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The Chase “Pay Yourself Back” feature has been live since May 3t. In the past, I have always cashed in my Ultimate Rewards Points through my Chase Sapphire Reserve card and used them for travel to maximize my redemption value. This new feature has changed the equation for those Ultimate Rewards points and I recently took advantage.

What is “Pay Yourself Back?”

The Pay Yourself Back feature within Ultimate Rewards provides cardholders the option to apply points to pay for all or a portion of existing purchases in select categories. When doing this, cardholders will get paid back with a statement credit. It launched for Sapphire Reserve and Preferred cardmembers on May 31st. Points are worth 50% or 25% more, respectively when redeemed for everyday purchases in the initial categories. These include grocery stores, home improvement stores, and dining. Dining is a broad category that includes restaurants, takeout, and eligible delivery services. An interesting note on the press release states that “Chase will introduce other cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points to the Pay Yourself Back feature over time”. Hopefully, this means the Freedom and Ink cards will be added down the road.

How Does it Work?

The process is extremely simple and can be done in 4 easy steps. Here is what you have to do.

Should I Do This?

Given that the value of redeeming points in the Pay Yourself Back categories are now equal to travel redemptions, it makes more sense than ever to use this new option. We recently booked a family trip to Nicaragua. The accommodations were not able to be paid for with points. However, in a roundabout way, we were able to cover the cost of our rental. We used Ultimate Rewards Points and the Pay Yourself Back feature to cover recent grocery purchases that were equal to the cost of the home. Therefore, we were able to funnel cash that would normally be spent on groceries to covering the cost of our rental! I think I will probably continue to use this option in the future to maximize the redemption value of my Ultimate Rewards points.

Chase Continues to Lead

Anytime a rewards program offers flexibility and increased value it is a big win for consumers. Chase is already the premier rewards program for points and miles enthusiasts and this new program addition increases their lead. Let’s hope some other programs add some new benefits to compete.

Are you planning to take advantage of the new Pay Yourself Back feature? Let us know in the comments below!


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