Roundup of Credit Card Bonuses and Promotions Ending Soon

by on September 1, 2014 · 13 comments

in American Express, Chase, Delta, Hilton, Hyatt, United

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With summer coming to an end, I wanted to give a quick round up of credit card offers and promotions that will be ending soon.

Expiring Credit Card Offers

United 50,000

United Explorer: Ending September 2, 2014
• Earn 50,000 miles after $2,000 spent on purchases in the first 3 months.
• Earn an additional 5,000 miles when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first three months.
• Check your first bag for free – save up to $100 per roundtrip.
• Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year.
• No foreign transaction fees.
• Earn double miles on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.
• Your miles don’t expire as long as you’re a cardmember, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn.
• $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.
*Note that there’s a better offer of 50,000 miles plus a $50 statement credit for existing United members.

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Delta Gold SkyMiles (Personal and Business): Ending September 8, 2014
• Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you use your new card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months.
• Earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new card within your first 3 months.
• 2X miles on Delta purchases and 1X miles for all other eligible dollars spent.
• First checked bag free for you and up to 8 people on your reservation.
• Priority Boarding.
• $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

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Platinum Delta SkyMiles: Ending September 8, 2014
• Earn 15,000 MQMs and 50,000 Bonus Miles after you use your new card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months.
• Earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new card within your first 3 months.
• 2X miles on Delta purchases and 1X miles for all other eligible dollars spent.
• First checked bag free for you and up to 8 people on your reservation.
• Priority Boarding.

Expiring Promotions

Amex Membership Rewards 25% JetBlue Transfer Bonus: Ending September 15, 2014
• The usual transfer ratio is 5 Membership Rewards points to 4 TrueBlue Points, but with the 25% transfer bonus, the ratio is 1:1.
• JetBlue’s new Mint business class, which is currently offered on service between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles, and between New York and San Francisco starting in October, can be booked for 69,800 TrueBlue Points roundtrip, or 34,900 one way.

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Hyatt Gold Passport 30% Bonus on Purchased Points: Ending September 15, 2014
• Earn up to a 30% bonus when you buy Hyatt Gold Passport points.
• Purchase between 5,000-19,000 points and you’ll earn a 10% bonus; purchase 20,000 to 39,000 and your bonus will be 20%; and purchase 40,000 to 55,000 points for a 30% bonus.
• This is a hard-coded bonus through, so there’s no need to register for the offer. Per my August Monthly Valuations, I value Hyatt Gold Passport points at 1.8 cents apiece.

Shop via the Elevate Fly shopping portal and get 500 bonus points

Shop via the Elevate Fly shopping portal and get 500 bonus points.

Virgin America Launches Elevate Fly Store With Bonus For First Purchase: Ending September 30, 2014
• Shop at the new Virgin America Elevate Fly online shopping portal and get 500 bonus points for your first purchase.
• The bonus is a one time only offer, and there is no minimum spend to earn the bonus–you just have to buy something.
• The site has over 100 retailers, like Nordstrom, Apple Store, Target, Staples and more.

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Earn Up to 3x Hilton HHonors Points: Ending October 31, 2014
• Earn bonus points for stays at participating properties: triple HHonors points on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights; and double HHonors points on Monday through Thursday nights.

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  • dd

    Im going back and forth on applying of the United card. No immediate plans to travel using them but could in future plus Chase transfer partner is extremely nice. Easy spend requirement and 55k to sign up is quite nice. Not sure to apply for this or build up chase and arrival points. So many choices :-)

  • m

    do united pts expire if you close the card?

  • Redpanda

    Chase could yank the points if you close the card within 6 months of opening, but if you wait before the annual fee hits and close the card, you should be fine

  • NYCBK123

    Does anyone know when the Ink 70k in-branch deal is expiring?

  • Jason

    Ugh I currently have Amex Delta Gold card (Annual fee on December)
    should I apply for Delta Platinum? or United?
    or both? :O

  • ericdabbs


  • Eugene Cho

    If we identify you as currently having an American Express® Card account, you may not be eligible for this welcome bonus offer. This offer is also not available to applicants who have or have had this product.

    Wow that sucks.

  • Lester Diamond

    I have Delta Amex as well. I applied to the Delta Platinum to hit the next status level. If you are close to getting status, worth it 100% and close the gold.

  • augias

    you should really add that the platinum Delta card has a $195 fee which is not waived — that’s an important factor when deciding whether to apply!

  • augias

    Dear TPG, I have a question: do you think one can apply for both the business gold delta card, as well as the platinum one, at the same time? I used to have the personal delta gold card but canceled it in early 2014… Would this be pushing my luck?

  • Rajiv Vyas

    Virgin Atlantic offer expires this week as well.

  • targa

    We have never been involved with one of these programs before. Here is our situation:
    We want to go to the U.S. Virgin islands in February. The 50,000 bonus miles and the $0 annual fee in the first year were what got our attention. We each currently have a sky miles account with Delta with 2000 miles in them and are planning another trip to Atlanta that would add another 1000 miles to it. When I spoke to a Delta rep she told me that currently the flight to USVI would take 55,000 miles at this time and could fluctuate between 40,000 and 65,000 miles between now and whenever we booked. She also gave us the flight that this could be booked at this time which is fine but said that that could change also. She also said that we could purchase miles in 2000 mile increments for $70. We are only interested in this program for this trip as we only fly 1 to 3 times a year max. We would probably cancel the card after the trip if that is allowed without any penalty. The terms are not an issue with us ($1000 expenditures in the first three months, etc. to qualify). We have the credit scores to qualify. I am thinking that my partner and I can each apply for a card separately since none of our finances or credit history are mixed and therefore each qualify for this program and a free flight basically. I am not clear on the concept of medallion miles but I don’t think that that would interest us either. Would this be a good plan for us or can someone blow holes in it and advise us on some better idea or program for our specific needs? Are their any pitfalls or cons to this plan? Basically we want to fly to the USVI for free. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

  • targa

    We do not have an AMEX card or account and have never had one.

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