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The best time to apply for these popular Chase credit cards based on offer history

Nov. 08, 2022
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"I wish I had applied for the _____ credit card when it had that bonus of _____." We've heard this numerous times.

Knowing when a credit card's sign-up bonus is worth applying and when you should wait can be difficult as these offers change frequently. While perspectives vary on offers that include a tangible number of points versus offers that include other perks, having a history of offers can help you know what to look for so you can separate the good bonuses from the not-so-good bonuses.

Here's a list of the best credit card sign-up bonuses from Chase, including how these offers have changed over time and a note on when you should run — not walk — to apply for a card, based on its best-ever welcome bonus.

Best Chase credit card sign-up bonuses

CardBest welcome offer we've seenWhen to apply
Chase Freedom FlexEarn $200 back after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus earn 5% back on grocery store purchases (not including Target or Walmart) on up to $12,000 spent during the first year.When the offer has $200 back plus a bonus category for 5% back during your first year from account opening.
Chase Freedom UnlimitedEarn a $200 bonus after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus earn 5% back on grocery store purchases (not including Target or Walmart) during the first year (on up to $12,000 of these purchases).When the offer has $200 back plus a bonus category for 5% back during your first year from account opening.
Chase Sapphire Preferred CardEarn 100,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.When you can get more than 60,000 bonus points, jump on it.
Chase Sapphire ReserveEarn 100,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.Anytime the offer is 60,000 bonus points or higher.
IHG Rewards Premier Credit CardIt depends on your bonus preference: 150,000 bonus points or 125,000 bonus points plus a free night award.If you can get better than 125,000 points — whether that's extra points or a free night award added on.
IHG Rewards Traveler Credit CardEarn 120,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.Eighty thousand points is standard, and anything above that is excellent.
Ink Business Cash Credit CardEarn a $900 cash bonus after spending $6,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.If the offer is at or above $750 cash.
Ink Business Preferred Credit CardEarn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 in the first three months from account opening.One hundred thousand points has been the standard offer for a few years now.
Ink Business Unlimited Credit CardEarn a $900 cash bonus after spending $6,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.If the offer is at or above $750 cash.
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit CardIt depends on your bonus preference: 100,000 bonus points or five free night awards worth up to 50,000 points each.If you can get more than three free night awards or at least 75,000 bonus points.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit CardEarn up to 100,000 bonus points: Get 70,000 points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months and another 30,000 points after spending $25,000 total in the first six months.If you can get more than 80,000 points.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit CardIt depends on your bonus preference: a Companion Pass valid for a year plus 30,000 points or up to 100,000 bonus points after spending $12,000 within 12 months.When you can earn a Companion Pass valid for a year or can earn upward of 75,000 points.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit CardEarn 60,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.If an offer for more than 60,000 points comes out, jump on it — 60,000 points has been the standard for several years.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit CardIt depends on your bonus preference: a Companion Pass valid for a year plus 30,000 points or up to 100,000 bonus points after spending $12,000 within 12 months.When you can earn a Companion Pass valid for a year or can earn upward of 75,000 points.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit CardIt depends on your bonus preference: a Companion Pass valid for a year plus 30,000 points or up to 100,000 bonus points after spending $12,000 within 12 months.When you can earn a Companion Pass valid for a year or can earn upward of 75,000 points.
United Business CardEarn up to 150,000 bonus miles: Get 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Earn an extra 75,000 bonus miles after spending a total of $20,000 on purchases within six months from account opening.When you can get 100,000 miles or more.
United Club Business CardEarn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.Anything above 75,000 miles.
United Club Infinite CardEarn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.When you can get 80,000 miles or more.
United Explorer CardEarn up to 70,000 bonus miles: Get 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus receive 10,000 more miles after $6,000 total on purchases in the first six months your account is open.When you can get 60,000 or more miles — especially if it requires under $10,000 in spending.
United Quest CardEarn up to 100,000 bonus miles: Get 80,000 miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Get another 20,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 total on your card within six months from account opening.When you can earn 80,000 miles or more.
World of Hyatt Business Credit CardEarn 75,000 bonus points after spending $7,500 on purchases within three months from account opening.Whenever you can receive better than 60,000 points from spending $5,000 — whether that means extra points, stay credits or something else.
World of Hyatt Credit CardEarn up to 60,000 bonus points: Get 40,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Receive another 20,000 bonus points after spending $6,000 total on purchases within six months from account opening.If you can get 50,000 points or more for under $10,000 in spending.

The information for the United Club Business 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.

Chase Freedom Flex

The Chase Freedom Flex card comes with no annual fee and a solid earning structure both on common spending categories and also on rotating quarterly categories.

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The Freedom Flex launched in September 2020 and has seen several variations of its standard bonus offer in that time. Remember that these cash-back earnings can be turned into Ultimate Rewards points if you have a card that earns Ultimate Rewards, such as the Sapphire Reserve or Sapphire Preferred.

Approximate dateOfferValue*
January 2022 to now.Earn $200 back after spending $500 in the first three months from account opening, plus earn 5% back on gas purchases (on up to $6,000 of spending) during the first year.$200 plus up to $300 on gas purchases.
July 2021 to January 2022.Earn $200 back after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus earn 5% back on grocery store purchases (not including Target or Walmart) on up to $12,000 spent during the first year.$200 plus up to $600 on grocery purchases.
March 2021 to June 2021.Earn $200 back after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$200.
September 2020 to February 2021.Earn $200 back after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus earn 5% back on grocery store purchases (not including Target or Walmart) on up to $12,000 spent during the first year.$200 plus up to $600 on grocery purchases.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When the bonus offer includes $200 or more in cash back and includes a bonus category for earning 5% back during the first year.


Learn more: Chase Freedom Flex.

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Chase Freedom Unlimited

The Chase Freedom Unlimited is a popular card for everyday spending since you don't have to worry about bonus categories or limits to how many rewards you can earn.

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The bonus offer for the Freedom Unlimited matches the offer on the Freedom Flex many times, but they can be different so it's worth paying attention.

Approximate dateOfferValue*
March 2022 to now.Earn an extra 1.5% cash back on all purchases during the first year (on up to $20,000 of purchases).Up to $300.
January 2022 to March 2022.Earn a $200 bonus after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus earn 5% back on gas station purchases during the first year (on up to $6,000 of these purchases).$200 plus up to $300 from gas station purchases.
July 2021 to December 2021.Earn a $200 bonus after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus earn 5% back on grocery store purchases (not including Target or Walmart) during the first year (on up to $12,000 of these purchases).$200 plus up to $600 from grocery store purchases.
February 2021 to June 2021.Earn a $200 bonus after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$200.
September 2020 to January 2021.Earn a $200 bonus after spending $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus earn 5% back on grocery store purchases (not including Target or Walmart) during the first year (on up to $12,000 of these purchases).$200 plus up to $600 from grocery store purchases.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When the offer includes a $200 bonus and a bonus category for extra earnings during the first year.


Learn more: Chase Freedom Unlimited.


Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is one of the most popular travel rewards cards for three main reasons: affordability, flexibility and value.

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In summer 2021, the issuer launched an unprecedented 100,000-point sign-up bonus lasting four months. Since then, the Sapphire Preferred has reverted to a 60,000-point offer worth $1,200, according to TPG’s latest valuations.

Approximate dateOfferValue*
June 2022 to now.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,200.
April 2022 to May 2022.Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$1,600
October 2021 to April 2022.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,200.
June 2021 to October 2021.Earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$2,000.
March 2021 to June 2021.Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening. Plus, earn a $50 statement credit on grocery store purchases.$1,650.
November 2020 to March 2021.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,200.
September 2020 to November 2020.Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,600.
March 2019 to September 2020.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,200.
2017 to March 2019.Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,000.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: If you see an offer of 80,000 points on the Sapphire Preferred, you should jump on it. Sixty thousand points appears to be the standard offer these days.


Learn more: Chase Sapphire Preferred.


Chase Sapphire Reserve

While the Chase Sapphire Preferred tends to come with varying offers throughout the calendar year, the Chase Sapphire Reserve has remained much more stable over the years.

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This premium travel card first launched in August 2016 with a valuable 100,000-point welcome offer. Since then, the best offer we’ve seen has been 80,000 points. Also, it’s worth noting that Chase increased the annual fee on the Sapphire Reserve from $450 to $550 in early 2020.

Approximate dateOfferValue*
October 2022 to now.Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,600.
June 2022 to October 2022.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,200.
October 2021 to June 2022.Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,000.
June 2021 to October 2021.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,200.
March 2017 to June 2021.Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$1,000.
August 2016 to March 2017.Earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.$2,000.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: In terms of bonuses, 80,000 points might be the best you can hope for on the Sapphire Reserve these days, while an offer of 50,000 points is more common.


Learn more: Chase Sapphire Reserve.


IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card

The IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card was refreshed in March of 2022 and offers perks like a free night award on your account anniversary plus automatic Platinum Elite status.

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Here are the offers we've seen on the IHG Premier card over the past years, including prior to its refresh in early 2022:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
April 2022 to now.Earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$700.
January 2022 to March 2022.Earn 125,000 bonus points plus a free night award (worth up to 40,000 bonus points) after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$625 for the points and $100-plus for the free night award.
October 2021 to December 2021.Earn 150,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$750.
May 2021 to October 2021.Earn 125,000 bonus points plus a free night award (worth up to 40,000 bonus points) after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$625 for the points and $100-plus for the free night award.
December 2020 to April 2021.Earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$700.
May 2021 to November 2021.Earn 125,000 bonus points plus a free night award (worth up to 40,000 bonus points) after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$625 for the points and $100-plus for the free night award.
October 2020 to April 2021.Earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$700.
June 2020 to September 2020.Earn 125,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$625.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: If you can get better than 125,000 points — whether that's extra points or a free night award added on.


Learn more: IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card.


IHG Rewards Traveler Credit Card

The IHG Rewards Traveler Credit Card has no annual fee but offers perks like entry-level elite status and a fourth night free on award stays.

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Here are the offers on the IHG Traveler card from the past few years:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
July 2022 to now.Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$400.
March 2022 to June 2022.Earn 120,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$600.
December 2021 to February 2022.Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$400.
January 2021 to December 2021.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$300.
October 2020 to December 2020.Earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$500.
July 2020 to September 2020.Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$375.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: Eighty thousand points seems like the new standard, so anything above that is a great bonus.


Learn more: IHG Rewards Traveler Credit Card.


Ink Business Cash Credit Card

With no annual fee and the ability to earn up to 5% back on common business expenses, the Ink Business Cash Credit Card is in the wallet of many TPG staffers.

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Here's the offer history on the Ink Cash card:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
October 2022 to now.Earn a $900 cash bonus after spending $6,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$900.
December 2020 to October 2022.Earn a $750 cash bonus after spending $7,500 on purchases within three months of account opening.$750.
September 2019 to November 2020.Earn a $500 cash bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$500.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When the bonus is $750 or higher, it's worth applying; $750 is the standard offer most of the time.


Learn more: Ink Business Cash Credit Card.


Ink Business Preferred Credit Card

For just a $95 annual fee, the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card earns Ultimate Rewards with an earning structure that's popular among small-business owners and freelancers alike.

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Here are the offers we've seen on the Ink Preferred card in recent years:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
April 2020 to now.Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 in the first three months from account opening.$2,000.
January 2020 to March 2020.Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months from account opening.$1,600.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: One hundred thousand points has been the standard offer for a few years now.


Learn more: Ink Business Preferred Credit Card.


Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card

The Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card has no annual fee and earns a flat rate on all purchases, which can be an important part of your credit card strategy.

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Here is the offer history on the Ink Unlimited card:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
October 2022 to now.Earn a $900 cash bonus after spending $6,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$900.
December 2020 to October 2022.Earn a $750 cash bonus after spending $7,500 on purchases within three months from account opening.$750.
September 2019 to November 2020.Earn a $500 cash bonus after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$500.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: If the offer is at or above $750 cash.


Learn more: Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card.


Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

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Here are the offers we've seen over the past few years on the Boundless card as it's wavered between points and free night certificates:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
October 2022 to now.Earn three free night awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first three months from your account opening. Certain hotels have resort fees.$1,260.
September 2022 to October 2022.Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.$840.
July 2022 to September 2022.Earn three free night awards (each worth up to 50,000 points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.$1,260.
July 2022.Earn five free night awards (each worth up to 50,000 points) after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.$2,100.
May 2019 to July 2022.Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months from account opening.$630.
February 2019 to May 2019.Earn 100,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three months from account opening.$840.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: Earning three free night certificates seems like the standard offer, so anything above that would be the offer to jump on.


Learn more: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card.


Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card is Southwest's premium business card and offers perks like anniversary bonus points, status boost, upgraded boarding and credits for inflight Wi-Fi purchases.

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Here are the offers we've seen on this card since it launched in 2019:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
November 2021 to now.Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.$1,200.
February 2020 to October 2021.Earn up to 100,000 bonus points: Get 70,000 points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months and another 30,000 points after spending $25,000 total in the first six months.Up to $1,500.
June 2019 to January 2020.Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.$1,200.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: If an offer for more than 80,000 points comes out, don't think twice.


Learn more: Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card.


Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card

As the Southwest credit card with the lowest annual fee, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card is popular for offering a fair amount of benefits with just a $69 annual fee.

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Here are the past offers on this card:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
November 2022 to now.Earn 75,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months from account opening.$1,125.
July 2022 to November 2022.Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$750.
May 2022 to July 2022.Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$1,125.
April 2022.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$600.
February 2022 to March 2022.Earn a Companion Pass valid through Feb. 28, 2023, plus earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$450 in points plus unquantifiable value for your Companion Pass use.
January 2022.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$600.
October 2021 to December 2021.Earn up to 100,000 bonus points: Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Get another 50,000 points after spending $12,000 total on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening.$1,500.
September 2021.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Plus, earn 3 points per dollar on dining in the first year.$600 plus unlimited dining earnings.
June 2021 to August 2021.Earn 65,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$975.
April 2021 to July 2021.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Plus, earn 3 points per dollar on dining in the first year.$600 plus unlimited dining earnings.
February 2021 to March 2021.Earn a Companion Pass valid through Feb. 28, 2022, plus earn 30,000 bonus points after spending  $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$450 in points plus unquantifiable value for your Companion Pass use.
December 2020 to January 2021.Earn up to 80,000 bonus points: Get 50,000 points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Receive another 30,000 bonus points after spending a total of $10,000 on purchases within nine months from account opening. Plus, earn 5 points per dollar on Southwest purchases from Dec. 1, 2020, to March 3, 2021.Up to $1,200.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When you can earn a Companion Pass valid for a year or can earn upward of 75,000 points.


Learn more: Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card

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Approximate dateOfferValue*
September 2020 to now.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening.$900.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: If you see an offer over 60,000 points, jump on it, because 60,000 points has been the standard offer for a couple of years now.


Learn more: Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card.


Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card is Southwest's mid-tier card and offers anniversary bonus points, two EarlyBird check-ins per year and a broad earning structure.

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Here are the offers we've seen on this card over the years:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
November 2022 to now.Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.$1,125.
July 2022 to November 2022.Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$750.
May 2022 to July 2022.Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$1,125.
April 2022.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$600.
February 2022 to March 2022.Earn a Companion Pass valid through Feb. 28, 2023, plus earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$450 in points plus unquantifiable value for your Companion Pass use.
January 2022.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$600.
October 2021 to December 2021.Earn up to 100,000 bonus points: Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Get another 50,000 points after spending $12,000 total on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening.$1,500.
September 2021.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Plus, earn 3 points per dollar on dining in the first year.$600 plus unlimited dining earnings.
June 2021 to August 2021.Earn 65,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$975.
April 2021 to July 2021.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Plus, earn 3 points per dollar on dining in the first year.$600 plus unlimited dining earnings.
February 2021 to March 2021.Earn a Companion Pass valid through Feb. 28, 2022, plus earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$450 in points plus unquantifiable value for your Companion Pass use.
December 2020 to January 2021.Earn up to 80,000 bonus points: Get 50,000 points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Receive another 30,000 bonus points after spending a total of $10,000 on purchases within nine months from account opening. Plus, earn 5 points per dollar on Southwest purchases from Dec. 1, 2020, to March 3, 2021.Up to $1,200.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When you can earn a Companion Pass valid for a year or can earn upward of 75,000 points.


Learn more: Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card.


Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card is popular for its anniversary bonus points, upgraded boarding and broad earning structure.

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Here are the offers we've seen on the Southwest Priority card over the past few years:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
November 2022 to now.Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$1,125.
July 2022 to November 2022Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$750.
May 2022 to July 2022.Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$1,125.
April 2022.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$600.
February 2022 to March 2022.Earn a Companion Pass valid through Feb. 28, 2023, plus earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$450 in points plus unquantifiable value for your Companion Pass use.
January 2022.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$600.
October 2021 to December 2021.Earn up to 100,000 bonus points: Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Get another 50,000 points after spending $12,000 total on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening.$1,500.
September 2021.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Plus, earn 3 points per dollar on dining in the first year.$600 plus unlimited dining earnings.
June 2021 to August 2021.Earn 65,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$975.
April 2021 to July 2021.Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Plus, earn 3 points per dollar on dining in the first year.$600 plus unlimited dining earnings.
February 2021 to March 2021.Earn a Companion Pass valid through Feb. 28, 2022, plus earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$450 in points plus unquantifiable value for your Companion Pass use.
December 2020 to January 2021.Earn up to 80,000 bonus points: Get 50,000 points after spending $2,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Receive another 30,000 bonus points after spending a total of $10,000 on purchases within nine months from account opening. Plus, earn 5 points per dollar on Southwest purchases from Dec. 1, 2020, to March 3, 2021.Up to $1,200.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When you can earn a Companion Pass valid for a year or can earn upward of 75,000 points.


Learn more: Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card.


United Business Card

Launched in January 2020, the United Business Card has strong bonus categories for earning and offers numerous benefits for United flyers with just a $99 annual fee.

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Here are the offers we've seen since the launch of the United Business Card:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
June 2022 to now.Earn up to 150,000 bonus miles: Get 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Earn an extra 75,000 bonus miles after spending a total of $20,000 on purchases within six months from account opening.$1,815.
March 2022 to May 2022.Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$907.50.
January 2022 to February 2022.Earn up to 150,000 bonus miles: Get 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Earn an extra 75,000 bonus miles after spending a total of $20,000 on purchases within six months from account opening.$1,815.
September 2021 to December 2021.Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$907.50.
May 2021 to August 2021.Earn up to 150,000 bonus miles: Get 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Earn an extra 75,000 bonus miles after spending a total of $20,000 on purchases within six months from account opening.$1,815.
November 2020 to April 2021.Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$907.50.
May 2020 to September 2020.Earn 60,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$726.
January 2020 to April 2020.Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$1,210.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When you can earn 100,000 miles or more.


Learn more: United Business Card.


United Club Business Card

The United Club Business card is United's premium small-business card, offering increased checked baggage allowance and access to United Club lounges even when you're not flying in business class or don't have elite status with United Airlines.

The information for the United Club Business 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.

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Here are the various sign-up bonuses Chase has offered:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
May 2022 to now.Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$1,210.
April 2022 to May 2022.Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$907.50.
February 2022 to March 2022.Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$1,210.
September 2021 to January 2022.Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$907.50.
December 2020 to August 2021.Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$605.
July 2020 to November 2020.Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$1,210.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: Anything above 75,000 miles is worth an application.


United Club Infinite Card

The United Club Infinite Card is United's premium credit card, offering increased checked baggage allowance and access to United Club lounges.

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Here are the offers we've seen on the Club Infinite card over the past few years:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
June 2022 to now.Earn 80,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$968.
January 2022 to May 2022.Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$1,210.
April 2021 to December 2021.Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$907.50.
January 2021 to March 2021.No annual fee during the first year; the standard annual fee is $525.$525.
August 2020 to December 2020.Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$1,210.
June 2020 to July 2020.Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$907.50.
March 2020 to May 2020.Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.$1,210.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When you can get 80,000 or more miles.


Learn more: United Club Infinite Card.


United Explorer Card

The United Explorer card is a popular option for those looking for a free checked bag on United flights without paying a hefty annual fee.

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Here are the offers we've seen on the Explorer card:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
August 2022 to now.Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$605.
March 2022 to July 2022.Earn up to 70,000 bonus miles: Get 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus receive 10,000 more miles after $6,000 total in purchases in the first six months your account is open.Up to $847.
September 2021 to February 2022.Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$484.
June 2021 to August 2021.Earn up to 70,000 bonus miles: Get 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus receive 10,000 more miles after $6,000 total in purchases in the first six months your account is open.Up to $847.
February 2021 to June 2021.Earn up to 65,000 bonus miles: Get 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus receive 25,000 more miles after $10,000 total in purchases in the first six months your account is open.Up to $786.50.
December 2020 to January 2021.Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$484.
October 2020 to November 2020.Earn up to 70,000 bonus miles: Get 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, plus receive 10,000 more miles after $6,000 total in purchases in the first six months your account is open.Up to $847.
July 2020 to September 2020.Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$726.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When you can get 60,000 or more miles — especially if it requires under $10,000 in spending.


Learn more: United Explorer Card.


United Quest Card

The United Quest Card card launched in April of 2021 and is a mid-tier card that's popular with United flyers.

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Given the relatively short age of this credit card, there aren't many variations of its welcome offer. Here's what we've seen:

Approximate dateOfferValue*
January 2022. Earn 60,000 bonus miles and 500 Premier qualifying points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$726.
February 2022 to January 2022.Earn 70,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$847.
October 2021 to January 2022.Earn 80,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.$968.
April 2021 to October 2021.Earn up to 100,000 bonus miles: Get 80,000 miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Get another 20,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 total on your card within six months from account opening.Up to $1,210.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: When you can earn 80,000 miles or more.


Learn more: United Quest Card.


World of Hyatt Business Credit Card

The World of Hyatt Business card was originally launched in October 2021 and offers an interesting array of perks for business owners who are able to spend enough to unlock them.

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Since this card's launch, we've seen a few different welcome bonuses. Two are worth highlighting: The highest number of points was available at launch, while others may find more value in the offer with double stay credits.

Approximate dateOfferValue*
October 2022 to now.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$1,020.
August 2021 to October 2022.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening, plus earn double stay credits on hotel stays from Aug. 23 to Dec. 31, 2022.$1,020 plus double stay credits for a limited time.
May 2022 to August 2022.Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.$1,020.
October 2021 to April 2022.Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $7,500 on purchases within three months from account opening.$1,275.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: Whenever you can receive better than 60,000 points from spending $5,000 — whether that means extra points, stay credits or something else.


Learn more: World of Hyatt Business Credit Card.


World of Hyatt Credit Card

We've called it "one of the most valuable hotel cards" for its strong earnings and benefits that vastly outweigh the $95 annual fee.

The Hyatt credit card wavers between bonuses that offer extra points the more you spend, and bonuses that offer a set amount of points after meeting a spending requirement.

Approximate dateOfferValue*
April 2021 to now.Earn up to 60,000 bonus points: Get 30,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening and earn 2 points per dollar on purchases that normally earn just 1 point per dollar — on up to $15,000 of these purchases during the first six months from account opening.Up to $1,020.
January 2019 to March 2021.Earn up to 50,000 bonus points: Get 25,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Receive another 25,000 bonus points after making a total of $6,000 in purchases within six months from account opening.Up to $850.
June 2018 to January 2019.Earn up to 60,000 bonus points: Get 40,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months from account opening. Receive another 20,000 bonus points after spending $6,000 total on purchases within six months from account opening.Up to $1,020.

*Bonus offer value is based on TPG's valuations and not provided by the credit card issuer.

When to apply for this card: The best offers on this card have included 50,000-60,000 points with lower spending requirements. Anything that includes more than 50,000 points and requires under $10,000 of spending would be worth applying for.


Learn more: World of Hyatt Credit Card.


Should you wait for a better welcome offer?

After reviewing some of the welcome offers from the past, you may be tempted to wait until something better comes around. There are a lot of good reasons to wait for a better welcome offer, but it's not always worth the wait.

Here are some reasons why you might want to apply anyway for the credit card you're considering:

A better bonus may not come back

Some bonuses just never come back. The Chase Sapphire Reserve hasn’t repeated the 100,000-point sign-up bonus since its launch in 2016 — and we don’t anticipate that it will come back.

The card may stop accepting applications

Some cards no longer accept applications. This is the case with the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card from Chase and the Citi Prestige® Card. Waiting for a better bonus on a credit card could mean missing the chance to get that card altogether.

The information for the Ritz-Carlton card and Citi Prestige has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

You’re missing out on points from everyday spending

If you wait to apply for a card, you’re missing out on thousands of points from your everyday credit card spending. That difference alone might make up for the better bonus you’re holding out for.

You’re planning an award trip now

If you have your sights set on traveling in the near future, you’ll want to start accruing those points and miles now. After you hit a spending minimum, it could take up to a couple of billing cycles for those points to hit your balance.

Some cards allow you to earn the bonus again later

While American Express is famous for its once-in-a-lifetime bonus restrictions, many other banks — Chase included — allow you to earn a bonus on the same credit card again later. If you decide to apply for a credit card, earn the bonus and then see something better a few years down the road, you may be eligible to receive that bonus again. This can lessen the sting of getting a ho-hum bonus and then seeing it improve later down the road.

Related: Cards currently offering sign-up bonuses of 100,000 points or more

Bottom line

From the data on Chase credit card sign-up bonuses and how they've changed over time, you should have a better understanding of what is a standard offer and what is a great offer when applying for a credit card.

Pay attention to the offers available to you when considering your next credit card and compare them to this information. If you see something that's above our application threshold, it's definitely worth your consideration.

For more information on credit card bonus offers over time, see the following:

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Rewards

3 - 4X points
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
3XEarn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.

Intro offer

60,000 bonus points
Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

Annual Fee

$250

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent/Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
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Apply for American Express® Gold Card
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Best for the well-traveled foodie
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
3XEarn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

    60,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees