Travel (worth 1.25 cents apiece)
  • Trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance
  • Cell phone insurance
  • Purchase protection
  • Rental car insurance
  • Extended warranty protection
  • No foreign transaction fees
Bottom Line:

The Ink Business Preferred card welcome bonus of 100,000 points is a great way to boost your Chase Ultimate Rewards balance. Best of all, the card earns Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which can be transferred to a variety of airline and hotel loyalty programs.

Final Thoughts

Before applying for the Ink Business Preferred card, it’s recommended to check your Chase 5/24 application status, as well as devise a plan of how you’re going to spend the hefty spending requirement.

If you have a large purchase coming up you need to make for your business, it’s a great opportunity to earn extra points along the way. However, you should never overextend yourself financially just to earn extra credit card rewards.

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About Brett Holzhauer

Brett is a personal finance and travel junkie. Based out of Fort Lauderdale, he’s had over 100 credit cards and earned millions of credit card rewards. He learned the tricks of the trade from his mom, and has taken many steps forward. He wasn’t exposed to much travel as a kid, but now has a goal of reaching 100 countries in his life. In 2019, he sold all of his possessions to become a digital nomad, and he says it was one of the best decisions he ever made. He plans to do it again at some point in his life.

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