There was plenty of noise about Amazon exiting their co-brand relationship with Chase Visa, but the matter is now settled. A breakup would have disrupted an excellent relationship.
A press release today announced:
Chase today announced a multi-year extension of the co-branded Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature credit card. The extension reinforces the more than two-decades-long commitment between Chase and Amazon to provide cardmembers the ultimate in rewards, benefits, and customer service.
“When we first introduced the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature credit card, we were excited to add even more value to Prime by offering rewards on Amazon and everywhere else customers shopped,” explained Max Bardon, Vice President at Amazon. “We look forward to continuing our work with Chase and its technology and capabilities to enable this seamless, benefit-added payment option to Amazon customers.”
If you are a consumer attempting to offset inflation, these days, co-branded cards are an excellent way to do it. While you cannot likely match the 8% inflation rate in today’s U.S. market, a few good maneuvers can ease the pain of rising inflation. For example, the Chase Amazon card is a best-in-class option for any retail purchase you require. With 5% back, and a prime membership, you can function like inflation is at pre-Covid levels and absorb a net-inflation impact of 3%.
There are ways to address other verticals. For example, with the Amex Blue Preferred card, you can reduce the impact of risking groceries by 6%. The Citi Custom Cash card is sweet if you look for savings at the gas pump, with their predictive rewards. Bank of America has excellent options, as does Wells Fargo and Discover.
If you are looking to max out rewards, the critical issue is to look at your expenses and make sure you are with the latest and greatest program. Even 10% inflation does not feel bad when your credit card company returns 5% or 6% on your purchases. In addition, consumers must not fall into the revolving trap – never do rewards if you can not pay the balance each month, or the model quickly turns against you.
Back to Amazon. According to CNBC, American Express was a threat to the Chase renewal. That is certainly no surprise, and though it would seem to have been a substantial opportunity for Capital One, which has shown a significant commitment to co-brands since winning Walmart from Synchrony. And Barclaycard might have been an option. And Citi, of course, never sleeps.
As a heavy Amazon user, it is great to see the relationship re-upped. And, you can be sure that Jamie had his eyes on this one.
Overview by Brian Riley, Director, Credit Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group