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Chase branch special card deals update – January 2015

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Chase has some of the most popular travel reward cards available.

While you’ll find the most complete selection of cards to apply for online, Chase offers special deals for some cards when you apply in-person at one of its branches.

You won’t find every card available to apply in a branch, but you will find special limited time deals you may want to jump on, so if you live near a branch the extra time to stop by could earn you hundreds of dollars worth of extra points or perks.

We checked with branches for January and found these deals:

50k United Explorer deal

This was available to the public online during August and it’s still available to specially targeted customers online via, but if you aren’t targeted you can get the deal plus a $50 statement credit by applying in your local Chase branch. There is also a lower spending requirement of $2,000 in 3 months. This is a great deal and the fastest way to top off your MileagePlus account with fresh miles. Like most Chase deals you can get this one once every 24 months.

Free United Club access for one year

The United Club Card offers full United Club airport lounge access for cardholders. While the annual fee is $395, if you apply in-branch you can get an introductory annual fee of $0. That’s like getting full United Club membership free of charge for one year. The card also earns 1.5 miles per dollar spent on all eligible purchases, and starting next year you get Hertz President’s Circle elite status, which qualifies you for upgrades when you rent with Hertz.

Ink Plus 70k deal

This deal is no longer available in branch, and the online 50k offer is the best available, matching what you’ll find in the branch.

Ink Cash $200

The Ink Cash is sold as a cash back card, but in reality it earns Ultimate Rewards points that you can use to book travel.

And if you have an annual fee based Ultimate Rewards card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Plus, you can transfer points you earn from the Ink Cash into your airline mile and hotel point accounts 1:1 just like points from the Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus.

The branch deal of $200 is delivered in the form of 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points.

Other deals

Chase doesn’t have special in-branch deals for its hotel cards like the Marriott Rewards Premier or the Hyatt Credit Card. And the deal for the Sapphire Preferred Card is the same as you will find online.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

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8 thoughts on Chase branch special card deals update – January 2015

  1. Kim


    I am a new Member. I am VERY interested in the Chase Credit Cards. At the moment, I have the following: United Explorer Card + Ink Plus + Ink Bold.

    I would like to have the United Club Card if I can get it for FREE the first year!


    1) Instead of having 4 Chase Cards, I would like to close 1 of my 3 cards. What do you recommend?

    2) Is it better to close my: Ink Bold OR Ink Plus?

    3) Since the Ink Bold is being phased out—do I close it? Or close the Ink Plus?

    4) Please explain in detail “like most Chase deals you can get one every 24 months”. How does that work?

    5) I thought that you get a Sign-Up Bonus ONLY ONCE per card in your life??

    6) PLEASE do an extensive posting explaining how to get the SAME CARD again with a NEW Sign-Up-Bonus!

    7) Also please explain HOW TO CANCEL. For instance, is there a trick? Do I ask to move my “Available Credit” from one card to the next, etc…?

    8) Once I get a card, I hold on to it. I have had most of my cards for 5—20 years. Is this a BAD STRATEGY to get Mileage Points??

    9) I am looking to apply for several cards for Xmas. Besides the United Club Card—what other great offers are out there?

    Looking forward to your kind reply. Sorry if these are all Newbie Questions.

    Waiting for your kind reply, Kim



      It may be possible to downgrade your Plus to an Ink Cash which has no annual fee and keep your line of credit open. Chase does let you get a bonus for a card more than once – at the moment most cards say 24 months in the fine print. But usually this only happens if you’ve cancelled or downgraded the earlier card beforehand.

      Holding onto cards is not a bad strategy at all, as long as you’re getting value out of the annual fees. If you’re not then consider asking about a no fee option, or a deal to stay loyal like extra points. Your spending habits and benefit needs will change over time so doing some changes to your wallet is natural.

      As for new cards, no need to get extra aggressive. Think about where you want to travel, and what you might want to use the points for, and if you’re new, maybe just try one other card besides the United Club. Check our bonus page linked at the top for the latest deals.


      For your Ink situation, it all depends on your overall profile. Having a legitimate business with a regular spending pattern tends to be most favorable, but do whatever you feel comfortable with regard to your credit inquiries.

  2. m-girl

    Is there any way to simply do a manufactured spend to meet the purchase requirements to get the mileage bonus?

    I basically have to do $4,000 in 30 days and another $4,000 in 75 days.

    All major purchases have been done for the year and are not expected until August 2015 and cannot be moved up.

    Help. I am a newbie and just want to get this done correctly and not gouge the system.

  3. Neil

    This is all very YMMV. I tried to get a better Chase Ink Plus deal in-branch and they didn’t have anything better than what the website offered.

    1. alex

      same here. YMMV. i was able to get the ink+ in-branch 3 months ago, but they didnt have freedome for 200. i had the dude check with his supervisor, then i had him check with two other branches for good measure.. all they had was 100 for freedom. i holding out for the 200 freedom.. (and missing all those good quaterlies – 5x amazon. yeah, i get 5x with ink, but i cant double/triple dip… no score!)

      i’d love to go in and get the bold, but i dont have much spend on the ink, just the min spend and then some.. I’m hesitant to go in for the bold since they’ll notice i already have the ink (on a bluffed biz – after they played 21 questions..). even though i’d love to try… courage levels are low lol

      any courage boosters…? 🙂


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