In today’s afternoon snack we got a sad note. We will be seeing the end of the Freedom $200 offer on Monday 4/16.
It seems like only yesterday when I broke the news about a sleuth of Zombie Chase apps of $350 and a couple of $300 Freedom bonus offers. Now we are left with the lower $200 offer but even this is now going away.
Freedom is Gone
Let the rampant speculation begin: Will they be offering a higher bonus alongside a new promotion or, as we have seen in their Sapphire Card, is it just another bonus downgrade bummer?
I can’t say and I all I know for sure is that the offer is being pulled from my site. I do not know what the reason is and I don’t know what or when the next offer will be announced.
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I think we will still see some zombie offers for these cards but I am not sure any of them will be for higher bonus offers. That is too much speculating and I can’t guarantee it will happen.
Based on how quickly the last herd of zombie app’s were shut down we may now see a stronger Chase, cracking down on those types of apps.
Ink Bold Speculation
Chase.com now has the Ink Bold at a 50k bonus after $10k in spend, doubling the current spend requirement on my ads.
There is much buzz around the blogs, and not good buzz, because the 50k bonus is further broken down into 25k increments.
One set of 25k is awarded after your first purchase and the second set is after meeting the $10k spend requirement.
I can’t make assumptions like that but it does seem Chase is both lowering their bonus offers across their cards and/or increasing their spend requirements. Even when they are on a limited time basis i.e. British Airways cards
But we can still be careful and guard ourselves against the coming Chase-pocalypse 2012! The Mayans were right, how could we be so ignorant.
*Remove tongue from cheek*
I think there will still be plenty of bonus offers in our futures but the spend requirements will continue to be a bit tougher than in years past and the offers may be a bit off their highs.
But we have been in a huge boom-era for miles/points so a bit of a pullback is a good thing. This way we can avoid an industry wide implosion and slowly roll back to more sustainable levels of miles and points offers.