Chase 5/24 Rule Plus 10 Other Things to Know


If you have any Chase cards or want to get some (which you should) it’s a good idea to be aware of some rules and other tidbits of information. Most notably is the Chase 5/24 rule. The Chase 5/24 rules is that Chase will not approve you for any of their credit cards if you have opened more than 5 cards across any bank in a 24 month period. Being an authorized user can also count against the Chase 5/24 rule.

It is important to be aware of this rule so you can plan your credit card applications strategically. Because of this rule, most people like to start their credit card points and miles journey by signing up for Chase cards first.

Most business cards won’t be counted towards your Chase 5/24. Capital One, Discover, and TD Bank business cards are the exception and WILL count towards your 5/24.

10 Other Things to Know:

  1. You might not be approved for more than one Chase personal and business card in a 30-day period.
  2. You can get the signup bonus on a card more than one time. To do this, you can’t currently hold the card, and it has to be over 24 months since you last earned a bonus on that card. For example, to receive a bonus on the Hyatt card again, I would need to cancel that card and wait 24 months from when I last received a signup bonus before reapplying. The Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cards are the exceptions to this. The waiting period on these cards is 48 months. It IS possible to hold more than one Ink Business card simultaneously.
  3. You can’t have both a Chase Sapphire Preferred and a Chase Sapphire Reserve, and you can only have one personal Southwest card at a time.
  4. If the sign-up bonus increases within 90 days of applying for a card, you can call or message Chase and ask to be matched to the new, higher bonus. Historically, people had better results with this in the past than they have recently.
  5. If you get denied for a card, you can call the Chase reconsideration line. The reconsideration number for personal cards is 888-270-2127. For business credit cards, call 800-453-9719. It is really important to find out why. Usually, it is a simple fix.
  6. If you are denied because the bank is already lending you too much credit, you can ask to borrow from one of your other Chase cards.
  7. In a rush to get your new card? You can call and ask Chase to expedite it. This won’t cost you anything. They can’t expedite co-branded cards but they will expedite Chase Sapphire, Freedom, and Ink cards.
  8. Chase offers a great referral program for many of their cards. Referrals are a great way to give your points balance a boost. To see if your Chase card offers referral bonuses, check here.
  9. Chase allows you to product change to a different card within the same family. For example, you could downgrade your Chase Ink Business Preferred to the Chase Ink Cash. This is helpful if you want to get rid of an annual fee or reduce it.
  10. Chase will reimburse you your annual fee if, after holding the card for the first year, you cancel your card after the annual fee hits within a statement or two.


Bottom Line

Chase Bank issues some of our favorite cards, so it important to know about the Chase 5/24 rule. You want to take a long, hard look at their cards before you move on to other issuers because once you are over 5/24, Chase will not approve you for their cards until you get under the 5/24 rule.


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  1. Rachel says:

    If I downgrade a Chase credit card (for example the Chase Sapphire Preferred) to then reapply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred to get the signup bonus again, does that downgrade and/or upgrade count toward the 5/24 rule?

  2. Jessica says:

    If I downgrade a Chase card (e.g., Chase Ink Business Preferred to one with no annual fee), do I loose any points?

    • Pam says:

      You are fine as long as you have a card that earns Ultimate Rewards. However, you need that card or a CSP or CSR to use your points for transfer partners or in the portal. If the card you downgrade to is the only card that earns Ultimate Rewards, it will essentially be a cash-back card. I would not downgrade if I didn’t have one of the other cards.

  3. Overworked Liz says:

    Hi Pam. I just got the Ink Bus Cash for my FIRST card. I saw after that fact that I need a CSP, CSR, or Chase Ink Bus Pref. to be able to transfer those points to use in the portal and not just cash rewards. So question is – Can those “cash back” rewards sit tight on my Ink Bus Cash card until I get a CSP or similar to transfer them to. Or do I need that CSP card to be active and linked NOW.
    You’re so helpful Thank you!

    • Pam says:

      They can just hangout until you get the CSP – we think it’s smart with the higher SuBS to do the Biz Ink first right now so you are doing it right!

  4. Abby says:

    I have the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Southwest card as my main cards and have had them both for 3 plus years. Just discovered the travel mom squad and just applied for the Chase Ink Business preferred. Is it worth downgrading the Sapphire Reserve to the Sapphire Preferred so that I can reapply in the future? This is my favorite card. If I did this, how long would I wait to reapply?

    • Pam says:

      You can’t have the Reserve and Preferred at the same time so downgrading wouldn’t make sense. You have to wait 48 months to reapply for these cards from when you got the signup bonus.

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