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As you may know, the one week limited time 75,000 Membership Reward points sign-up bonus offer for the Amex Business Gold Rewards card is ending on Monday around 11AM Eastern (two days from now). I have been getting a few questions about that offer, as well as what are the other top credit card offers that are publicly available right now. Given the increased interest in credit card sign-up bonuses, I thought it was a good time to review some of the current top offers that are available. Of course the best specific offers for you will vary depending on your travel goals, which cards you already have, the level of spending requirements you can comfortably meet, etc.
These aren’t ranked in a specific order, but generally speaking I think these are the best current offers:
These cards are really amazing for their 5x earning potential. They award 5x points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually at office supply stores, on cable and wireless service, and landline communications. They also award 2x points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent annually on gas and hotel expenses (paid directly to the hotel). My family racks up thousands of points each month just from auto-paying things like cable, cell phones, home phone, etc. There are no foreign transaction fees and there is an introductory fee of $0 the first year then $95 in subsequent years. The main difference in the two cards is that the Plus is a credit card and the Bold is a charge card that must be paid in full each month. I have both and they are my favorite cards in my wallet.
The Business Gold Rewards Amex: 75,000 Membership Reward points after spending $10,000 in four months
I wrote extensively about this card and what you can do with 75,000 Membership Reward points in this post, but here are the main points regarding this offer in case you missed it.
• LIMITED TIME OFFER: Earn 75,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $10,000 in the first 4 months of Card membership.
• 3X points on airfare
• 2x points on purchases in the U.S. for advertising in select media, gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations, and shipping
• 1X points on other purchases
• Points are earned only on eligible purchases. Bonus points limitations apply.
• $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
• Introductory annual fee for Additional Gold Cards in the first year is $0; then, $50 for the first Additional Gold Card and no fee for other Additional Cards
• Terms & Restrictions Apply. Offer expires January 28th, 2013.
This is the highest bonus I have seen for this card, and it is one of the few offers out there right now that is over 50,000 points. I have no reason to suspect the offer will get better in the near future (though it certainly may return again in its current form). The $10,000 minimum spending requirement can be a tough one for some folks, but if you can swing it, this one is worth considering before the 1/28/13 deadline.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Cards (personal and business): 50,000 points after spending $2,000 in three months
There is a personal and business version of this card and both come with a $69 annual fee. However, the 50,000 points that are worth $832 in “Wanna Get Away” fares more than offset the fee in my mind. These cards are great for families that want to travel domestically on Southwest routes since you can use these points at a fixed cash value for Southwest tickets. These points are also companion pass qualifying (though who knows when that might change), so if you get both cards in the same calendar year then you are almost to the 110,000 point threshold for a companion pass. You can read more about that here.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: 40,000 Ultimate Reward points after spending $3,000 in three months
This card may not seem as exciting as it once was just because it has been around a while. However, if you haven’t gotten the card, it is still one of the best offers out there. You can’t hardly beat the flexibility of Ultimate Reward points and being able to earn 2x on travel and dining + the 7% annual bonus is pretty great. I have this card in my wallet and continue to use it for many things – especially for dining during times when dining isn’t a bonus category on any of my other cards.
British Airways Visa Signature: (EDIT: Expired) 50,000 Avios after $1,000 in purchases in three months
This is another limited time offer card and the sign-up bonus can be as high as 100,000 points if you can meet some hefty spending requirements. Otherwise just think of it as a 50,000 point card. Here are the details for this card.
- You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
- 25,000 bonus Avios after you make $10,000 in purchases within the first 12 months of account opening
- Plus an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first 12 months of account opening
- Together, that’s enough Avios for one roundtrip business class award ticket
- In addition to the bonus, you will also get 2.5 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1.25 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases
- Smart Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip based purchases in Europe & beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home
- Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad
- Every year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa card, you’ll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years
- Annual fee $95
I don’t recall if I have received official notice of when this offer will no longer be available via the affiliate channels, but I do have an email from Chase/British Airways stating the public offer is available through February 27th, so likely there is just over a month left on this one.
American Airlines Citi Cards – Up to 50,000 Miles after meeting spending requirements
These cards are best discussed on this Flyertalk thread as there are many versions still out there, and they are all slightly different. They typically don’t have the offer spelled out on the application page they way most offers do, but there are 1,000′s of successful reports. The best available offers for these cards are these “unmarked” offers, so head to that FT thread for more info.
There aren’t too many offers still around that award miles after the first purchase, so this is a very solid offer. Not only is the sign-up bonus good, but the card also gives you a 5,000 mile discount when you book US Airways award tickets on US Airways operated flight, and it awards an annual Companion Discount Certificate that can be used to fly up to two additional persons on your itinerary for just $99 for each of the additional tickets. The initial ticket must cost at least $250, and the flight must be a flight operated by US Airways in the contiguous 48 states or from the US to Canada (subject to some black-out dates and restrictions).
There are many other great card offers out there as well (some of which are listed here), but these are a few of the offers that I think are currently the best ones available. Let me know if I left off one of your current favorites.
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