Chase 5/24 Official Language
Oh Chase Sapphire Reserve. You have given us so many ups and down over the past few weeks. Now you are a trendsetter in a new way and I suppose you should be given that you are Chase’s flagship card.
The 5/24 RULE
Update: Since this was published Chase has removed the 5/24 language from their app, although the rule is seemingly still being enforced.
For anyone new to credit cards, Chase has had an unofficial policy or rule for over a year called 5/24. Basically they will deny your application if you have opened 5 or new revolving credit accounts in the past 24 months. Up until now it wasn’t in writing anywhere, but that changed recently on the Chase Sapphire Reserve application.
There it is in writing. 5/24 in all of its glorious sadness. What is quite interesting is they use the term “bank cards” when they have been applying this rule to any sort of revolving account. I am not sure if the enforcement will change or if this is simply just the way they chose to put it in writing.
Why This Is Good
You may think I am crazy, but this is actually a very good move from Chase. I am sure there have been quite a few people over 5/24 who have been denied unknowingly for this card and others. At least this way Chase is giving you fair warning up front that they will deny you. I think it is fair and while I don’t like the rule, at least Chase is being a bit more honest and hopefully this will prevent a few unnecessary hard inquiries.
As far as I can tell, the two known ways for avoiding 5/24 (in-branch preapprovals and Chase Private Client) are still working, although time will tell on that. Of course the in-branch application may not have this language so that isn’t a huge surprise. For more on avoiding 5/24 with the Sapphire Reserve and other cards, see: Chase Preapproved & Prequalified Offers: The Difference, Avoiding 5/24 & Becoming a 2 Sapphire Reserve Household!
Other Cards Without Language
Despite the fact that Chase has been known to apply 5/24 to all other cards in the Ultimate Rewards family (Sapphire Preferred, Freedom, Freedom Unlimited, Ink Cash, Ink Plus), as of now this new language can only be found on the Sapphire Reserve application. This is why I use “Sort Of” in the title. It isn’t official everywhere. If Chase is going to continue to apply 5/24 to these cards, I would expect them to make it official on their apps as well.
Well, we knew that 5/24 was a reality already given the numerous data points and Chase has now officially confirmed it. Things of course change over time, so what is a rule now may not be later. In the mean time, this new language doesn’t change much of what we know and I for one am happy that at least it is in writing.
HT: Doctor of Credit