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I know most of you can recite the benefits an offer details of some of the super popular rewards credit cards backwards and forwards the same way I can…and that isn’t a bad thing. However, I wanted to put aside some of those super popular cards for a moment and offer a few updates on some cards that don’t get quite as much attention and/or have changed recently.
Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card:
I just wrote about this one when it came out earlier this week, but I can’t write a post about recent card updates without including it as it is one of the Top 5 sign-up offers out there – even higher ranked for those who focus primarily on domestic travel and/or those who go for the Companion Pass. The public offer states it will be around until October 30th, and if you are at all interested in the Companion Pass then you will probably want to wait until closer to that date to apply (read the linked post above to learn more about why). You can get to the other versions of this card at the 50k point level by going through the landing page linked above (scroll down to the bottom).
- Limited-Time Offer: Get 50,000 points for 2 Roundtrip Flights after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account. Government fees as low as $10 not included.
- Get 6,000 points every year after your Cardmember Anniversary.
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines® and AirTran Airways® purchases made directly with the airlines and on Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.
- Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
- Redeem points for gift cards, car rentals, cruises, hotel stays, and international flights to over 800 Destinations on 50+ global carriers.
- No foreign transaction fees
Hyatt Credit Card
A reader pointed out that there seems to be a public offer available for the Hyatt Credit card that awards two free nights at any Hyatt in the world after spending $1,000 in the first three months that has the $75 annual fee waived the first year! I have seen some similar offers when making a reservation at Hyatt.com. This really is an amazing card that is likely my next Chase application.
- Receive elite Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum membership*
- Achieve Diamond membership sooner*
- No foreign transaction fees†. Smart Chip technology and extra protections
- Redeem for Free Nights with no resort fees, and with as few as 5,000 points at any Category 1 property*
- Plus, receive 1 Free Night every year on your cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 property*
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, $75 therafter
American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card
The best offer for this card has been on the Card Match Tool from creditcards.com for a number of months now, and the details for that offer are listed below. As far as I know, this version of the offer is only available to some via the linked Card Match Tool. I am including it because another offer that had been on that tool for a long time, recently disappeared or me. It was a reminder that there is no guarantee an offer will stick around there forever. This card is pretty great for those who want some cash back year-round for grocery purchases, up to a max. The sign-up bonus is also decent for a straight cash-back card. That is not my personal focus currently with rewards credit cards, but I know it makes a bunch of sense for some families.
- Earn 250 Reward Dollars after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
- Earn Cash Back: 6% US supermarkets up to $6,000 per year in purchases, 3% US gas stations & select US dept stores, 1% other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
- Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit.
- Simple and Straightforward: With the Blue Cash Preferred Card, you can start earning cash back. No rotating reward categories. No enrollment required.
- Terms and Restrictions Apply.
Delta SkyMiles are not my own focus, and up until very recently I saw a better offer than this for the card via the CardMatch tool. However, I don’t see that offer still listed on CardMatch, so if you want to get this card right this second then be aware they did just add a $50 statement credit with a Delta purchase, and increased the spending requirement from $500 to $1,000. You may still find an even better offer by checking here. I won’t be getting this card in the near future, but just in case your needs and wants differ from mine…
- Earn 30K bonus miles after you make $1K in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months.
- Earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
- Earn As You Spend: Get 2X miles on Delta purchases and 1X miles for all other eligible dollars spent.
- Check your first bag free on every Delta flight – that’s a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
- Premium Travel Perks: Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
- $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Terms and Restrictions Apply.
The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN
I had already posted that this card was adding a 2x category on US purchases made directly from select computer hardware and software providers (like Apple) after I got a letter in the mail about my own account. At the time the language made it sound like this wouldn’t necessarily apply to all accounts, but it does indeed apply to all accounts, and is now in the official marketing material for the card. A minor change for most unless you are charging a ton of computer hardware to the card, but more points are always welcome.
- Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 3 months of Card membership†.
- Built with business-sized purchasing power and fast rewards.
- 3X points on airfare purchased from airlines. 2X points on US purchases for advertising in select media, shipping and at gas stations.
- (New!) 2X points on US purchases made directly from select computer hardware and software providers.
- Up to $100,000 in each category per year, then 1 point.
- Terms and limitations apply.
- $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175.
- †Apply online to qualify for this offer. See offer terms for details.
Another one I want to mention is the disappearance of the ability to apply for Hawaiian Airlines credit cards issued by Bank of America. The application for these cards have been gone for a few months, and there were rumors that we may see them pop back up somewhere in September, but I haven’t seen anything new myself yet and we are into September. Any other credit card updates you have come across recently? Have a great weekend!
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