My Next Three Travel Award Credit Cards

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We’ve made some serious award bookings lately and it is time we add more miles and points to our accounts. We are running low on flexible points in programs like American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards. We drained our Ultimate Rewards account to book our monster flight awards and in particular the Singapore Air First Class flight awards. Then came our monster day of hotel award bookings, but that didn’t make as much of a dent as the airline bookings did on the flexible award program accounts.

So with that in mind we are taking a look at a few new cards to add into our wallet.  These cards come with great sign up bonuses as well as other card benefits.

A few weeks ago I received multiple offers from American Express to apply for the Business Gold Reward card. I’ll get some great benefits with this card.

We’ve received two card offers for different businesses, but will likely only apply for one of the offers. Each offer expires on August 7th, so we only have a day left. The extra 50,000 Membership Rewards points will certainly come in handy during transfer bonuses for British Airways or other airlines this year.


Chase has some great cards like the Sapphire Preferred and the Ink Bold Business card. But the new Ink Bold has my attention with a 50,000 bonus point offer. Plus, I’m running really low on Ultimate Rewards points since I transferred miles into United to book two First Class Tickets to Maldives during the First Class award booking frenzy on Singapore Air. With the Ink Plus Business Card from Chase I’ll get some great benefits from the card like:

Delta Reserve Card – The main reason I’m going for this card is for the bonus MQMs. I live in a Delta hub and they are the best airline for me to fly. Unfortunately, to get an upgrade as a Platinum on some routes, I’m forced to try different experiments in order to find a flight I can get an upgrade.

This year I’m going for Platinum and potentially Diamond elite status. The extra MQMs will be essential for me to reach Diamond status. The best part is all of the MQMs over the Platinum threshold will carry over to next year. So if I’m close to Diamond but don’t get it, then next year I’ll surely get Diamond status based on carry over MQMs.

We also gave strong consideration to the US Airways Barclay’s card which comes with a 40,000 signup bonus. But were earning plenty of US Airways miles from the 3,000 Avis rental promotion recently. Perhaps we’ll save this one for the next credit card application.

Bottom Line

My total take for these three cards will be 100,000 flexible reward points plus an instant 10,000 Delta SkyMile MQMs. We’ll also have the ability to earn an additional 30,000 Delta MQMs with the Miles Boost once we hit the additional spending threshold.

What credit cards are you applying for in the near future?

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  1. I got an offer in the mail for 75k membership rewards after 2k spend for Amex Business Gold. I was on the fence since I don’t really value Membership Rewards much, but is that a good deal?

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