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Here are the top 10 cards that currently do NOT earn us a commission but DO earn you Big Travel with Small Money!
This Is Why We Tell You About the Best Offers
Link: Hot Deals
Back when we started the blog, I said I’d always let you know if I found a better public offer for any credit card, even if it means giving up our commission on the card.
We earn a commission on cards that have an image of the card under the card’s name on the Hot Deals page. But if you only see a link with the card’s name, and no card image beneath, that means Emily and I get nothing if you apply.
Yes, but Why?
Because it’s the right thing to do.
And we won’t ever stop doing it!
We prefer you get the most miles, points, or cash back. Even if there’s a lesser offer that would earn us a commission.
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The Top 10 Deals That Earn Us Nothing!
I’ll show you the best public offers on 10 top cards – that currently earn us nothing if you apply!
1. Chase Ink Plus
Link: Chase Ink Plus
- $600 in cash back
- $750 in travel with NO blackout dates through the Chase Travel Portal
- Big Travel when you transfer points to partners like United Airlines and Hyatt
Chase Ultimate Rewards is my favorite award program because the points you earn are so flexible. You can use points toward paid travel at a terrific rate, or transfer to airline and hotel partners like Hyatt, Southwest, British Airways, or United Airlines.
2. Chase Southwest Cards
Y’all know Emily and I LUV Southwest! Everyone gets 2 free checked bags and there are never any change or cancellation fees.
This is an easy way to boost your Southwest points balance to earn the Southwest Companion Pass! With the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or family member can fly with you almost free on paid and award tickets for up to 2 years!
But be mindful of these 3 mistakes that won’t get you a Companion Pass!
3. Chase Hyatt
Link: Chase Hyatt
You’ll earn 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt (even their top resorts) with the Chase Hyatt card after spending $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.
Emily and I stay at Hyatts often because of their incredible service and beautiful locations. Check out our reviews of the Park Hyatt Vendome Paris, Grand Hyatt Kauai, Park Hyatt Goa, and Park Hyatt Milan.
You can even use your free nights at their most expensive hotels, like the Park Hyatt New York, where standard rooms can cost over $1,000 per night!
Many folks pay the $75 annual fee on this card year after year, because you get a free night certificate each year you’re a cardmember for a stay at a Hyatt Category 1 through 4 hotel.
4. Citi Prestige
Link: Citi Prestige
With the Citi Prestige, you’ll earn 50,000 Citi ThankYou points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account. (EXPIRED.)
That’s worth ~$800 in paid American Airlines through July 23, 2017, or international partner flights. And if you transfer the points to airline partners like Singapore Airlines, they could be worth even more!
5. Citi American Airlines Cards
American Airlines miles are easy to earn! You can earn 50,000 American Airlines miles with the Citi AAdvantage Executive, Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage, or CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select cards when you meet the minimum spending requirements.
And we don’t earn a thing from any of them!
6. Chase Fairmont
Link: Chase Fairmont
You can earn 2 complimentary nights at any Fairmont hotel after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening a Chase Fairmont account.
And the $95 annual fee is waived the 1st year. Plus, the card comes with automatic Fairmont Premier elite status (room upgrades, dining credits, and free nights).
Fairmont is a smaller hotel chain, but they have some amazing hotels in gorgeous locations. Because they’re an upscale brand, many of their hotels are pricey!
At some locations, you could get a stay worth $1,000+ with the Chase Fairmont sign-up bonus!
7. Bank of America Alaska Airlines Card
Even if you’re not near a city Alaska Airlines serves, the Bank of America Alaska Airlines is still a good pick. That’s because they have terrific airline partners, including Air France / KLM, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Icelandair.
With the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card, you’ll earn 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles after your 1st purchase. And you’ll earn a $100 statement credit after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 90 days of opening your account. (EXPIRED.)
Check out these ideas on how to use Alaska Airlines miles for Big Travel!
8. Chase Ink Cash
Link: Chase Ink Cash
The Chase Ink Cash card is an terrific deal for small business owners who like earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points for cash back or Big Travel, with no annual fee.
With the Chase Ink Cash, you’ll earn 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($200 cash back) when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.
You’ll also get:
- 5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 you spend (5% cash back) on the 1st $25,000 spent per year at office supply stores and on cell phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services
- 2 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 you spend (2% cash back) on the 1st $25,000 spent per year at restaurants and gas stations combined
- 1 point per $1 you spend (1% cash back) on everything else
- Primary auto rental insurance (CDW) when renting for business purposes, plus purchase and extended warranty protection
- No annual fee
You can transfer points earned from the Chase Ink Cash to one of these cards, then to travel partners like British Airways and Hyatt!
9. Chase United Explorer Card
If you fly United Airlines frequently, the Chase United Explorer is a good pick!
You’ll also get priority boarding on United Airlines flights.
You’ll earn 30,000 United Airlines miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account. And a $50 statement credit after your 1st purchase.
To find this deal, search for a flight on United.com and you’ll see an ad for the card. The regular offer doesn’t have a $50 statement credit, so apply for the better offer!
United Airlines miles are great to collect! That’s because:
- They have more airline partners than any other US airline
- They never add fuel surcharges to award tickets
- It’s easy to search for award flights
- You can instantly transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines
Keep in mind, the sign-up bonus on this card has been as high as 50,000 United Airlines miles, so if you’re not in a hurry to earn United Airlines miles, you might consider waiting for that offer to return.
10. Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards
You’ll earn up to 3 free nights at any Wyndham hotel when you sign-up for the the Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards cards and complete the minimum spending.
The sign-up bonus on the premium version of the card with a $69 annual fee is currently 45,000 Wyndham points. Because a night at ANY Wyndham hotel costs only 15,000 Wyndham points, you’ll have enough for 3 free nights at Wyndham’s top hotels and all-inclusive resorts!
We’re grateful to our readers for reading the blog all these years! And for trusting us to show you the best credit card deals!
We’ll always tell you about the best public offers we’re aware of, even if they don’t earn us a commission. And these 10 cards don’t earn us a thing!
Any offer you see in Hot Deals that does NOT have an image of the credit card, does NOT earn us a commission. But we share these with you because it’s the right thing to do!
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