Chase Ink Unlimited (CIU) Business Credit Card Review (New Card: 50k sign-up bonus!)

Chase Ink Business Unlimited Card‎ Review

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Benefits

  1. 50k offer: earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards (UR) points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months of card membership.
  2. We estimate that Ultimate Rewards (UR) points are worth about 1.6 cents/point, see below for a brief introduction. So the 50k sign-up bonus could be worth about $800!
  3. Earn 1.5x UR on everything, no cap!
  4. Purchase Protection – Covers your new purchases for up to 120 days against damage or theft up to $10,000 per claim and $50,000 per account.
  5. Primary car rental insurance. HOWEVER, unless you can prove that you are traveling on business (which you will be required to do in the case of a claim), you will be better using the primary car rental insurance on the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
  6. [New] Refer a friend: You can earn 15,000 bonus UR points for every approved account you refer, up to a maximum of 75,000 UR points per calendar year.
  7. No annual fee.

Disadvantages

  1. It has foreign transaction fee, so it's not a good choice outside the US.

Introduction to UR Points

Recommended Application Time

  1. [5/24 Rule] If you have 5 or more new accounts opened in the past 24 months, Chase will not approve your application on this card, no matter how high your credit score is. The number of new accounts includes all credit card accounts, not only Chase accounts. See this post for details about how to possibly bypass this rule.
  2. You are not eligible for this sign-up bonus if you received a sign-up bonus on this card within 24 months. Note that what this 24-month clock starts from when you last got the sign-up bonus, not the time you open the account or close the account.
  3. Don’t apply for more than 1 Chase business credit cards within 30 days, it’s highly likely that you will get rejected.
  4. We recommend that you apply for this card after you have had a credit history for more than a year.

Summary

If you do a lot business spend, then I’d recommend you sign-up for this card. 1.5x UR seems not attractive at first, but no cap on earning allows it to surpass other Ink cards which do have bonus categories subject to annual caps, when you can run a huge amount of purchase on your business. Just keep in mind this card is under 5/24 rule before applying.

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