Earn More Miles By Adding Small Business Cards to Your Wallet

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Small business credit cards often have bigger and better offers than personal cards. That’s because small businesses spend more than individual people do on average. Acquiring a business as a customer means more spend, which means a card company can invest more marketing to obtain the customer.

Furthermore, small business cards from most issuers don’t generally ‘count’ towards 5/24 limits getting approved for a new card with Chase since most banks don’t report them on your credit report. So getting most small business travel rewards cards usually won’t stand in the way of getting other cards.

Right now there are some fantastic offers worth looking at. Most people skip over small business credit cards, but one of the very first things you should think about before you even have business income is how to keep business and personal finances separate — in other words, get a small business credit card. Here are what I consider to be the 5 best:

  1. Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card offers 80,000 points after $5000 spend within 3 months and earns triple points on the first $150,000 spend on travel, telecommunications, shipping and advertising on social-media and search engines. It even comes with protection for your cell phone if you buy it using the card.

    Most customers need to have had fewer than 5 new cards in the last 24 months to be approved for this one.

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  2. The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN lets you earn 75,000 Membership Rewards points as a signup bonus: 50,000 after you spend $10,000 and 25,000 more points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.

    The $450 card comes with a $200 airline fee credit. It gets you lounge access — Priority Pass, Delta lounges when flying Delta same-day, and their own Centurion lounges. And it gets you elite status — Hilton Gold and Starwood Gold which matches to Marriott Gold.

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    You get to pick an airline for a $200 fee credit per year and get 10 Gogo inflight internet passes annually.

    You earn 1.5 points per dollar on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more up to 1 million additional points per year.

  3. Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express is offering 25,000 points after $5,000 spend within the first 3 months.It has a $0 introductory annual fees for the first year, then $95. (Offer expired)

    The business card also gets you club lounge access when staying at Sheraton hotels on a rate booking directly through Starwood (this includes award bookings).

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  4. Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN: earn 50,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 spend on purchases with the card within your first 3 months of cardmembership. There’s a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175.

    You get to choose your triple points category (and the categories you don’t choose earn double points) from: Airfare purchased directly from airlines; U.S. purchases for advertising in select media; U.S. purchases at gas stations; U.S. purchases for shipping; U.S. computer hardware, software, and cloud computing purchases made directly from select providers.

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  5. Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express has no annual fee and earns double points on all purchases up to your first $50,000 in spend (one point per dollar after that).

    These are real Membership Rewards points that transfer to a variety of airline frequent flyer programs.

    This is the best most rewarding card for otherwise-unbonused spend.

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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  1. Gary, do most of your readers own their own businesses? I keep seeing posts saying “get the small business cards, fools!”, but for a W2 employee, this is really a nonstarter.

  2. For the person that smells the rat, this is about points collection not cash collection. For some that is perfect, for me the reason I like this blog is to learn about how to maximize points.

    @Gary- I already have most of these, I made a mistake and purchased an iPhone with the Gold because of the extra points I got with the electronics option on the card. I then lost the phone in Europe and did not have the coverage the Platinum or centurion card provide, I no longer use the gold card.

    The other main reason to have a business card, the spend does not impact your credit report, I have begun moving all of my spend to business cards, in fact I have a personal and business SPG card, Amex let me move part of the credit limit to the business card as I phase it out.

    I am looking for another good Chase card to get for business, I already have two Ink cards to maximize the spend at office supply stores for the 5 points per dollar.

  3. Chase Ink cash earn cash that can be converted to Ultimate Rewards points if you have one of their other participating cards

  4. Boy Leonard you just STRAIGHT schooled me. If only our thought leader could clean up the discrepancy between your insights and mine.

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