On This Page:
- Our Favorite Chase Business Card
- Why We Love Chase Business Ink Cards
- The Three Chase Business Ink Cards For Side Hustlers
- How To Maximize The Odds Of Approval
Some of the best travel rewards cards recommended by ChooseFI are three Chase cards that many people think they don’t qualify for.
But they do!
Our Favorite Chase Business Card…
We love the Ink Business Cash Credit Card because it has no annual fee. Spend $7,500 in purchases in the first three months and you'll earn a $750 bonus–which will show up in your account as 75,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
This card is billed as a cash back card but it actually earns Ultimate Rewards points which don't have to be redeemed for cash. (They can be, they just don't have to be.) You can also transfer those Ultimate Rewards points over to another premium Chase card to add them to any points you've already accrued. They do not have to be used for business travel.
And then there is the 5% Cash Back (again, you can get even better value by redeeming for travel instead of cash) when you use it to pay for your mobile and internet expenses.
3 ways to get the most value from your points
How to get GOOD value from the 75,000 points
Redeem them for $750 cash. That's a pretty good trade if you don't have the time or interest to get better value by using the point for travel rewards.
How to get BETTER value from the 75,000 points
Transfer the points to a Chase premium travel card (Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Business Preferred, or a Chase Sapphire Reserve), then use the 25%-50% extra bonus when you use the points to book travel on the Chase Travel Portal.
How to get GREAT value from the 75,000 points
The most value you'll probably get is to transfer your points to a Chase premium travel card (see above), then transfer those points to a partner program such as:
Why We Love Chase Business Ink cards
Besides the generous bonuses and versatility and value of the Chase Ultimate Rewards points, there are two other things we love about the Chase Business Ink cards.
- You can apply for more than one if you have more than one side hustle business.
- These business cards do not add to your 5/24 number. This is an important yardstick that Chase uses to decide if it would even process your application. If you have had five or more credit card applications in the last 24 months, your application will be declined.
To find out more about the Chase 5/24 rule, as well as how to maximize the value of your Chase Ultimate Rewards points, check out our free travel course.
Anyone With A Side Hustle Can Apply
Don’t let the “Business” in the cards’ name throw you off. These are great cards to have in your wallet, and most people in the FI community will qualify for it.
If you have any kind of side hustle you can apply for a business credit card. That means even if you have an Airbnb, drive for Uber or Lyft, rent your vehicle on Turo or Maven, or deliver for InstarCart and Doordash, do any freelance work at all, you can get one or more of these cards.
Naturally, everyone’s own situation may be different, but if you have a new-ish side hustle business, you probably should use your Social Security Number to apply for this card.
Business Credit Cards Don't Count Against 5/24
One fantastic benefit of a business card that man people don't realize is that they don't count against your 5/24 with Chase.
Chase has a program that only allows you to sign up for five cards every 24 months–commonly referred to as the 5/24 rule. But business cards don't count as one of your five! So even if you have maxed out your five cards you can still apply for a business card.
The Three Chase Business Ink Cards For Side Hustlers:
- Spend $7,500 on purchases within the first three months of opening account and earn a $750 cash back bonus.
- For each account, earn 5% cash back on the purchases from office supply stores, internet, cable, and phone services. Combined purchases on the first $25,000 per year.
- For each account, earn 2% cash back on purchases from gas stations and restaurants, up to the first $25,000 per year.
- 1% cash back on all other purchases. Unlimited.
- Employee cards at no additional cost.
- No Annual Fee.
- Get 100,000 bonus points when you spend $15,000 in the first three months. And when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards, that's $1,250 you can use towards travel.
- For each $1 spent, earn 3 points for the first $150,000 (per year) when spent on travel and certain business categories.
- For all other purchases, each $1 spent is one point earned. Unlimited.
- By redeeming points through Chase Ultimate Rewards, you receive 25% more in value per point.
- As long as the account is open, points do not expire. You can redeem points for cash back, travel, gift cards, and more.
- No foreign transaction fees.
- Employee cards at no additional cost.
- $95 Annual Fee.
- Spend $7,500 on purchases within the first three months of the opening account and earn $750 Bonus cash back.
- For every business purchase, earn 1.5% cash back. Unlimited.
- No Annual Fee.
How To Maximize The Odds Of Approval
If your side hustle business is pretty new, it will not have a seasoned credit history, which means the approval decision would depend on your personal credit history, so you'll want to apply for the card using your social security number.
We love these cards because all three of the Chase Ink Business cards have great sign up bonuses which will earn you Chase Ultimate Rewards point that can be transferred to your personal accounts.
The Ink Business Cash Credit Card and the Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card both have no annual fee, while the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card has a low $95 annual fee.
And don't think you have to have a brick and mortar business in order to qualify for a business card. Anyone with a side hustle, no matter how small, can apply.