Greg’s Top Picks: Interesting offerings from IHG, Delta, and Southwest

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While business cards continue to dominate the blockbuster offers in this post, things are starting to heat up on the consumer side again.  If you’re interested in the IHG Premier card, this is the time to get it with its best ever 175K offer.  And Delta is back with enhanced offers and their new 15% award discount.  Meanwhile Southwest is offering Companion Passes with their consumer cards, but I still think that Southwest business cards offer a better path to 2 for 1 flying.

Note that there are plenty of very good offers that aren’t in this post as well!  You can find a complete list here: Best Credit Card Offers page.

Top Credit Card Offers

Background

The impetus for this post was when Marriott first offered this great welcome bonus for the Bonvoy Boundless card: 5 free nights, worth up to 50K points each.  At the time, it was arguably the best hotel credit card offer we had ever seen. But we didn’t recommend it to most people.  It was a great offer for those who knew they would be traveling to Marriott hotels within the next year (during the height of the Covid pandemic!), but terrible for everyone else.

Our Best Credit Card Offers page always shows the best offers sorted by estimated first year value.  This is a great non-biased way to compare credit card offers, but it misses nuances as discussed above.  With this monthly series, I list my favorite current credit card offers, but with a dash of analysis.  With each offer, I point out who should care about it and who shouldn’t.  I also include a “Wait for better” section with the cards that I think may soon have better offers.

Blockbuster Offers

Ink Business Cash: 90K + great 5X categories

Card Offer and Details
Ink Business Cash® Credit Card
90K points
Best Offer Ever - 90K after $6K spend in 3 months

No Annual Fee

See: How to sign up for Chase Ink cards

Recent better offer: None. This is the best we've seen.

FM Mini Review: This one should be in everyone's wallet. Incredible signup bonus for a no-fee card. Great card for 5X categories. Excellent companion card to Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Business Preferred.


Card Type: Visa Signature Business

Base
Dine
Gas
Phone
Office
Other

Earning rate: 5X office supplies ⚬ 5X cellular/landline/cable (on up to $25,000 in total purchases in 5x categories annually) ⚬ 2X on the first $25K in combined purchases at gas stations and restaurants each cardmember year ⚬ 5X Lyft through March 2025

See also: Chase Ultimate Rewards Complete Guide

This is an all-time best offer for this card!  This fee-free card belongs in every point collector’s wallet.  It offers 5X for office supplies and 5X for phone service, cable TV, and internet (on up to $25,000 in total purchases in 5X categories annually).  Many families would do well to setup their phone, TV, and internet bills to autopay from the Ink Business Cash card in order to earn 5X rewards without any effort whatsoever.  Those willing to do a little bit of work will find that stores like Staples and Office Depot sell lots of gift cards in-store; and Staples.com sells them online.  In both cases, you’ll earn 5X buying gift cards so that you can ultimately buy what you really want.

Who should get it: Anyone with a premium Ultimate Rewards card (Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, or Ink Business Preferred) in the household should consider getting the Chase Ink Business Cash.  The Ink Cash makes it easy to earn points quickly and the premium cards (especially the Sapphire Reserve) make your points more valuable.

Applying for Business Credit Cards: You must have a business to apply, but even a simple sole proprietorship will work. It's likely that you have a business even if you don't realize it.
More:You must have a business (but you probably do): In order to sign up for a business credit card, you must have a business. That said, it's common for people to have businesses without realizing it. If you sell items at a yard sale or on eBay, for example, then you have a business. Similar examples include: consulting, writing (e.g. blog authorship, planning your first novel, etc.), handyman services, owning rental property, renting on airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc. In any of these cases, your business is considered a Sole Proprietorship unless you form a corporation of some sort.
When you apply for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, you can use your own name as your business name, use your own address and phone as the business' address and phone, and your social security number as the business' Tax ID / EIN. Alternatively, you can get a proper Tax ID / EIN from the IRS for free, in about a minute, through this website.
Is it OK to use business cards for personal expenses? Anecdotally, almost everyone I know uses business cards for personal expenses. That said, the terms in most business card applications state that you should use the card only for business use. Also, some consumer credit card protections do not apply to business cards. My advice: don't use the card for personal expenses if you're not comfortable doing so.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.  This is true for Chase business cards too: you won't be approved if you are over 5/24. That said, if you are under 5/24 and get approved for a Chase business card, that card won't add to your 5/24 count.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Who shouldn’t get it: Don’t apply if you don’t have a business or if you’re over 5/24.

Timing your application: Sign up now while the 90K offer is alive.

See also:

Ink Business Unlimited: 90K + 1.5X everywhere

Card Offer and Details
Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card
90K points
Best Offer Ever - 90K after $6K spend in 3 months

No Annual Fee

See: How to sign up for Chase Ink cards

Recent better offer: None. This is the best we've seen.

FM Mini Review: Great signup bonus for a fee-free card. Good option for earning 1.5X everywhere. Good companion card to Ink Business Preferred, Sapphire Reserve or Sapphire Preferred.


Card Type: Visa Signature Business

Base
Other

Earning rate: 1.5X on all purchases ⚬ 5X Lyft through through March 2025

See also: Chase Ultimate Rewards Complete Guide

This isn’t as much of a “must have” card as the Ink Cash, but the welcome bonus is similarly awesome.  It is possible to get both cards even if you have only one business.

Who should get it: Anyone with a business who can qualify for this offer should consider it.

Applying for Business Credit Cards: You must have a business to apply, but even a simple sole proprietorship will work. It's likely that you have a business even if you don't realize it.
More:You must have a business (but you probably do): In order to sign up for a business credit card, you must have a business. That said, it's common for people to have businesses without realizing it. If you sell items at a yard sale or on eBay, for example, then you have a business. Similar examples include: consulting, writing (e.g. blog authorship, planning your first novel, etc.), handyman services, owning rental property, renting on airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc. In any of these cases, your business is considered a Sole Proprietorship unless you form a corporation of some sort.
When you apply for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, you can use your own name as your business name, use your own address and phone as the business' address and phone, and your social security number as the business' Tax ID / EIN. Alternatively, you can get a proper Tax ID / EIN from the IRS for free, in about a minute, through this website.
Is it OK to use business cards for personal expenses? Anecdotally, almost everyone I know uses business cards for personal expenses. That said, the terms in most business card applications state that you should use the card only for business use. Also, some consumer credit card protections do not apply to business cards. My advice: don't use the card for personal expenses if you're not comfortable doing so.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.  This is true for Chase business cards too: you won't be approved if you are over 5/24. That said, if you are under 5/24 and get approved for a Chase business card, that card won't add to your 5/24 count.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Who shouldn’t get it: Don’t apply if you don’t have a business or if you’re over 5/24.

Timing your application: Sign up now while the 90K offer is alive.

See also:

Capital One Venture X Business Card: 250K

Card Offer and Details
Capital One Venture X Business Card
250K Miles
*NO PUBLIC LINK, MUST APPLY VIA A CAPITAL ONE RELATIONSHIP MANAGER* 50K miles after $10K spend within the first 3 months + an additional 200K miles after a total spend of $50K within the first 6 months

$395 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Similar to the Venture X consumer card, the business version offers annual rebates that easily mitigate the fee for those who travel often and could be worth it for the lounge access and travel protections given the cost/benefit ratio. Unlike the Venture X, free authorized users do not get Priority Pass access. The card earns 2 "miles" per dollar on most purchases just like the Capital One Venture X Rewards card, which are worth exactly 1 cent each toward travel. This makes the return on most spend similar to a 2% cash back card (though in this case you must redeem your miles to offset travel in order to get 1 cent per mile). One big advantage over cash back: Capital One allows transfering their "miles" to airline miles & hotel points.


Card Type: Visa

Base
Travel
Other

Earning rate: 10X on hotels and rental cars booked via Capital One Travel ⚬ 5x on flights booked via Capital One travel. ⚬ 2X everywhere else.

Noteworthy perks: Up to $300 in statement credits annually for bookings made through Capital One Travel ⚬ 10,000 bonus miles each year starting at first anniversary ⚬ Receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® ⚬ Priority Pass membership (Lounges AND Restaurants) with unlimited guests ⚬ Plaza Premium lounge access ⚬ Cell phone insurance ⚬ Trip delay / cancellation insurance ⚬ Primary CDW coverage ⚬ Redeem miles for travel at value of 1 cent per mile ⚬ Convert "miles" to airline miles & hotel points ⚬ No foreign transaction fees

The Venture X Business card is almost identical to the consumer Venture X, but it is a business charge card.  And, for the time being, the only way to get the card is through a Capital One Business Relationship Manager.  You should be able to get a relationship manager simply by calling a branch office and asking for one.  Once past that hurdle, the next hurdle is to complete $50K spend on your new card within 6 months in order to earn the full 250,000 point bonus.

Who should get it: This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with $50K of planned credit card spend.

Who shouldn’t get it: If you can’t meet the minimum spend requirements, then don’t do it.  Also, if you prefer to sign up for lots of cards, you can do much better with $50K of spend.

Timing your application: It’s unclear how long this offer will last.  My guess is that it will stick around for a while.

See also:

Amex Business Platinum: 250K + 10K (Semi-Targeted)

This is an absolutely huge offer!  Earn 250K points after $30K spend in 6 months, plus earn another 10K points with an employee card and $1K spend (that $1K will count towards the $30K as well).

As we wrote in the past, this is primarily a targeted offer.  See: Targeted 250K Business Platinum card offer via mail for some.  However, there is a direct link to the offer as well.  But use caution!  Find the link and cautions here: A new link for the Amex 250K Business Platinum offer (but be careful).

Amex Business Platinum + Checking 200K Bundle (Targeted)

This is a targeted offer that you may find in your email from Amex.  The idea is that you have to sign up for a new Business Platinum card 150K offer plus the Business Checking 30K offer, and once you fulfill both offers, Amex will kick in another 20K points.

See also:

Amex Business Checking 30K

If you’re not eligible for the Business Platinum + Checking 200K bundle, you can still get this checking deal. You can earn 30,000 Amex Membership Rewards points by signing up for this fee free account and meeting the bonus requirements:

  1. Open a new American Express Business Checking account
  2. Deposit a total of at least $5,000 in the first 20 days
  3. Maintain an average account balance of $5,000 for 60 days
  4. Make 10 or more qualifying transactions within 60 days of opening your account.

More details can be found here.

See also:

Amex Business Platinum: 150K + 10K, get it again.

If you aren’t targeted for the above 250K+ offer or for the 230K Business Platinum + Checking bundle, but you are a current Amex business-card holder, it’s worth checking this link to see if you are eligible for the 160K offer shown above.  The amazing thing about this offer, is that many find that they are qualified even if they’ve had the Business Platinum card before, and even if they currently have one.  Yep, you can add a second (or third, or fourth…) Business Platinum card to your wallet and still earn the huge welcome bonus.

Who should get it: This is an excellent offer for the Business Platinum card but it still requires $15K spend (including at least $1K on the employee card). Sign up for this offer only if you’re sure you will meet that spend requirement.

Who shouldn’t get it: If $15K spend is too steep for you, skip this offer.

Timing your application: If you want to triple dip the annual credits before cancelling the card after 1 year, consider waiting until December to sign up.  That way you can earn credits in December of this year, anytime next year, and January of the year after that before cancelling.

See also:

Amex Gold Card: 90K

Card Offer and Details
American Express® Gold Card
90K points
90K points after $4K in purchases in the first 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$250 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: This card offers an awesome return on US supermarket and worldwide dining spend, putting it at or near the top-of-class in both categories. Dining credits and Uber / Uber Eats credits go a long way towards reducing the sting of this card's annual fee.


Card Type: Amex Pay Over Time Card

Base
Travel
Dine
Grocery

Earning rate: 3X points for flights booked with airlines or on amextravel.com ⚬ 4x points at US Supermarkets (up to $25K in purchases, then 1x) ⚬ 4x at restaurants worldwide ⚬ 1X points on other purchases. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

Noteworthy perks: Up to $10 in statement credits monthly with participating dining partners (Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar, Shake Shack, Seamless/Grubhub, Cheesecake Factory) ⚬ $10 monthly Uber or Uber Eats credit (use it or lose it each month) ⚬ $100 hotel credit on qualifying charges on stays of 2 nights or longer, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at americanexpress.com/hc ⚬ Enrollment required for select benefits.

The Amex Gold Card has been a favorite of ours since it debuted with its 4X dining and grocery categories (see above for details).  Now, with this 90K offer, it’s a great time to sign up.

Who should get it: Anyone who values the card’s bonus categories.  As long as you haven’t had this card or the old Premier Rewards Gold card in the past 7 years, you should qualify for this one.

Who shouldn’t get it: The Amex Gold card will add to your 5/24 count, so if you’re trying to stay under 5/24 you won’t want this one.  That said, in my opinion, this offer is good enough to reconsider your 5/24 plans.

Timing your application:  We don’t know how long this will last.

See also:

Amex Platinum: 150K

Card Offer
The Platinum Card® from American Express
150K points
150K after $6K spend in 6 months. Terms apply.

$695 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Alternate offer: Resy Offer: 100K after $6K spend in 6 months plus 10x dining for 6 months on up to $25K spend. Terms apply.

Recent better offer: 125K after $6K in the first 6 months + 15x when you Shop Small in the US and at restaurants worldwide on up to $25K in eligible purchases in the first 6 months [Expired 1/20/22]

This is a great offer!

Who should get it: Pretty much anyone who can meet the spend requirements should consider this offer.  Even if you only value Membership Rewards points at a penny each, 150K is then comparable to $1,500.

Who shouldn’t get it: The Amex Platinum card will add to your 5/24 count.  The value of the welcome bonus far exceeds the card’s $695 annual fee, but if you can’t afford to spend that much in return for this huge bonus, then you should skip it.

Timing your application: I don’t have any idea how long this offer will last.

See also:

Amex Business Gold: 130K

This offer for 130,000 Amex Membership Rewards points after $10K spend requires a bit of browser magic and luck.  Try a “fresh” browser (see image above — anecdotally, Firefox seems to work best) and then click to any referral link to look for the 130K offer (yes you can ask a friend or family member to refer you so that they can earn bonus points too). Full details can be found here.

Chase Sapphire Reserve 70K

To see the offer shown above, sign into your Chase account first, then click here.

The Sapphire Reserve is an excellent travel card which offers 3x for all travel purchases, best in class travel protections and the ability to redeem points for 1.5 cents per point value.  To get the 70K offer for this card, you must already have an online account with Chase.  Sign into your Chase account first, then click here.

Excellent Transferable Points Offers

Ink Business Preferred: 100K

Card Offer and Details
Chase Ink Business Preferred Card
100K points
100K after $15K spend in 3 months

$95 Annual Fee

See: How to sign up for Chase Ink cards

Recent better offer: 80K after $5K spend. Many preferred the 80K offer due to the much lower spend requirement

FM Mini Review: Great card for signup bonus and 3X categories. Also consider the fee-free Ink Business Cash for its 5X categories, and the fee-free Ink Business Unlimited to earn 1.5X everywhere.


Card Type: Visa Signature Business

Base
Travel
Phone
Biz
Other

Earning rate: 3X travel, shipping, internet, cable, phone, and advertising with social media sites (up to $150K spend per year) ⚬ 5X Lyft through March 2025

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Points worth 25% more when redeemed for travel ⚬ Transfer points to airline & hotel partners ⚬ Cell phone protection against theft or damage

See also: Chase Ultimate Rewards Complete Guide

This continues to be an excellent offer, but it is overshadowed by the Ink Business Cash and Ink Business Unlimited offers, each of which offer 3/4th as many points for half of the minimum spend.

Who should get it: Anyone with a business who can qualify for this offer and can meet the hefty minimum spend requirements should consider it.

Applying for Business Credit Cards: You must have a business to apply, but even a simple sole proprietorship will work. It's likely that you have a business even if you don't realize it.
More:You must have a business (but you probably do): In order to sign up for a business credit card, you must have a business. That said, it's common for people to have businesses without realizing it. If you sell items at a yard sale or on eBay, for example, then you have a business. Similar examples include: consulting, writing (e.g. blog authorship, planning your first novel, etc.), handyman services, owning rental property, renting on airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc. In any of these cases, your business is considered a Sole Proprietorship unless you form a corporation of some sort.
When you apply for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, you can use your own name as your business name, use your own address and phone as the business' address and phone, and your social security number as the business' Tax ID / EIN. Alternatively, you can get a proper Tax ID / EIN from the IRS for free, in about a minute, through this website.
Is it OK to use business cards for personal expenses? Anecdotally, almost everyone I know uses business cards for personal expenses. That said, the terms in most business card applications state that you should use the card only for business use. Also, some consumer credit card protections do not apply to business cards. My advice: don't use the card for personal expenses if you're not comfortable doing so.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.  This is true for Chase business cards too: you won't be approved if you are over 5/24. That said, if you are under 5/24 and get approved for a Chase business card, that card won't add to your 5/24 count.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Who shouldn’t get it: Don’t apply if you don’t have a business or if you’re over 5/24.

Timing your application: Sign up before going over 5/24.

See also:

Capital One Venture Rewards: 75K

Card Offer and Details
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
75K Miles + up to $200 in statement credits
Earn 75,000 bonus miles after $4K spend in 3 months + up to $200 in statement credits when you make an Avelo purchase in your first year + priority boarding on Avelo flights for the first year.

$95 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 100K: 50K after $3K in the first 3 months + 20K after $20K in the first 6 months [Expired 7/19/21]

FM Mini Review: This card earns 2 "miles" per dollar, which are worth exactly 1 cent each toward travel. This makes the return on spend similar to a 2% cash back card (though in this case you must redeem your miles to offset travel in order to get 1 cent per mile). One big advantage over cash back: Capital One allows transfering their "miles" to airline miles & hotel points.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Other

Earning rate: 2X everywhere ⚬ 5X on hotels and rental cars booked via Capital One Travel

Noteworthy perks: Receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® ⚬ Redeem miles for travel at value of 1 cent per mile ⚬ Convert "miles" to airline miles & hotel points ⚬ No foreign transaction fees ⚬ 2 complimentary visits per year to Capital One or Plaza Premium Lounges

This is arguably the best offer we’ve seen in recent years for this card. Yes, there was a 100K offer not too long ago, but that required $20K spend.  This offer gets you 3/4th as many points with only $4K spend.  You can use the bonus directly to offset travel purchases at a penny per “mile” or you can get even better value by transferring to airline and hotel partners when you find outsized value awards.  For those looking for a single travel card with a low annual fee, this is an excellent choice.  If you’re willing to spend $395 per year, though, the Venture X card is an even better choice.

Who shouldn’t get it: This card will add to your 5/24 count, so if you’re trying to get or stay under 5/24 you won’t want to get this one just yet.  Also, if you’d prefer to have the Venture X card, I’d go for that one instead.

Timing your application: It’s unclear how long this offer will last, so if you’re interested apply soon.

See also: Capital One “Miles” Complete Guide.

Capital One Venture X: 75K

Card Offer and Details
Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
75K Miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles after $4K spend in 3 months

$395 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: Expired 3/14/22: 100K after $10K spend in 6 months + $200 credit for vacation rental spend in first year

FM Mini Review: This card offers annual rebates that easily mitigate the fee for those who travel often and could be worth it for the lounge access and travel protections given the cost/benefit ratio. Authorized users are free and also get access to perks like Priority Pass, Capital One Lounges, Plaza Premium lounges, and Hertz President's Circle status. The card earns 2 "miles" per dollar on most purchases just like the Capital One Venture Rewards card, which are worth exactly 1 cent each toward travel. This makes the return on most spend similar to a 2% cash back card (though in this case you must redeem your miles to offset travel in order to get 1 cent per mile). One big advantage over cash back: Capital One allows transfering their "miles" to airline miles & hotel points.


Card Type: Visa Infinite

Base
Travel
Other

Earning rate: 10X on hotels and rental cars booked via Capital One Travel ⚬ 5x on flights booked via Capital One travel. ⚬ 2X everywhere else.

Noteworthy perks: Up to $300 in statement credits annually for bookings made through Capital One Travel ⚬ 10,000 bonus miles each year starting at first anniversary ⚬ Receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® ⚬ Priority Pass membership (Lounges only) with unlimited guests ⚬ Plaza Premium lounge access ⚬ Cell phone insurance ⚬ Trip delay / cancellation insurance ⚬ Primary CDW coverage ⚬ Redeem miles for travel at value of 1 cent per mile ⚬ Convert "miles" to airline miles & hotel points ⚬ No foreign transaction fees

This is an excellent welcome bonus for an excellent card.  You can use the bonus directly to offset travel purchases at a penny per “mile” or you can get even better value by transferring to airline and hotel partners when you find outsized value awards.  In my opinion, this is one of the best cards on the market to get and to keep.  The $395 annual fee is justified by its annual $300 travel credits and 10K bonus “miles” each anniversary.  Then, the rest of the card’s features are gravy: earn 2x transferable points everywhere, free authorized users, Priority Pass membership with free guests for you and your authorized users, cell phone insurance, access to Capital One lounges, etc.

Who shouldn’t get it: This card will add to your 5/24 count, so if you’re trying to get or stay under 5/24 you won’t want to get this one just yet.

Timing your application: My bet is that this offer will stick around for a long time, so sign up when the time is right for you.

See also:

Amex Platinum for Schwab: 100K

Card Offer

This offer isn’t nearly as good as for the vanilla Platinum card or the Morgan Stanley Platinum card, but it’s still very good.

Who should get it: Anyone who hasn’t had this particular Platinum variation before and who has an account (or is willing to open one) with Schwab should consider this, but you may want to wait to see if a better offer appears.

Who shouldn’t get it: This card will add to your 5/24 count.  The value of the welcome bonus exceeds the card’s $695 annual fee, but if you can’t afford to spend that much in return for this huge bonus, then you should skip it.

Timing your application: I don’t know how long this offer will last, but I suspect the current offer is the standard offer for this card so I think you  have plenty of time.

See also:

Chase Sapphire Preferred: 60K

Card Offer and Details
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
60K points
60K after $4K spend in 3 months

$95 Annual Fee

A similar offer with the first year annual fee waived may be found in-branch. YMMV.

Recent better offer: 100K after $4K in purchases in the first 3 months

FM Mini Review: Great signup bonus. Unlocks ability to transfer points to hotel & airline partners. Solid option to pair with fee-free Ultimate Rewards cards such as the Freedom cards, Ink Business Cash, and Ink Business Unlimited.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Dine
Other

Earning rate: 5X Travel booked through Chase (2X all other travel) ⚬ 3X Dining ⚬ 3X Select streaming services ⚬ 3X Online grocery ⚬ 5X Lyft (through March 2025)

Noteworthy perks: Primary auto rental collision damage waiver ⚬ Free DashPass through 2025 ⚬ Transfer points to airline & hotel partners ⚬ 10% annual point bonus ⚬ $50 annual credit for hotel stays booked through Chase

See also: Sapphire Preferred 100K Q&A: Everything you need to know

While we’ve seen better offers for this card (80K and even 100K), this remains an excellent choice for those starting out with miles & points.

Application Tips: If you apply and are denied, you still have a good chance.  Call the reconsideration line (1-888-270-2127) to ask for the decision to be reconsidered.  If you currently hold other consumer Chase cards, tell the agent that you are not looking for more credit and you are happy to move credit from another card to open this one.  If they tell you incorrectly that you have opened 5 or more cards in the past 24 months, check whether you are an authorized user on some cards that have been opened in that time frame.  If so, tell the agent that you are an authorized user and you are not responsible for those credit lines.

Who should get it: If you’re new to miles & points and not interested in waiting for a better offer, this is a decent choice.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Who shouldn’t get it: If you don’t think you can complete the offer’s $4,000 minimum spend requirement, then you shouldn’t sign up.

Timing your application: If you’re not in a hurry I’d wait to see if the 80K offer for this card ever returns.

See also:

Citi Premier: 60K

Card Offer and Details
Citi Premier Card
60K points
60K points after $4K spend in the first 3 months

$95 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Very strong earnings for spend. Excellent bonus categories. Points transferable to select airlines. Recommend pairing this card with Citi Double Cash and Citi Rewards+. Sadly, this travel card doesn't provide any travel protections.


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Travel
Dine
Gas
Grocery

Earning rate: 3X grocery ⚬ 3X dining ⚬ 3X gas stations ⚬ 3X flights, hotels, travel agencies

Noteworthy perks: Transfer points to airline partners ⚬ $100 Annual Hotel Savings Benefit

See also: Citi ThankYou Rewards Complete Guide

The Citi Premier card offers excellent earnings on spend (3X grocery; 3X dining; 3X gas stations; 3X flights, hotels, travel agencies) and unlocks the ability to transfer ThankYou points to airline and hotel programs.

Who should get it: The Premier card is a good choice for those who value points transferrable to airline programs.  If you also have the Citi Double Cash and Rewards Plus combination, then the Premier card is a fantastic add-on.  See: Citi’s awesome trio –Double Cash, Premier, Rewards+.

Who shouldn’t get it: If you prefer easier to use rewards and/or hotel rewards, then you may want to skip this one.

Timing your application: If you’re not in a hurry I’d wait to see if the 80K offer for this card ever returns.

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Excellent Airline Card Offers

Delta Amex Cards: Up to 100K

Card Offer
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
95K miles
Limited Time Offer: 95K miles after $4K spend in 3 months. Offer ends 3/29/23. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

$250 Annual Fee

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
100K miles
Limited Time Offer: 100K Miles after $6K spend in 3 months. Offer ends 3/29/23. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$550 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 85K miles + 20K MQMs + $200 statement credit after $5K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply. [Expired 8/25/21]

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
90K Miles
90K Miles after $6K spend in first 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)

$550 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 80K miles + 20K MQMs after $5K spend in the first 3 months + up to $200 statement credit for purchases at select US furnishings stores in first 3 months. [Expired 5/5/21]

Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card
75K miles
Limited Time Offer: 75K miles after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Offer ends 3/29/23. Terms and limitations apply. (Rates & Fees)

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

Delta is offering very good bonuses right now.  If you’re interested in picking up a Delta card, this is a good time to do so.  The only reason that these offers weren’t listed under Blockbuster Offers is that similar offers seem to appear every few months.

Who should get it: If you have any interest in flying Delta, this is a good time to pick up some easy miles and cash back.  Delta’s cards are especially appealing now that Delta offers 15% off on award tickets to Gold, Platinum, and Reserve cardholders.

Who shouldn’t get it: Don’t bother if you don’t expect to fly Delta or one of Delta’s partners.

Timing your application: It’s unclear when these offers will expire.

See also: Delta SkyMiles Complete Guide

American Airlines Business Card: 70K

Card Offer
AAdvantage® AviatorTM Business MasterCard®
70K Miles
60K bonus miles after spending $2K in first 90 days + additional 10K miles after one purchase is made on an employee card.

$95 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: Expired 2/6/23: 80K miles + a $95 statement credit after $2K spend in first 90 days.

This is an very good offer with a low spend requirement, but it’s not as good as the recent 80K offer that also included a $95 statement credit.

Who should get it: Anyone looking to add to their AA points balance.

Applying for Business Credit Cards: You must have a business to apply, but even a simple sole proprietorship will work. It's likely that you have a business even if you don't realize it.
More:You must have a business (but you probably do): In order to sign up for a business credit card, you must have a business. That said, it's common for people to have businesses without realizing it. If you sell items at a yard sale or on eBay, for example, then you have a business. Similar examples include: consulting, writing (e.g. blog authorship, planning your first novel, etc.), handyman services, owning rental property, renting on airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc. In any of these cases, your business is considered a Sole Proprietorship unless you form a corporation of some sort.
When you apply for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, you can use your own name as your business name, use your own address and phone as the business' address and phone, and your social security number as the business' Tax ID / EIN. Alternatively, you can get a proper Tax ID / EIN from the IRS for free, in about a minute, through this website.
Is it OK to use business cards for personal expenses? Anecdotally, almost everyone I know uses business cards for personal expenses. That said, the terms in most business card applications state that you should use the card only for business use. Also, some consumer credit card protections do not apply to business cards. My advice: don't use the card for personal expenses if you're not comfortable doing so.

Who shouldn’t get it: If you don’t have a business or have no interest in AA miles, look elsewhere.

Timing your application:  If you’re not in a hurry, wait to see if the 80K offer returns.

JetBlue Business: 70K points

Card Offer
JetBlue Business Card
70K Miles
60K bonus miles after spending $2K in first 90 days + additional 10K miles after one purchase is made on an employee card.

$99 Annual Fee

This card is a great choice to get and to keep if you’re a regular JetBlue flyer.  It offers a free checked bag when flying JetBlue, 5,000 bonus points every anniversary, and a 10% point rebate on awards.  These perks alone can easily offset the $99 annual fee.

Who should get it: Anyone looking to add to their JetBlue points balance.

Applying for Business Credit Cards: You must have a business to apply, but even a simple sole proprietorship will work. It's likely that you have a business even if you don't realize it.
More:You must have a business (but you probably do): In order to sign up for a business credit card, you must have a business. That said, it's common for people to have businesses without realizing it. If you sell items at a yard sale or on eBay, for example, then you have a business. Similar examples include: consulting, writing (e.g. blog authorship, planning your first novel, etc.), handyman services, owning rental property, renting on airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc. In any of these cases, your business is considered a Sole Proprietorship unless you form a corporation of some sort.
When you apply for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, you can use your own name as your business name, use your own address and phone as the business' address and phone, and your social security number as the business' Tax ID / EIN. Alternatively, you can get a proper Tax ID / EIN from the IRS for free, in about a minute, through this website.
Is it OK to use business cards for personal expenses? Anecdotally, almost everyone I know uses business cards for personal expenses. That said, the terms in most business card applications state that you should use the card only for business use. Also, some consumer credit card protections do not apply to business cards. My advice: don't use the card for personal expenses if you're not comfortable doing so.

Who shouldn’t get it: If you never fly JetBlue, look elsewhere.

Timing your application:  This isn’t as good as the recent 80K offer for the same card so you might want to wait a bit to see if that one reappears.

British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus: Up to 100K

Card Offer and Details
Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card
Up to 100K Avios
75K Avios after $5K spend in 3 months + 25K Avios after total of $20K spend in 12 months

$95 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).

Recent better offer: Expired 7/4/22: 100K after $5K spend

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. Award rebate makes the card a keeper if you frequently book awards from the US to Europe.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 3X British Airways. Iberia, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL ⚬ 2X hotel accommodations booked directly with the hotel ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa card, you’ll earn a Travel Together companion Ticket good for two years.

Noteworthy perks: Up to $600 per year in award fee rebates ⚬ 10% off BA flights originating in the US. ⚬ No foreign transaction fees.

Chase Iberia Visa Signature® Card
Up to 100K Avios
75K Avios after $5K spend in 3 months + 25K Avios after total of $20K spend in 12 months

$95 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).

Recent better offer: Expired 7/4/22: 100K after $5K spend

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. Unless you fly Iberia often or intend to go for the big spend bonus, though, I don't see it as a compelling card to keep past the first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 3X British Airways. Iberia, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL ⚬ 2X hotel accommodations booked directly with the hotel ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your Iberia Visa card, you’ll earn a discount voucher good for $1,000 to use toward two tickets on the same flight

Noteworthy perks: 10% off on Iberia flights when you use your Iberia Visa to purchase at iberia.com/Chase10 ⚬ No foreign transaction fees.

Chase Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card
Up to 100K Avios
75K Avios after $5K spend in 3 months + 25K Avios after total of $20K spend in 12 months

$95 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).

Recent better offer: Expired 7/4/22: 100K after $5K spend

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. Unless you intend to go for the big spend bonus, though, I don't see it as a compelling card to keep past the first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 3X British Airways. Iberia, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL ⚬ 2X hotel accommodations booked directly with the hotel ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your Aer Lingus Visa card, you’ll earn an economy class companion ticket good for 1 year.

Noteworthy perks: Priority Boarding on Aer Lingus flights departing from and returning to the US from Ireland ⚬ No foreign transaction fees.

These are decent offers for those in the market for Avios points.

Who should get it: Those under 5/24 who know how to get great value from Avios.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Who shouldn’t get it: If you’re not already an Avios fan, I’d recommend looking elsewhere.

Timing your application: If you’re not in a hurry, I’d recommend waiting to see if better offers surface.

See also:

Southwest: 2 Biz Cards for nearly 2 Years Companion Pass

Card Offer

If you’re interested in earning a Southwest Companion pass, you may be better off earning it by signing up for 2 business cards rather than one consumer card.  The consumer cards currently offer a one year companion pass, but with two business cards you’ll get many more points and nearly 2 years of Companion Pass fun.  In general, with Southwest, once you earn 135,000 qualifying points in a calendar year, Southwest offers a Companion Pass which is good for an unlimited number of flights (award flights or paid flights) for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next. And it just so happens that points earned from Southwest credit cards, including the welcome bonus, count towards the Companion Pass.  By signing up for two business cards now and by meeting the minimum spend requirements quickly, you’ll soon get a Companion Pass that is good for the rest of this year and all of the next.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Who should get it: If you’re under 5/24 and you fly Southwest often with a companion, this is definitely worth considering.

Who shouldn’t get it: If you aren’t interested in flying Southwest, then don’t do this.

Timing your application: I think that most people would be better off to wait until closer to the end of the calendar year to sign up for Southwest cards in order to get in on the best possible deal, but if you plan to fly Southwest often with a companion this year, you may want to jump on this right away.

See also: Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Complete Guide

Southwest: Single Year Companion Pass Offers

Card Offer
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card
30K Points + Companion Pass
Limited-time offer: earn Companion Pass® through 2/28/24 plus 30,000 points after you spend $4,000

$69 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).

Recent better offer: Expired 12/9/21: 100K (50K after $2K spend in 3 months plus 50K after a total of $12K spend in 12 months)

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
30K Points + Companion Pass
Limited-time offer: earn Companion Pass® through 2/28/24 plus 30,000 points after you spend $4,000

$99 Annual Fee

This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Recent better offer: Expired 12/9/21: 100K (50K after $2K spend in 3 months plus 50K after a total of $12K spend in 12 months)

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card
30K Points + Companion Pass
Limited-time offer: earn Companion Pass® through 2/28/24 plus 30,000 points after you spend $4,000

$149 Annual Fee

This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Recent better offer: Expired 12/9/21: 100K (50K after $2K spend in 3 months plus 50K after a total of $12K spend in 12 months)

The latest consumer Southwest card offers include the ability to get a Companion Pass that is good until Feb 28 2024.  With this pass you can add a companion for free to any Southwest flight you fly, regardless of whether you booked it with points or cash.  This can obviously be incredibly valuable if you fly Southwest often.  Note, though, that the points earned with this offer are far less than usual (the standard offer for these cards tends to be around 50K points and they regularly have enhanced offers of around 75K points).  Those who only fly Southwest a modest amount would do better to wait for a bigger offer even without earning a companion pass.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Who should get it: If you’re under 5/24 and you fly Southwest a lot with a companion, this is worth considering, especially if you’re not interested in business cards.

Who shouldn’t get it: If you aren’t interested in flying Southwest, then don’t do this.

Timing your application: I think that most people would be better off with the 2-business card option described earlier.  If you’re really keen on getting this offer, though, do it soon.  It is advertised as a limited time offer.

See also: Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Complete Guide

Excellent Hotel Card Offers

IHG Premier Offers: Up to 175K

Card Offer and Details
Chase IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card
175K Points
175K points after $3K spend in 3 months

$99 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule (click here for details).

Recent better offer: None. This is the best we've seen.


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Travel
Dine
Gas
Brand

Earning rate: 10X IHG ⚬ 5X travel, dining, and gas stations ⚬ 3X on all other purchases

Big spend bonus: 10K bonus points + $100 statement credit after you spend $20K in a calendar year + make one additional purchase ⚬ Diamond status after $40K in purchases + one additional purchase in a calendar year

Noteworthy perks: Annual free night e-certificate good at IHG properties up to 40K points per night ⚬ Ability to add an unlimited number of points to a free night certificate to book a higher-level hotel ⚬ Fourth night free on award stays ⚬ 20% discount on points purchases ⚬ Platinum elite status ⚬ Up to $50 in United TravelBank cash per year (must register your card with your United account)

Chase IHG® Rewards Premier Business Credit Card

Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Travel
Dine
Gas
Office
Brand

Earning rate: 10X IHG ⚬ 5X travel, gas stations, restaurants and dining, social media and search engine advertising, office supply stores ⚬ 3X on all other purchases

Big spend bonus: 10K bonus points + $100 statement credit after you spend $20K in a cardmember year + make one additional purchase. ⚬ Diamond status after $40K in purchases + one additional purchase in a calendar year ⚬ Free night certificate (up to 40K points) after $60K in purchases + one additional purchase in a calendar year

Noteworthy perks: Annual free night e-certificate good at IHG properties up to 40K points per night ⚬ Ability to add an unlimited number of points to a free night certificate to book a higher-level hotel ⚬ Fourth night free on award stays ⚬ 20% discount on points purchases ⚬ Platinum elite status ⚬ Up to $50 in United TravelBank cash per year (must register your card with your United account)

These are great cards to get and to keep for the annual free nights plus the ability to top-off free nights with points (e.g. book a night that costs 60K points with a 40K free night plus 20K points).  The certificate alone is easily worth the card’s annual fee, but throw in Platinum Elite status, up to $50 per year in United Airlines credits, and 4th Night Free award bookings and these cards are winners.  For details, see: IHG Card Changes: New Biz Card, Higher Earning, Top Up Certs With Points & More.

The business version of the card won’t add to your 5/24 count so there’s a significant advantage to going for this card instead of (or in addition to) the personal card.

Applying for Business Credit Cards: You must have a business to apply, but even a simple sole proprietorship will work. It's likely that you have a business even if you don't realize it.
More:You must have a business (but you probably do): In order to sign up for a business credit card, you must have a business. That said, it's common for people to have businesses without realizing it. If you sell items at a yard sale or on eBay, for example, then you have a business. Similar examples include: consulting, writing (e.g. blog authorship, planning your first novel, etc.), handyman services, owning rental property, renting on airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc. In any of these cases, your business is considered a Sole Proprietorship unless you form a corporation of some sort.
When you apply for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, you can use your own name as your business name, use your own address and phone as the business' address and phone, and your social security number as the business' Tax ID / EIN. Alternatively, you can get a proper Tax ID / EIN from the IRS for free, in about a minute, through this website.
Is it OK to use business cards for personal expenses? Anecdotally, almost everyone I know uses business cards for personal expenses. That said, the terms in most business card applications state that you should use the card only for business use. Also, some consumer credit card protections do not apply to business cards. My advice: don't use the card for personal expenses if you're not comfortable doing so.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.  This is true for Chase business cards too: you won't be approved if you are over 5/24. That said, if you are under 5/24 and get approved for a Chase business card, that card won't add to your 5/24 count.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Who should get it: Anyone under 5/24 who does not yet have this card may find it worth getting.  Note that you are allowed to sign up for both the IHG Premier consumer card AND the IHG Premier business card.

Who shouldn’t get it: Anyone who has no use for IHG points, status, or free nights.

Timing your application: Get it soon, especially if you’re interested in the unprecedented 175K offer.

Hilton Aspire: 150K plus free night

Card Offer

This is the card’s usual great offer, but it’s plenty good enough to include here.

Who should get it: Anyone who is good at using the card’s annual rebates should get this card since those rebates more than make up for the card’s annual fee, and then the annual free night and Diamond status are fantastic bonuses.

Who shouldn’t get it: If you don’t think you’ll fully use the card’s $250 resort credit and $250 airline fee rebate, then get this card only if you very highly value Diamond elite status and the card’s annual free night.

Timing your application: My guess is that Amex will eventually increase the annual fee on this card and so it would be good to get this before that happens so that you’ll get at least a year with the card at the current annual fee.

See also: A new ultra-premium card, in-depth review: Amex Hilton Aspire

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CharlesinNYC

I have both the Ink Cash and Ink Unlimited cards for some years now. In my chase account, I see offers “Just for You” for both of the 90k offers plus the Ink Preferred cards. Is it possible to receive the SUB again for the Inks, and have two of the same cards?

Lee

Greg, I’ve heard that there needs to be at least 90 days between Amex NLL offers on the same card type. Any thoughts? Thanks.

Larry

The Ink Business Cash shows $900 as the signup bonus. Will that post as 90,000 points?

Oliver

The Alaska Business card link is not working. The offer may have expired.

Captain Greg

No United business card? 150k after 20k spend? To me that would be in the first group.

Harry

I thought I had my credit/charge Amex card count charted correctly. However, reading your comments on the Green personal card, I did not have as a credit card. I’ve had the card since 2020. I say all this because if that’s the fact, I have six credit cards, one over the “limit” as you and most other sites indicate. Lastly, P2 wants to take out another credit card, but is at 5 expecting to cancel one before applying. Any particular Amex number to call first, or just go ahead and apply expecting to be turned down and then cancel a card?

Nun

Regarding the business platinum offer, you advised jumping on it while you can. My targeted email (150k+10k) says it expires 12/31/22, and it can be worth timing it toward the end of the year for some.

Stevenson

Why better to apply at years end?

Darin

While this offer has been around for some time and may last that long, I’ve had similar offers from Amex show an expiration way in the future, then when I clicked on the offer long after (but still prior to the expiration date shown), the link went to an “offer no longer available” page. So I wouldn’t 100% count on the expiration date, as they can still end the offer prematurely.

Kim

Greg,

Either I am missing something with the AMEX Consumer Gold offer or the statement: “Now, with this best ever offer, it’s time to sign up!” needs to be deleted. The chart contains a “recent better offer.” What day did your blog start again? 🙂

Frank

Greg, on the minimum spending, does the amount spent on an employee (AU) card count towards minimum spend? For example:
On the 160,000 AMEX Business Platinum offer does this mean $15,000 spend on the primary card PLUS $1,000 spend on the Employee (or AU) card, or can I spend $14,000 on the primary card plus $1,000 on the employee card for a total of $15,000 spend – to get the 160,000 MR points?

I don’t typically get AU cards that require spending.

Frank

Thanks!

Sam

According to the promotion details, there’s not even an annual fee for the employee cards.

Ryan

You forgot to mention the hurdle of Capital One possibly shutting down your account before you get all the points. Or having an 800+ credit score and getting approved for a lesser product.

Bexho

Very true, crap1 shuts down your cc plus any other accounts you might have with them, no matter for how long you have had them. They even closed my crappy kohls account…Most bloggers paddling crap1 cards conveniently “forget” to warn how vindictive they are.

Paul

Can I get the 140K bonus on the IHG Rewards Premier card, if I already have the legacy IHG Rewards Club card (the one that costs $49 per year)?

Chris

I have a legitimate business and am interested in applying for the AMEX Business Platinum, but recognize I likely can’t meet the spending requirement (15K in 3 months or $30K in 6 months). Are there alternative sign up bonuses available for lower spends? I’ve already had the regular AMEX Platinum in the last 7 years so that doesn’t appear to be an option.

Stevenson

Does citi premier offer referral bonus?

Art Leyenberger

Greg, just curious – why is AMEX Plat Morgan Stanley rated so low (1st year value)? I would think having MS rebate the annual $695 fee is worth at least 70,000 MR points, even if there is no 10X dining. And it should clearly be rated higher than the Schwab Plat. Am I missing something?

Matt

BBP for 60K: 50K for $15K plus 10K for $1K.
Worth it or too much spend for too few points, considering 160K Biz Pat offer?

Zzz

There is a link on Reddit for a 70k SUB for the CSR that still seems to be active. Google “CSR 70k bonus Reddit” and it is in a thread called “PSA: CSR has a 70k SUB”

ReconScott

Greg, Aviator Business is currently 70K bonus.

Robert

I have the Venture X and earned the bonus. Is it worth picking it up for my wife via my referral? Pretty high spend but spread over 6 months. Thoughts? If we don’t it’s a lot of points left on the table

Steve

Does Brex work as a credit or debit card for paying taxes through third party payer?

Harry

Credit using the card. Not sure on this, but if you have an account with IRS, Brex could probably do an echeck for no fee.

A B

I think it’s safe to call them Capital One Miles (without the quotes) now that they transfer to most airlines 1:1. Previously they should’ve called them Kilometers.

brandon

Nice list! Does Capital One do much reconsideration? I was rejected for Venture X and wasn’t sure if they have recon like other issuers

Brandon

Thanks! Too bad they won’t reconsider but your answer saves me some time on the phone

Oliver

Chase Aeroplan card?

D.W.

The title for the Amex Gold offer needs to be updated to 75k, you still have the title listed at 60k, but I think the actual offer is correct.

hank

Hey Greg,
I was thinking should I “trade” my Hilton AmEx in for an AmEx that provides airline travel points and then transfer the acquired points for use at hotels? I don’t travel much of late except for personal fairly regional travel that I use at Hilton, but I may start working again and thus “travel again”

erika Hamilton

Listened to your podcast recently about the 15x small business resy offer. How are you tracking what codes as small business? I dont see any way to track what is offering bonus points (under the K07M coding) to the particular purchase, which makes it hard to max out the rewards points. From the podcast, it sounded like you and NIck were somehow able to track what was coding.

RD DD

I already have two Business Platinums. Now they targeted me with the 150k points offer again. Is 3 Bus Plat’s too much? Will it attract attention from the RAT?

slaven

Works for me, but RAT worried since I wasn’t targeted directly for this offer.

Susan4

No travel benefits on the Citi Premier card. How did I miss that?! Thanks for the heads up Greg.

YY Fung

My husband is 4/24. We hope to get him the Chase Marriott Boundless so he can renew his Platinum thru 2/2023 and we need large amount of Marriott points.. However the SUB is terrible now. What card should I get him next? There are plenty of amazing cards with amazing SUB. Should I save a spot for any Chase card? Like CIC? Is it still tight now? Or should I give up the last 5/24 spot for AMEX or Citi??

Oliver

I would consider the Alaska Business card for an honorable mention. Only for those who intend to use the miles for an international redemption.

60k miles
3k spend

rick b

I’d say it should be in the top 5. Those Amex offers are nice, but the Plat fees eat up a lot of the benefit, especially on Biz versions which have very few coupon perks that average consumers can take advantage of. I’m skipping the 150k offer, for example, until I’m more desperate for MR points.

Oliver

I am going to pick up the Wyndham Business Card. I plan on using the points on Go Fast redemptions during a road trip. Hyatt globalist is not sufficient.

I would like to pick up another Amex Platinum (Schwab) given the current bonus. I finally got my first platinum last November. I would prefer to wait until Chase releases the Aeroplan cards, since I am 4/24. Waiting 2 months, will reduce the overlap between the vanilla Platinum, the Platinum Business and the Schwab Platinum.

Robert

I downgraded my CSR, had that since it was new, and am nearly ready to apply for CSP. My question is can I use a referral to the card with the in-branch promotion? My wife’s referral code seems to be more worth it for 20k referral points for her vs the waived $95 fee. What are your thoughts?

Ethan

Have you written any articles on how to decide which Platinum card to apply to first, e.g. ‘vanilla’ vs. Schwab?

Captain Greg

I thought the new terms on the Morgan Stanley and Schwab cards didn’t let you get the bonus if you got any other personal platinum bonus. Is that not true?

Stephanie

Do you have any thoughts on the current Marriott offer for 100k points?

Vince

Why no Chase Ink Bus Preferred? Points/spend/first year value are similar to your other picks. Just curious. https://frequentmiler.com/cibp/

Miguel

I ended up getting the 125k bonus for the Apex Platinum offer above. However, I can’t remember if it included the $200 Home Depot Lowes Credit, and I didn’t screenshot it. Does anyone know if if the 125k offer includes the $200 credit? I inquired via chat with AMEX customer service and the rep indicated that they don’t see such an offer on my account.

Harry

My wife took out the Chase Ink Business cash for the 5X category mostly. In a way a Chase business card does hit your personal FICO. Maybe not counting on the 5/24 as such, but it counts as a hard pull which she did not need from her past personal cards the past several months. I was surprised, so now, even though she is technically still below 5/24, no more cards until the number of hard pulls go down.

Aleks

Great offers, but mostly with a higher minimal spend ($4k+). Right now Amex Green offers 50,000 MR + $200 credits with $2k spend – that’s the highest for that card.
I think that can make the top of the list for people who don’t spend a lot. Those 50,000 MR can be converted to 140,000 Hilton points, which is better than most offers on Amex Hilton cards (not even counting the $200 credits).

Kim

Just a reminder to update the bookmark link at the top for the CSP to say 80k instead of 60k.

Jeff

DP- Wyndham buisness may be subject to 6/24. Was my first Barclay Biz application so not 100%

Brands

Greg and Nick, do you guys know if he monthly $10 food credits on the Amex gold reset every calendar month, or whenever your statement closing date is?

Marshall

Greg:

FYI I just used my Amex airline credits to purchase tickets on SW. Kept the amounts charged to the CC (my gold and wife’s plat cards) to below 100 per charge on each card per your suggestion. Also had the charges as “odd” amounts, as opposed to even amounts on theory that looked less “suspicious”. Not sure the odd amounts made a difference, but they all got credits back.

Also, just got approved instantly for a personal plat card with 100 k
points. Had a business plat before. Thanks for the heads ups.

Don’t want 2 plat cards. Will downgrade wife’s to a green card so can keep her points. Do you see any problems with this strategy?

Thanks

Marshall

Thanks. Thoughts on keeping her Platinum card? Comparing benefits, seems like with Uber and air credits, Platinum card might be cheaper.
Always use air credits, but Uber, spotty. Might use 75-100 of those credits.

Andrew Clark

I have amex gold and keep getting upgrade offers for plat but they’re not as good as the 100k offer. Can I apply for the plat independent of my gold card?

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Gordon

Hi FM, I applied for the IHG Premier card at the end of November without realizing that there may have been a slightly better offer than the one described above. Am I mistaken or is there one that also includes a $50 statement credit after first purchase per DoC’s link below?

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/chase-ihg-premier-140000-points-signup-bonus-with-3000-spend/

JW Newbie

Hi Greg and Nick,
Thanks for your VERY HELPFUL recent posts re: AMEX Platinum’s incredible offer. I got approved for Platinum w/ 100K Bonus & 10X Gas/Groceries!

Quick question (I’m new to Points & Miles strategies) and need some guidance:

If I spent $2500 on Gas/Groceries the first 2 months, does that mean I would get 10X Amex Membership Reward points AND ALSO would have met the $5000 spend requirement for the 100K Bonus??

Or is the the $5K spend requirement within first 6 months for purchases IN ADDITION to Gas/Groceries that I get 10X? Hoping I can meet the $5K spend just by Gas/Groceries during first 6 months, so that I can keep my non-bonused spend on Chase Freedom Unlimited.

Hoping you can clarify for me – thanks so much!!

Z. McFarland

Tried WoH yesterday for the elite run and went pending.
3/24
780 credit score
Already have CSR, United Explorer (for award space), FU, and Vanilla Freedom.
Refi’d the mortgage over the summer
Hoping it’s just a credit line issue and will contact recon if denied.

Captain Greg

When’s the earliest you can sign up for the Amex platinum and safely triple dip on the airline credit? I assume it needs a few days to post, so maybe like Dec. 6th?

Captain Greg

Ah, your answer brings up a good point. I’m not charged the annual fee until the first statement closing date, right? And then, next year, I have 30 days after the second annual fee to close the card, right? If that’s the case, I should be good and clear to sign up now and triple dip, right?

For a rough timeline:
-sign up today, get the card in a day or two, and use the airline credit
-Dec 26th (just to match your date): statement closes and first AF posts
-2021: Use the airline credit again
-Dec. 26, 2021: Second AF posts
-Jan. 2022: Use airline credit for a third time
-Jan. 25, 2022: Close the card by this date (30 days after AF posts)

Does that all seem to make sense? Signing up today would be more than safe enough to get the triple dip?

Captain Greg

Great, thanks for the input Greg!

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hanchicago

I can’t tell if the new Chase Ink Cash and Unlimited sign-up bonus offers are meant to encourage or deter sole props from applying. What’s your take? I haven’t had much luck finding data points for sole props getting approved. I’ve seen maybe or two on various forums. But I wondered if those were unicorns.

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JN2

Lots of good information here, but it looks like you have the same information about the United Business Card under the heading for the personal “United Explorer: 70K” and the business card headings.

Yuan

Amex Pre-qualified tool shows nothing for me! Should I still go ahead and try my luck? Current I have no Amex card at all. I may have closed a couple of Amex hotel cards many many years ago. My credit score is above 800 last time I checked. I am a bit concerned about the hard inquiry it will post on my credit file. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Yuan

Thank you Greg!

Raghu Narayanan

For the new platinum offer will 10X on supermarkets/gas stations work for the authorized Gold card user(no fee) of the platinum card

Raghu Narayanan

Thanks. I have the personal Plat. I can getone for my wife and be an auth user
Thanks!

Raghu Narayanan

But I guess given Amex’s reputation for clamping down on MS, giftcards might be taboo

YoniPDX

Not sure if they differentiate between AU plat and AU Gold

T&C
10x Membership Rewards Points
Earn 9 additional points per dollar on the first $15,000 of combined eligible purchases at supermarkets located in the U.S. (superstores and warehouse clubs are not considered supermarkets) and gas stations located in the U.S…… on top of the 1 point you earn per dollar spent on eligible purchases (for a total of 10 points), made on the Card during the first 6 months of Card Membership starting from the date of account approval. You will not earn additional rewards for marina or any type of commercial fuel (e.g., jet fuel).Purchases charged by both the Basic and Additional Card Members on the eligible Card Account are eligible for the additional points.”

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Jacinto

I have been delaying applying for the CSP, until a possible public offer for CSR came out. I haven’t been targeted for CSR, unfortunately. Would you wait past 11/8 or jump at CSP?

Dan

Hi Greg, is the IHG Premier subject to 5/24? You don’t specifically mention it in your review of the card. I assume so, but just checking. I’m over 5/24 until Dec. 5. Also, I have the AMEX Bonvoy (the old SPG card). Can I get the SUB for the Brilliant if I sign up for it? Thanks!

Dan

Essentially all Chase credit cards are now subject to 5/24.

AlexL

IHG offer or Marriott offer if you can only get one?

AlexL

Thanks Greg for the suggestion. However, after checking, I am not qualified for another Hyatt bonus yet due to 24 months rule. >_<

Traveler Mike

I’m also interested in this, but from a slightly different perspective: I already have the Hyatt card, am under 5/24 in a couple of months, and have neither the Marriott or IHG. Which is a recommended long term keeper: Marriott or IHG?

Theresa

Greg,
Why not just cancel IHG Premier CC before AF, wait a bit and get the no-AF IHG CC instead of downgrading to it? That way potentially another bonus is earned or do you advise downgrading instead because of the increased risk to Chase’s shutdown on all cards?
I think TPG suggested going for the double bonus and not downgrade.
TY

Christopher C

I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card which I got in January. Any thoughts on what card I should get next?

Stefan Krasowski (@rapidtravelchai)

I been waiting for a better offer since the Brilliant launched. From the get-go Amex and Marriott have barely marketed the card. I’ve been hoping for a big 2020 offer and got hopes slightly up with the Boundless offer. Only slightly.

paul

How about the IHG Premier 140k with no af first year?

Points Adventure

My fav personally.

Jeff

I was about to mention this, you bet me to it

Captain Greg

Hi Greg, thanks for the post. Question about the expiration of the Marriott certs: When does the clock start and do you need to book or stay within a year? To give an example, let’s say I was approved for this card today, completed the spend on Christmas Day, and then had the certificates show up in my account on January 15th (the terms say to allow up to 8 weeks for certs to be deposited). I assume my one year expiration clock starts on January 15th, correct? And do I have to stay by January 15th, or just book by then? Thank you!

Captain Greg

Thank you!

Alex

I can’t tell from your Best CC Offers page, is the current Delta Gold Business offer of 60k, their best usual offer? Thanks.

Jared

Capital One Venture 100,000 point sign-up bonus doesn’t make the list?

I know many people don’t favor it but considering the value for one hard credit inquiry and the flexibility to use the points for any travel expense, the first year value is conservatively $1200+ (assuming you are able to spend $20k+ to get the 100k sign-up bonus). What am I missing?

Captain Greg

I guess if you’re spending a lot of money, this offer is good. But I have no interest because of the high spend. I’d way rather spend $9k for 155k points between the United business and CSP, for example. I often think about signup bonuses in terms of points/$. The CSP and United Business are, at a minimum, 21 ppd and 16 ppd (respectively), while the venture is only 7 ppd since you have to spend so much.

Jared

Certainly, I don’t believe it is the best offer. The amount of spend could split amongst multiple cards for higher/better (eye of the beholder) bonuses.

However, a large majority of the readers of this blog look for bang-per-hard-inquiry since banks are increasingly cracking down on churning. Therefore, some (if not most) people could benefit more by getting one large bonus with big spend (in a one year period) with only one credit inquiry.

The offer certainly has downsides as noted by Greg and others. I was just making the point that the value for one credit inquiry is pretty good if you have the large spend coming up. Also, the flexibility on use for any travel expense (especially during the unknown months and years ahead) adds to the value (instead of being pigeon-holed into one airline or hotel loyalty program).

Captain Greg

That’s a good point. And if spend isn’t an issue (i.e., people who easily, regularly MS), this is probably a great offer as well.

Robert

Well firstly, there’s the opportunity cost of spending $20k with them. You could hit 4-5 other MSRs for that much and space those out as your spend changes. Secondly, this card’s earning, ecosystem and benefits suck when compared to the offerings from Chase, Amex & Citi. It’s not the worth holding onto past the sub which is why when points bloggers talk about what’s in their wallet, it’s never Capital One.

psh

Not forget that Capital One pulls all three bureaus, so it’s not strictly “one inquiry”

James

With the unlimited getting an uncapped 3x on drugstores. It makes it an easy card to MS on. Where do we think the line is at to not get shut down?

Joseph N.

Whoa. What am I missing? What gift cards can still be purchased with a credit card at a drugstore? All drugstores in my area are cash only for gift cards, or cash & debit.

Matt

I think that is very YMMV. There is a grocery store up the street from me that will not let me buy GC with CC, but another store 2 miles away, same company, that doesn’t bat an eye at $1k in VGCs

Kathy

How are you liquidating the VGCs?

Matt

Ironically the very same store what won’t let me buy VGCs with a CC has never once asked to check my “debit” card when getting an MO. Luckily neither does the one that lets me buy the GCs, though I haven’t tried to buy and liquidate others in the same shopping trip, i really don’t know if the kids working there would give AF but don’t want to burn any easy stops.