You probably remember that about a month ago, I decided to add two more Chase personal cards to my wallet – The Chase Freedom Visa and Hyatt Credit Card (related post). I was eying the Freedom Card for some time, but I was naturally waiting for the best sign-up bonus. I ended up biting the bullet and applying with the 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points offer because I was getting impatient and really wanted to start using the card in conjunction with my Sapphire Preferred Visa. I knew that Chase was pretty flexible when it came to matching a better offer if one should come your way within 90 days of approval, so I felt pretty confident about my decision.
Well… a few days ago, I was hearing news on some of the forums that a 30,000 Ultimate Rewards Freedom card was currently active and available to phone applicants only. I quickly called Chase on Friday evening and politely asked if I could be matched to the 30,000 point offer that was currently valid. The agent confirmed that yes, this 30,000 sign-up bonus was still valid (as of yesterday), but would require me to provide a specific offer code in order to match me. I guess Chase is taking a harder stance when it comes to matching to a better offer now, because all three agents I spoke to also asked me for a specific invitation code, and they wouldn’t budge when I tried to go around that. Me being me, I was determined to find it.
Long story short, I came across a valid 30,000 point invitation code, and the agent told me my 30,000 Ultimate Rewards sign up bonus should post within 4-6 weeks (usually 2 billing cycles). Great! This was the 2nd time I was able to successfully match myself to the highest available offer with Chase. I’m happy!
Moral of the story: you never know until you try. If you’ve already applied (or are planning to apply) for the Chase Freedom card with a lower offer, than it might be worth it to make the call. YMMV, but like everything else in life, you’ll never know until you try!
Happy points collecting & please feel free to share your success stories too!