The 11 Best Cards Offering Bonuses of 60,000 Points or More

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There’s no easier way to earn a large amount of miles quickly than with a new credit card. Here are the best cards with initial bonuses well worth getting a card for, each one with a bonus of at least 60,000 points. And that’ll boost your account balances quickly.

Here are the cards I consider to have the very best initial 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 pay your cell phone.

  2. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card lets you earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

    This is the card to get started with. Get Sapphire Reserve later, perhaps product change to it after a year, this is the easier card to get approved for and it has a better annual fee.

    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.

    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® is offering 70,000 AAdvantage miles after $4,000 in purchases in first 4 months. This card has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $99).

    The card offers first checked bag on domestic American Airlines itineraries. There’s preferred boarding on American flights. In addition cardmembers earn an American Airlines Companion Certificate for domestic main cabin travel after $30,000 spend or more in purchases each cardmembership year and cardmembership renewal.

  4. Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® has an offer to earn up to 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases in first 3 months. (offer expired)

    There’s a $0 annual fee the first year, then $99. The card offers first checked bag on domestic American Airlines itineraries. There’s preferred boarding on American flights.

  5. Barclays AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red World Elite Mastercard® has an offer to earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after first purchase within 90 days of account opening and paying the card’s $95 annual fee.

    Cardmembers receive one free checked bag (on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation) and preferred boarding on American Airlines domestic itineraries. You get 10% of your miles back (up to 10,000 rebated per calendar year) when you redeem miles.

  6. UnitedSM Explorer Card is offering up to 60,000 miles: 40,000 after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months and an additional 20,000 bonus miles after you spend $8,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open. (Offer expired)

    What’s great about this $0 the first year then $95 annual fee card is the travel benefits when flying United. You get first bag for free when you use your card to purchase your ticket. You get priority boarding (avoid having to gate check your carry on, and indeed on a Basic Economy fare you can still bring on a full-sized carry on bag). You’ll get 2 one-time United Club passes each year for your account anniversary as well.

    Cardmembers get access to last seat availability on extra miles awards as well as extra saver award availability that general members don’t have. Elites with the card can receive complimentary domestic upgrades on award tickets.

  7. IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card will let you earn up to 120,000 points: 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account and 40,000 more bonus points after spending a total of $5,000 on purchases within 6 months of account opening. (Offer expired)

    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’ and amounts to a 25% discount on four night award stays.)

    Cardmembers receive platinum status for as long as they remain a cardmember. There’s a Global Entry or TSA Precheck fee credit (up to $100 every 4 years) as well.


    Intercontinental Singapore

  8. TM Credit Card has an initial bonus offer of 100,000 points after $5000 spend on purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership. It also comes with an annual free nightafter each account anniversary valued for hotels which cost up to 35,000 points. (offer expired)


    Al Maha Desert Resort

  9. Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card has a limited time offer to earn 100,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. This offer ends April 24, 2019. (Offer expired)

    Cardmembers receive a Free Night Award every year after account anniversary as well as an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year. Each can be used for one night whose redemption is 35,000 points or less.

  10. British Airways Visa lets you earn 4 Avios for every $1 spent on all purchases within your first year up to $30,000. That’s up to 120,000 bonus Avios.

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

    So you’ll earn 4 Avios for every $1 spent on all purchases up to $30,000 in the first 12 months from account opening, you will then earn 3 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases.


    British Airways First Class

  11. Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® has a best-ever offer of 70,000 miles after $5000 spend on purchases within 90 days of cardmembership. When you redeem points at a penny apiece towards travel you get 5% of your points back, and you can redeem those at a penny apiece towards travel, and get 5% of your… I view this as $735.

    There’s no annual fee the first year, which is also fairly new. It hasn’t always been the case that the card’s $89 fee has been $0 the first year. So first year you’ve got that initial bonus without deduction. Here are the card’s rates and fees.

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

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. Hilton Aspire and Hilton Ascend. Both have 150K sign up bonuses (To see the 150K Ascend bonus you need to use a referral). Aspire comes with a free weekend night certificate as part of the new card member bonus.

    Of course just like the Marriott cards it’s best for those that at least spends a couple nights a year at a Hilton property.

  2. @ Gary — When did you start prioritizing referrals links over best bonuses? I find this unethical, and I expect better from you.

  3. As of May 1, 2019 this benefit is gone from the Barclays AA card:

    “You get 10% of your miles back (up to 10,000 rebated per calendar year) when you redeem miles.”

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