Assorted Credit Card Bonuses and Offers – 40,000 Alaska, 65,000 Virgin Atlantic, 50,000+ Marriott, 33,150 Flexperks

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I know I’ve been talking a lot about the Starwood 30k offer (expired), but a couple new and updated credit card offers came up recently with the possibility of earning readers tens of thousands of bonus points, so I thought I’d share them all here for easy reference (though they’ve also been added to the Top Deals page).

40,000 miles for the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature: The offer on this card is usually a paltry 25,000 miles for sign-up, but while you still get that, you can also score an additional 15,000 miles when you spend $7,500 within 6 months plus the usual host of perks like an annual $99 Coach Companion Ticket (though this benefit used to be good in any class and was recently demoted to coach-only tickets and the 1,000-point-per-booking bonus is gone as well), and earning 3 miles for every dollar on qualifying Alaska Airlines purchases and 1 mile per dollar on other purchases. The annual fee is $75. Alaska miles are valuable because you can use them on a host of partners including both American Airlines and Delta. Though the $7,500 minimum spending requirement is a bit onerous, especially for just 15,000 extra bonus miles, if you’ve been thinking about this card, might as well get in on the current offer since it’s as high as it’s gone for a while. If you’ve gotten this card in the past, you can apply again, and again for it so it’s a nice add-on to your next round of applications, especially since it is issued by Bank of America.

65,000 miles for the Bank of America Virgin Atlantic American Express: The 65,000 bonus offer for the Virgin Atlantic Amex is back. New cardholders earn 20,000 miles with their first purchase, and additional 25,000 miles when they make $2,500 in purchases within 90 days, a further 7,500 miles on your account anniversary when you spend a minimum of $15,000 in net purchases within a year, plus 7,500 more if you spend over $25,000 within that year, and then 2,500 miles each for adding 2 additional users. Every year you spend at least $25,000 in net purchases you qualify for an economy companion reward ticket for half the standard miles of a reward economy seat. Maximum one reward companion ticket per year. You will earn one tier point for every $2,500 spent with the card for a maximum two tier points per month and 24 per year. Cardholders earn 3 miles per dollar spent on Virgin Atlantic, and 1.5 miles per dollar spent on other purchases – giving the British Airways card a run for its money since it only awards 1.25 Avios per dollar on everyday purchases. This card does have a 1% foreign transaction fee. Sure, it’s a complicated formula to get all those 65,000 bonus points, but if you have your finances in order and spend strategically, it’s within reach.

33,150 points for the US Bank Flexperks Visa Signature: The sign-up bonus for the US Bank Flexperks Visa Signature is usually just 15,000 points, but thanks to an Olympic Medals promo and the impressive performance of American athletes at the London games, new cardholders can earn over double that. The bank decided to up its normal bonus by awarding 500 bonus points for every gold medal, 250 for every silver, and 100 for every bronze. With the final medal count, that brought the total bonus to 33,150 points, or just over $600 worth of airfare. Go Team USA! You have to apply by August 31, 2012, and you get the bonus when you spend $2,500 within the first 5 months (as opposed to the normal spending requirement of $750 within 90 days). Cardholders earn 1 Flexpoint per dollar on everyday purchases, 2 points per dollar on gas, groceries or airline purchases, and 3 points per dollar on charitable spending plus 5,000 bonus points when you refer a friend who acquires and uses the card and an an airline allowance of up to $25 with every award travel ticket to use toward baggage fees, in-flight food or drinks and more. Remember, if you are a Platinum banking customer of US Bank ($18 a month or $25,000 in account balances) you earn a 50% bonus on all base points and an additional 0.5 points on all bonus categories (so charitable spending earns 3.5 points per dollar).

Chase has also relaunched its two Marriott cards with slightly different offers.

Chase Marriott Premier Rewards Visa: The new offer for this card includes the same 50,000-point bonus after your first purchase, plus one free-night e-certificate upon account approval to be used at Category 1-4 properties (Category 4 hotels are 20,000 a night). This card’s $85 annual fee is waived for the first year, and it carries no foreign transaction fees. Cardmembers earn 5 points for every dollar spent at Marriott, 2 points per dollar spent on airline tickets purchased directly from an airline, at car rental agencies and restaurants and one point per dollar on everything else. Cardholders are also awarded 15 nights credit toward their next elite membership level every year upon the account anniversary and one night elite for every $3,000 spent; and they are given one free night in a Category 1-5 property on every anniversary of opening their account. I’m not a Marriott devotee, but the elite headstart plus the spending bonuses at Marriott and on airlines and restaurants are big pluses for this card in my opinion.
There’s also an unofficial 70,000 point offer with 1 night at a category 1-4 per this Flyertalk thread. Reading the most recent comments, people have still been eligible for the 70,000, but there is no mention of it on the application.

Chase Marriott Rewards Visa: 30,000 bonus points with your first purchase, plus 2 free-night e-certificates upon account approval that are good for stays at Category 1-4 properties. The annual fee of $45 is waived for the first year. Cardmembers earn 3 points per dollar spent at Marriott, and 1 point per dollar on other purchases. What’s really interesting, though, is that you earn 10 nights credit toward your next elite membership level every year upon account anniversary (Silver status is just 10 nights, though Gold is 50) that will confer perks like point bonuses on stays, elite-only award redemptions, late check-out, and more like free internet, room upgrades and lounge access at higher levels. You also earn one night’s elite credit per $3,000 you spend on the card.

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  • PJ

    hmm I just turned in the Fairmont application yesterday; I dont think I am supposed to touch Marriott with my chase card count standing at 6 and the last card -Mileage Plus came in late Feb..

    A fantastic Marriott offer I would say :)

  • Skipcr

    The Chase Marriott Premier Visa offer listed above only includes 1 free night stay when you apply. You list 2 nights in your write up….FYI, still a good deal I think.

  • Grant

    I received the unofficial 70,000 Marriott card last week and confirmed the sign up bonus with the CSR.

  • Scottrick

    There are also offers for both Marriott cards that have all the same benefits but also include a $75 statement credit.

  • Jake

    The Virgin Atlantic offer never left, you just failed to pay attention to it.

  • Andrew

    I am always surpised by the tone and verbiage some of the users on this site use towards Bryan if he misses any deal, promotion, offer, etc… “You just failed to pay attention to it.” Really Jake… Why don’t you start your on site considering you are so on top of things. This is an awesome site that is FREE. Thanks for all you do Bryan

  • Lily

    nothing for the canadians….very jealous i can’t participate in these offers!

  • guest

    I applied for the Flexperk’s Sig Visa and was denied on the basis of a report from Advance Resolution’s credit report to the bank that there had been numerous recent apps using my SS#. I called US Bank using the Reconsideration number from one of Million Miles’ blogs and spoke to a CSR and was told that they had no alternative but to deny and no flexibility to over rule the denial. Spoke to a helpful supervisor pointing out my 790 Credit score my excellent credit history and full payment habit and reasons for wanting the card and who indicated I had to call Advance and speak to them and that they would verify the info on the credit report to assure themselves that I was the Applicant and that no one was fraudulently using my SS# to apply for credit. With Advance I got a run around; they don’t ask questions or do any follow-up or send any supplementary reports to the Bank; all they could do is send me a copy of the report if I requested it in writing and provided my SS# and a copy of my driver license. I reported this back to US Bank saying that Advance wasn’t facilitating new customer accounts but impeding them. I have never churned credit cards I had readily admitted applying for multiple new cards because of my desire for extensive travel in coming months and I did so to all to whom I spoke. The second time I spoke to a supervisor at US Bank I was told my request would be sent to a review committee for reconsideration. This is a way different procedure from Chase, AmEx or Barclay’s and the CSR have little or no discretion. I’ll see what the review does but I”ll cease seeking cards from US Bank. I don’t believe I am the loser in this process.

  • Chris S.

    Yes it did.

  • Ackrach

    I completely lament the loss of the 1,000 bonus for booking with an Alaska card as well, but I’m licking my wounds by booking through the U-Promise gateway and if you book each leg of the trip separately you get a 2.00 per leg kickback into your U-Promise account. It’s not 1,000 miles each leg, but it’s not a stick in the eye either.

  • Scott S

    If I already got the 2 AA 50k points cards (should meet the min spend by October, what would be the one best secondary card to get that I could use to either transfer to AAdvantage miles, or convert via Oneworld? (Assuming the bonuses would be the same as they are right now – which I understand isn’t likely, but I am looking at a mortgage in my near future and don’t want to blow the top line interest rate just to get the business/first class trip to Europe in Summer 2014 that I am working towards. I am assuming SPG Amex, but would like some other opinions please.

  • thepointsguy

    NP! Thanks for reading

  • thepointsguy

    SPG is the only lucrative deal that transfers into American at a reasonable ratio. BA Visa is still at 50k (and can be redeemed on AA flights, often at better ratios than AA) and Ink Bold/ Sapphire both transfer into BA and have 40/50k signups respectively.

  • thepointsguy

    Some banks are more strict than others.. sucks for us, but maybe its better in the long run!

  • thepointsguy

    I have a Canadian CC post coming- stay tuned!

  • thepointsguy
  • thepointsguy

    nice- updated

  • thepointsguy

    Good to know!

  • Guest

    Can the Virgin Atlantic points be used on Virgin America?

  • Scott

    I have a Business Flexperks Travel card in my name…can I apply for the personal one and get the points added? Can these points be kept separate from my business Flexperks account?

  • Guest

    I thought I’d let you know that I was advised that the review committee approved my app for the Flex Perks Olympics Promotion card. Reconsideration can work with US Banks. A good credit rating and a calm, polite presentation when asking for a reversal of an initial refusal to approve can carry the day.

  • Ken Paynter

    It appears all the Virgin Atlantic applications are now dead.

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