The 9 best elevated credit card offers to sign up for in June

Jun 7, 2021

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Credit card sign-up bonuses and welcome offers are the quickest and easiest way to rake in lots of points and miles, so we regularly update the roundup of our favorite current offers in our best credit cards guide.

But to help you keep up with an ever-changing list of bonuses, we’ve rounded up the best card offers currently available — especially the ones that are worth an extra look right now because they are at all-time highs or may end in the near future. This month, we’re seeing some especially enticing offers for some of the best travel credit cards, including some cobranded hotel and airline credit cards.

The ever-popular Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is actually at an all-time high right now offering 100,000 bonus points with $4,000 in spending in the first three months from account opening. That’s an outstanding offer easily worth $1,250 – $2,000, when either redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards or based on TPG valuations.

Since many issuers have restrictions on how often you can earn a bonus on a card, it’s important to apply when there’s a good offer. Also, higher bonuses don’t always stick around for long, so if you’re considering one of these offers, you’ll want to hop on it sooner rather than later.

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The best elevated card offers in June

Card Sign-up bonus/welcome offer Sign-up bonus/welcome offer value* Annual fee 
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 100,000 bonus points after $4,000 in spending in the first 3 months of account opening $2,000 $95
New United Quest Card Earn up to 100,000 bonus miles after a total of $10,000 in purchases in the first 6 months from account opening — earn 80,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening, plus an additional 20,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 in the first 6 months from account opening. $1,300 $250
Chase Sapphire Reserve  60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. $1,200 $550
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card 100,000 miles after spending $20,000 in the first 12 months of account opening, or 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. $1,700/$850 $95
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card Earn 3 Free Night Awards (each free night award has a redemption value up to 50,000 bonus points, that’s a value of up to 150,000 total points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, earn 10X total points on up to $2,500 in combined purchases at grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations within the first 6 months from account opening. up to $1,200 $95
Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. $240 $0
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express A special welcome offer for TPG readers: 125,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the card within the first 3 months of card membership. $2,500 $595 (see rates & fees)
The Platinum Card® from American Express 75,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 6 months, though you may be able to get a higher bonus through the CardMatch tool (terms apply). $1,500 $550 (see rates & fees)
American Express® Gold Card 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 6 months of card membership, though you may be able to get a higher bonus through the CardMatch tool (terms apply). $1,200 $250 (see rates & fees)

*Sign-up bonus/welcome offer value is determined using TPG valuations and is not provided by or reviewed by the issuer.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Sign-up bonus Sign-up bonus value* Earning rates Annual fee
100,000 bonus points after $4,000 in spending in the first 3 months $2,000 2 points per dollar on travel and dining, 5 points per dollar on Lyft (through March 2022), 1 point per dollar elsewhere $95

 

There’s never been a better time than now to get the Sapphire Preferred. After 12 years, the card is now offering its highest welcome bonus — ever.

If you can’t quite justify the Sapphire Reserve’s annual fee, or you just want as many welcome bonus points as possible, you may find that the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a better fit. It earns 5 points per dollar on Lyft rides through March 2022, 2 points per dollar on travel and dining at restaurants and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide.

The points you earn with this card can be transferred to Chase’s airline and hotel partners or redeemed for 1.25 cents each through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Benefits include 12 months of DashPass membership, primary rental car coverage, up to $500 in trip delay reimbursement if you’re delayed more than 12 hours or overnight, up to $10,000 in trip cancellation and interruption insurance and up to $100 per day for up to five days in baggage delay reimbursement if your bag is delayed more than six hours.

Read our review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

APPLY HERE: Chase Sapphire Preferred

United Quest Card

United Quest
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Sign-up bonus Sign-up bonus value* Earning rates Annual fee
Earn up to 100,000 bonus miles after a total of $10,000 in purchases in the first 6 months from account opening — earn 80,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening, plus an additional 20,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 in the first 6 months from account opening. $1,300 3x on United purchases.

2x on all other travel, select streaming and dining purchases.

1x on everything else.

 

$250

Key benefits include a $125 annual United purchase credit, as well as up to 10,000 miles back each year — you’ll automatically get 5,000 miles back into your account after the first two United award flights you take per anniversary year. The card also offers a free first and second checked bag, an up-to-$100 TSA PreCheck/Global Entry application fee credit every four years, priority boarding, trip protectionexpanded award availability and lower average award prices.

APPLY HERE: United Quest Card

Chase Sapphire Reserve

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Sign-up bonus Sign-up bonus value* Earning rates Annual fee
60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. $1,200 10x on Lyft purchases through March 2022.

3x on travel and dining.

1x on everything else.

 

$550

This is one of the best premium credit cards available. It earns a whopping 10 points per dollar on Lyft through March 2022, 3x on travel (after using the $300 travel credit), dining, and 1x on everything else.

Chase defines travel and dining quite broadly, including everything from parking fees to Airbnb stays and food delivery orders. Perks of the card include a $300 annual travel creditLyft Pink membershipPriority Pass membership, up to $60 per year in DoorDash credits (at least for 2021), a complimentary DashPass membership and an impressive array of travel protections.

Read our review of the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

APPLY HERE: Chase Sapphire Reserve

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

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Sign-up bonus Sign-up bonus value* Earning rates Annual fee
100,000 bonus miles after spending $20,000 on purchases within the first 12 months of account opening, or 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of the account opening. $1,700/$850 2x on all purchases.

 

$95

The Venture Rewards packs a pretty good punch for a mid-tier credit card. It earns a flat 2x miles on all purchases worldwide. The miles you earn with this card can be transferred to Capital One’s 16 airline and three hotel partners or redeemed through the Capital One Travel portal.

Related: How I earned the full 100,000-mile Venture bonus charging $20,000 worth of boring life expenses

The card stands out for offering an application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck every four years; many other cards that offer this benefit have annual fees of $400 or more. This TSA PreCheck/Global Entry application fee credit alone is worth up to $100. There’s also a suite of travel benefits, including travel accident insurance and secondary auto rental coverage. When making everyday purchases, you’ll also get extended warranty protection. Benefits only available to accounts approved for the Visa Signature card. Terms apply.

The Venture Rewards doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees, so you can use the card overseas without accumulating extra charges.

Read our review of the Capital One Venture Rewards Card.

APPLY HERE: Capital One Venture Rewards Card

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

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Sign-up bonus Sign-up bonus value* Earning rates Annual fee
Earn 3 Free Night Awards (each free night award has a redemption value up to 50,000 bonus points, that’s a value of up to 150,000 total points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, earn 10X total points on up to $2,500 in combined purchases at grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations within the first 6 months from account opening. up to $1,200 6x on eligible Marriott Bonvoy purchases.

2x on all other eligible purchases.

$95

One of the card’s biggest perks is a free annual award night worth up to 35,000 points. TPG values Marriott points at 0.8 cents each, meaning 35,000 points are worth $280. So, you only need to redeem your free night for one-third of that value to completely break even on your annual fee. Cardholders also get Silver status, with the ability to upgrade to Gold after $35,000 in annual spending on the card.

Read our review of the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card.

APPLY HERE: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

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Sign-up bonus Welcome offer value* Earning rates Annual fee
Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. $240 3x on eligible Marriott Bonvoy purchases.

2x on other travel purchases.

1x on all other eligible purchases.

$0

The Bonvoy Bold is a tougher sell because it takes up a valuable 5/24 slot with Chase without offering many of the lucrative perks people expect from a hotel credit card, such as a free night certificate. However, if you’re looking to add a Marriott card to your wallet and are committed to not paying an annual fee, the elevated bonus on the Bonvoy Bold might be worth considering. The card comes with automatic Marriott Silver elite status, although its earning rates are significantly lower than what you’ll find on other Bonvoy cards.

Read our review of the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card.

APPLY HERE: Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

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Welcome offer Welcome offer value* Earning rates Annual fee
A special welcome offer for TPG readers: 125,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the card within the first 3 months of card membership. $2,500 5x on flights and prepaid hotels booked at amextravel.com.

1.5x on purchases over $5,000 (up to 1 million additional points per year).

1x everywhere else.

$595 (see rates & fees)

This business card stands out for its travel perks. Cardholders enjoy automatic Gold status in both the Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy loyalty programs, along with numerous other benefits. Cardholders get access to more lounges at the airport than any other card offers, including Amex Centurion, Priority Pass and Delta Sky Club (on same-day Delta flights). Enrollment required for select benefits.

On top of that, the card comes with up to $200 in annual airline fee credits and a 35% points rebate for flights booked through Amex Travel in first or business class on any airline (up to 500,000 points back per calendar year), or in any class on the airline of your choice each year. Non-travel benefits include up to $200 in annual statement credits toward U.S. Dell purchases. Enrollment required for select benefits.

Read our review of the American Express Business Platinum Card.

APPLY HERE: The Business Platinum Card from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express and American Express® Gold Card

(Photo by Eric Helgas/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Eric Helgas/The Points Guy)

While these aren’t technically limited-time offers, you can often find elevated welcome offers through the CardMatch tool. For example, The Platinum Card from American Express, with a $550 annual fee (see rates and fees), is currently offering a public welcome offer of 75,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first six months of account opening, but some new customers can earn a 100,000-point welcome offer after meeting the same minimum spending requirements via the CardMatch tool.

While the American Express Gold Card, with a $250 annual fee (see rates and fees), offers a public welcome offer of 60,000 points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within the first six months, some new customers can earn a 75,000-point welcome offer after meeting the same minimum spending requirements via the tool.

Please note: These elevated offers are targeted and subject to change at any time.

APPLY HERE: The Platinum Card from American Express and American Express Gold Card

*Bonus offer value based on TPG valuations and not provided by issuers. 

For rates and fees of the Business Platinum Card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Gold card, please click here.

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This is The Points Guy’s permanent page with limited-time welcome offers to consider each month, so you can bookmark it and check back regularly for updates. 

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
0% on purchases for 12 months
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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