[Disclosure: NONE of the cards in this post pay me a referral credit.]
1. Chase Air Tran with 32 Credits. Million Mile Secrets Readers Jason, Corridor! & Frank (thanks!) all wrote in about a currently targeted offer from Chase for an Air Tran credit card which offers 32 Air Tran credits after spending $2,000 within 3 months. The 1st year annual fee of $69 is waived. Air Tran credits can be transferred to Southwest credits for free flights on Southwest.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a public version of this offer very soon!
I was puzzled to see this offer because Barclays bank used to issue the Air Tran credit card. I assumed that eventually the Barclays Air Tran card would disappear because Air Tran was merging with Southwest, and Chase would continue to issue the Southwest credit card.
But this is good news because we can sign-up for the new Air Tran card before it disappears after the merger with Southwest is complete!
Emily got the Barlcays Air Tran card last year when it offered 16 credits, the highest bonus I’ve seen, last year. The current offer is for twice the number of Air Tran credits as the best previous offer.
It takes 16 Air Tran credits for a flight (subject to availability) on Air Tran or 32 credits for a business class flight subject to availability.
Unfortunately, this is a Chase card so you’ve got to prioritize your applications since Chase has
most of the so many of the good offers.
If you’ve got the Southwest Companion pass, this is a good card to get because you can transfer Air Tran credits to Southwest and use them with your Southwest Companion Pass. In my experience, Southwest credits have much less award availability than flights using Southwest miles, but you can still get value out of the card.
If you don’t have the Southwest Companion Pass, you could be better off waiting for the 50,000 point Chase Southwest credit card in a few months and completing your minimum spending to trigger the 50,000 point sign-on bonus in early 2013.
That’s because it is easier to use 50,000 Southwest points than 32 Southwest credits. Earning the Companion Pass in early 2013 means that your companion can fly free with you until the end of 2014!
Or you could delay earning the Companion Pass until Q1 2013, and load up on some Air Tran/Southwest credits now since the Air Tran credit card will disappear soon.
Skip this card if you can’t bear the thought of flying Air Tran or Southwest for whatever reason.
2. Barclays NFL Card – $400 Cash Back. Million Mile Secrets reader Lawrence (thanks!) writes in about a Barclays credit card which offers 40,000 points after spending $1,000 within 90 days. The card doesn’t have an annual fee.
You can redeem 40,000 points for $400 in statement credits. However, only transactions above $25 qualify for statement credits.
Barclays usually uses the TransUnion credit bureau, so is often a good choice for folks who have lots of credit inquires with Experian and Equifax because of many credit card applications from Chase, American Express, and Bank of America.
3. American Express 50,000 Point Business Platinum. Million Mile Secrets reader Israel, can make referrals for a 50,000 Membership Rewards point American Express Business Platinum card after spending $5,000 within 3 months.
The regular offer (including my affiliate link) is for 25,000 points so this is a better offer. However, the card has an annual fee of $450, but may be useful for the few folks who want to apply for a Business Platinum card.
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