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I haven’t done one of these in a while and there are many new big credit card bonus offers to explore. A quick note for those not familiar with how credit card signup bonus offers can help with travel.
Back in 2011, credit cards helped us earn a little over 857,000 points and miles. We used those points and miles to take some amazing trips before we started a family. That year we used a little over 1,734,000 points and miles that we had accumulated from credit card signups and traveling for trips to destinations we could not have otherwise afforded such as; Bora Bora, Buenos Aires, Bahamas, Lake Tahoe among many others that year few. We took trips ranging from 14 days (Bora Bora) down to just 4 days (Buenos Aires) and it couldn’t / wouldn’t have been done if we didn’t have airline miles and hotel points to make the trip affordable.
So if you are planning a big trip, topping off an account for that next award, or just getting into the game, here’s a list of the biggest credit card signup bonus offers for your consideration.
Best Credit Card Bonus Offers
- The Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® gave me the easiest 100,000 miles I’ve ever earned. The card comes with 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $10,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership. It also comes with Admirals Club membership privileges. There is a $450 annual fee but the offer also comes with a $250 statement credit.
- Expired: The Ink Bold® Business Charge Card comes with a 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. The first year fee is $0, making this a great deal because you can transfer those 60,000 points to some great travel partners like Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz Carlton, United Airlines, British Airways and Southwest to name a few.
- Expired: The Ink Plus® Business Credit Card also comes with a 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. The big difference is the Ink Plus is a credit card where as the Ink Bold is a charge card. The first year fee is $0, making this a great deal because you can transfer those 60,000 points to some great travel partners like Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz Carlton, United Airlines, British Airways and Southwest to name a few.
- The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® comes with 40,000 bonus miles after your first purchase! There is an $89 fee for the first year. This card may not be around for very long, so I actually just picked up this card again for what might be my last time holding the card.
- The Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® comes with 50,000 American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of card membership.
- The United MileagePlus Explorer Business and Personal offers come with 50,000 bonus miles after spending only $2,000 in the first 3 months of card membership. The fee is $0 for the first year and $95 after that. We just cancelled our United cards in preference for cash back cards, but this can quickly add miles to your account.
- The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® offers up to 20,000 miles with first purchase or balance transfer. The card comes with a $79 fee. For those not familiar with Lufthansa, you can use your miles with their partner carriers like United for some great deals, like 12,000 miles for one-way coach in the U.S., or only 20,000 miles one-way coach from the U.S. to Hawaii. There is also a companion ticket issued annually for cardmembers that can be used to bring along a guest with you on your journey.
- The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers 40,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of having the card. The annual fee is $0 the first year and $95 after that. Among the many benefits is a 7% dividend on points earned and triple points on dining on the first Friday of every month.
- Expired: The Ink Cash® Business Credit Card provides $300 cash back after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. This card offers one of the most generous cash back offers out there with 5% cash back at Office Supply stores/cell phones/internet/cable (up to $25,000 a year), 2% cash back at at gas stations and restaurants (up to $25,000 a year), and 1% cash back on everything else. If you purchase your favorite gift cards for gifts or personal use at Office Supply stores, this card’s benefits really come in handy. Best part is there is NO annual fee.
And of course if you are lucky enough to get one, or got one from increasing the chances of getting targeted American Express offers, the targeted 100,000 bonus offer for the Business Platinum American Express card is a great deal to take advantage of.
Where ever you want to go this year, points and miles can get you there on a budget. If you are considering signing up for a credit card or two, consider the ones listed above as they are generally the ones I consider to have the biggest and best bonus offers right now during the month of may.
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