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Ink Bold/Plus Pays for Itself with Cable Bill

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My new Chase Ink Bold credit card just arrived in the mail! It comes with a slew of great features, not the least of which is the 50,000 point sign up bonus. 25,000 Ultimate Rewards points with first purchase, an additional 25,000 points for spending $10,000 on the card in 3 months. The other great feature, which I did not fully appreciate until last night is that it offers 5x points for using it to pay your phone, internet, and cable bills, as well as office supplies.

I had not intended to keep the card after the first year was up. I have several business and personal credit cards that offer similar benefts, such as no foreign currency transaction fee, so paying another $95 annual fee probably wouldn’t be worth it.

But as I was dutifully updating my Verizon payment methods I realized I would be earning 13,200 points a year just from my phone and cable bill alone!! If I put nothing else on that card, I’d still be paying less than $.007 per point. I can only imagine how many points households with multiple phone lines or televisions would be earning!

So what does 13,200 Ultimate Rewards points for $95 (first year waived) get you? In May it got me a night in a Park Hyatt Mendoza suite or club level room at the Grand Hyatt Santiago with points to spare. Don’t have a personal business? You could 😉 Check out View from the Wing’s thoughts on applying for business credit cards.

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