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There’s no quicker and easier way to earn a large amount of miles quickly than with a new credit card.
There are a bunch of new – and very big – credit card signup bonus offers out there, and some limited-time bonuses. This list is mostly new over the past 6 months. There’s a six figure bonus even, and we’ve seen some 60,000 and 70,000 point offers end while there are new 60,000 and 100,000 offers as well.
Here are the cards I consider to have the very best signup bonus offers right now:
- Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card has an 80,000 point signup bonus after $5000 spend within 3 months. That can even be enough for a roundtrip business class award ticket between the US and Europe. (Chase points are super valuable because they transfer directly to a variety of airlines and hotels.)
It earns 3 points per dollar on travel — that’s airlines, hotels, rental cars, tolls, even Uber — and 3 points per dollar on shipping and advertising on social media and search engines, so great for anyone who advertises on Facebook or Twitter, or who spends money advertising with Google. It also comes with $600 protection against theft or damage when you use it to buy your cell phone. ‘5/24’ applies.
- 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.
With a $0 annual fee the first year, then $95, I suggest that as the number on card to get started with in miles and points. Get Sapphire Reserve later, perhaps, the card’s annual fee makes this the one to get first.
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, certainly for getting started in the hobby, and with a great signup bonus.
The card earns two points on travel and dining at restaurants and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide. The card has an introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95.
Transfer Points and Redeem for Singapore Airlines A380 Suites
Since in general Chase doesn’t approve this card for folks who have signed up for 5 or more new card accounts in the past 24 months, it’s the first card you should apply for.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve Card 50,000 point signup bonus after $4000 spend within 3 months; triple points on travel and dining; Priority Pass Select membership with free guests; $300 travel credit make this new Visa Infinite card from Chase with a $450 annual fee the most exciting new entrant of the year. It’s not my link, I don’t have a direct link to the card, the content doesn’t come from Chase and they don’t review it. 5/24 applies.
- British Airways Visa Signature® Card was the first US credit card I’m aware of to ever offer a 100,000 point bonus in 2009.
Their big bonus is back, and it’s structured as follows (offer expired): 50,000 after $3,000 spend on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening; 25,000 after $10,000 total spend on purchases within your first year of account opening — for a total of 75,000 bonus Avios ($7000 additional spend on top of the first $3000 for 50,000 Avios.); an additional 25,000 after a total of $20,000 spend within your first year from account opening — for a total of 100,000 bonus Avios.
Chase’s 5/24 reportedly does not apply. And there have been reports the offer will be pulled soon so you may consider jumping on it.
British Airways First Class
- Barclaycard AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red World Elite Mastercard® 60,000 American Airlines miles after first purchase, $95 annual fee.
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® 75,000 bonus miles after spending $7,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.(offer expired)
The card comes with Admirals Club membership and lets you earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles after $40,000 spend in a year. That’s why I have the card.
You also get priority check-in, screening, and boarding as well as first checked bag free on domestic itineraries (benefits apply to up to 8 travel companions on the same reservation as well). And there’s a $100 statement credit for Global Entry TSA PreCheck.
- The Platinum Card® from American Express offers 60,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months with the card.
It’s also the card with the best benefits. The value proposition here is airline lounges and elite status. It comes with Hilton Gold, Starwood Gold (matches to Marriot Gold), and National Car Rental Executive status. It gets you into Centurion lounges, Delta lounges (when flying Delta), and gives you a Priority Pass card for lounge access. There’s a $200 airline fee credit, and an Uber credit up to $200. The card earns 5 points per dollar on purchases made directly with airlines. And this $550 annual fee card is now metal.
- Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card The signup bonus for this card lets you earn 80,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. You can also earn 7,500 bonus points for adding an authorized user to the account and making a purchase within the same 3 month period. Now that Marriott points transfer to Starwood, it’s the biggest offer for Starwood points as well. The card gives you a Category 1-5 hotel free night stay every year after your account anniversary date, and 15 elite night credits just for having the product.
Starwood’s Al Maha Desert Resort – Base Room is a Standalone Villa With Private Pool
- Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN offers 50,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 spend on purchases with the card within your first 3 months of cardmembership.
- Citi Prestige Card 75,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $7,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. There’s a $250 air travel credit which makes the card’s $450 annual fee go down much easier. The key benefit of the card is 4th night free on hotel bookings.
- Cathay Pacific Visa Signature® card 50,000 AsiaMiles after $2500 spend within 90 days. $95 annual fee.
Interestingly the card offers 1.5 AsiaMiles per dollar on foreign transactions and no foreign transaction fees, so a good card for living abroad and using a US-based credit card. You also get entry level Green status in Marco Polo Club (Cathay Pacific’s elite status program) for one year.