For the next installment of the 2011 Best of & Worst of series, I am going to look at the best credit card promos of 2011. This is the third of several posts in this series that will run until the end of the year. Then the information will be compiled into one master Best of & Worst of 2011 post! Remember, there will be some Starbucks gift cards awarded to some lucky contributors to this series! In case you missed it, you can still check out and contribute to the previous posts in this series.
Oh boy was 2011 ever the year of credit card bonuses! I know many of us got hundreds of thousands of miles and points just from credit card sign-up bonuses this year. From the British Airways 100,000 mile sign up, to the Capital One Venture card 100,000 point match, to the Chase Sapphire Preferred 100,000 “bump the bonus”, to the multiple Amex bump the bonuses, this was a record year for card sign-up bonuses.
My personal favorite sign-up bonus was getting in on the Chase Sapphire Preferred 100,000 point “bump the bonus”. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, there were about 2-3 days in June where Chase was basically giving 100,000 (50,000 points for the original sign-up bonus plus an additional 50,000) points to anyone who asked. It was fantastic. Aside from sign-up bonuses, I have also really done very well with some recent American Express promos including Small Business Saturday and the Gift Chain. I think my favorite on-going credit card “bonus” I learned about in 2011 is the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Ink Bold, Chase Freedom Visa, Chase Checking combo. I am in the middle of setting up this combo for myself, and am very excited about the points it will earn me in 2012! If you want to learn more about that deal, check out this post. While we are on the subject of Chase Ultimate Reward points, my family also did extremely well with the one-day points bonuses that Chase offered at select retailers in November and December. The 10x Best Buy and 10x Toys R Us days were my personal favorites.
Rewards credit cards really are the corner stone of how my family travels for free, and I am extremely grateful for all of the fantastic credit card bonuses and promos that we were able to participate in this year. We would only be able to do a very small fraction of the travel we do if it were not for the massive about of miles and points we get from our credit cards. If you are interested in browsing some of the current best rewards credit card offers for families, you can check many of them out here. It’s still not too late to snag another sign-up bonus or two to round out your 2011 collection.
Now to the best part….what was your favorite credit card promo of 2011?
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