Bank Points Cards

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I keep the information on this page updated, but please double check the credit card applications for details about terms and conditions of the offers.  Please let me know if you find a better offer so that I can list it here!

1.   American Express Membership Rewards

American Express Mercedes-Benz Platinum – 50,000 Points

American Express Mercedes Benz Platinum

  • Earn 50,000 American Express Membership Reward points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months on the American Express Mercedes Benz Platinum card
  • $475  annual fee NOT waived for 1st year; No foreign transaction fee
  • Membership Reward points transfer to Delta, British Airways, Air Canada’s Aeroplan and other hotels and airlines
  • Lounge access to Delta (worth $300 to $500)
  • $200 credit towards airline fees such as baggage charges, lounge membership, etc.
  • Earn 5 points per $1 spent at Mercedes Benz & 1 point per $1 elsewhere

Daraius’ Tip:  My detailed review of the American Express Mercedes Benz credit card




2.   Barclays

Daraius’ Tip:   This is perhaps the best cash back card if you redeem for travel since you get 2.2% cash back for travel redemptions.  $89 annual fee waived the first year.


Daraius’ Tip:  No annual fee

3.   Chase Ultimate Rewards







4.   Citi





5.   US Bank



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431 Responses to Bank Points Cards

  1. Hey, used a couple of your links today for App-O-Rama #7 as a thank you for having such a great resource here when I got started a couple years ago.

    But I’m very confused by your links on this page and its Hotel and Airline counterparts – Where are the links for the Chase Hyatt? The Chase Sapphire Preferrred? The Southwest cards? Some of the very best cards don’t seem to be anywhere.

  2. @Maria – I wouldn’t suggest a rewards card because they tend to be for folks with good credit and charge higher interest rates.

    @Judy Jones – Happy New Year to you too! Thanks so much for using our links.

    @Adam K – The Hyatt, Sapphire Preferred, and Southwest cards are all on the Hot Deals tab!

  3. Can the Barclays Arrival card points be used to buy tickets with Norwegian Airlines? Thanks.

  4. @BTM – I don’t have personal experience, but it should be considered a travel expense.

  5. I’m interested in applying for the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.

    However, it says that you may not be eligible for the bonus if you have another Amex card, and I presently have the Blue Sky cash back card (which I never use).

    Do you know if this applies to the Blue Sky card? If I canceled that card, would I be eligible for the bonus? How long should I wait after canceling before applying?

  6. @Seth – You should be eligible since you don’t already have the Premier Rewards Gold card (or the Platinum card).

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  10. I currently have the Amex Plat – It will be due in February for the annual fee. If I cancel it and get a new card will the history of my credit with them be erased and a new card will start over in reference to credit age?

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  12. Say I sign up for a card that has 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1000 in 3 months. Then, in a week after signing up, I see airfare I want to book for a vacation, and I use said card. If I spend $1000 in airfare, can I use those miles credit towards that airfare purchase later on, or do I have to make $1000 worth of purchases AND THEN get the points, then book airfare to use the miles? Hope that makes sense!

  13. @ Erin E Your ‘spend’ miles/points should post after your stmt closes so you won’t be able to use new points until they post to your acct. Sorry.

  14. @Larry Wells – If you cancel the card, you lose the associated credit history with the card.

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  17. Last wk I was approved for a Barclay rewards world card with 0% interest rate for 18 mths and a $10,000 line of credit. Days later I am seeing the Barclays arrival MC with 40,000 miles after spending a certain amt. I would prefer this card because I travel a lot and would appreciate the miles. Is it too early to apply for the arrival card? My FICO score was 804 based on free report when I activated the card.

  18. @Mimi – I’d wait a bit and then reapply for the Arrival card.

  19. When you say wait a bit do you mean a month or 6 months

  20. @Mimi – Perhaps 4 to 6 months.

  21. Thank You. Will do.

  22. So I received an offer in the mail today for a Chase Sapphire Preferred card with a Bonus of 40,000 points and 5000 points for adding an additional customer. The only difference between this offer and others out there is the minimum spend. My offer is $2000 in the first 3 months. vs. $3000. I had one of these cards for a while in 2012/2013 but cancelled it, frankly because I didn’t like the stainless steel card and I got to many questions and refusals due to the card design, especially overseas. I wonder why they send me these offers because is says in the terms that the bonus is only for first-time card members. It also has this interesting statement in the terms ..”Chase cardmembers who currently have or have had a Chase credit card in any Rewards Program associated with this offer or have received a similar bonus offer, may not be eligible for a second Chase credit card in the same Rewards Program, or for any bonus offer. Chase cardmembers currently receiving promotional pricing, or Chase cardmembers with a history of only using their current or prior Chase card for promotional pricing offers, are not eligible for a second Chase credit card with promotional pricing.” Doesn’t this mean that I can never get this card again. Also, is it saying that “churners” who only get cards for the bonuses will be denied? Thoughts anyone?

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  24. I’m looking for a new Chase personal card as I’m about to cancel my United Explorer (annual fee coming due) and would like to transfer my credit line over. About a year ago, I converted my Chase Sapphire Preferred to a Freedom card and would like to get more Ultimate Rewards points. (I also owned and closed the Ink Bold and currently carry the Ink Plus.) Can I apply for and get the bonus for the Chase Sapphire Preferred a second time?

  25. @Aztexaz – You could try for a different Ink card or the United business card.

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  28. I am planning to apply for all Chase cards, two biz: ink bold, ink plus; and two personal: sapphire preferred, and united. How far should I space out the applications, e.g., 3 month? Are biz/personal cards tracked on different time frames or the same time frame? Thanks!

  29. @Nick – I’d do 1 business and 1 personal and then another set after at least 3 months.

  30. Hi Darius! If I already have an AMEX business gold rewards card, would I still be able to get the sign-up bonus for a personal (or maybe business) Platinum?


  31. Thomas Hastings

    Hi, I applied for and am using a Chase Ink Plus business cards a few months ago, and now am looking for another Chase card I can use to gain Ultimate Rewards – my wife and I already both have Chase Saphhire, Sapphire Preferred, and Freedom cards. Can I apply for a Chase Ink Bold business card too? Thanks!

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