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Update: The current sign-up bonus has reduced to 35,000 miles
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1. Barclays Lufthansa – 50,000 Miles
You can get 2 roundtrip coach awards within the US on United or US Air, 1.5 roundtrip business class trips within the US on United, or a 1-way business class award from the US to Europe with ~50,000 Lufthansa miles.
Lufthansa miles are also great for Swiss and Lufthansa First Class awards, but you’ll pay 85,000 miles for a 1-way award and $250 to $400 in taxes and fees.
2. American Express Hilton – 50,000 Points
Thanks to a reader for sending me a link to a 50,000 point American Express Hilton card after spending $750 within 3 months. This is better than the usual offer for 40,000 Hilton points and is valid until August 31, 2013.
Note that you can’t get the bonus on BOTH this card as well as the American Express Surpass card. But American Express does sometimes give you an incentive to upgrade the regular no-fee Hilton card to the American Express Surpass card.
That said, I still prefer the Citi Hilton Reserve card to the American Express Surpass card because the Citi Hilton Reserve gets you Hilton’s Gold elite status (free breakfast and internet!) for as long as you have the card and also has no foreign transaction fees.
3. Chase Freedom Bonus Categories
You can always buy gift cards to your favorite restaurant or at Lowe’s (including gift cards to other shops) if you’ve not maxed out the $1,500 quarterly limit. But there’s no point buying gift cards just for the points if you won’t use them or can’t pay your balance in full each month!
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