Chase just added these new credit card benefits in 2018

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Chase just added these new credit card benefits in 2018
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Major credit card issuers Chase, Citi and Discover have been scaling back or even eliminating credit card benefits in recent months — things like price protection, car rental insurance and extended warranties.

With news of so many cutbacks, I contacted all three companies to see if they’re adding any benefits in 2018.

RELATED: Credit card issuers trim benefits: See who’s cutting what

Are Chase, Citi and Discover adding any credit card benefits this year? We asked them! 

Discover replied to my email and mentioned the free Social Security number alerts and new account alerts that have been available to customers for more than a year.

Meanwhile, Citi said they “don’t believe we have anything we can share at this time.”

But Chase actually had some new perks to tell us about! Read on for details on the big announcements that cardholders will want to take advantage of…

Upgrades to Chase Ultimate Rewards 

If you have a Chase Freedom, Sapphire or Ink credit card, you’re probably familiar with the Chase Ultimate Rewards platform. This is where you can redeem points for travel, cash back, gift cards, etc.

Chase confirmed to Clark.com that the following enhancements have been made and more are coming:

  1. New alliance with Expedia: Ultimate Rewards travel is now powered by Expedia, enabling cardholders to search and redeem for over a million flights, hotels, activities and more.
  2. JetBlue TrueBlue added as point transfer partner: Eligible cardmembers with Ultimate Rewards now have access to 13 airline and hotel loyalty programs for 1:1 point transfer.
  3. More gift card redemption options: There are more than 180 merchants to purchase gift cards through Ultimate Rewards with points or cash, including brands like Nordstrom, Macy’s, iTunes, Uber and Airbnb.

New Chase travel credit cards with new benefits

In addition to those upgrades to Ultimate Rewards, Chase told Clark.com that it has launched a handful of new credit cards (with annual fees) that include some new benefits. Here are the highlights:

Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card

  • 7,500 anniversary points
  • Up to 4 upgraded boardings per year
  • $75 Southwest annual travel credit
  • 20% back on in-flight purchases including drinks, Wi-Fi, messages and movies
  • No foreign transaction fees

World of Hyatt Credit Card

  • More bonus points including 9X points on Hyatt stays
  • One free night each anniversary year at a category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort
  • One additional free night at a category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after spending $15,000 in an anniversary year
  • No foreign transaction fees

United Explorer Card 

  • 2 miles per $1 spent on hotel stays
  • 2 miles per $1 spent on restaurants purchases
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check statement credit
  • 25% back on United in-flight purchases when using the card (includes Wi-Fi, food and beverages)

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card 

  • 6X points on purchases at participating Marriott hotels
  • 2X on all other purchases
  • Anniversary free night certificate
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status
  • No foreign exchange fees

IHG Rewards Club Premier Card

  • 10 IHG Rewards Club points per $1 spent at IHG hotels
  • 2 IHG Rewards Club points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
  • Anniversary free night at eligible hotel
  • Free reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • $100 Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check credit
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance
  • Purchase protection

This isn’t a comprehensive list of the benefits for each card, so I’ve provided links above for you to learn more about them.

But before you apply, read money expert Clark Howard’s credit card philosophy. Rewards credit cards, especially those with annual fees, only make sense if you pay off your balance every month.

RELATED: How to weigh the pros and cons of rewards credit cards 

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