Here are the Very Best Credit Card Signup Offers Out Right Now

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There are a bunch of new – and very big – credit card signup bonus offers out there, and some limited-time bonuses that are ending soon.

So far in 2016 we’ve gotten best-ever (or tied for best-ever) offers from several hotel programs. We’re also now seeing a bit of aggressiveness from the co-brand cards for all four of the largest US airlines. So despite banks’ apparent attempts to no longer wanting to hand out bonuses willy nilly, we’ve seeing a window of real generosity.

Here are the 9 personal cards I consider to have the very best signup bonus offers right now:

  1. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card lets you earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards® — but don’t do that because points transfers are better.

    Points transfer to United, Hyatt, Southwest, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, Air France KLM, Marriott Rewards, IHG Rewards Club, and Ritz-Carlton. Probably the best all-around credit card, and with a great signup bonus.

    In the first quarter of 2002 Chase dropped the card from 50,000 points to 40,000 points. Now it’s back at 50 — but really 55,000 with the no fee addition of an authorized user. That’s huge for one of the best all-around cards, earning one of the best all-around points currencies, and that earns those points quickly.

    You can earn another 5,000 bonus points when you add your first authorized user to the account and make a purchase in the same 3 months from account opening.

    The card earns 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide. The card has an introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95. Here are 10 things I love about the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. I carry this card in my wallet.

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    Transfer Points and Redeem for Singapore Airlines A380 Suites

    Since in general they don’t appear to be approving folks who have signed up for several cards recently, it’s the first card you should apply for. Here are the 8 best uses of the points you’ll earn.

  2. Citi Prestige offers 50,000 points after $3000 spend within 3 months. This is a $450 card, but gives you a $250 airline credit (which can be used on airfare, and earned twice during your first cardmember year if you apply now) and a $100 global entry credit. (Offer expired)

    Points can be used to buy paid tickets on American at 1.6 cents apiece or transferred to miles with several airline programs. Here are 15 things I love about Citi Prestige Card. I carry this card in my wallet.

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    Etihad First Class. This card’s points transfer directly to programs like Etihad Guest which has some amazing values

    The benefits are worth thousands of dollars. It’s worth jumping on.

    The card comes with American Airlines lounge access (when flying American) and a Priority Pass Select card (with unlimited visits and 2 free guests). And 3 free rounds of golf per year, too, and 4th night free on hotels.

  3. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card is back offering 50,000 points after $2000 in spending on purchases within 3 months of account opening. 50,000 points are worth $500 in gift cards, or can be worth over $700 in Southwest travel.

    The program has no change or redeposit fees on awards and offers a ‘companion pass’ — someone can travel with you for free whenever you travel whether you are traveling on paid tickets or on awards — after earning 110,000 points in a year and credit card spend and signup bonuses count towards this.

  4. Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® has an offer of 60,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening — just increased from 50,000. The card gets you an Admirals Club membership, and no additional fee authorized cardmembers get club access. I have this card. (offer expired)


    American Airlines Business Class Boeing 777-200 Zodiac Seat

  5. Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard® from Bank of America will give you up to 90,000 bonus miles based on spend and adding authorized users, although the full bonus requires $25,000 in spend and waiting a year. Since the card earns 1.5 miles per dollar spent, you’d net 127,500 miles if you max out the offer.

    However Virgin Atlantic miles are among the most challenging. Their partner awards require roundtrip travel, cannot be booked online, and incur fuel surcharges — and in my experience most agents are virtually unfamiliar with actually booking them. Their award chart is reasonable but fuel surcharges mitigate that benefit. And partners cannot be combined on a single ticket. This is a $90 annual fee card. Here’s my full analysis of the offer.

  6. Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has no annual fee and a limited-time offer of 75,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. (offer expired)

    The card comes with Silver status and a ‘fast track’ to Gold status (“four stays within your first 90 days of account opening or when you make $20,000 or more in purchases each calendar year”) and 10,000 bonus points at the end of each calendar year in which you spend $1,000 or more on stays within the Hilton Portfolio.


    The Base Level Room at the Conrad Koh Samui is a Standalone Ocean Villa With Private Pool

  7. IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card lets you earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. The bonus is enough for 2 nights at most IHG hotel properties (e.g. Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn) and as many as 12 nights for PointBreaks hotels.

    It also gives you a free night each year of card membership at over 4,900 hotels worldwide. The card comes with automatic platinum elite status and a 10% rebate on your redemptions and has a $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49.


    Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. Watch out with Chase if you refer someone. My mother finally (I’ve been pushing the card for her for years) wanted the Sapphire Preferred card and had a fairly immediate purchase but could wait a week for it. She called me, I sent her the referral and also sent one to me to see when it was received. She never got it. I never got it. But we waited patiently since Chase’s refer a friend site amazingly said it could take a week for the email to arrive. We host our own email server and never saw it hit any inbound queues, even to the spam filter. Finally she couldn’t wait any longer and applied for the card. She was approved and immediately called Chase to see about the referral bonus, she was told I’d need to call in. I called, they never took any of my mother’s info so I knew this would go nowhere. I got a letter in the mail telling me I wasn’t eligible for the bonus. I called back, the phone rep saw her approved application this time and said it was up to the marketing dept to decide, he sent it on. Another rejection letter with the explanation that, even though she’d not been referred by anyone else and even though they could see that she’d been approved, she hadn’t applied via a referral URL…I wasn’t eligible.

    Anyway, watch out for Chase. They’ll say they sent the referral email but they won’t send it. Then they won’t even be helpful in keeping loyal, referring customers happy. If my mother hadn’t already been approved I’d have told her to take her business elsewhere…

  2. I used to enjoy your original travel content but now over 50% of your post are some sort of credit card “push”…Best credit cards Today, of the month etc…
    Is this due to referral fees???
    Surely miss the oroginal content

  3. My wife stopped by a Chase branch today and was told the 70K Ink offer was a “special offer in May”. YMMV. She applied at the 60K level. A few months ago she got a Sapphire card using the same in-branch application technique.

  4. Gary,

    Interested in why you’re still going onto the AA exec card? I have 2 of these as remnants from the 100k bonus era and just converted one of them before the annual fee to a citi double cash card (no fee, no bonus if new app, and doesn’t kill verify to close it)

    Since there’s not much cash back benefit, the 10% rebate on miles exists on the lower fee card, you already have admirals through prestige. The only thing I can imagine as a separate benefit is the 10k eqm but is that worth $450 annual for folks who already have prestige and a lower fee aa platinum card?

  5. @Jed – I get American lounge access with Citi Prestige. I keep Citi Executive for the ability to spend $40k for 10k qualifying miles. Didn’t really need that this year, I’ve already hit Executive Platinum, but I always think I will need it and I’d rather spend for those qualifying miles than take time on a flight. [And I still believe I will need it next year especially as I become less loyal in choosing actual flights and I worry I couldn’t just get the card back, bonus aside, when I need it.]

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