Best Credit Card Offers for Big Travel – and Will They Return?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Paul Davis commented:

Do you track the most points ever offered for any particular card?  I know some cards cycle on and off at different levels (like the Chase Ink Plus).  And, I know some cards have 1-time offers (like the Citi Executive 100,000 mile offer).

I also acknowledge that history doesn’t necessarily provide the ability to predict what might happen in the future.  Example I’m looking at right now:  Citi ThankYou Premier card now offering 50,000 Citi ThankYou points.  It looks like they have offered more at times in the past.

So, I don’t know whether to apply now or wait for a better, richer offer.  Looking for some perspective.  I hate the idea of applying and then seeing a better offer in 6 months.  A chart with the most points offered by card would be fabulous.

Fantastic question and idea, Paul.  I wish I could tell whether the top deals for each card will come back (and when).

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Wouldn’t It Be Nice If We Could Predict When Top Credit Card Offers Will Return?

That said, let’s have a look at the highest sign-up bonuses ever offered for the most popular cards.

And I’ll give my best guess as to whether we’ll ever see these deals again!

Highest Sign-Up Bonuses Ever Offered

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and remember these top deals for the cards that get folks the most Big Travel with Small Money!

Card NameCurrent Sign-Up Bonus (After Meeting Minimum Spending Requirements)Highest Sign-Up Bonus (After Meeting Minimum Spending Requirement)
American Express
The Platinum Card From American Express40,000 American Express Membership Rewards points100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points (targeted)
The Business Platinum Card From American Express40,000 American Express Membership Rewards points150,000 American Express Membership Rewards points (targeted)
American Express Premier Rewards Gold25,000 American Express Membership Rewards points75,000 American Express Membership Rewards points (targeted)
The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express25,000 American Express Membership Rewards points75,000 American Express Membership Rewards points (targeted)
American Express SimplyCash$250$300 (targeted)
American Express EveryDay Preferred15,000 American Express Membership Rewards points15,000 American Express Membership Rewards points plus a year of free Amazon Prime membership
American Express EveryDay 10,000 American Express Membership Rewards points10,000 American Express Membership Rewards points
Starwood Preferred Guest American Express (Personal)25,000 Starwood points30,000 Starwood points
Starwood Preferred Guest American Express (Business)25,000 Starwood points30,000 Starwood points
Chase
Chase British AirwaysTotal of 100,000 British Airways Avios points

100,000 British Airways Avios points
Chase Freedom15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($150)35,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($350)
Chase Ink Cash20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($200)30,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($300)
Chase Ink Plus60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points
Chase Sapphire Preferred50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points
Chase Southwest Plus (Personal)40,000 Southwest points50,000 Southwest points
Chase Southwest Premier (Personal)50,000 Southwest points50,000 Southwest points
Chase Southwest Premier (Business)50,000 Southwest points50,000 Southwest points
Chase United MileagePlus Explorer (Personal)30,000 United Airlines miles65,000 United Airlines miles plus $50 statement credit
Chase United MileagePlus Explorer (Business)50,000 United Airlines miles60,000 United Airlines miles
Citi
Citi AAdvantage Executive50,000 American Airlines miles100,000 American Airlines miles
Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature40,000 Hilton points75,000 Hilton points
Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage50,000 American Airlines miles50,000 American Airlines miles + 2 Admirals Club lounge passes
Citi Prestige50,000 Citi ThankYou points100,000 Citi ThankYou points (targeted)
Citi ThankYou Premier50,000 Citi ThankYou points60,000 Citi ThankYou points

If I’ve missed 1 of your favorite deals, let me know and I’ll update the post!

American Express

1.   The Platinum Card From American Express

Link:   The Platinum Card From American Express Expired 100,000 Point Offer (January, 2015)

Link:   The Platinum Card From American Express

The highest bonus I’ve seen for the American Express Platinum card last came around in January.  You’d earn 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after you spent $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  (EXPIRED.)

This was a targeted offer so only folks who were able to see it using the CardMatch tool could apply.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Folks Who Were Targeted for Big AMEX Bonuses Through CardMatch Earned 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points From 1 Card!

The current offer for the American Express Platinum card is 40,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

I wouldn’t count on a public offer for 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points returning any time soon.  That said, it always pays to check the CardMatch tool before you apply.

And read my post about how to increase your chances of being targeted for better American Express offers!

2.    The Business Platinum Card From American Express

Link:   The Business Platinum Card From American Express Expired 150,000 Point Offer

Link:   The Business Platinum Card From American Express

In May, 2015, there was a short-lived 150,000 American Express Membership Rewards points offer for The Business Platinum Card From American Express. (EXPIRED)

But it came with a whopping $20,000 spending requirement in 3 months!

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If You Applied for the 150,000 Point AMEX Business Platinum, You Had to Meet a Minimum Spending Requirement of $20,000!

This was also a targeted offer, but many folks were able to approved by quoting an offer code.

Currently, the sign-up bonus on AMEX Business Platinum card is 40,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

3.   American Express Premier Rewards Gold

Link:   American Express Premier Rewards Gold Expired 75,000 Point Offer

Link:   American Express Premier Rewards Gold

The regular sign-up bonus for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is 25,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

But in the past, AMEX has targeted folks for offers as high as 75,000 points after spending only $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of account opening. (EXPIRED)

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Were You 1 of the Folks Who Got the 75,000 AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Offer a Few Years Back?

That’s a fabulous deal for a card which waives the annual fee in the 1st year!

These deals came around in 2012 and 2013, so I don’t think we’ll see them again any time soon.  But I’d love to be surprised!  🙂

4.   The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN

Link:   The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN Expired 75,000 Point Offer

Link:   The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN 

Earlier in 2015, there were a couple of ways to get a much better (triple the usual number of points!) deal on the The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN.

Normally, the sign-up bonus is 25,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months.  But with these offers, you’d earn 75,000 points (1 of the offers required double the minimum spending). (EXPIRED)

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Small Business Owners Could Qualify for a 75,000 AMEX Point Offer With The Business Gold Rewards Card From American Express OPEN

To get the better deal, you could either call with a special offer code to apply.  And some folks had success with an online link (which required some clicking and using different browsers to see the deal).

And because this is an AMEX business card, some folks who held it in the past were able to get it again.  That’s because AMEX allows folks to earn the sign-up bonus on business cards more than once, as long as they haven’t held the card in the past 12 months.

5.   American Express SimplyCash

Link:   Targeted Snail Mail $300 Offer for American Express SimplyCash (EXPIRED)

Link:   American Express SimplyCash

The American Express SimplyCash is a cash back business card with NO annual fee.

Until September 21, 2015, you’ll earn $250 cash back after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the 1st 6 months of opening your account.

Check your mailbox, because you might be targeted for a higher offer!

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Cash Back Fans Can Earn a $250 Sign-Up Bonus With the AMEX SimplyCash for a Limited Time – but Check Your Snail Mail for a Better $300 Offer

Emily and I received an offer in our postal mail for $300 cash back after meeting minimum spending requirements.  That’s terrific for a no-annual-fee card!

6.   American Express EveryDay and EveryDay Preferred

Link:   American Express EveryDay and EveryDay Preferred Expired Offers With Amazon Prime Membership (EXPIRED)

Link:   American Express EveryDay Preferred

Link:   American Express EveryDay

We’ve never seen sign-up offers for an increased number of American Express Membership Rewards points from the American Express EveryDay Preferred and American Express EveryDay cards.

But last year, there were limited time offers for both cards which included a year’s free membership in Amazon Prime (worth $99).

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

The AMEX EveryDay and EveryDay Preferred Cards Once Had Free Amazon Prime Membership as Part of the Sign-Up Bonus, but That Offer Has Expired

Amazon Prime members get free shipping, streaming music and video, eBooks, and access to extra discounts on Amazon purchases.  So a free membership was a great bonus perk!

Normally, the sign-up bonuses for these cards are 15,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your accountwith the American Express EveryDay Preferred.

And 10,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after meeting the same spending requirement with the American Express EveryDay card.

7.   The Starwood Preferred Guest Card From American Express (Personal and Business)

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Expired 30,000 Point Offer (Personal and Business)

Link:   When Will the Starwood 30,000 Point Bonus Come Back?

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest American Express (Personal)

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest American Express (Business)

For several years, usually in the summer, American Express has increased the sign-up bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express personal and business cards to 30,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

Normally, the sign-up bonus is 25,000 Starwood points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Transfer Starwood Points to Airlines, or Use Them for Stays at Hotels Like the Walt Disney World Dolphin

I can’t guarantee this offer will return again, but it’s come back every summer for several years, so chances are pretty good!

Folks love Starwood points because they’re so flexible.  And because you’ll get a 5,000 point bonus when you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to airline partners.  Check out my series on how to earn and use Starwood points!

Chase

1.   Chase British Airways

Link:   Chase British Airways Expired 100,000 Avios Point Offer

Link:   Chase British Airways

In 2012 and 2013, folks who collect British Airways Avios points hit the jackpot with a huge 100,000 British Airways Avios point sign-up bonus on the Chase British Airways card.

But to get the big bonus, you had to spend a total of $20,000!  Luckily, there are lots of ways to meet minimum spending requirements.

Usually, the sign-up bonus is 50,000 British Airways Avios points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of account opening.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

British Airways Avios Points Are Good for More Than Just Booking Award Flights on British Airways!

Many folks use British Airways Avios points for cheap, short-haul domestic coach flights on American Airlines or Alaska Airlines.  A 1-way flight under 650 miles only costs 4,500 British Airways Avios points!

So the 100,000 British Airways Avios point sign-up bonus was worth over 11 domestic short-haul coach round-trip tickets!  Amazing.

I’d love to see this deal come around again.  But I’m not holding my breath!

2.   Chase Freedom

Link:   Chase Freedom Expired $350 Cash Back Sign-Up Bonus

Link:   Chase Freedom Expired $200 Cash Back Sign-Up Bonus

Link:   Chase Freedom

A couple of times a year, Chase usually increases the sign-up bonus on the Chase Freedom card to 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points, worth $200 cash back.

Normally, the sign-up bonus is 10,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($100 cash back) after meeting minimum spending requirements.

But did you know there was a 35,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards point sign-up bonus ($350 cash back!) in 2012?  That’s a fantastic offer for a card with no annual fee.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Were You Around for the Chase Freedom 35,000 Point ($350) Sign-Up Bonus? That’s Lots of Big Travel for NO Annual Fee!

The Chase Freedom is 1 of my favorite no-annual-fee cards because it makes it easy to earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points in categories that change each quarter, just remember to activate the bonus.

And if you also have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Ink Bold (which is longer available), you can transfer points earned from the Chase Freedom to airline and hotel partners like United Airlines and Hyatt.

3.   Chase Ink Cash

Link:   Chase Ink Cash Expired 30,000 Point ($300 Cash Back) Offer

Link:   Chase Ink Cash

The Chase Ink Cash is another great no-annual-fee card.  Usually, the sign-up bonus is 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($200) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

But Chase occasionally increases the sign-up bonus to 30,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($300) after meeting minimum spending requirements.

The bonus was increased most recently in May 2015.

Folks like the Chase Ink Cash because it earns 5X points at office supply stores and on phone, internet, cable TV, and wireless purchases.  And 2X points at gas stations and restaurants.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Use Your Chase Ink Cash to Earn 2x Chase Ultimate Rewards Points (2% Cash Back) at Restaurants and Gas Stations

This is a business card, so read my tips on how to fill out a Chase business card application.  And how your small business may qualify you for a business card!

Going by Chase’s history, it wouldn’t surprise me if the better 30,000 point offer returned later this year or next year.  But no guarantees!

4.   Chase Ink Plus

Link:   Chase Ink Plus Expired 70,000 Point Offer

Link:   Chase Ink Plus

In October 2014 we saw the highest offer ever for the Chase Ink Plus card.  You’d earn 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (worth at least ~$875 in travel) after spending $5,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of account opening.

The only downside of the offer was that the $95 annual fee was NOT waived for the 1st year as it usually is.  But I’d gladly pay $95 for an extra 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points!

This was an amazing deal!  Normally, the sign-up bonus on this card is 50,000 Chase Ultimate rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Folks Got LOTS of Big Travel From the Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

And occasionally Chase will increase the bonus to 60,000 points, most recently this spring.

I really hope this offer comes back!  You can read my post which shows how to get thousands of dollars in travel from the 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points you’d earn from this deal!

5.   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred Expired 50,000 Point Offer

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen an increased sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

Currently, the sign-up bonus is 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

This is a very popular card because it earns 2X points on travel (a very broad category!) and restaurants.  And it doesn’t add foreign transaction fees.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Is the Go-To Card for Many Frequent Travelers

So perhaps we haven’t seen a recent increased bonus because the card is appealing enough that Chase doesn’t need to promote it as much?

That said, folks who are new to our hobby should read my post about Chase’s new application rules.  If you’ve opened 5 or more credit cards in the past 24 months (from any bank!), it’s unlikely you’ll get approved for Chase branded cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

That’s also why it makes sense to make this 1 of the 1st cards you get when starting out.

6.   Chase Southwest

Link:   Chase Southwest Expired 50,000 Point Offers

Link:   Chase Southwest Plus

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Personal)

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Business)

One of the most predictable increased sign-up bonuses is on the Chase Southwest cards.

Several times a year, Chase has increasesd the bonus on each (or all) of these cards from 25,000 to 50,000 Southwest points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

Signing-up for 2 Chase Southwest cards when the bonus is increased to 50,000 Southwest points is the easiest way to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

That’s because you need to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year to qualify for the Companion Pass.  It’s the best deal for domestic travel, because your companion flies with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets!

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Two Can Fly for the Price of 1 With the Southwest Companion Pass, Made Easy With the Increased 50,000 Point Bonus on the Chase Southwest Cards

With 2 Southwest cards and points earned from minimum spending, you’ll earn 104,000 Southwest points.

And it’s easy to earn the remaining 6,000 points you’ll need to achieve Southwest Companion Pass status!

7.   Chase United MileagePlus Explorer (Personal and Business)

Link:   Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Expired 65,000 Point Offer

Link:   Chase United MileagePlus Explorer (Personal)

Link:   Chase United MileagePlus Explorer (Business)

You’ll currently earn 30,000 United Airlines miles and a $50 statement credit after completing minimum spending with the Chase United MileagePlus (Personal) card.  And 50,000 United Airlines miles with the Chase United MileagePlus (Business) card.

The bonus was recently up to as 50,000 United Airlines miles on the personal card.

But in the past, it’s gone as high as 65,000 United Airlines miles, plus a $50 statement credit!

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

You Could Fly to Europe in Style With the Increased Sign-Up Bonus on the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Cards

That’s more than enough for a 1-way Business Class award ticket to Europe!

I haven’t seen this good a deal since 2012, so I’m not sure when it will come back, if ever.

Citi

1.   Citi Executive AAdvantage

Link:   Citi Executive AAdvantage Expired 100,000 Mile Offer

Link:   Citi Executive AAdvantage Limited-Time 75,000 Mile Offer

Link:   Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®

Here’s a deal that appeared for several months last year that folks still talk about.

The Citi Executive AAdvantage card had an amazing 100,000 American Airlines mile sign-up bonus after you spent $10,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

And you’d earn a $200 statement credit and get access to Admirals Club lounges, which offset some of the steep $450 annual fee.

What made this offer extra special is that folks were able to apply for multiple versions of the card and earn the sign-up bonus again (and again, and again!).

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

The Citi Executive AAdvantage 100,000 American Airlines Mile Offer Helped Many Folks Realize Their Travel Dreams

I bet many of us have a LOT of American Airlines miles saved up because of this offer!  I don’t like hoarding miles, though, because you never know when award programs will change and your miles could lose value.

The regular offer on this card has since dropped to 50,000 American Airlines miles (and no $200 statement credit).  But there’s a new offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage for 75,000 American Airlines miles after spending $7,500 on purchases in the 1st 3 months.

I don’t know how long this will last.

2.   Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature

Link:   Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature CURRENT 75,000 Hilton Point Offer (Highest Ever!)

Link:   Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature

Finally, a current offer that’s the highest I’ve seen for a card!  🙂

There’s a limited-time offer available now for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card.  Usually, you’ll earn 40,000 Hilton points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

This better offer earns 75,000 Hilton points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of account opening.

That’s almost double the usual bonus!  And the best deal I’ve ever seen for this card.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Imagine a Stay at the Conrad Bali, Made Possible With the Increased Sign-Up Bonus on the Fee-Free Citi Hilton Visa Signature Card

This is an excellent deal for a no-annual-fee card.  Check out my posts on other ways to earn Hilton points.

And here’s my series of posts on top Hilton hotels throughout the world:

3.   Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage

Link:   Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Expired 50,000 Mile Offer (With Admirals Club Passes)

Link:   Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ MasterCard®

The best deal I’ve seen for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage was the 2013 offer which included 50,000 American Airlines miles and 2 Admirals Club lounge passes after completing minimum spending.

Normally, you’d earn 30,000 American Airlines miles after meeting minimum spending requirements with this card.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

The Citi American Airlines Platinum Select Card Is an Old Standby for Big Travel With Small Money

That said, there’s a current, limited-time offer for this Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage card.  You’ll earn 50,000 American Airlines miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  But Admirals Club passes are no longer included.

I miss when you could earn 100,000 American Airlines miles by applying for this card and the (no longer offere) Citi AAdvantage American Express card by using the 2-browser trick!  Those were the days!  🙂

4.   Citi Prestige

Link:   Citi Prestige Improved 50,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

Link:   Citi Prestige

In April, 2015, Citi increased the sign-up bonus on the Citi Prestige card from 30,000 Citi ThankYou points to 50,000 Citi ThankYou points after you spent $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  (EXPIRED.)

That’s worth $800 in travel on American Airlines through July 23, 2017.  And potentially more if you transfer Citi ThankYou points to airline and hotel partners like Singapore Airlines.

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Treat Yourself to Luxury Travel by Transferring Citi ThankYou Points to Partner Singapore Airlines

Even though the card has a $450 annual fee, it’s worth it for most folks.  You’ll get a $250 airline statement credit per calendar year (which can offset the annual fee) and airport lounge access.

Plus amazing perks like the 4th night free on hotel stays, free rounds of golf through July 23, 2017, and $100 Global Entry credit.

Note:   I found a report on FlyerTalk of someone receiving targeted 100,000 point Citi Prestige offer in their postal mail.  Let me know if you’ve gotten this offer!

5.   Citi ThankYou Premier

Link:   Citi ThankYou Premier Sign-Up Bonus Changes

Link:   Citi ThankYou Premier

Around the same time Citi made changes to the Citi Prestige card, they also made it easier to earn the full sign-up bonus on the Citi ThankYou Premier card.

In the past, it would take over a year (and payment of the annual fee) to earn the full 50,000 Citi ThankYou point bonus on the Citi ThankYou Premier.  (EXPIRED.)

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

Relax! You’ll Now Earn Your Citi ThankYou Points Sooner With the Citi ThankYou Premier

But now, you’ll earn 50,000 Citi ThankYou points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months.  (EXPIRED.)

That said, in 2012 there were reports on FlyerTalk of folks getting targeted snail mail offers for 60,000 Citi ThankYou points with this card.

I haven’t heard anything recently.  So I’m not expecting any increased bonuses on this card any time soon.

Bottom Line

Great credit card offers come and go, and some of our favorite deals for Big Travel included amazing increased sign-up bonuses.

It’s usually difficult to predict which of these deals will return in the future.  But by looking at the history of these offers, you can sometimes get an idea!

Have I missed any of your favorite increased sign-up bonuses?  Let me know if you remember better offers than the ones I’ve mentioned!

Thanks for the question, Paul!

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20 responses to “Best Credit Card Offers for Big Travel – and Will They Return?

  1. Citi AA Platinum Select has been 75,000 in the past; its been about 4 years though

  2. Good info! But I f you’re including targeted offers, then the Amex EveryDay (the regular, not preferred) has seen a signup offer of at least 25,000 points. I received that offer a couple times earlier in the year, and I know other people that received the same offer.

  3. I also received the amex everyday (not preferred) offer with a signup bonus of 25,000 points after $2k in spend.

  4. Got the everday amex for 20k in points…targeted in the mail. 1k of spend…got Amazon Prime too.

  5. Plat Biz Amex also takes 5k in spending not 3k

  6. Citi platinum AAdvantage select card current bonus in AA website is showing 30,000 bonus miles.

    http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/earnMiles/beyondTravel/creditDebit/citi-platinum.jsp?anchorLocation=HP-Exec1&title=citiexecutive

    But in this website when I click on Citi platinum AAdvantage select card link it is showing 50,000 mile bonus. which one is correct???

  7. We received a targeted offer from Citi Prestige for 100K points with 3K spend in May, I believe. Took that one. Applied for the Pre-TSA and was reimbursed within a week. Scheduled some flights on 5/27 and received the $250 reimbursement on 6/19. Also received an offer from Amex Business Platinum Open for 100K with 5K spend. Still thinking about this one because it’s a charge card, not a credit card. Received offers for both Chase Southwest Personal and Business cards for 50K. I can’t remember the spend on those. If anyone can confirm that it’s always 2K that would be great. I applied for the Personal first and was immediately approved. Applied for the Business one and got a pending. I called the reconsideration line and they asked me many questions (I do own a business) and was told I was approved. I got a letter a few days later that I was not approved because of: “too many requests for credit or opened accounts with us.” I do have 2 other Chase cards. (my oldest ones) Called the reconsideration line again and they repeated what the letter said. I discussed it with the rep trying to find out exactly what they meant by that. All I could get was it’s not credit rating or history. And there’s no set amount of credit cards or limits. I explained that the Business card was the one I really needed and I should have applied for that one first, but never thought I would not be approved and didn’t think it would matter. I asked her to reconsider the application one more time, she did and was approved. Whew.

  8. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the Marriott cards, one of which is at 80,000 at the moment, and another which can get as high as70,000.

  9. I don’t see any big bonuses for Chase URs cards returning in the near-future. From what I’ve heard, Chase is trying to limit the liability on their books that URs points create, hence the reason for blocking applications if you’re applied for a bunch of new cards in the last year or so.

  10. Can u repost link for sw personal plus card 50k? I dont think its posted.

  11. Cameron Eidmann

    Can you also note when was the last time they hit that maximum number? I think that would be great to know, as it might tell us how much more likely it is to go back up that high.

  12. My husband and I recently applied (within the last few days) for the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold card and received an offer of 50k points after spending 1k in 3 months.

  13. I just got targeted for the 100,000 Amex Platinum by going thro’ the americanexpress website and clicking on their “check for pre-qualified offers” link. I applied and got approved right away. So seems you might be able to get targeted on the AMEX page itself.

    Nina

  14. Fabulous post. This gets printed and saved for the future.

  15. Michael DeKovner

    Darius,

    Thank you for this post and your great service in general. Is it possible to add the Hawaiian Airlines card to this list? Do you know if the current offer of 35,000 miles has ever been higher?

    Hawaiian Airlines seem to be a great option from the east coast with the only non-stop from JFK to Hawaii.

  16. Thanks for doing this. I find this incredibly useful to give me a perspective and help me judge which deals are worth signing up for right now and which I should hold off on in case they might get better. I like that there were some comments on some additional cards. I will refer back to this page in the future. It would be great if you could update it periodically.

  17. I recently got the target Amex Everyday card offer with 25k.

  18. I just received two targetted AmEx business Gold offers in the mail for two business entities I own. I’ve already received an AmEx business Gold sign-up bonus but through another entity. Does anyone know if I can still get the signup bonus? I know AmEx personal is once in a lifetime per person but not sure about AmEx business with different EIN’s. Thanks

  19. What about Chase IHG rewards card bonus? any idea? recently 80K offer came…