My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

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Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Update:   The Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard no longer offers a statement credit for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry application fees.

The most efficient way to earn lots of miles and points for Big Travel is with credit card sign-up bonuses.

And readers often ask me, which cards they should sign-up for next.

My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

There Are a Lot of Great Credit Card Offers Out There! Find Out Which Ones Are My Favorite for Big Travel!

5 Things to Do Before You Apply!

My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

Before You Jump In, Here’s What You Need to Know!

  • Start Out Slow – If you’re new to this hobby, start with 1 or 2 cards, until you get the hang of it.
  • Chase Has New Rules – If you’ve opened 5 or more new credit cards (with any bank!) in the past 24 months, you likely won’t be approved for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, Ink Cash, Freedom, or Slate cards.

So folks who are new to miles and points may want to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred first.  Otherwise you might not be able to get it later.

4 of My Favorite New Credit Card Offers

Credit card sign-up bonuses come and go.  Here’s a look at the best new offers.

We don’t earn a commission on these 4 cards, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

1.   Citi American Airlines Executive

Link:   Citi American Airlines Executive – 75,000 American Airlines Miles

Link:   My Review of the Citi American Airlines Executive

When you spend $7,500 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening a Citi American Airlines Executive card, you can earn 75,000 American Airlines miles.  (EXPIRED.)

That’s 25,000 more miles than the previous offer for this card!

This card comes with a $450 annual fee that’s NOT waived for the 1st year.  However, it’s worth it if you’ll use the airport lounge access (~$500) and $100 statement credit towards Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.

And you’ll save money because you get you you and up to 8 companions traveling on the same reservation get your 1st checked bag free on American Airlines and US Airways flights.

My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

75,000 American Airlines Miles Is More Than Enough for a 1-Way First Class Flight to Italy or Any Other Destination in Europe

2.   Bank of America Alaska Airlines

Link:   Bank of America Alaska Airlines – 25,000 miles and $100 Credit

Link:   My Review of the Bank of America Alaska Airlines

You’ll earn 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles when you’re approved for the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card.  And with the latest increased offer, you can also earn a $100 statement credit when you spend $1,000 on purchases within the 1st 90 days of opening your account.  (EXPIRED.)

The $100 statement credit more than covers the $75 annual fee.  What’s great about this card is there are so many ways to use Alaska Airlines miles.

Note:   You can no longer have more than 1 of the same Bank of America Alaska Airlines card at once.

My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

Use Your Alaska Airlines Miles for a Luxurious Ride in Emirates 1st Class Cabin

See my post on booking award flights with Alaska Airlines miles on Emirates and other airlines.

3.   Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve

Link:   My Review of the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve

You can usually earn 2 weekend nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at almost any Hilton hotel when you spend $2,500 on purchases within the 1st 4 months of opening the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card.

And now the offer that includes a $100 statement credit after spending $100+ on your 1st stay at a Hilton hotel within the 1st 3 months of opening your account is back!

To get this deal, make a test booking (any hotel) on the Hilton site.  And when you get to the payment page you’ll see an ad for the increased sign-up bonus.

This is my favorite Hilton card because you the statement credit more than covers the $95 annual fee.  Plus, the 2 weekend night certificates you earn can save you a LOT of money on your next hotel stay.

My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

You Can Use Your 2 Weekend Night Certificates to Stay at the Conrad Maldives. This Hotel Could Otherwise Cost Over ~$1,000 per Night!

Check out my posts on the top Hilton hotels to use your free weekend nights in the USEurope, and the South Pacific for tips on other ways to use your weekend night certificates.

4.   Chase Hyatt

Link:   Chase Hyatt Card 2 Nights, $50 Credit, and 5,000 Points 

Link:   My Review of the Chase Hyatt Card

You can also earn 2 nights with the Chase Hyatt card, good on ANY night at ANY Hyatt hotel when you spend $1,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months.  And now you’ll earn:

  • $50 statement credit after your 1st purchase
  • 5,000 Hyatt points when you add an authorized user who makes a purchase within the 1st 3 months

You could use your 2 nights at expensive Hyatt hotels like the Park Hyatt New York.

My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

You Could Save ~$2,200 on a 2 Night Stay at the Park Hyatt New York With Your Chase Hyatt Card

4 Sign-Up Bonuses That Remain Fantastic Deals

These credit card offers aren’t new, but they’re still the best deals out there!

1.   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred – 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Link:   My Review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is still my favorite card!  That’s because you can earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel and dining, which are the 2 categories where I do a lot of spending.

When you sign-up and spend $4,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account, you’ll earn 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points.   The $95 annual fee is waived the 1st year.

I like Chase Ultimate Rewards points because they’re flexible and easy to use.

Chase Adds New Transfer Partner More Options To Europe

With the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card You Can Transfer Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Partners Like United Airlines and Hyatt

2.   Citi ThankYou Premier

Link:   Citi ThankYou Premier – 50,000 Citi ThankYou Points

Link:   My Full Review of the Citi ThankYou Premier

You can earn 50,000 Citi ThankYou points when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your Citi ThankYou Premier card.  (EXPIRED.)

The $95 annual fee is waived for the 1st 12 months.

The 50,000 Citi ThankYou points is worth $625 in airfare booked through the Citi Travel Center.

Or you can transfer your points to partners like Virgin Atlantic for award flights to Hawaii or Flying Blue for good deals on award flights to Europe!

My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

Get Away to Hawaii by Transferring Your Citi ThankYou Points to Virgin Atlantic for a Flight on Hawaiian Airlines

3.   Citi Prestige

Link:   Citi Prestige – $50,000 Citi ThankYou Points and $250 Airfare Credit

Link:   My Review of the Citi Prestige Card

With the Citi Prestige card, you can earn 50,000 Citi ThankYou points when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  (EXPIRED.)

And even though this card has a hefty annual fee of $450 that is NOT waived the 1st year, there are lots of perks that outweigh this expense such as:

  • American Airlines lounge access through July 23, 2017
  • Priority Pass lounge access
  • $100 credit towards Global Entry

Plus, you can earn a $250 credit towards airfare every 12 months, for a total of up to $500 in statement credits before your 2nd annual fee is due.

My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

The 50,000 Citi ThankYou Points You Earn With the Citi Prestige Card Are Good for $800 in American Airlines Flights

There are no blackout dates and you’ll still earn miles for your flight!

4.   AMEX SimplyCash

Link:   AMEX SimplyCash – $250 Statement Credit

Link:   My Review of the AMEX SimplyCash Card

You can still earn a $250 sign-up bonus with the AMEX SimplyCash card.  To get the bonus, spend $5,000 on purchases within the 1st 6 months of opening your account.  (EXPIRED.)

What I like about this card is there’s NO annual fee and you can earn 5% cash back at US office supply stores (and on US cell phone service).

Office supply stores like Staples carry gift cards to other stores.  So you can earn 5% cash back in even more categories!

My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

With AMEX SimplyCash, You Can Earn 5% Cash Back at Amazon and Other Stores by Purchasing Gift Cards at Office Supply Stores

The AMEX SimplyCash is a business card, so check out my post on 3 ways you might qualify for a business card.  And here’s my guide for completing an AMEX business card application.

Bottom Line

Cards like the Bank of America Alaska Airlines, Citi American Airlines Executive, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, and Chase Hyatt all currently have terrific increased sign-up bonuses.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission on the above cards, but we’ll always tell you about the best offers!

And although the sign-up bonuses that come with the AMEX SimplyCash, Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige, and Chase Sapphire Preferred have been around for a while, they’re still some of my favorite deals.

You can find an updated list of all my favorite credit cards on the Hot Deals page.

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18 responses to “My Favorite Current Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

  1. Darius,
    You recently applied for and got 5 AS cards. What has changed that you can only have one at a time?

  2. So I have to cancel both of my Alaskan Airline card before applying for a new card or can I have one open and still get a second?

  3. Did your account get frozen with alaska/ bank of America? Trying to see if bloggers are treated special or they suffer like the rest of us?

  4. @Jeff. Why do you think the policy at Bank of America has changed? It changed largely because of the post bragging about 5 successful apps in one day.

  5. Some good questions out there…seems like Darius does not answers questions posted like he used to. Doctor of Credit, One Mile, and Frequent Miler are all very good at posting quick responses. Not sure what has changed here.

  6. Both my husband and I have Chase Sapphire Preferred as primary and authorized users. Because of Chase new rules (no more than 4 cc applications in 24 mons), I am wondering if we should keep both accounts open after the first anniversary. I was planning to keep just one (either mine or his) so that we can transfer UR points between us to transfer to airlines/hotels and pay only one FA. Can you think of any benefits to keep both especially for a couple? How about you and Emily, do you each have own? Thank you!

  7. @ Mark: Darius gets 4 questions between 7:05 am and 8:05 am, and at 10:47 am, he hasn’t answered them yet. Jeesh! Give the guy a break!!! : )

  8. John it is now 7:35 pm and still no answer so give me a break….12 hours isn’t enough time?

  9. @Emily….no point of keeping both since you can transfer between spouses if either of you have a freedom card. You can earn the same amount of points as an auth user.

  10. What about the discoverit card?

  11. I’d like to know about the Alaska cards, also. I’ve noticed that he doesn’t answer questions like he used to. I think you need to explain why now only one Alaska card and when that changed.

  12. I previously posted this question in the bank cards section but decided to post here:
    Both my husband and I have Chase Sapphire Preferred as primary and authorized users. Because of Chase new rules (no more than 4 CC applications in 24 mons), I am wondering if we should keep both accounts after the first year. I am planning to keep just one (mine or his) to transfer UR points between us to transfer to airlines/hotels and pay only one AF. Can you think of any benefits especially for a couple to keep both? Do you and Emily have own? Thank you, Daraius!

  13. Emily I answered your question above…no reason to keep both…just keep one. You can still transfer UR points to the other person if you have a Freedom.

  14. The new Chase rule is actually MORE THAN 5 cards in 24 months. Although this may have been the case with the Ink Plus when they started implementing this rule, it no longer applies to the Ink Plus. Not only have I seen this posted elsewhere, but I was approved for the Ink Plus today myself with well above 6 new cards in the past 24 months.

  15. @ Mark–I think Emily is waiting for Daraius to answer. May be waiting awhile!

  16. @Mark: It’s Saturday. I’ll cut you that break now. : )

  17. @John thanks bud….he needs to hire a staffer to answer questions. Not sure why he wouldn’t have just put in the article where he read/saw/learned that you can only get one Alaska card at a time…or write up a new post solely about it…it would get a lot of clicks.

  18. @Mark: My computer was acting up and that day; I didn’t realize the question was originally posted here. I wanted to know if people had different thoughts on cancelling Chase UR earning cards due to the rules. Thank you for answering. 🙂