The 12 Best Credit Card Signup Bonuses for August

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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. And before the holidays is the perfect time to get one, because it’s even easier than the rest of the year to meet the minimum spending required to earn signup bonuses.

Every month I post what I find are the best signup bonus offers out there. Over the past several months we’ve seen several new cards and new offers. Right now there’s incredible competition to get your attention and encourage you to sign up for very rich offers. How can we say no?

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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, JetBlue, 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.

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    Transfer Points and Redeem for Singapore Airlines

    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.

  3. CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®: 70,000 mile initial bonus after spending $4,000 within the first 4 months of account opening. This card has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $95). [Offer expired]

    Cardmembers receive one free checked bag and preferred boarding on American Airlines flights and a companion ticket after $30,000 in spend each year. The 60,000 point offer is gone from both the Citi and Barclays personal AAdvantage cards so I’m surprised to see this Citi bumping up their bonus to a best-ever offer.

  4. British Airways Visa Signature® Card is offering a signup bonus of up to 100,000 Avios:

      Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Earn an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you spend $10,000 total on purchases within your first year of account opening for a total of 75,000 bonus Avios. Earn a further 25,000 bonus Avios after you spend $20,000 total on purchases within your first year from account opening for a total of 100,000 bonus Avios.

    If you spend $30,000 in a calendar year to earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years which can double the value of your Avios on a single redemption for 2 people.

    Chase’s 5/24 reportedly does not apply. There are similar offers for the Aer Lingus and Iberia versions of this card.


    British Airways First Class

  5. Citi ThankYou® Premier Card recently had no signup bonus at all but is now offering 60,000 points after $4000 spend within your first 3 months of cardmembership.

    The card’s $95 annual fee is waived for the first 12 months. It earns triple points on travel including gas stations and double points on dining out and entertainment.

    Points transfer to a variety of airline frequent flyer programs (or can be used to purchase airfare directly at thankyou.com at 1.25 cents apiece). They can also be used for gift cards at 1 cent apiece.

  6. 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.


    American Express Points Transfer Directly to Etihad

  7. The World Of Hyatt Credit Card has a limited-time offer of up to 60,000 points with this card. You earn 40,000 points after $3000 in spend on purchases in the first 3 months from account open and an additional 20,000 points if you spend $6000 total within the first 6 months.

    And 60,000 points is enough for 2 free nights at any Hyatt hotel except for all-inclusive Miraval. (Or 12 nights at category 1 properties.)

    You receive a category 1-4 free night each year with your cardmember anniversary, and each year you spend $15,000 on the card you receive another category 1-4 free night. Most Hyatt properties fall into these categories.

    I have and am spending on the card to earn credit towards my elite status. The card comes with 5 elite nights an every $5000 spend earns an additional two elite night credits.


    Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica

  8. Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card has an offer to earn 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

    You earn 6,000 bonus points after your cardmember anniversary, a nice incentive to keep this $99 annual fee card.

    While you can no longer get two different personal Southwest cards, you may be approved for a personal and a small business card, the fasted way to a Southwest Companion Pass which is earned after 110,000 points in a year (credit card points including signup bonus points count).

  9. 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. 5/24 applies. Note this is not my referral link, information about the product is neither provided nor reviewed by its issuer.

  10. IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card has an initial bonus offer of 100,000 points after $3000 spend within 3 months and 5,000 points after you add your first authorized user and make a purchase in the first three months.

    The card comes with Platinum status, a free night after each account anniversary year, and a free reward night on points stays of 4 or more nights. (That’s better than the ‘5th night free’ from Starwood and from Hilton, and amounts to a 25% discount on four night award stays.)


    Intercontinental Singapore

  11. Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® is offering 75,000 miles after $7500 spend within the first 3 months of cardmembership. This card comes with American Airlines Club membership — and it offers authorized user cards at no additional annual fee. Authorized users get access to American Airlines clubs as well. $40,000 spend on purchases that post to your account during a calendar year earns 10,000 elite qualifying miles. The card’s annual fee is $450.

  12. Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® has an offer to earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $2500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

    There’s a $0 annual fee the first year, then $99. Cardmembers receive one free checked bag and preferred boarding on American Airlines flights.

Think there’s a card that belongs on this list but isn’t here, leave a comment!

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Comments

  1. I am surprised USB Altitude card isn’t listed. 50K points good for $750 in travel, which you can redeem for and then cancel. $400 annual fee, but you get $325 travel credit which you can double dip. Plus it is 4.5% back if use Samsung or Apple pay for your purchases.

    Basically, you get $1000 cash back by holding for a year and double dipping the travel reward redemption before cancelling. Or keep it if the Samsung/Apple pay works out for you, or if they ever get Google Pay working with it.

    Other than getting additional Ink Preferred, it is the #2 card on my list. FYI, I was just approved for my 2nd Preferred, using SSN instead of EIN, and my 4th Ink card overall. I use referrals from myself to my wife and vice versa, so we get a total of 100K UR for each Ink Preferred.

  2. I agree with FlyingBoat, the USB Altitude Reserve can be a very lucrative card, as long as you don’t mind not being able to buy any gift cards, ever.

  3. The barclaycard aviator red for AA. 60k AA miles with one purchase and payment of annual fee.. And those points post fast….

  4. @Rider you are commenting on an August post, so the month before the increased bonus for Hilton cards. I shared that Amex/Hilton had raised bonuses for their cards this past week but since Hilton points are worth less than most other categories I don’t think it qualifies as a top bonus. As far as overall rewarding cards, including benefits [not the subject of this post] the annual fee versions of the card can be pretty strong.

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