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Chase’s new dining hub was officially announced in February, but it just launched this month, as one of the latest and greatest perks for cardholders. While much of the cardholder perks that have appeared this year have centered around spending in categories such as groceries and takeout, this is one of the first cardholder perks to come to fruition that actually encourages you to leave your house.
With restaurants around the country getting back to business, could this new dining hub be a boon for both them and Chase (as well as the loyal cardholders)? Here’s what to know about Chase’s latest efforts.
What Is the Chase Dining Hub?
The new hub is available to Chase Sapphire, Chase Freedom, and Chase Ink cardholders. Simply found at dining.chase.com (or via the Chase app or through your Ultimate Rewards account), the Chase dining hub offers a range of features, partially in thanks to Tock, Chase’s partner in the effort. Tock is a Chicago-based tech company specializing in online reservation systems.
Once inside the dining hub, you can make reservations — both for a normal meal and special experiences — at more than 4,000 restaurants (including pop-ups) in more than 200 cities across the United States. You’ll also be able to order takeout and even order locally-sourced foods from farms and producers in your region, via the handy Tock Pasture, Produce & Purveyors network. This is a pretty cool feature that you won’t find in dining hubs from other credit cards.
Additionally, Tock is known for focusing on more luxurious restaurants, which means that you may be able to order takeout from establishments that aren’t on platforms like GrubHub and DoorDash. There are even some Michelin-starred establishments on Tock!
If you order takeout, you also get the option to pay for your purchase with Chase Ultimate Rewards points, with your Chase credit card, or a combination of points and your credit card.
Extra Perks for Sapphire Cardholders
But that’s not all. Sticking with this year’s theme of staying home and staying safe, the Chase dining hub gives members ways to do just that, while still enjoying new culinary experiences. This is done via virtual events under the Sapphire at Home brand that are limited to Chase members only (think events like culinary celebs walking you through a foodie workshop).
Unfortunately, these experiences are only available to Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders specifically, as an offshoot of the already popular Private Dining Series. They’re not free, either. You do have to pay to attend, but you can pay with your points. Some events come with extra add-ons, such as meal kits or beverages that are intended to be enjoyed during the event.
Pricing ranges from $25 to $200, and fees benefit World Central Kitchen, a food-related nonprofit. Upcoming Sapphire at Home events includes farm tours, wine tastings, and even lessons in charcuterie board-making.
“Our cardmembers don’t just want to have a meal—they want to understand the story and inspiration behind it. The virtual extension of the Sapphire Private Dining Series is enabling them to connect with Chefs from across the country in new ways,” said Marleta Ross, general manager of Chase Sapphire, in a recent release from Chase.
Sapphire cardholders will, of course, earn 2x or 3x points on dining purchase through the hub, depending on the card. For a limited time, Sapphire Preferred points are additionally worth 25% more when you redeem them within the dining hub, and Sapphire Reserve points are worth 50% more when you redeem them within the dining hub, through April 30, 2021.
The Chase Pay Yourself Back feature is also available until April 30, 2021.
What’s Not to Love?
Regardless of which eligible Chase card you have in your wallet, the new dining hub is worth taking at least a look at, and probably advantage of, too, especially if you have Ultimate Rewards points that are burning a hole in your pocket. While usually those Ultimate Rewards points are best spent on travel, where you often get the most value per point, it is a nice option to be able to spend the points on takeout. On top of this, the range offered by Tock is impressive, as are the new special events that Chase is providing to Sapphire cardholders.
Bottom line? If you have a Chase Sapphire, Chase Freedom, or Chase Ink card (some of the best Chase business cards), log in to the new dining hub today and check it out.
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Not a Chase Cardholder?
Not a Chase cardholder, but intrigued by this Tock-powered platform? You may want to go ahead and sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Chase is currently offering its highest sign-up bonus for this card, available for a limited time. You get 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months — which adds up to a lot of free travel (or, now, food). The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has a $95 annual fee.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide, eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Earn 2x total points on up to $1,000 in grocery store purchases per month from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. Includes eligible pick-up and delivery services.
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