When it rains it pours – not only have all Chase Sapphire links been updated with the brutal 4 year language for new customers but now customers will lose out on authorized user bonuses. This means one of the easiest ways of earning 5,000 points is gone. Will it return?
Chase Authorized User Bonuses of 5,000 Points Gone on Sapphire Preferred
Chase cards typically come with an authorized user bonus that gives 5,000 points/miles (or 7,500 points with some cards) to the primary card holder’s account if they add an authorized user to the account. After that is added, a single purchase will trigger that authorized user bonus.
This was a simple way to earn bonus points and miles that, depending on the card, could be worth close to $100 in redemption value! It only worked for the first authorized user and the AU card could essentially be placed in the drawer after that purchase.
That simple method of earning the points and the cost to Chase for offering that may be the reason that we find they are no longer offering that authorized user bonus. In the past, it was valid for all Visa issued cards from Chase, whether or not the language existed in the offer details. But, Chase has now removed the language spelling out that bonus (it was there as recently as September 6, 2018) which likely indicates that it is gone.
This could also have to do with Chase updating the card language to exclude potential customers who have received a Sapphire bonus in the previous 48 months (if you click through a previous referral offer link, it will ask you to hold while they direct it to a new application). It could just be that Chase wants to put the breaks on issuing those points for a while to check out their long-term marketing plan.
A Petty Change – Why Did Chase Make It?
But, I find that somewhat petty of a change. I mean, they have already ensured that the only people getting a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve card are those that do not currently have one and have not had a bonus on one in the last 48 months. So, this means any new customers to the card would be pretty much new customers to the Chase Sapphire brand. What better way to encourage these new customers to let others use the card also than to offer an authorized user bonus?
There could be one other reason and I really hope I am just thinking crazy thoughts here – it could be that Chase may eventually restrict authorized users from getting the bonus on their own card. Chase is getting very strict with issuing bonuses so this may be the next avenue they could take. Personally, I think that would be something that would never happen without plenty of warning (imagine the outrage of customers that found out they would have to wait 4 years because they were an authorized user on their family member’s card!) – maybe this is the first hint of the warning?