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It’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting years to have a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve® as your go-to travel credit card. Beginning August 16, 2021, there will be additional Chase Sapphire rewards categories. Plus, a Chase Sapphire Lounge network is launching too!

new Chase Sapphire rewards categories
The Chase Sapphire mural in Williamsburg to help spread the word about the Chase Sapphire rewards categories.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Benefits

The Chase Sapphire Preferred earns up to 5x Ultimate Rewards on purchases:

  • 5x points on travel purchases made through Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • 3x points on dining, takeout, and qualifying food delivery services (previously 2x points)
  • 3x points on select streaming services
  • Also 3x points online grocery purchases (excludes Walmart, Target, and wholesale clubs)

All remaining travel purchases continue to earn 2x Ultimate Rewards if you book directly from the carrier or a non-Chase travel booking site. Non-bonus purchases earn 1x points.

In addition to the many Sapphire Preferred benefits, members are also getting several benefits:

  • $50 annual credit on hotel stay purchases booked through Ultimate Rewards
  • 10% anniversary point bonus (receive 10% of the points you earn each year at your next card anniversary)
  • Card design also arrives and is available to new and existing cardholders after August 16, 2021

Current cardholders will be able to request a new card design or wait for their next scheduled card replacement.

Existing cardmembers can receive the $50 hotel credit at their next card anniversary. New members get the benefit right away.

New Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card cardholders can earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

There are no benefit reductions. You can continue to get a 25% redemption bonus when booking award travel with points on Chase Ultimate Rewards. You can also make 1:1 point transfers to participating airlines and hotels.

The annual fee remains $95 for the primary card and $0 for additional cards.

Related: Chase Sapphire Preferred Review

Chase Sapphire Reserve Benefits

The Chase Sapphire Reserve earns as many as 10x Ultimate Rewards on purchases.

Cardholders earn 5x total points on air travel and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when purchasing travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

All remaining dining and travel purchases continue to earn 3x points (3x points on travel are earned immediately after earning the $300 travel credit). Non-bonus purchases earn 1x points.

Two benefits launching later are:

  • Reserved by Sapphire: Exclusive dining reservations at luxury restaurants in the U.S.
  • Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club: Complimentary airport lounge locations across the world

The Reserved by Sapphire restaurant benefit launches later in 2021, according to Chase. The opening dates for the lounge benefits are not announced yet.

These benefits remain intact:

The signup bonus is 60,000 Ultimate Rewards after $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months ($900 value).

This product won’t be receiving a new card design.

The annual fee stays at $550 for the primary card plus $75 per authorized user.

Related: Chase Sapphire Reserve Review

Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club

Another exciting perk is the launch of an airport lounge network. Sapphire Reserve members and Priority Pass members can access the Chase Sapphire Louge by The Club as the locations open.

Unfortunately, this benefit won’t be immediately available to Sapphire Preferred members as a built-in benefit.

The initial locations include:

  • La Guardia Airport (LGA) in New York
  • Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston
  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

Lounge amenities, terminal locations, and tentative opening dates are pending announcement.


In conclusion, you can maximize these exciting benefits by making your travel reservations through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Several other leading travel credit cards have similar tiered rewards. The best part is that the annual fee doesn’t increase and you can enjoy the many Ultimate Rewards redemption options.

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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 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024.

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