Top Current 50,000+ Point Credit Card Offers

Sep 19, 2013

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With the reappearance of the 50,000-point sign-up bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card announced yesterday, I know many of you might be thinking about applying for it or some of the other credit cards out there offering limited-time high bonuses, so I thought I’d compile a list of some of the other 50,000+ miles and points sign-up bonuses out there. Here they are by the type of points and miles they offer.

TRANSFERABLE POINTS

Ink Plus Business Card
Current Sign-up Bonus: 60,000 points with $5,000 spend in the first 3 months
Annual Fee:$95
Other Benefits: Earn 5 points per dollar at office supply stores, cellphone, landline, internet, and cable TV services and 2 points per dollar spent at gas stations and on hotel accommodations, up to $50,000 annually. Receive a complimentary LOUNGE CLUB membership and 2 free visits each year with access to over 350 VIP airport lounges.

For more information, see these posts:
Ranking the Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners
Top 10 Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner
Why I Love Chase Ultimate Rewards
Ranking the Top Chase Travel Credit Card Offers

Mercedes-Benz Platinum Card from American Express
Current Sign-up Bonus: 60,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months.
Annual Fee: $550
Other Benefits: In addition you will earn 5 points per dollar spent on select Mercedes-Benz purchases and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases. You will receive a $1,000 certificate every year when you spend $5,000 or more on your card, which can be used on a future purchase or lease of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. This card also comes with the same benefits of the Platinum Card from American Express.

For more information, see these posts:
The Amex Platinum Card Review
Is the Amex Platinum Worth the $450 Annual Fee?
Maximizing the Amex Platinum $200 Annual Airline Rebate
Understanding the Amex Platinum Lounge Access Benefit
The Amex Platinum Fine Hotels & Resorts Program
My Experience Getting Refunded for the Global Entry Application Fee With My Amex Platinum Card

 

Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
Current Sign-up Bonus: 50,000 points with $5,000 spend in the first 3 months
Annual Fee: $175 waived the first year
Other Benefits: Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare, 2 points per dollar on US purchases for advertising in select media, shipping and at gas stations, and one point per dollar on all other transactions. Receive Purchase Protection, Return Protection, Extended Warranty, Travel Accident Insurance, and Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance.

For more information on these cards and Amex Membership Rewards, check out these posts:
Ranking the Top American Express Travel Credit Cards
The Ultimate Guide to American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners
Analyzing Amex Membership Rewards Star Alliance Transfer Partners
Top 10 Lesser Known Amex Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

AIRLINE CREDIT CARDS

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card 
Current Sign-up Bonus: 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
Annual Fee: $99
Other Benefits: With this card you will earn 2 points per dollar spent on Southwest purchases as well as Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
This offer comes and goes, but the best time to apply is between October and December so that you hit the $2,000 spend requirement as early in the new year as possible if you’re gunning for the holy grail of travel rewards- the Companion Pass.

For more information on the card and Southwest, check out these posts:
Maximize Monday: Southwest Companion Pass FAQ And Strategies
Top 11 Ways To Top Up Your Account For The Southwest Companion Pass
Southwest Points vs. Southwest Credits: When Transferring Makes Sense and How to Check Availability
Can I Get Two Southwest Cards In One Day To Qualify For A Companion Pass?

British Airways Visa Signature Card
Current Sign-up Bonus: 50,000 Avios with $3,000 spend in the first 3 months
Annual Fee: $95
Other Benefits: Spend $30,000 in a calendar year and receive a Travel Together Ticket good for two years. Earn 3 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases. No foreign transaction fees.

For  ideas on how to maximize British Airways Avios, check out my series. Posts include: Distance-Based AwardsHousehold AccountsUsing Avios to Upgrade Paid TicketsThe Avios and Cash OptionSave Money on Fuel Surcharges by Transferring British Airways Avios to IberiaUsing Avios For Non-Flight RedemptionsUsing Avios to Book Domestic First Class FlightsDirect Flights, London Stopovers and UK DestinationsHow to Redeem British Airways Avios Without Huge FeesUsing British Airways Avios on Aer Lingus to Avoid Huge Fees.

 

Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World Mastercard – 
Current Sign-up Bonus: 50,000 AAdvantage miles with $3,000 spend in the first 3 months
Annual Fee: $95 waived the first year
Other Benefits: Receive a $100 American Airlines flight discount every year with $30,000 or more in purchases. First checked bag is free for you and up to 4 travel companions and get Group 1 priority boarding when flying on American.
For more information on this card, check out my post on Reduced Price Awards and 10% Mileage Refund for Citi AA Cardholders.

The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.   

United MileagePlus Explorer Card
Current Sign-up Bonus: 40,000 miles with $2,000 spend in the first 3 months
Annual Fee: $95
Other Benefits: Get first checked bag free and priority boarding on United-operated flights. Receive two United Club passes per year. No foreign transaction fees.

Frontier Airlines World Mastercard
Current Sign-up Bonus: 50,000 miles on qualifying transactions, 40,000 miles will be earned after spending $500 in the first 90 days and up to 10,000 miles will be earned with initial balance transfers in the first 90 days.
Annual Fee: $69
Other Benefits: You will earn 2 miles per dollar on Frontier purchases and 1 mile per dollar on all other purchases, companion tickets can be redeemed for 5,000 fewer miles than normal.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide, eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 2x total points on up to $1,000 in grocery store purchases per month from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. Includes eligible pick-up and delivery services.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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