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So the Chase Sapphire preferred card was one of the first credit cards that I got as part of my first ever credit card churn. It was 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards, which are one of my favorite rewards currencies to have since they transfer to several different programs (like Southwest, United, and many more)
Recently I signed up for the Chase Freedom card when they doubled the signup bonus to 20,000 points. My plan there was to get the signup bonus on the Freedom, and then cancel the Sapphire and transfer the credit limit over to the Freedom.
That all went according to plan, and my Sapphire card was canceled, with the $95 annual fee being refunded.
Destroying the card
That left me with a new problem. I was doing a bit of cleanup today around the house and took the time to destroy the credit cards that are no longer open, including the Sapphire.
All went fine with my Citi Aadvantage card (got a replacement card in the mail), and my Starwood card, as well as a local store rewards card (I just look it up with my phone number). But then I took the scissors to my Chase Sapphire Preferred card and… it was not good! 🙂
Clearly the scissors were no match. Which makes sense, since it’s a metal card. So that got me wondering, well how DO you destroy it?
Captain Google to the rescue!
So I went to my first resource for just about everything – the Internet. A quick Googling yielded a few tidbits:
- Scissors obviously don’t work
- Shredders also are no go
- One site suggested that you could call Chase and get a postage paid envelope to send it back in
- Rene at Delta Points suggested tin snips
- Don’t try to burn it
So what do you think?
I ended up going with the tin snips which seemed to do the trick.
Have you ever had to destroy a metal card? How did you do it?