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Update: The IHG card targeted offer mentioned below has expired. However, other offers may still be available.
Chase cardholders are eligible to tap-to-pay three times to earn bonus points or cashback. The offer varies depending on the card with bonuses offering 500-1,000 bonus points or $5 cashback. This is a pretty small bonus amount, and the promotion also seems to be targeted. But, every little bit helps.
Tap-to-Pay Bonus Promotion
For those targeted, all you need to do is use your Chase card three times for contactless payments before a certain date.
Some Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders are targeted for an offer to tap-to-pay three times by May 31, 2021 to get 500 bonus points. Each purchase must be for over $1.75. Look for an email from Chase that has “get 500 bonus points” in the subject line.
Meanwhile, targeted cardholders of the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card can earn 1,000 bonus IHG Rewards points by using tap-to-pay three times by March 31, 2021. For this version of the promotion, you'll need to spend at least $3.50 per transaction.
Terms and Conditions
- No registration is necessary.
- Your bonus points will be credited to your account within 6-8 weeks of your purchases.
- Your account must be active and not in default at the time of your purchases.
- You must not close your account or change cards before the end of the promotion.
- This promotion is non-transferable and could be terminated at any time.
Personally, I'm a huge fan of contactless payments, if only for their simplicity. I use Google Pay for nearly all payments. Also, since the pandemic started, most places raised the contactless payment limit from $30 to $45, as contactless is more sanitary. That Chase is promoting tap-to-pay payments and even giving a small bonus for them is great.
I'm particularly interested in this promotion myself simply because of how the U.S. is lagging behind the rest of the world with card technology. After spending a year abroad in 2015, I was surprised to see many other countries used primarily chip and pin for most transactions while the U.S. was still swiping. Shortly after that, Europe switched over to primarily contactless. Now, it seems the US is only now implementing tap-and-go payments.
I'd be interested to see if other banks follow suit. If you have another bank that has given you a bonus offer for using contactless payments with your credit or debit card, feel free to comment below.
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