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Point Earning Credit Cards and their sign up and spending bonuses are a big part of my strategy to earn and burn points and miles. In 2011, credit cards and travel helped us earn a little over 857,000 points and miles and burn through a little over 1,734,000 points and miles for trips to destinations we could not have otherwise afforded. Below are some credit card offers that may help towards a “dream award” vacation. Please let me know if you don’t see a great offer listed here by emailing me at theweeklyflyer@gmail.com. Appreciate your help to share the best available offers.

American Express Credit Cards

1. The Platinum Card® from American Express

  • Earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Up to a $200 Airline Fee Credit Annually.
  • To receive the statement credit, you need to select a qualifying airline.
  • There are no foreign transaction fees with purchases made on your Platinum Card.
  • Platinum Card Concierge is your personal resource to help secure a last minute restaurant reservation, or shop for a hard-to-find gift.
  • Terms & restrictions apply.

2. The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

  • Welcome Offer: Get 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership
  • 20% Travel Bonus when using Membership Rewards® Pay with Points
  • A Premium Card with access to over 40 benefits to help power your business
  • Complimentary access to 600+ participating airport lounges through Priority Pass™ Select
  • Enjoy complimentary, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi at more than 1,000,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide
  • Business Platinum Concierge is like your own assistant, ready to help you with just about anything personal or professional, 24 hours a day
  • Purchasing power that can adjust as your business evolves
  • Terms & Restrictions Apply

3. American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card

  • Earn 25,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines, 2X points at US gas stations and US supermarkets, 1X points on other purchases.
  • You can transfer points to over 20 frequent traveler programs or use points for gift cards at popular stores.
  • As an added bonus, you can get 15,000 points after you spend $30,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.

4. The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

  • Get 25,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership
  • Built with business-sized purchasing power and fast rewards
  • 3X points on airfare purchased directly from airlines
  • 2X points on US purchases for advertising in select media, shipping, at gas stations, and made directly from select computer hardware, software, and cloud computing providers
  • Up to $100,000 in each category per year, then 1 point
  • Use points to entertain clients, reward employees, reduce travel costs, or just offset the everyday expenses of moving your business forward
  • Terms and limitations apply

5. The Amex EveryDaySM Credit Card from American Express

  • Earn 10,000 points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • No annual fee. Plus, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99% to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Earn 20% more points: Make 20 or more purchases with your Card in a billing period and earn 20% more points on those purchases less returns and credits. Terms and limitations apply.
  • 2x points at US supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x); 1x points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • The Amex EveryDay Card comes with the security and 24/7 service of American Express.
  • Terms and limitations apply.

6. The Amex EveryDaySM Preferred Credit Card from American Express

  • Earn 15,000 points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99% to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Earn 50% more points: Make 30 or more purchases with your Card in a billing period and earn 50% more points on those purchases less returns and credits. Terms and limitations apply.
  • 3x points at US supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x); 2x points at US gas stations; 1x points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • The Amex EveryDay Preferred Card comes with the security and 24/7 service of American Express.
  • Terms and limitations apply.

7. Blue Sky from American Express®

  • Welcome Bonus: Earn 7,500 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Unlimited Travel Options: Every 7,500 points that you earn can be redeemed for a $100 statement credit toward airline tickets, hotel stays and other type of travel.
  • Flexible Ways to Earn: earn 1 point for virtually every dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Flexible Bill Payments: pay your bill all at once or over time.
  • No annual fee, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 17.24%- 22.24%.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.

8. Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

  • Get 5,000 Membership Rewards® points after your first purchase on the Card
  • Earn double Membership Rewards® points for each dollar of eligible purchases made when you book on the American Express Travel website
  • Earn one Membership Rewards® point for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases
  • Use points toward gift cards, merchandise, entertainment, and more with over 500 merchants
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
  • Terms & Limitations Apply

9. The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express

  • Earn a 30% annual Relationship Bonus — without an annual membership fee
  • Get 10,000 Membership Rewards® points after making your first purchase on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership
  • No annual fee for Additional Cards for Employees
  • Get a low introductory APR on purchases for 9 months
  • Use points to reinvest in your business and reward your employees and clients
  • Choose rewards from over 500 leading brands in travel, gift cards, merchandise or entertainment
  • Terms & Restrictions Apply

Citi Credit Cards

1. Citi ThankYou® Premier Card

  • Earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points. Bonus points are redeemable for up to $500 in gift cards, up to $625 for airfare or other great rewards
  • Earn 20,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn an additional 30,000 points after another $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your second year of being a cardmember
  • Earn 3 ThankYou Points for every $1 spent on purchases for dining at restaurants and entertainment
  • Earn 2 ThankYou Points for every $1 spent on purchases for airfare and hotels
  • Earn 1 ThankYou Point per $1 spent on other purchases
  • Points do not expire and earn unlimited Thank You Points
  • Travel with ease and enjoy chip based technology

2. Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card — Earn 20,000 Bonus Points

  • Earn 20,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $1,500 in card purchases within 3 months of account opening – redeemable for $200 in gift cards or other great rewards!
  • 0% intro APR on Balance Transfers and Purchases for 12 months. After that, the variable APR will be 12.99%-22.99% based upon your creditworthiness*
  • There is a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.*
  • 2 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment. 1 ThankYou Point on other purchases
  • Points do not expire and earn unlimited Thank You Points
  • Redeem ThankYou Points for merchandise, travel rewards, gift cards, cash and more
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with Chip Technology
  • No annual fee*

3. Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card

  • Enjoy 0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers and Purchases for 15 months. After that, the variable APR will be 12.99% – 22.99% based upon your creditworthiness*
  • There is a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater*
  • 2 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment
  • 1 ThankYou Point on other purchases.
  • Points do not expire and earn unlimited Thank You Points
  • Redeem ThankYou Points for merchandise, travel rewards, gift cards, cash and more
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with Chip Technology
  • No annual fee*

4. Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card for College Students

  • Earn 2,500 bonus ThankYou® Points after spending $500 within the first 3 months of cardmembership.
  • 2 ThankYou® Points per dollar spent on purchases for dining at restaurants and entertainment.
  • 1 ThankYou® Point on other purchases.
  • Points do not expire and earn unlimited Thank You Points
  • Redeem ThankYou Points for merchandise, travel rewards, gift cards, cash and more
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with Chip Technology
  • No annual fee*

5. CitiBusiness ThankYou® Card

  • Earn 15,000 bonus ThankYou® points after you make $3,000 in purchases within 3 months of cardmembership — redeemable for $150 in gift cards.
  • 0% introductory APR on purchases for 6 months. After that, 13.24% variable*
  • Earn 3 ThankYou® points for every dollar you spend on eligible purchases in rotating business categories*
  • Points do not expire and there is no cap to the ThankYou points you can earn.
  • Redeem points for great rewards from business supplies and merchandise to gift cards, travel rewards or even cash rewards
  • No Annual Fee*

 

Barclays Credit Cards

 

1. Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that’s enough to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases
  • Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • Chip card for increased confidence and convenience to pay abroad as easily as you do at home
  • Book the travel you want — airfare, hotels, cruises and more and earn miles on your purchase
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem for travel statement credits
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country
  • Complimentary online FICO® Score access for Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers

2. Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®

  • Earn 20,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that’s enough to redeem for a $200 travel statement credit
  • 0% intro APR on balance transfers and purchases for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%, based upon your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on travel and dining and 1X miles on all other purchases
  • Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • Book the travel you want — airfare, hotels, cruises and more and earn miles on your purchase
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem for travel statement credits
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country
  • Complimentary online FICO® Score access for Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers

3. Priceline Rewards™ Visa® Card

  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first purchase
  • Earn 5X points on Priceline.com purchases
  • Earn 1 point on everything else
  • Plus, earn an additional 5,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on qualifying transactions in the first 90 days of account opening
  • Your points can act like cash – Redeem points for statement credits against purchases made on your account
  • No limit to the number of points you can earn
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details

 

US Bank Credit Cards

1. U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Business Travel Rewards Visa® Card

  • Get 20,000 bonus FlexPoints after the first $3,500 in net purchases in the first 4 months
  • Award travel starts at just 20,000 FlexPoints (up to a $400 ticket value) on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates or online redemption fees
  • Earn one FlexPoint for every $1 spent in net purchases
  • Earn double FlexPoints on the category you spend the most on (gas, office supplies or airline) and most cell phone expenses during each billing cycle
  • Earn Triple FlexPoints on qualifying charitable donations
  • Receive an airline allowance of up to $25 with every award travel ticket to use toward baggage fees, in-flight food or drinks and more
  • $0 intro Annual Fee* the first year, and $55 per year thereafter (+$10 for employees)

2. U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® card

  • Get 20,000 bonus FlexPoints after the first $3,500 in net purchases within the first four months.
  • Award travel starts at just 20,000 FlexPoints (up to a $400 ticket value) on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates or online redemption fees
  • Earn one FlexPoint for every $1 of eligible net purchases charged to your card
  • Earn two FlexPoints for every $1 spent on gas, grocery or airline purchases — whichever you spend most on each monthly billing cycle — and on most cell phone expenses
  • Earn Triple FlexPoints for your charitable donations
  • $0 intro Annual Fee* the first year, after that $49*
  • Earn 3,500 bonus FlexPoints each year when you spend $24,000 in Net Purchases.
  • You can redeem these FlexPoints for your annual fee or combine them with other FlexPoints for travel or many other rewards

Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or suggestions expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.