Can I Get a Business Credit Card?


Without a doubt, if you can get a business credit card, you will get more credit card points and miles for travel. When you first think about business credit cards, you may think that only thriving, “real” businesses can get a business credit card. Not so. The question, “can I get a business credit card?” is probably a more straightforward “yes!” than you would initially think. Listen to more on our podcast episode about business cards here.


Pros of Business Cards

Here are some of the reasons you will want to consider getting a business card if you are planning to be in the points and miles game for the long haul:

  • Business cards do not count against your 5/24 status.
  • Your stockpile of points/miles will really grow when you can also get business cards.


Cons of Business Cards

  • A higher minimum spend is usually required. This makes the holidays, vacation travel payments when you don’t have enough points/miles, or a time when you have to make a big purchase (tires, dental expenses, medical expenses, etc.) the perfect time to get one.
  • Sometimes they are harder to get approvals for, and you may need to send in additional information, but it is usually as simple as an address or social security verification. Recently, with the offer change on the Chase Ink Preferred, we have seen an unprecedented amount of approvals.



Purchasing new tires is a great time to open up a business credit card.

Can I Get a Business Card?

Yes, you can! You don’t need that huge business to get a business credit card. Here are some ideas for businesses that you might not have thought of that you could count as a business, and NOW is the time to start a new business.

  • Selling items on Facebook Marketplace or eBay
  • Babysitting
  • Dog Walking
  • MLM sales
  • Blogger
  • Social media influencer
  • Consulting
  • Tutoring
  • Rental Properties
  • Personal Shopper
  • Etsy Shop
  • Reselling Items
  • Lyft or Uber driver
  • Photographer


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Have you always wanted to start a blog? That new business could get you a business credit card!


How to Apply for a Business Credit Card

We have a whole post on how to apply for a business credit card.  I usually apply for an EIN (Employee Identification Number). It is free from the IRS and gives my business more credibility (in my mind, anyway). It takes 5 minutes to apply for, and you receive it immediately if you want to go that route.

You can also apply with your Social Security number as a sole proprietor. Many people go that route.


Meeting Business Card Minimum Spend

People often wonder about putting personal expenses on business cards, which we do all the time to meet minimum spend! It does say on the T&C to use them for business expenses only, so do what you feel comfortable with. We have had no issues in our experiences.

We have also had many readers who are accountants say that it is fine. I do keep my actual business expenses on a spreadsheet for tax purposes to help at tax time.


Great Business Credit Cards

It will be no surprise to you that our favorite business credit cards earn Ultimate Rewards. We love the flexibility of this currency, so we are always trying to earn more. Without a doubt, the Chase Ink Business Cards are the ones I’d apply for first. Here are how you can use those points for flights or hotel stays.

Here are some other great credit cards that I recommend. They have higher annual fees, but the benefits often reduce that amount. I would also recommend business cards from your favorite airlines.


Bottom Line

People are always asking us how we get so many points/miles to use for all of our travels. Business credit cards are a huge reason that we have so many points/miles to use. If you are wanting to travel with a family, they can really increase your stockpile quickly. NOW is the time to apply for your first business card!

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  1. Kiley says:

    Can you downgrade business cards or do you cancel those after a year to be able to sign up for them again?

    • Pam says:

      We keep the ones with no annual fees until we can sign up for them again – 24 months between getting the bonus. We keep the ones with an annual fee open at LEAST a year.

  2. Veronica says:

    I understand that business cards don’t count against your 5/24, but do I still have to be under 5/24 to get approved?

    • Pam says:

      You will need to be under 5/24 to be approved for a Chase Business Card but can apply for business cards from other issuers while you are over 5/24.

  3. Natalie says:

    Is there any legality around using your expenses on your business card? Or do all purchases (in regard to reaching your minimum spend and beyond) on your business card have to be specifically “business” related?

    • Pam says:

      You can put personal expenses on your business card. We do all the time. We just keep a separate spreadsheet for business expenses for when we file taxes. However, most people will not have enough business expenses that they need to even do that. The important thing is to report your business expenses, not that you are putting personal expenses on your business card.

  4. Fernanda says:

    You influenced me! just got my Ink Business preferred. Are we not worried about the big “ Business Transactions Only” note on the bottom of the page the card comes in?

  5. Janet says:

    I opened my first business card on June 17 this year. It is a Chase Ink Business Cash. After listening to your recent podcast, I realized I have another “business.” Since it’s a different business, can I apply for another Chase business card now or do I need to wait a few months?

    • Pam says:

      I don’t have an exact answer on that – it varies from person to person. If it was me, I’d probably give it a try or wait a few more weeks. But definitely not months.

  6. Julia M says:

    if you were to get just one…the chase ink business preferred or the unlimited, which one would you get? and why? thank you!! love following you ladies

    • Pam says:

      If I didn’t have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, I’d get the Business Preferred for the ability to transfer points. If I was choosing between one of the 90K offers, I’d get the Chase Ink Business Cash.

  7. Christine says:

    Hi! To reapply for the card after 24 months, do you have to cancel the card first or simply reapply?

  8. Jodi says:

    Do you have to report your business on your taxes for it to be “real” according to the credit card company?

    • Pam says:

      The credit card companies and the IRS don’t talk to each other. So, nope! I report business earnings on my personal account.

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