It is well know that the Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa is a great product, and that the current sign on bonus of 40,000 Ultimate Reward points (or reduced spend requirements, or even 50,000 Ultimate Reward points, at some Chase branches) is a good deal.
While there are various other Chase Sapphire products, the only other Chase Sapphire Preferred product is the lesser known Sapphire Preferred Mastercard. It is almost the same as the Sapphire Preferred Visa and has a sign on bonus of 40,000 Ultimate Reward points.
I’ve always had the CSP Mastercard on my “list” of cards to get, but I never had applied for it. Then, the other day, I saw a tweet by @travelsort saying that the Sapphire Preferred Mastercard was “going away.” Nothing like a threat of credit card extinction to call me to action! The Travel Sort post did not provide a link, so I dug deeper. I came to this thread in Flyertalk, where, it was reported that the link in this October 2012 post by Frequent Flyer University was still working.
Using that link, I applied for the card. I thereafter was told that my application wasn’t being considered because I already had a Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa, and that I could not have both a Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa and a Chase Sapphire Preferred Mastercard. I thought this would be the end of the story.
Frequent Flyer University relayed my experience in Return of the Chase Sapphire Preferred Mastercard, on June 4, 2013. Two things happened. First, the link in his October 2012 went dead. Second, I read some of the comments to his post and thought I should try calling Chase again, and see if the result would be different if I offered to downgrade my Sapphire Preferred Visa to a plain Sapphire product.
Yesterday, I phoned Chase’s reconsideration line ready to offer to exchange my Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa for a Chase Sapphire Visa in order to see if Chase would then approve my application for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Mastercard. Guess what? They approved it on the phone, without changing my Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa (except for moving some of the credit limit around). I was told that I would receive the 40,000 UR points upon meeting the $3,000 spend requirement. (Note: I have not received this in writing yet, only verbally, but I already see online that I have a new credit card account)
So, if there’s no link for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Mastercard where does that leave you?
The fact that the link on Frequent Flyer University is currently inactive, does not necessarily mean that there isn’t some other working link out there. Well, I just hunted around the Internet, and found what appears to be a working link on MileCards.com. It seems to work. However, since it does not delineate whether it is for a Visa or Mastercard, you may need to speak to a Chase Specialist to explain that you want the Mastercard Product. Look closer at the Miles Card post for more details on this.
(disclaimer: I don’t know if this is an affiliate link or if anyone receives a payment if you apply and are approved for a CSP card through this link – I only know that I receive nothing other than happiness for you)