Was the Chase 60K biz card offer really that big?


So the week is wrapping up and it would seem that so is one of the biggest stories of the year: 10,000 extra points for a CC sign up bonus through Chase. When AmEx had a 24-hour 75K sign-up last month it rated 21 posts in the miles & points blogger community during that period. This story actually received fewer posts per day but far more overall: 80+ posts from 40 different bloggers (full list at the bottom of this post). There were only ~650 total posts over that period meaning more than 12% of the discussion in the community was about this one promotion.

Most impressive to me was the 7 posts afforded the story by one blogger and six posts each from two others. During the same week a promo came out from Delta/AmEx offering up 55K miles and 20K MQMs. That story rated 7 posts, less than 10% that the Chase cards saw. It isn’t for me but I don’t think it is that much worse a deal than the UR business cards. Same spend requirements and the annual fee isn’t waived. And the status miles don’t suck.

Yes, the offer was better last week then it normally is. But not really all that much better and the spend requirements are still pretty high. I don’t think it was worth they hype. At least the posting pattern was followed (Something big is coming; Ooooh, shiny; Remember the deal (click here!); It might end soon; It is ending) like always.

Here’s the full list, sorted by the date they were posted; I know there are a few from today missing; such is life.

  • Predictions on the Upcoming Chase Ink Promotion–FTG (Ariana) (6/14/2013)
  • Will The Chase Ink Cards Have a Higher Sign-Up Bonus Next Week?–Million Mile Secrets (6/14/2013)
  • Will There Be a Bigger Bonus for the Chase Ink Cards Next Week?–View from the Wing (6/14/2013)

 

  • Chase Ink Sign-up Bonus to Increase?–FTG (Ariana) (6/15/2013)
  • 60,000 Signup Bonus Ink Bold, Ink Plus & More–Frugal Travel Lawyer (6/15/2013)
  • Ink Bold, Ink Plus 60K signup bonus on its way?–FrequentMiler (6/15/2013)

 

  • The Increased Ink Bold/Plus Offer!–Travel Is Free (6/16/2013)
  • Better Sign Up Bonus for Chase Ink Cards – 60,000 Points for Ink and Plus & 25,000 Points for Cash and Classic–Deals We Like (6/16/2013)
  • June 16 — June 22: Chase Ink Bold and Chase Ink Plus 60,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus–The Miles Professor (6/16/2013)
  • Chase Business Cards: 60,000 Bonus Points!!–unroadwarrior (6/16/2013)
  • How To Decide Which Blogger Link To Use For The Chase Ink 60K–Food, Wine, and Miles (6/16/2013)
  • The Feeding Frenzy is On: 60,000 Ultimate Rewards Points From Chase–What’s Your Point? (6/16/2013)
  • Ink Bold Bonus Now at 60K – But Only for One Week!–Travel Summary (6/16/2013)
  • Chase Increases Ink Bold/Ink Plus to 60K! Ink Cash 25K – How to Match All 3!–Point me to the Plane (6/16/2013)
  • Chase Increases Bonus on Ink Plus and Ink Bold to 60,000 Ultimate Rewards Points–Online Travel Review (6/16/2013)
  • Increased Ink Sign-up Bonuses for One Week Only!–Mommy Points (6/16/2013)
  • Increased sign up offer on Chase Ink cards for Small Business Week!–One Mile at a Time (6/16/2013)
  • Up To 60,000 Ultimate Rewards Points – Limited Time Offer–MJ on Travel (6/16/2013)
  • Big Offer This Week Only for Chase Ink Cards – Up to 60,000 Points–View from the Wing (6/16/2013)
  • Yes, I Have Chase Ink Offers Too – Considering Supporting Rapid Travel Chai–Rapid Travel Chai (6/16/2013)
  • Chase INK Plus & Bold limited time 60,000 bonus points (after spend)!–Delta Points (6/16/2013)
  • 60,000 Ultimate Rewards Point Inks Are Out – One Week Only–Just Another Points Traveler (6/16/2013)
  • One Week Only! 60,000 Point Sign-up Bonus for Chase Ink Cards–FTG (Ariana) (6/16/2013)
  • 60,000 Ultimate Rewards Points For Ink Bold and Ink Plus–Traveling Well For Less (6/16/2013)
  • Limited Time – 60,000 Chase Bonus Offers With Ink Plus & Ink Bold–The Weekly Flyer (6/16/2013)
  • Great Limited Time Deal: 60,000 Points For Chase Ink Bold and Plus; 25,000 Points for Ink Cash and Classic–The Points Guy (6/16/2013)
  • Chase Ink 60k (June 16 – 22) – extra 10k–Mighty Travels (Duc) (6/16/2013)
  • 6 Days Only: Chase Ink Plus & Bold Sign-Up Bonus Increases From 50,000 Points to 60,000 Points (~$600+)!–Million Mile Secrets (6/16/2013)

 

  • 60,000 points for Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus, 25,000 points for Ink Classic and Ink Cash–lovetofly (6/17/2013)
  • National Small Business Week = 20% Increased Sign Up Bonus on Chase Ink Products–The Points Traveler (6/17/2013)
  • Why I Won’t Be Signing Up for the Chase 60k Offer–Miles, Points, and Mai Tais (6/17/2013)
  • Chase Credit Card Management Tips–Points, Miles Martinis (6/17/2013)
  • Details on Chase Ink Credit Card Bonuses – This Week Only!–Deals We Like (6/17/2013)
  • What to do with 65,000 Ultimate Rewards Points?–Mommy Points (6/17/2013)
  • Maximize Monday: What Will 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Get You?–The Points Guy (6/17/2013)
  • Pondering limited time credit card signup offers–FrequentMiler (6/17/2013)
  • Chase Ink Offers Increased – 60K Bold/Plus–Mike (6/17/2013)
  • Chase increases Ink sign up bonus to 60,000 for limited time–travelguys (6/17/2013)
  • It’s A Great Time To Apply For Some Of My Favorite Credit Cards: Ink Bold & Ink Plus–Pizza in Motion (6/17/2013)
  • Limited Time Chase Ink Offers for Small Business Week–Frequently Flying (6/17/2013)
  • CHASE INK BOLD & PLUS CARDS INCREASED TO 60,000 BONUS POINTS – JUNE 16 – 22!–Miles Momma (6/17/2013)
  • June 15-16, 2013: It’s an all Chase Ink card free for all. If you don’t get one for you & your dog you are going to hell!–TravelBloggerBuzz (6/17/2013)

 

  • How To Merge Chase Business And Personal Card Accounts Online–The Weekly Flyer (6/18/2013)
  • Yes, Chase Will Give You the 60,000 Points for Recent Ink Bold and Ink Plus Apps–Online Travel Review (6/18/2013)
  • Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner–The Points Guy (6/18/2013)
  • Chase Ink Bold/Plus limited time 60,000 point sign-up bonus: frequently asked questions–One Mile at a Time (6/18/2013)
  • Poll: Should You Apply for The Chase Ink Bold & Ink Plus For an Extra 10,000 Points?–Million Mile Secrets (6/18/2013)

 

  • Response from Chase in Less than 2 Hours – 60K Match on Ink Cards–Point me to the Plane (6/19/2013)
  • Comparison of Four Chase Ink Credit Cards–Deals We Like (6/19/2013)
  • The Best 11 Ways to Leverage Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points–View from the Wing (6/19/2013)

 

  • Last Call for 60,000 Point Chase Ink Signup Bonuses–View from the Wing (6/20/2013)
  • Saturday Deadline for Increased Ink 60K Bonuses (Extended Until Monday!)–Mommy Points (6/20/2013)
  • The 45 best uses for the great big pile of Ultimate Rewards points you’ll get by signing up for limited time Chase Ink offers–FrequentMiler (6/20/2013)
  • Chase Response Time up to 24-48 Hours…but still positive – 60K Sign-Up on Ink Bold/Plus & 25K on Ink Cash Cards–Point me to the Plane (6/20/2013)
  • Limited-Time Ultimate Credit Offer for Chase UR Points on Signup–Corey (6/20/2013)
  • Best Redemption of Chase Ultimate Reward Points–Deals We Like (6/20/2013)
  • Great Deals Today: My Delta Platinum Business Amex and Ink Bold Applications–The Points Guy (6/20/2013)
  • Five Steps to Maximize Your Ultimate Rewards Balance–Hack My Trip (6/20/2013)
  • Increased sign-up bonus on the lesser known Chase Ink Cash Card…–One Mile at a Time (6/20/2013)
  • What Can You Do With 65,000 Ultimate Rewards Points?–Million Mile Secrets (6/20/2013)
  • Blog Updates and Deals to Take Advantage of!–Deals We Like (6/20/2013)

 

  • How To Keep Track Of Credit Cards–Frequent Flyer University (6/21/2013)
  • 60,000 Points Chase Ink Ends Saturday – 55,000 Miles Delta Platinum, 50,000 American Airlines Miles & 40,000 Frontier Miles–Million Mile Secrets (6/21/2013)
  • Reminder: Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offers End Tomorrow–The Points Guy (6/21/2013)
  • 5 Reader Questions About the 60,000 Point Ink Bold–FTG (Ariana) (6/21/2013)
  • The Difference Between The Ink Bold & Ink Plus Cards–Million Mile Secrets (6/21/2013)
  • How To Sign Up For Chase Ink Lounge Club Membership–The Weekly Flyer (6/21/2013)

 

  • Instant Approval for Chase Ink Bold: They Like Me! They Really, Really, Like Me!–Heels First Travel (Tiff) (6/22/2013)
  • Saturday Recap: Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offers End Today, Enter to Win 1 Million Delta SkyMiles, Bonus Elevate Points with RocketMiles, Wyndham Double Points Summer Promo, JetBlue Ends TrueBlue Point Expiration–The Points Guy (6/22/2013)
  • Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offer Extended To Monday, Two More Days To Apply–Debbie Emery (6/22/2013)
  • Last day to apply for Chase increased sign-up bonuses–travelguys (6/22/2013)
  • Chase Credit Card Bonuses I Got–Giddy for Points (6/22/2013)

 

  • ReTweet, 60k INK and Delta 55k still live–Delta Points (6/23/2013)
  • Last Day for Chase Ink Bold and Plus 60,000 Point Offer–Deals We Like (6/23/2013)

 

  • 60,000 Point Ink Bold/Ink Plus Signup Bonus Offer Hasn’t Been Pulled Yet–View from the Wing (6/24/2013)
  • Chase Ink increased sign-up bonuses extended for one more day!–One Mile at a Time (6/24/2013)
  • Chase 60,000 Point offer ending this weekend!–unroadwarrior (6/24/2013)
  • Limited Time 60,000 Chase Offer Expires Today–The Weekly Flyer (6/24/2013)
  • What Are The Consequences Of Putting All Of My Spending On My Business Credit Card?–The Points Guy (6/24/2013)

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

51 Comments

  1. It was at least worth a mention, but 7 posts? Yikes.

    One has to think that the changes in United award fees for non-status members has something to do with the influx of Chase UR -> United miles.

  2. The standard offer makes Ink Bold/Plus likely the very best card out there already.

    This was a limited-time offer which was 20% better than that.

    Seems like it was at least the very best offer out there in June. It stacks up against the Amex 75k offer that lasted a day that drew your ire in May — and arguably this was even better. Which would make it one of the couple of best deals of the first half of 2013.

    It wasn’t an ex-RGN mistake fare in F (I believe I broke news of the 3rd round of that one). But mistake fares don’t come around like they used to.

    Getting the Ink cards is pretty good advice for most in this hobby, and if you’re going to get it then grabbing the best offer that’s ever come along for them seems like the time to do it.

    Snark aside, which miles and points blogger shouldn’t have written about it?

  3. Great compilation, I felt guilty putting just one out on each offer but I was really outdone. For my money the Delta offer is better for anyone interested in Delta status, despite having to pay the annual fee up front. The annual companion certificate and annual MQM boosts for spend are a nice trade-offs for future annual fees. The Ink offers are fine, but in the end, all that effort and need to generate spend for 120k points with little ongoing value to the cards other than those who have the time and energy to work the category bonuses is a bit much for me to jump in for a second helping of those cards.

  4. And I should add that my first post — listed as “Will There Be a Bigger Bonus for the Chase Ink Cards Next Week?–View from the Wing (6/14/2013)” — was, as far as I know, the first on the subject.

    It did not contain links to any Ink cards. In fact, at that time I removed all of the links on my site to the Ink cards on the expectation that the offer was going to get better. The message was DON’T apply for it today (or tomorrow), there’s reason to think next week will be better.

    Was that, somehow, not worth posting?

    1. You didn’t break the RGN round 3, Gary, though you did post it on your blog. Others posted it elsewhere before you shared it. In fact, I seem to recall you admitting that you lifted it from MilePoint when you “broke” the story. As for the “don’t apply today” bit, the part where they honored the new number for anyone who applied in the past 100 days suggests that it doesn’t really matter. Beyond that, I still think the 4 posts is excessive for the story. You didn’t even mention the AmEx card. Why not? It is a pretty good deal, too, isn’t it??

      There have been a lot of good deals that are shared, many by you. But only the major CC ones with affiliate links seem to rate multiple posts. If that’s not an interesting pattern I don’t know what is.

  5. Are you high on referral commission? Some simple math would be appropriate.
    Ink, increase by 20%, 50k vs 60k UR points. Not a deal breaker
    AMEX gold, 75k vs 50k points. 50% difference. AMEX offer was clearly a much better offer. In my book, 50% increase vs 20% is a relative 2.5-fold higher bonus.

  6. Quite frankly, Boardingarea should be renamed Creditcardadvertisementarea.com. Maybe not as catchy, but certainly at least as accurate.

  7. Gary getting all defensive again. The stream of posts as detailed above is absolutely nauseating. In the days before you took the money Gary you’d have posted about this once and that would have been it. You can come back with the usual “snark aside” comeback all you want but it’s a joke to think that there is any justification for 5 posts in one week on one blog about one card other than you are after as much of the commission as possible. I mean, at least be honest about it, you’d have more respect (I actually appreciate how Dan at DansDeals is pretty straight up about it). If every single blogger posted about it once, that would be a sufficient onslaught. It’s a shame BoardingArea can’t come up with some collective arrangement so that you don’t have to have a dozen “me too” repeat posts. when each blogger posts about it multiple times I have no idea how you think you can defend it rationally.

  8. +1 MilesAbound

    Was it worth mentioning – yes. Was it worth that much attention – definitely not.

    Sure it was limited time but the upside was marginal and did not need multiple reminders (particularly sites like TPG). I really liked FreqMiler’s more honest coverage.

  9. Assuming Ultimate Rewards points are valued at 2 cents each, the higher bonus is worth at most an extra $200. Given that some people criticize me when I apply any valuation over 0.5 cents (about what you pay if you manufacture spend with a Bluebird), then those people would view the higher bonus as worth only an extra $50.

    Like Amol said, one post per blogger, but not more than that. At least they weren’t talking (again!) about the Sapphire Preferred’s 3X bonus (increased from 2X) on restaurant spend the first Friday of every month. Talk about a niche benefit. You’d have to buy an $800+ dinner every month to earn the same 10,000 bonus points.

  10. The title of the latest post on BoardingArea says it all… “Last Payday for Chase Ink Bold and Plus 60,000 Point Offer”

  11. LOL but hey no need to be mean to all of them, after all I read their stories with pros and cons and decided to go ahead and apply.

    Of course I used Chase own website to apply. No referral link to any blogger. But thanks for all your work. There you go!

  12. I completely agree with the wandering Aramean that the 10k increase in the bonus was overhyped. However, I would like to point out that its great that there is a Amex Delta card providing a similar bonus.. the big BUT is that Ultimate Rewards (UR) are the most valuable currency out there. Not only because they transfer instantly to a multitude of frequent traveler programs, but because most importantly they transfer 1 to 1 into Mileage Plus and Hyatt Gold Passport, which are arguable the most valuable frequent flyer and frequent stay programs out there. The important thing being that there is only one Mileage Plus card that earns a bonus currently offered and the Hyatt credit card offers you free nights but not points. So if you’ve already gotten the Hyatt and United cards, then a UR earning card is the only way to get points in Hyatt or miles with United absent buying them or actually staying/flying.

    Sure Membership Rewards are good for topping off accounts, but they don’t transfer to United or Hyatt. As long as Hyatt and United remain the holy grail of frequent traveler programs I will value UR points very highly.

  13. @gary

    I agree it was big enough news that it warranted a mention but many bloggers mentioned it multiple times. It wasn’t that big a news to warrant repeated mentions.

    Oddly, when offers like the Sapphire drop down from 50k to 40k, I often read blog posts (not necessarily from you) about how the 10k drop isn’t that big a deal, and that the 40k Sapphire is still worth signing up for. Somehow when the 10k is an increase, it becomes front page news.

  14. @Seth wrote “You didn’t break the RGN round 3, Gary, though you did post it on your blog. Others posted it elsewhere before you shared it.”

    Where was it posted elsewhere first? I’m certainly not aware of that, though I’m happy to be corrected, and it certainly wasn’t central to my point.

    “In fact, I seem to recall you admitting that you lifted it from MilePoint when you “broke” the story.”

    I wrote that I saw something on Milepoint that led me to dig for it (I linked to that thread) and discover what it was that was available.

    “Beyond that, I still think the 4 posts is excessive for the story. You didn’t even mention the AmEx card. Why not? It is a pretty good deal, too, isn’t it??”

    Actually I saw the post about the Delta Amex card right before BoardingArea went down. I had a heck of a week of work/travel/events last week. The Delta Points post with the offer remained on my screen through the weekend. And I have a post scheduled linking to it. But I don’t consider it anywhere close to as good a deal as this. (The 70k and fee waived the first year offer for that card? THAT I pushed.)

    Plenty of deals got this much coverage from me before, although there are also deals I undercovered for sure.

    Your list wasn’t singling me out, but I’m offering my own personal perspective in case it’s useful. You can find that valuable or not of course!

    @bluto – 10k fewer points is a ‘big deal’ in the sense that it’s worth trying to get more not less. It isn’t a ‘big deal’ compared to a terminal disease. These things are all relative.. Sapphire Preferred is still a good card without as big a bonus, it just isn’t quite as rewarding as it was 15+ months ago when it had a bigger bonus.

  15. I personally see a day soon when the “most valuable title” goes away from United. There will be fewer” True” Elites – (Plat premier and above as they can change awards for free).

    Delta may be better for changeable awards as you can stack Amex MQMs to get to PM or DM still without PQDs. AA/US is still an unknown.

    With higher change fees, UA is not as good as it was. However, UR allows (for now) transfer to any UA acct and if you know a personal “friend” who is Plat or above, it can still make sense to get UR points than United’s own points and send to him to book for yourself.

    Having said that, Chase must be paying more / higher commissions than Amex. Anyone in the know can test this out quickly.

  16. Gary is the new FTG! All defensive and such. Must be getting senile in his ‘old age’ like Rick.

    Seth, please set up CC referrals. Don’t do any CC posts. But whenenver a good offer comes up, I’ll come and use your link. Right now I go straight to the bank website…

  17. @MattfromSaverocity. Flyertalk is a good source. No need to reward a blogger for things he read on FT. Original content, yes, but FT…not a chance.

  18. @jason, yeah I agree with that. But my question was how would you find out about the latest blogger offer unless you heard about it from… well a blogger?

    There are different offers from Bloggers, Banks and ‘other’ links.

    Just trying to understand the practicality of people who want to ‘give back’ via links, but then don’t want the links advertised when it is ripe to ‘give back’.

  19. @MAtt Not sure who was the first blogger with the story but at the end of the week, we had a gazillion of “please use my link please” posts. Nothing original, but the same regurgitated stories copied from each other. Lately they quote one another (hat tip) as they have nothing useful to say.

    I am surprised I did not see Emily more often. Is she sick? And more surprised that BA was allowed to shutdown its servers for an upgrade. It was Christmas in June for Petes sake!

    I think T.W.A. has it right and I applaud him for bringing this up.

  20. I feel like this happens with most intriguing items in the travel hacking blogosphere. If there is a decent deal, everyone feels the need to repost it like they are the only blog out there that has mentioned it/ that their reader reads. In some ways I suppose it is good, but in others it is overload. Compare that to a news story, it is perfectly normal for each news outlet to report the same news story, but frequently you don’t read more than one or two sources a day (or something like Google News will automatically aggregate similar content). With travel blogging I follow multiple bloggers as each has their own unique styles, travel insights, and trip reports that I find interesting, but when you get a news event like this, it quickly becomes beaten to death when everyone jumps to “report” it.

  21. Amen! You’d think the world was ending with all the cross coverage. Plus today’s posts saying that the link was extended were hilarious too. Not to mention all the questionable tactics about applying for not one but two business credit cards without even having a business. Clearly the cards are not targeted at those who do yard sales or sell occasionally on eBay based on the Q&A sessions when doing final approvals over the phone.

  22. Great post. Seeing the long list is nauseating indeed! I am featuring this in my next blog post and here is my usual incendiary commentary on it:

    Look at the list of 80+ posts on this offer. It’s RIDICULOUS! No need to post it more than once, maybe at most twice. Posting it more than that is pure sell, sell, sell mode. Personally, I despise sales people looking to sell me things non stop! Like that Jehova’s Witness guy who is still after me to offer me Salvation!

  23. The pimping chase card (particulalry) is out of control on boarding area. Even some of the better blogs are sucomimg to non stop pimping. I know these love to fly and this is an enabling mechanism but I think the whole system is becoming corrupted. big loke introducing cash to a naitive community in the Barzilian rain forest.

  24. I must say i am so over credit card sign-up bonuses. I got tired of tracking all of my credit cards and just don’t bother anymore, cancelled most of them. I have a few that i have kept, the usual suspects i suppose, but i rarely apply for credit anymore. And certainly the huge initial spend requirements plays into that, as i don’t do Amazon Payments or otherwise “buy” money.

    For those who like a good travel blog without a lot of credit hawking, i really enjoy Loyalty Traveler. Ric is a very good read and doesn’t go on and on about Park Hyatts, actually writes about Best Western and other low cost options for the budget minded traveler.

  25. Seth — I like the analytics! Fascinating stuff.

    Maybe you include a bar chart or something showing the number of posts by blogger? I tried to count them to find who had seven, but once I ran out of fingers on one hand I gave up!

  26. It’s all about the$. I bet the referral fees for ink cards can total up in the mid 5 digits @ 200 a pop.

  27. My suspicion is that it is not the scale of the offer that matters but the scale of the sales bonus incentive Chase.

  28. I really only do like TWA and FM among all the bloggers. They really deserve kudos for their original content and thought through.

  29. I am wondering if there are really that many newbie who would apply and pile on debts with these news cards. it cant be profitable for the banks to offer such great bonus and referral fees if the new cards holders are just going to meet the min spent and pay off and put the cards in drawer.

    in a way, without bloggers popularize the cards for newbie who may become debt slave, there wouldnt be many good offers for the rest of us.

  30. Great post Wandering Aramean!!! It is so nauseating reading all the groveling for credit card referrals from MMS, TPG, Gleff/VFTW, Mommy, etc. Heck, even that clown Delta Points got in on the CC pimping with 3 posts for this offer, and UR pts DON’T EVEN TRANSFER TO DELTA!!! It’s become so bad that I often can’t get myself to read the above bloggers posts anymore cuz all they are is a big giant CC pimping/whoring machine. Pretty sad as many of them used to be decent blogs.

    But I guess what can you expect? I can’t fully blame them for trying to cash in during this (HOPEFULLY) short time that they can make so much bling from these CC affiliate referral kickbacks before the CC issuing banks realize that all these bloggers are only bringing in customers that churn cards by signing up for truckloads of CCs, meeting minimum spend, then cxl CC, or worse yet then call up (per blogger advice) and get retention bonuses and THEN cxl CC. Heck, I bet with gleff’s large readership he easily made into the 6 figures on this deal alone. He is using his past good reputation to cash in while the getting is good. I don’t blame him, but fully agree it is nauseating to have to wade thru his crap CC pumping posts to find the gem posts (which are getting much rarer these days unfortunately).

    I personally used Rapid Travel Chai’s affiliate link to sign up for the Ink Bold this week. And then FrequentMiler’s links to sign up for about 5 other CCs…………..although to be honest I was surprised to see that FM had 3 posts about this Chase Ink 60k deal. Seems like all the easy money might be starting to affect his posting in a negative way as well. Sad. I agree with the above poster that says you should put up some CC referral links and NOT pump CCs. I would use them in a heartbeat as well to reward those bloggers who don’t turn into CC pimps. I also wish Loyalty Traveler and TravelBloggerBuzz would do the same. Only issue would be that sooner or later when you all realize you can quit your dayjobs and earn more in a week creating useless CC pumping posts than you made in a year at your dayjob, then your blogs will also slowly turn into crap like MMS, TPG, VFTW, Mommy, DeltaPoints, etc. And I wouldn’t want that!!

  31. Great post, Seth! I always appreciate your blog as being one of the few on this site that doesn’t constantly push credit cards.

  32. What concerns me even more is that this is a BUSINESS card. Who really has a real business. Getting a pseudo EIN or having a consulting business is utter BS.
    It seems clear that Chase has found a simple way to bump sign up numbers in any category thru this outlet.
    I would love to say that this not going to last but clearly the banking industry has no spine so I’m going to withhold any predictions.

  33. I don’t blame the bloggers for pimping. I blame the idiots who encourage the bloggers by using the blogger’s affiliate links. ANYONE who uses an affiliate link is just as much to blame as the pimps who push them. It takes two to tango.

    And yes, the additional bonus was no great deal, but it was a nice little added bonus. Ink cards are the most valuable cards out there, so I can understand the enthusiasm for pimping the cards – the Inks are way better than the junky Delta card that is being praised by some.

  34. Seth – I enjoy these posts.. I’ve really enjoyed hack.travel, it is a game changer as far as being able to follow the mile and point world.

    It definitely felt that there was an over-abundence of pushing the cards. Some more than others, which I think your list highlights quite nicely.

    What I think Hack.travel has started to show me though, is that there are pockets of “original content” and pockets of “re-phrased” content.

  35. @Paul, I bet at least 75% of people clicking on the links don’t realize they’re putting money directly into the blogger’s pocket. Probably 90%+ don’t realize how lucrative it is.

    @Gary, just stop. Every time you start up with Seth in these petty comment arguments, you lose.

  36. Seth – one more suggestion. I can see why you’re loath to having aff links. But why not put them up and donate the money to charity? That’d be a nice way to differentiate yourself and attract readers to your link instead of View From The Airplane Bathroom, Moron Points, Senior Travel Guy, Tel Aviv Deals, One First World Problem At A Time…

    You could even get a tax write off maybe! What say?

  37. @Zinc

    Great comment. I agree with the assessment and the guesstimates.

    I think the ones who are overselling are not being successful however, hence the excessive posts? Now with awareness spreading, it may be getting more and more difficult, especially since the newbies in the scene are able to see the charades through the comments on IBBs and some Blogs. Explains why some bloggers have taken great offense to the dissection being done these days on their body of work. Used to be an easy free ride not too long ago.

  38. gregorygrady : Pretty sure seth already quit his day job 😉 And has MANY angles to create revenue.

    I actually payed for WATT, which is my way of helping seth out in his quest to travel and write cool tools.

    It definitely seems to meet my needs, except for BOS-NRT flights 🙁 Still don’t get why QF and AA can’t see them but BA can.

    1. While I did quit my full-time job to travel (and write) more I do still work for a living. The blog, other travel writing I do and my tools site do not come anywhere close to being a primary income for me and I’m OK with that. Given a choice between focusing on credit cards or on travel and points I’ll take the latter every time, even if it means I still have to work for a living.

      I’m not likely to add CC links here, mostly because that’s not what the blog is about and it doesn’t make sense to me to do that. If I’m going to be into that angle then I will go into it full bore; I try not to do too many things half-assed and this would definitely fall into that category. I do have ads on my tools site and one of them is currently a CreditKarma link with a bunch of CCs behind it. I don’t think that the Ink deals were included in that bu other cards are there, even some of the good deals from time to time. Some people click on that ad the same way people click on other ads on the internet, which is to say not all that often but it adds up over time.

      As for the percentage being so high, I think it probably is. If there isn’t other news (and I disagree that there isn’t any, though I can see how some of it might be seen as more marginal) then I just don’t write anything that day. Yeah, I suppose that hurts my overall readership numbers in the end but I appreciate the people who are reading and the opportunity I have to help them travel more and travel better. That’s what this is about for me. And I think that’s what it was about for a lot of writers 2-5 years ago. The changes in the past couple years have been marked and, to me, quite ugly.

  39. I am definitely not one of the ‘haters’, and I find post about credit cards to often be useful. Frankly, I love a summary of what the best cards are and which bonuses are historical highs. But… And this is a big But, I’m getting sick of reading so much about the chase cards. We all know about the ink cards. They are great if you have a business. I’m not going to forget that the bonus is 10,000 higher than usual. So, tell me once (definitely justified), maybe even remind me while giving some great ideas on redemptions. But that’s enough. Especially since we hear about the inks all the time anyway. So all we need to know is that the bonus is increased. To me it’s maybe more worth while to mention the other two “lesser known” inks. Since maybe a lot of people have the bold and plus already?
    It’s not the volume of credit card posts that’s boring me, it’s that the percentage is so high. Maybe there’s not a lot of other news in the travel/points community right now? But there’s a whole lot more I’d rather be learning from people like Gary, who really are experts in this area (although it’s unfair to name Gary as my one example because there really is a good deal of other interesting and useful information on his site even if some of it is a little too political for my tastes when reading a travel blog)

  40. You have to take the good with the bad. There are a lot blogs out there that will do anything, say anything to hype their affiliate credit card links…some of them even have some nice content that doesn’t have affiliate links all throughout it. As long as the affiliate links remain we’ll continue to see them say or do anything to get you to go through their links. I just look at those posts and laugh…. Kind of like an experiment in ‘how low will people go’ for a little cash.

  41. Totally agree. I thought that if I saw another Ink Bold post I just might jump off a cliff. Enough already.

    1. Indeed, Stacey, it wasn’t in the export I produced because it wasn’t posted yet. Make it 81 posts and 41 bloggers. 😉

  42. Thanks for focusing on this, Seth. I’m so tired of the crap that’s peddled through the blogosphere as to “If you pay your neighbor’s kid $20 to mow your lawn, that means you have a legitimate business and should sign up for this card!”

    Thanks for standing your ground!

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