You get 25,000 points after spending $3,000 on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
You also get a 7% bonus on spending every year, so you actually get 1.07 miles per dollar spent on this card, which is very good if you want Continental miles.
Chase Sapphire points convert into BA or Continental miles at a 1:1 ratio and they transfer over instantly whenever you want.
You can also use the points to book tickets directly from Chase, with 25,000 points you can book a ticket worth up to $312.50 and you’ll even earn miles on the ticket. Personally I’d still go for the highly valued Continental miles, but if a domestic redemption is what you’re looking for it’s not a bad usage.
Or you can always just use the 25,000 points for a $250 gift card or a $250 account credit for spending on whatever you would like!
The Chase Sapphire Card also offers return protection of up to $500 per item. If you buy something you don’t like you can just return it to Chase within 3 months of the purchase and get a full refund! I wanted to return a $340 item a few months after I bought it and got a refund check in the mail within 2 weeks of returning the item to Chase!
Whenever you call Chase Sapphire customer service a real live US-based human being always answers the phone immediately without going through any touch-tone systems or having to push “0” repeatedly. If only all companies offered this!
There is no annual fee for the first year, but it’s $85 after the first year. Chase allows you to downgrade to the “non-preferred” version of the Sapphire card which has no annual fee. However be sure to transfer your points into miles before downgrading as the “non-preferred” version does not allow transfers into miles!