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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Citi ThankYou Premier
There have been some new card offers and some have changed, so I decided to compile a list of the most lucrative credit card deals out there. For a full list, check out my Top Deals page. Feel free to comment below if I missed one!
Transferable/Fixed Value point cards (Personal):
50,000 points for the Citi ThankYou Premier card (update: the bonus has been reduced to 30,000 points) when you spend $2,500 within 3 months. Each point is worth 1.33 cents towards travel (they cannot be transferred to airlines/hotels), so the sign-up bonus is $665. $125 annual fee waived the first year. No foreign transaction fees.
50,000 points for the Chase Sapphire Preferred when you spend $4,000 within 3 months. $95 annual fee waived for the first year. 7% annual bonus on points earned, so after your $4,000 in spend you will end up with a minimum of 56,710 points, which can be transferred to Continental, British Airways, Korean Air, Hyatt, Priority Club, Marriott and Amtrak. Double points on travel and dining. No foreign transaction fees. This is a limited time offer which can be pulled at any time, but I haven’t heard of a planned expiration date, so I hope it runs throughout 2011. Full card review.
50,000 points for the American Express Mercedez-Benz Platinum card when you $3,000 within the first three months. Many Mercedes benefits and lounge access. $475 annual fee.
Transferable point cards (Business):
(New) 50,000 points for the Ink Bold with Ultimate Rewards when you spend $5,000 within 3 months. $95 annual fee waived for the first year. Points transfer 1:1 to Continental, British Airways, Korean Air, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club and Amtrak. More details here.
50,000 points for the American Express Business Rewards Gold card when you spend $10,000 within the first 5 months. $175 annual fee, waived for the first year. See more info here.
75,000 points for the Citi AA Visa/Amex and business cards. You can get all three for 225,000 miles (you need to wait at least 65 days in between the first app of 2 cards and the third card app). Many of us have gotten 225,000 AA miles from these cards and those miles count towards lifetime million miler status (at least until December 1, 2011 when the rules change). Read this post for the business card link.
Up to 65,000 miles for the Bank of America Virgin Atlantic American Express. $90 annual fee. 20,000 miles after first purchase, 25,000 additional miles after $2,500 in qualifying purchases, 15,000 additional bonus miles upon anniversary, up to 5,000 Flying Club bonus miles when you add additional authorized users to your Card. Earn 3 miles per $1 spent directly on Virgin Atlantic purchases and 1.5 miles per $1 spent on all other purchases.
60,000 points for the United Explorer cards for United elites. Sign-in here to see if you are targeted for the bonus. Otherwise it’s 30,000 for the standard sign-up bonus. $95 annual fee, waived for the first year. I’m hoping this becomes available as a public offer soon, though I’ve been told the speculation of other bloggers about October 4-6 is not true.
Up to 60,000 miles for the Barclay’s US Airways Dividend Miles Premier World Mastercard. 40,000 miles with first purchase, up to 10,000 for balance transfers and 10,000 each anniversary the account is open. Getting this card will also count as a hit in the US Airways Grand Slam promotion.
Canada only: 50,000 points for the American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum card when you spend $1,000 within 3 months. Lounge access and up to 1.5 Aeroplan miles per dollar spent.
50,000 points for the British Airways Visa Signature card. While it’s not the 100,000 bonanza they ran in April/May, it’s still significant since 50,000 miles will get you to Asia roundtrip on Cathay Pacific or 40,000 for a South American trip on AA/Lan. No foreign transaction fees.
Hotel Cards: (Hotel points have a higher spectrum of value, so for example the Hyatt card 2 free nights is worth more than 50,000 Marriott points, even though its technically a max of 44,000 Hyatt points).
60,000-80,000 points for the Priority Club Visa. Most Priority Club members have been solicited with the 80,000 point offer via email, so do a search. Otherwise, 60,000 is standard. 80,000 is enough for 2 free nights at an Intercontinental hotel, plus the card comes with a bunch of other benefits like elite status. $49 annual fee, waived for the first year.
2 Free nights (in a suite for Diamonds) at any Hyatt in the world for the Chase Hyatt Credit Card. $75 annual fee. No foreign transaction fees. Free night upon renewal.
62,500 points for Hilton HHonors American Express 20,000 points first purchase, 30,000 points with $500 spend within three months and 2,500 additional HHonors Bonus Points on your first four Hilton WorldWide portfolio of hotels stays charged to the Card during your first 18 months and 2,500 for adding an additional cardholder. No annual fee.
70,000 points for the Ritz-Carlton Visa Signature. $395 annual fee. Lots of benefits like Gold elite status and $200 in airline credits a year.
80,000 points for Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card. $85 annual fee. Free night every year upon renewal. 15 nights credit towards elite status.
Update: There is a 70,000 point offer out there, so you can just secure message Chase after you get the card and they will give you the extra 20,000 points, per this Flyertalk thread.
Other targeted offers to look out for: Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.