There hasn’t been too much movement on credit card offers recently (except the current Amex Business Gold Rewards card announced yesterday), so I wanted to do a quick roundup of some of the best offers out there – those that will give you 50,000 points or more with also a great value.

  • Chase Ink Bold® Charge Card - This card is still offering 50,000 points after meeting the minimum spend requirement of $5,000 in the first three months. This is a GREAT card if you have high spend on business expenses such as wireless communication services, cable and satellite television and radio services, and office supply stores and whole distributors of office supplies. This is because this card offers you 5x points on all these business expenses (with a maximum bonus of 200,000 points, so $50,00 spent). I personally have utilized this card quite often on Staples purchases, such as free after rebate or gift card purchases to maximize my point earning while not paying anything out of pocket – free points! Although I use this card often, I opt for my Chase Sapphire Preferred card over this card for purchases where the point earning is the same as the Chase Sapphire Preferred gives a 7% bonus on all purchases. You can learn more about this promotion and the details in this prior blog postAlso, you can check out my blog series on the Chase Ultimate Rewards program. 
    • Card perks, which are a review or opinion include:
      • Earn 50,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months
      • Earn up to 5x points per $1 on business expenses up to a maximum of 200,000 bonus points/$50,000 spent  (business expenses include: wireless communication services, cable and satellite television and radio services, office supply stores and wholesale distributors of office supplies)
      • Earn 2x points per $1 at gas stations, hotels and motels up to a maximum of 50,000 bonus points/$50,000 spent
      • Earn 1x points per $1 on all other purchases
      • No foreign transaction fees
      • Free additional cards (the primarily card holder will receive all the points)
      • Airport lounge access to over 350 VIP lounges worldwide. First two visits per year are free, then $27 per person.
      • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
    • Card application link.
  • Chase Ink Plus® Credit Card - This card is VERY similar to the Chase Ink Bold® Charge Card, with the only difference being that the Plus is a credit card and the Bold is a charge card. If you pay off your balance in full every month, then the difference should not matter to you. And if you are in the game to collecting points and miles, you should be paying off your bill each month as the APRs on these cards are extremely high. This card has the exact same benefits and sign on bonus as the Bold card, and luckily enough if you are really trying to maximize your Ultimate Reward points you are able to apply for both and get a total of 100,000 points. I personally would recommend using your Ultimate Reward points to transfer to Hyatt, United, and British Airways as that is where you will typically see the most value. You can learn more about this promotion and the details in this prior blog postAlso, you can check out my blog series on the Chase Ultimate Rewards program. The card perks listed below is my review of the offer.
    • Card perks, which are a review or opinion include (exact same as Chase Ink Bold® Charge Card):
      • Earn 50,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months
      • Earn up to 5x points per $1 on business expenses up to a maximum of 200,000 bonus points/$50,000 spent  (business expenses include: wireless communication services, cable and satellite television and radio services, office supply stores and wholesale distributors of office supplies)
      • Earn 2x points per $1 at gas stations, hotels and motels up to a maximum of 50,000 bonus points/$50,000 spent
      • Earn 1x points per $1 on all other purchases
      • No foreign transaction fees
      • Free additional cards (the primarily card holder will receive all the points)
      • Airport lounge access to over 350 VIP lounges worldwide. First two visits per year are free, then $27 per person.
      • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
    • Card application link.
  • Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature - This is a card you probably do not read much about, but is actually one of my favorites. While Marriott moved many hotels up a category starting May 15, 2013, the annual fee can still pay itself off yearly and is a card you can keep in your wallet for awhile. I personally have had this card for the past 8 years and while I do not use it for my daily purchases (except when staying at Marriott hotels – you earn 5 points per dollar at Marriott hotels), I’ve been able to reap many of the benefits. This card comes with an annual free night certificate (upon account renewal) that can be used at any category 1-5 hotel. So for the $85/year fee I pay I get a free night which gives me at least a $150 value. I also get 15 nights a year towards status which has helped me remain as a Platinum member for quite some time, but for the every day traveler, will give them automatic Silver status. Currently, the best offer is for 70,000 points after meeting the minimum spend requirements.
    • Card perks, which are a review or opinion include:
      • Enjoy up to 7 Free Nights To Start!
      • New! Smart Chip Technology and No Foreign Transaction Fees!
      • Earn 5 points for every $1 spent at Marriott® locations
      • Earn 2 points for every $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and at car rental agencies & restaurants
      • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on other purchases
      • Receive 1 free night stay after account approval and each year upon account anniversary
      • Cardmembers achieve Silver Elite status with 15 nights credit toward Elite status
    • Card application link.
  • British Airways Visa Signature Card – While I am including this card as a great card offer (currently at 50,000 points after you spend $1,000 in three months), we’ve seen better with the 100,000 point offer that BA comes out with once or twice a year. Additionally, since American Express Membership Reward points can be transferred to British Airways Avios points at a 1:1 ratio and there are many times a bonus transfer offer, the card I listed first in this post will give you a much better value if you are purely in it for the points. While I highly value Avios points and recommend this card for the bonus point opportunity, if you are not desperate for Avios points right away, I’d probably hold off and see if a better offer comes around.  You can learn more about this promotion and the details in this prior blog post.
    • Card perks, which are a review or opinion include:
      • 50,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days
      • $95 annual fee (not waived the first year)
      • Free companion pass valid for 2 years after spending $30,000 annually on your card (this must be within a calendar year, not a rolling 12-month time period) – it is also only good for a British Airways operated flight and you are responsible for the companion’s taxes and fees
      • Earn 1.25 miles per $1 spent on all purchases and 2.25 miles per $1 on all British Airways purchases
      • No foreign transaction fees!
    • Card application link.
  • Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature - This is a great addition to the credit cards, points and miles world. Club Carlson just recently launched four different cards all with different sign up bonuses and perks. However, all of them give you your last free night free on an awards stay, which is huge! This means that if you only have a two night stay, you are ultimately only paying for one night – you can think of it as a buy one get one! This to me is the biggest benefit. Additionally, many of the cards give you bonus points annually which pays for the annual fee. You can learn more about this promotion and the details in this prior blog post. Also make sure to read more about the pros and cons of each of the four cards.
    • Card perks include (for the Premier Rewards Visa Signature version of the card, check out the prior blog post to learn more about the benefits of the three additional cards):
      • Earn 5 Club Carlson points per dollar on everyday spending; 10 points per dollar on Club Carlson hotel spending
      • Earn 85,000 point signup bonus — 50,000 after first purchase and 35,000 more after $2500 spend within 90 days
      • Earn automatic Gold status
      • Earn 40,000 points annually for card renewal
      • Annual fee of $75 (not waived the first year)

So overall these are my top 6 cards due to their current sign up bonus promotion. Of course there are other great cards out there that have far better value for perks and daily spend, but these are just to highlight the sign up bonus potential.

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  • Rebekah said,

    Every link I find for the 75k Amex offer is 50k, not 75k. I have tried every trick suggested. Cleared cookies, used a vpn, used my iPhone. Nothing gets me there

  • dealswelike said,

    @Rebekah – What about another computer? Or a different browser?

  • Chister said,

    I believer Club Carlson card has changed the rule to “buy 2 get 1 free”.

  • dealswelike said,

    @Chister – Not sure where you see that. I do not believe it has changed. Per the terms, “Bonus Award Night: When you redeem Gold Points for Award Nights of two or more consecutive nights at the same participating Carlson Rezidor hotel property, you will receive the last of the Award Nights of that stay free without deduction of any Gold Points from your Club Carlson account (“Bonus Award Night”).”

  • Tony said,

    I am with Rebekah I can not get the 75K points either, just the 50K. To me this is a bait and switch on Amex’s part. If you are offering 75K then that is what I should get.. I have tried, three different browser, and three different computer and still I only get the 50K point offer. All the other links work correctly in this article.

  • dealswelike said,

    @Tony – Amex has pulled this offer.

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