Hot Deals!

My selection of the best current mile and point earning deals, which I update often. Check out the Credit Card Resources for more information on when to cancel your credit card, how to get a denied application approved and more! Here are 40+ ways to complete the minimum spending on credit cards if you are concerned about completing the minimum spending requirements.

Top Deals


Citi Executive AAdvantage

1) Citi Executive® AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard®


Sign-Up Bonus:  60,000 American Airlines miles after  spending $5,000 on the Citi AAdvantage Executive within 3 months.  A much better offer for 100,000 miles after spending $10,000 within 3 months.

Fees:  $450 annual fee NOT waived; No foreign transaction fee

Other Perks:  Free Admiral’s club lounge membership, 1 free checked bag for domestic travel, and priority AAccess

- Earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles after spending $40,000 in a calendar year

Ink Plus® Business Card

2A)   Chase Ink Plus® Business Card


Sign-Up Bonus:   50,000 points after spending $5,000 within 3 months with the Chase Ink Plus®.  $800 to $2,000 value if transferred to airline or hotel partners; $625 value if used for travel; $500 value if used for gift cards/cash back.

Fees:   $95 annual fee waived for the first year; NO foreign transaction fee

Other Perks:  Points can be transferred to United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Ritz Carlton, Korean Air, Southwest, and Amtrak at a 1:1 ratio.

Earning:   Earn 1 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent; 2X on hotels and gas, and 5x on office supply stores and telecom

- My detailed review of the Chase Ink Plus®

Daraius’ Tip:   Don’t think you have a business?  Read my post “3 ways you may qualify for a business” here.

Ink Bold® Business Card2B)   Chase Ink Bold® Business Card


Sign-Up Bonus:   50,000 points after spending $5,000 within 3 months with the Chase Ink Bold®.  $800 to $2,000 value if transferred to airline or hotel partners; $625 value if used for travel; $500 value if used for gift cards/cash back.

Fees:   $95 annual fee waived for the first year; NO foreign transaction fee

Other Perks:  Points can be transferred to United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Ritz Carlton, Korean Air, Southwest, and Amtrak at a 1:1 ratio.

Earning:   Earn 1 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent; 2X on hotels and gas, and 5x on office supply stores and telecom

- My detailed review of the Chase Ink Bold®

Daraius’ Tip:   Don’t think you have a business?  Read my post “3 ways you may qualify for a business” here. 

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express3)   SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express


  • Limited Time Offer: You can get a $250 statement credit after you spend $3,000 on qualifying purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • To be eligible for this offer, you must be approved by April 28, 2014.
  • With no annual membership fee, it’s a smart choice for your business.
  • 5% at U.S. office supply stores & on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers
  • 3% on the category of your choice
  • 1% on other purchases
  • 5% and 3% apply to purchases up to $25,000 per rebate year then 1% thereafter. Cash back earned is automatically credited to your statement.
  • Terms and limitations apply

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card4)   Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card


Sign-Up Bonus:   40,000 points after spending $3,000 within 3 months with the Chase Sapphire Preferred®.

Fees:   $95 annual fee waived for the first year; NO foreign transaction fee

Other Perks:  Points can be transferred to United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Ritz Carlton, Korean Air, Southwest, and Amtrak at a 1:1 ratio.

- Earn 1 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent; 2X on dining and travel.

- My detailed review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Citi® Platinum Select® : AAdvantage® World MasterCard®

5) Citi® Platinum Select® AAdvantage® World MasterCard®


  • Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership*
  • Your first eligible checked bag is free*
  • Group 1 boarding and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases*
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year

Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card6) Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card


  • 50,000 bonus points after 1st purchase and another 35,000 points after spending $2,500 within 3 months on the US Bank Club Carlson Premier (Personal) & US Bank Club Carlson Business Rewards - that’s up to 9 free award nights in a Category 1 hotel
  • 1 free award night when you redeem points for 2 or more consecutive award nights at the same hotel
  • Free Club Carlson Gold elite status for as long as you have the card or 15 night credit towards towards Concierge status if you are already a gold elite member
  • $75 ($60 for business) annual fee not waived for 1st year3% foreign transaction fee
  • 40,000 points for renewing your card each year
  • 10 Club Carlson points per $1 spent at Club Carlson hotels & 5 points for everything else

Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Reserve Card7)   Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Reserve Card


  • 2 free weekend nights after spending $2,500 within 4 months on the Citi® Hilton Reserve card
  • Free Hilton Gold elite status for as long as you have the card (free internet & breakfast!) makes you eligible for discounted Hilton VIP award redemptions
  • 1 free weekend night after spending $10,000 each year
  • $95 annual fee NOT waived for 1st year; NO foreign transaction fee
  • Earn Diamond elite status after spending $40,000 in a calendar year
  • Earn 10 Hilton points per $1 spent at Hilton hotels, 5 points per $1 on airlines or car rentals & 3 points per $1 for everything else

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard — $89 Annual Fee Card8) Barclay Card Arrival (TM) World Mastercard® – Earn 2X on All Purchases


  • 40,000 Miles after spending $3,000 within 3 months on the Barclays Arrival card
  • 1 mile can be redeemed for 0.5 cent in statement credits or 1.1 cents towards travel, so 40,000 miles is worth $200 or $440 if redeemed for travel.
  • $89 annual fee waived for 1st year; No foreign transaction fee
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases

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.

9) Citi® American Airlines Business AAdvantage® 

10)   Chase Hyatt

Sign-Up Bonus:   2 free nights at any Hyatt after spending $1,000 within 3 months with the Chase Hyatt Visa.  

Fees:   $75 annual fee waived for 1st year; NO foreign transaction fee

Annual Bonus:   1 free night in any category 1 to 4 Hyatt every anniversary potentially making up for the annual fee

Other Perks: Free Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum status (free internet!)

Earning:   Earn 3 Hyatt points per $1 spent at Hyatt, 2 Hyatt points per $1 spent at restaurants, car rental agencies and airline tickets purchased directly from airlines & 1 Hyatt point per $1 for everything else

Spending Bonus: 2 stay & 5 nights credits toward elite status after spending $20,000 in a calendar year.  Total of 5 stay & 10 nights credit towards elite status for spending $40,000 in a calendar year.

Daraius’ Tip:  Another offer with a $100 statement credit when you try to make a Hyatt reservation.   Not my link, so take a screenshot before applying.  2 free nights are valid for 12 months at ANY Hyatt, but are an amazing value ($1,000 +) at top Park Hyatt’s in Paris, Maldives, or other locations!

The US Airways Premier World MasterCard®11)   The US Airways Premier World MasterCard®


Daraius’ Tip:  The links to the 35,000 mile offer on FlyerTalk with the 1st year’s annual fee waived are the better deal because the $89 annual fee is waived AND the terms and conditions do not suggest getting a lower sign-up bonus if you’re approved for a lesser card version.

12)   Chase IHG Rewards Club

Sign-Up Bonus:   80,000 bonus points through this link on FlyerTalk after spending $1,000 within 3 months OR 60,000 bonus points with the Chase IHG Rewards Club after spending $1,000 within 3 months

Fees:   $49 annual fee waived for 1st year; NO foreign transaction fee

Annual Bonus:   1 free night certificate every anniversary potentially making up for annual fee

Other Perks:   Free IHG Rewards Club Platinum elite status as long as you have the card; 10% rebate on IHG Rewards Club award redemptions

Earning:   5 Priority Club points per $1 spent at IHG Rewards Club hotels, 2 points per $1 on gas, groceries, & dining & 1 point per $1 for everything else

The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®13)   Barclays Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard


  • Earn 35,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days
  • Free checked bag
  • 50% off Companion ticket
  • $100 Companion discount
  • Earn 2 Hawaiian miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn 1 Hawaiian mile on all other purchases
  • $89 annual fee; no foreign transaction fees

Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Visa Signature® Card

14)  Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature


  • Earn a $50 statement credit after spending $50 on your first stay at any hotel and resort within the Hilton HHonors Portfolio during the first 6 months of cardmembership.*
  • Earn 50,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after spending $1,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of cardmembership.*
  • Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at a participating hotel within the Hilton HHonors portfolio.*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations.*
  • Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases.*
  • No annual fee.*

Bank Credit Cards

American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card American Express® Premier Rewards Gold 


American Express Mercedes Benz Platinum

American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum


The Platinum Card® from American Express The Platinum Card® from American Express


Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard — $89 Annual Fee CardBarclay Card Arrival (TM) World Mastercard® – Earn 2X on All Purchases


Barclays Arrival Card - No Fee

Barclays Arrival(TM) World Mastercard® – Earn 1X on All Purchases


Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card 


Chase Freedom®

Chase Freedom® Card


Chase Sapphire® Card

Chase Sapphire® Card


Citi Forward® Card for College Students [Update:  Offer not available]


Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card

Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card – Earn 20,000 Bonus Points


Citi ThankYou® Premier CardCiti ThankYou® Premier Card


Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card for College Students

Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card for College Students


Discover it®

Discover it®


U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® cardU.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® card


Airline Credit Cards 


Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® CardAlaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card


                       British Airways Visa Signature® Card


Citi® Platinum Select® : AAdvantage® World MasterCard®

Citi® Platinum Select® AAdvantage® World MasterCard®


Citi Executive AAdvantage

Citi Executive® AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard®


Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express


Delta Platinum AMEXAmerican Express Delta Platinum


Delta Reserve American Express

American Express Delta Reserve


Frontier Airlines MasterCard® Plane

Frontier Airlines MasterCard®  


The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®Hawaiian Airlines World EliteTM MasterCard®


JetBlue Card from American Express

JetBlue Card from American Express


The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard®

The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard®


                       Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card




United MileagePlus® Explorer CardUnited MileagePlus® Explorer Card


                       Chase United Club 

Hotel Credit Cards 

American Express Hilton HHonorsTMAmerican Express Hilton HHonors Card


American-Express-Hilton-Surpass-Credit-CardAmerican Express Hilton HHonors Surpass Card


Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Reserve CardCiti Hilton HHonors Reserve Card


Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Visa Signature® CardCiti Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card


Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® CardClub Carlson Premier Card


                        Fairmont Card

                        Hyatt Card


99x65 Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit CardMarriott Rewards Premier Card


Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressStarwood Preferred Guest Card



1,380 Responses to Hot Deals!

  1. Juli– I just tried again to see how I did before and got the message “you are not eligible for any special offers at this time”.

    So I guess the link is pretty quirky since before lunch, just an hour ago, I was eligible for several juicy offers! Geez… talk about a quick pull of a good offer!

    Maybe Darius can clue us in?

  2. @Darius Just FYI, today I called Citi to confirm my rewards, although I got the card 2 weeks ago, They confirmed all the info but the cards (amex and Visa) it does not include the +1 companion pass, I think the link above is the one for without the companion pass. Thanks

  3. @Jill P @Juli – Try using a different browser or clear cookies. The offers keep on changing – sometimes you get some, sometimes you don’t. Or if you’re like me, you never get one! But this is the first time I’ve heard of them disappear in just an hour!

    @adnan – The Companion Pass is virtually worthless, but you should get it in ~1 month. But I’ll edit the post since it seems unclear if folks are getting it or not.

  4. i did the 2bm for the visa and amex citi aadvantage and imediatlly was approved for the visa with the amex pending. i called citi and got them to aprrove the amex too. will i grt the signup bonus on the amex , aas since i was first approved on the visa and only a few days later on the amex i as wondering if i would be considered a current card holder.

  5. Hi Darius,

    Currently I have 4 Chase personal CC: Amazon since 11/2010, Sapphire Preferred since 9/2011, CO/United since 03/2012 and Southwest Premier since 5/2012. I really, really want two business cards from them: Southwest Business so I can hit the companion pass, and Ink (Classic or Bold) for 5X points at the office supplies stores. Can I apply for both at the same time or space them out like 3 months apart? Thanks

  6. I did clear cookies and that was indeed the problem. The offer is back on my screen. Hope Juli had good luck, too.

  7. @john – You’ll likely get the bonus as long as you get the card with you.

    @liw5215 – I’d get the SW business card first, so that you can get the Companion pass (you may have to call the reconsideration line) and then apply for another business card after a month or two. You can apply for them both at the same time, but you may not get approved for both, though you could decide it is worth the risk since you could always reapply later.

    @Jill P – Glad it worked out!

  8. jill P, The special offers does not come up as an option or link. Cleared cookies and did as you wrote:

    go to
    Click Credit cards.
    Click “get the card that’s best for you”, then click “personal cards”.
    Then click “view your special offers” and enter in your personal data.

    After “personel cards” link only the card options showed. Could not find anything that said View special offers” ??? we’re you logged in?

    thanks E

  9. Ok got it to work with Safari. No offers for me though. Thanks for the info.

  10. Thanks a lot Daraius, I called Bank of America’s reconsideration line today and easily got approved for the Bank of Hawaii card without having to close a card. Your help is appreciated!

  11. @Bryan – Glad it worked out!

  12. RE: SPG Offer: I still have my AE SPG from last year but I would like to apply again for the new card. Should I cancel it, wait a week , and re-apply for the new SPG? What is the best way to handle this situation?

  13. My wife and I have just been approved for the Chase Hyatt Visa. I had a question on how to redeem the rooms and if I can add them to an ongoing deal that Hyatt is offering.

    We are planning on using the nights for our anniversary in December and found this deal thru Hyatt:

    “Enjoy more than a free night from the official sponsor of free time when you stay at a participating Hyatt now through December 30, 2012.

    •Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night free
    •Free daily breakfast for 2
    •2 p.m. late checkout

    Simply request offer code FRTIME when you book your reservation and stay a minimum of 3 nights. Then enjoy one more shopping trip, one last museum visit or just spending some time with each other. After all, a free night is great. But free time is even better.”

    Is there any way to stack these deals to receive an extra night free?

  14. @Evan – You could try applying for the personal if you have the business version or vice versa.

    @Michael – The offer which you mention is for paid stays, and can’t be used when you redeem your 2 free nights, which are free.

  15. So I tried the two-browser trick for the Citi AAdvantage AMEX/Visa. The AMEX got instantly approved whereas the Visa was pending (odd). I chatted w/ a rep and they said they required address verification, which I promptly sent them. Now it says my decision may take up to a week. I called again and spoke to another rep, and she mentioned that I had applied for 2 cards (but did not say anything about it not being allowed). Has this happened to anyone else, and if so, am I still likely to still get the Visa approved? I’m thinking they might be reviewing because I applied for 2 cards at the same time, and so inevitably it may be rejected…

  16. @Esteban – They may not approve you for the VISA because you already have the AMEX, but you did the best you could. Good luck!

  17. When I applied for both I got an application pending response on both. I called customer service and the rep said “OH ! You applied for 2 cards” (BUSTED) I knew UI couldn’t deny it at that point so I said yes.

    Rep asked me a couple of verification and address questions and put me on hold. 5 minutes later he had both approved and I received both 2 weeks ago.

    Since then I called customer service about my bonus points and they say I’m eligible for both. When I get the bonuses from both I’ll exhale. Good Luck.

  18. @john – If you received the cards, you almost certainly will get the bonus from Citi.

  19. I was approved on 16 July for the BA Card and wanted to know if its too early to kick off an app party on1 Sept? I plan on applying for Southwest Plus Card, Southwest Plus Business Card, SPG personnal card, US Bank Flex Perks Travel Rewards Visa Card, and both Citi AAdvantage AMEX/Visa. This will be my largest app party and I wanted to know what do you think my chances are for being approved on all cards? Also i havent activated my BA Card either lol.

  20. @Unrea – I can’t comment on the specifics, but if you’ve only had credit cards for a few months, you likely won’t get approved for all the cards. You also will have to call Chase to get approved for the Southwest cards.

  21. Hello,
    I did the double browser Citi American Airlines personal AAadvantage Visa and Amex card about a week ago. But the Citi website looks like it is on 30k miles… How can I make sure I get the 50k miles on each? Do I need to call them? Thank you.

  22. Is there a distinct advantage of the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus over the Southwest Premier Personal card? You mentioned the Premier card under the Rapid Rewards Plus card heading, so I was wondering which is better. Also, if I apply for both cards in a two-month span, will I be able to get the 50,000 pts on both cards and therefore be almost at the companion pass minimum? In other words, is a second card considered a new product, and I could get the bonus on both cards? Sorry if I am being confusing.

    You’re the best!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Ive had credit cards for over 10years and my score is currently 775. Do you think I should only apply for a few cards or contine to apply for all cards that I mentioned earlier?

  24. For the Citi AAdvantage cards, how long does it take for the companion pass to arrive?

    Also, just for clarification on the $100 statement credit. If I buy a $50 AA giftcard, do I still receive a $100 general statement credit, or only $50 to cover the AA-qualified purchase?


  25. @Eric Wilkins – You can confirm the 50K sign-up when you call to activate the card.

    – The plus has a lower annual fee but offers fewer miles at your 1 year anniversary. The Premier card is best to keep if you’ll keep the card for a long time because you get the full value of the annual fee back in Southwest points. If you’re approved for a 2nd card, you can come close to the Companion Pass. Folks try to get the business and personal version and you will likely need to call the reconsideration line to get approved and answer questions about the business.

    @Unrea – If you’re not feeling comfortable, don’t do them all. Others with a high score and 10 year history have been able to get all those cards at once, but your experience may vary.

    @Esteban – The companion ticket takes 1 to 1.5 months to arrive, but is almost useless because it requires a high fare class. Depending on which offer you signed up for you could get either a $50 or $100 credit. The offer on the blog is for the full $100 credit with any AA purchase.

  26. Thanks, Daraius! I appreciate your tips and responses so much!

  27. I noticed on the us air mastercard application it says “Offer available to Dividend Miles members currently with Chairman’s Preferred Status only” since I am not at that status (or any u.s. air status) would I not receive the 40,000?

  28. @Thea – You’re welcome!

    @Matt – That’s what it says, but folks are applying and getting the full 40K sign-up bonus.

  29. be caution of Barclay US airway card, today, after I tried to churn the 2nd card, i not only got declined, they closed down my first card either. this is really a shock to me. they said, even though my credit score and income are not the issue, they concerned about too many inquiries and cards over the last 12 months.
    I am ok with their decision and specifically asked whether or not i am banned from Barclay, they said “no, you are more than welcome to apply in a future time”, though I don’t think i will in the next 12 months. JUST FYI.

  30. @ben - Thanks for that warning!

  31. if i sm citi for a match to 150 airline credit instead off 100 that i currently have, will they honor it or thats totally dead?

  32. I got 4 companion certificates for 4 cards, 2 me 2 wife… they all expire on Nov 30, 2012, what is the best way to save them or can we extend them to a later date

  33. Yea me too! November 30 seems pretty fast.

  34. WOW! I am fairly new to CC churning.. but after following the advice on this blog, I have managed to rack up about 500,000 points in the last few months! The Citi deal alone has given me 250,000 miles (2 visa’s for me, 2 for my wife, and a business card) plus I got $400 in statement credits for some small AA purchases I purposely made, and have only used ONE of my stack of Admiral Club passes, which got me and my entire family of 6 into the Admirals Club at DFW. I also did the Chase Sapphire deal along with a few other targetted offers I received for AE Gold Business (75,000 membership rewards points for $2,000 in spending) as well as a Blue Sky AE for an additional 30,000, and even opened a Chase Checking for the $200 opening bonus for locking up $1,500 for 6 months.

    Thanks SO MUCH!

  35. Hi Daraius and all,
    A couple quick questions… does the 2 browser trick work on Amex Hilton? I am trying to rack up Hilton pts. If I do Citi Hilton for 50k pts x 2, do I submit the 2 apps on 2 browsers literally at the same time? Should I do a Hilton apporama all on the same day? I am thinking of throwing in the B of A Virgin for 1:2 conversion. So 3 apps x 2 (my wife) = 400k Hilton pts or more with 2 browsers. Finally, since I have 120k limit on my current cards (none with Citi or Bof A), is there a chance I can get declined b/c of too much avail? I have 5 Chase and 2 Amex with abt $120k limits? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

  36. FYI, I applied for the Citi Business AA Card (not exactly sure which link I clicked, whether on this site or the Flyertalk forum link, but I ended up receiving a Mastercard, not a Visa. Not a big difference as the sign on offer as listed above is still accurate: 50k AA miles after 3k spend in 4 months with $150 statement credit with first AA purchase in 12 months, and 2x AA miles for first 12 months, etc.

  37. Also Just got approved for the Citi Business AA Card Visa using your link. Wanted to support you guys for everything you do for the Milepoint community! Thanks Again :)

  38. Is the 1 companion pass still available for first time card members?

  39. @john - They’re unlikely to honor that.

    @Mango – There isn’t a way to extend them and the fare on which you can use them is pretty restrictive.

    @Chris - Glad you’re enjoying it, and safe travels!

    @Ed – It works on the Citi Hilton cards as well as the Citi Hilton Reserve cards. There’s always the chance of being denied, but you can always call or write a reconsideration letter.

    @Dave H – Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    – Thanks for thinking of me, but I don’t get a referral for the Citi 50K offer. I do get one for the 30K offer, but the 50K is much better for folks.

  40. I just applied for myself and husband for the Citi AA Personal Visa card using the link above. For me it said they had questions, but he got approved for the Cit Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature Card – is this the right card, will he still get 50k points?

  41. @Sara – With Citi you usually get the bonus regardless of the card type.

  42. Hi – is the Citi Personal Amex and Visa offer still valid for 50k? When I click on the link you posted, where can I see it discuss the 50k bonus points? thank you

  43. FFlyer123, the links for the Citi AA cards go straight to the application pages and they do not mention the 50k miles or anything really. Basically, you’re applying “blind” and hoping that the offer still stands. Many people have applied in this way, and have gotten the bonuses. I did this 5 months ago, and got both cards with the bonuses. I also did the same with the business card last week and verified after approval that the bonus for 50k is still valid. Good luck!

  44. Thanks Dave H – it looks like on citi’s website, those reward points are showing as 30k miles now:

    Makes me a little hesitant to apply in case they don’t honor the offer..

  45. I just got targeted from Priority club for 80,000 points. However, I had the card and gave it up about 2 years ago (I received 60,000 points and Platinum status back then). I tried to apply for the card again last year, but they told me I couldn’t get the bonus since I already had the card. Is there anyway, now that it has been 2 years, to get the card again as well as the 80,000 targeted points? Thanks for your help.

  46. @Michael – The thing with Chase is that once you get the bonus for the card you can never again get a bonus for the same exact card ever again. That’s why you really have to be picky when it comes to the current bonus being offered.

  47. @Michael @Ken – You can usually get the sign-up bonus again if it is considered a new product. Some folks also have luck by leaving their membership number blank, but your experience could be different.

  48. I was wondering if you know how the Citi AA statement credit works…Does it have to be the first purchase with the card? Can I buy a gift card and use it later, and does it count towards the statement credit? Thanks.

  49. @Bob - It doesn’t have to be the first purchase. Gift cards for AA, bought on the AA website do seem to count.

  50. WARNING ! ….Got a solicitation via email for gift cards from Amex and bought some using the CitiAmex card and it went through as a cash advance even though Amex said it wouldn’t. YMMV

  51. traveltheworld1

    Hi guys,
    I’m also concerned that the links for the Citi AA cards go straight to the application pages and they do not mention the 50k miles or any miles at all. Do you know if the offer still good? Today is 09/01. Please rely ASAP as I’m about to apply but very hesitant as I don’t want just to get another credit card with no bonus 50K. They are hitting the credit score every time and it will be just a waist if I won’t get the bonus. Thank you for your help.

  52. Hey traveltheworld1 and Millionmilescrets community – I’m wondering the same thing. And I’m commenting on 9/1/12.

  53. I applied this morning using the same link from flyertalk I got approved but I am not sure I will get that 50k. If understand correctly if the link is not dead , you should receive that 50k bonus.

  54. Hey onecoolrt – make sure to tell us whether the 50k still works!

  55. @MMS… previously you mentioned the Citi AA companion pass is virtually useless, could you explain why? Previously i thought i was not getting it, but it did come on mail yesterday. Things on the certificate was not clear, then i called AA to ask how this thing work, the agent explained that, i could book a companion ticket for free+tax when I book my flight. It sounds great to me.. but what sucks, is that it has an expire date of 30 Nov 12 , and don’t have any plan to go anywhere, I did call citi and requested to extend the expire date of the certificate, the agent also told me that citi sends out a companion pass every yr around Aug, and valid for 90 days. If seems nice if they would send one for visa and one for amex.

  56. After using this website a ton for my research before my first mini app-o-rama, I thought I better pay it forward and let everyone know about my experience. I applied for the Citi Amex and Visa with the 2 browser method. I was very skeptical about the links to the 50k bonus awards, but went for it. I was instantly approved and received both cards in the mail about 3 weeks ago. I called to activate each separately and asked about the bonus and was thrilled to learn that each would receive the 50k bonus. I also asked about the companion certificate and was told it was not part of the offer. However, yesterday I did receive two companion passes in the mail good through Nov. 20. On another note, I was monitoring my credit score through MyFico. I had a 796 before the app. The next day, it dropped to 785 (11 points!). However, the day after I activated the cards, I checked back in and it had increased to 800! So, long story short, the links work; I am getting 100k bonus miles and 2 companion certificates and managed to increase my credit score. Loving this site!

  57. @traveltheworld1…I applied for the Citi Visa on 8/29 using the link above, and after I was approved, I called and they confirmed the deal described about with 50k points after $3000 spend in 4 months.

  58. Hey all – I just applied for the Citi American Airlines Personal AAdvantage Visa (did not do the 2 browser trick which I now regret) and called in to confirm the deal. They told me it’s 40k miles after the first $2000 spent then the rest 10k miles after $5000 spent. Plus $150 auto credit after my first AA purchase within 12 months.

    Thanks Million Mile Secrets – you guys are seriously awesome!!!

  59. Southwest 50k card is dead? Boo, I was just about to sign up for this

  60. Update 2 brower Citi AAdvantage 50K AA miles x2 still works 9.11.12!!! Called Customer service 50k miles! Now to spend $6000……

  61. @john – Thanks for the tip!

    @traveltheworld1 – Based on the comments, the Citi AA 50K offer still works. But if you want to see a landing page, you can find an offer for 30K or 40K points.

    @onecoolrt @Sara @Andy K – Thanks for confirming that this still works.

    @Brad - Thanks for sharing and glad you had a great AOR!

    @yoonieman – If you used the links on the blog, you should get 50K miles.

    @Galak – I suspect it will come back soon.

  62. American express Business Gold Card offering 75,000 miles sign up bonus***today is deadline**** Here is the link if anyone wants it

  63. I was looking into transferring some money to the bank direct mileage checking account. I do not know what miles are worth these days so i am unsure if it would be worth the 12.95 monthly charge or not. Can someone help me figure it out. If I transferred 80,000 to that account would the miles I earned each month be worth the monthly charge the bank would charge me? i am self employed so the majority of the sign up bonuses seem a bit difficult to obtain. I appreciate any help.

  64. @Anah – $80,000 would earn 8,000 AA miles a month which most folks wold say is well worth the monthly fee. In 3 months you’d have 24K miles for 3 months worth of fees and it is 25K miles for a coach flight within the US.

  65. Hi Darius,
    If I already got the Southwest signature visa . Can I still apply for the Plus and will that go toward companion flight. I only need 50000 more by end of year. I was told my southwest signature visa point that I got does not go toward companion flight. Can I apply for that or should I apply for the business card got get points toward companion flight?

  66. @leslie – Readers have managed to get the points for all versions of the SW card. However, the bonus is only 25K now, so I’d wait until it returns.

  67. the link to the app for the Virgin Atlantic Amex is not working – has that deal been pulled?

  68. @Ahmed and anyone interested. I applied for a second US Air Card and got it, furthermore on my “newer” card I got an additional offer that if I spend more than $750 in the months of September, October and November I will get 15,000 bonus miles. I noticed that my first US Air card with the 40,000 bonus after first purchase was a “Platinum” card and the new one is a “Premier World” card, so that may be why I got double approved. I see the special terms that you need to spend some thing every six months or your points could be taken [though I doubt it] and that the 15,000 bonus points are valid only on your first US card [I have two different account numbers and will merge after the promotion...]. I am waiting on my wife’s 2nd US Application submitted 8/22/12 – they are taking a while…

  69. @Grace – That also happened to me and I ended up getting two AMEX cards. I am hoping to get the 50k bonus on both of them, but I don’t dare call and ask. Once I receive those points, I will also apply for the Visa for an additional 50k!

  70. @danny b – I’m waiting for a link to a new 50K offer, but if it doesn’t show up the best is 25K.

    @Marriott Marty - Very interesting. That’s how Emily managed to get 2 US Air cards as well. Thanks for sharing!

    @Rachel – You will get the bonus on the 2 Citi AA AMEX cards, but will be denied for another Citi AA personal card unless it has been 18+ months since you were last approved for the personal Citi AA cards.

  71. Anyone know if the bonus miles from Chase United Explorer card qualify for the Million Miler program, or only actual flight miles will be count toward that?

  72. Just got a targeted offer for an American Express Gold premier rewards card today. 50,000 membership reward points if you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months with the $175 fee waived for the first year. Applied and got the card instantly. When I went to the app link it also said I could have the platnium instead which gave you 100,000 points but had a $450 fee… I passed on that, since the fee didn’t appear to be waived for the first year like the Gold was.

  73. @Nathan – Credit card miles don’t count towards United’s lifetime status.

    @Chris – 100K points for a $450 fee is great, especially since you can get a $200 travel credit in 2012 and 2013.

  74. Is the Citi American Airlines rewards points valid for use on other airlines are is a restricted to American only? This is a great Site. Thanks for providing this information for people. I am working towards reaching my goal of paying for a week long cross country trip for free next summer.

  75. @Chris K – You can use them on Oneworld alliance and select non alliance partner airlines. See this post on booking award travel with AA miles —>

  76. I got the Business Gold Amex, but was charged a $10/card ($20 total) linkage fee on my Amex Blue. Is this typical? During the application, it said to give my current Amex info to make the application go faster, but I didn’t know this was coming. I plan on calling to try to get this removed.

  77. @GS – I’m not sure, but it could be worth it to be able to transfer your accumulated points on the Blue to airline/hotel partners. It doesn’t hurt to call!

  78. i have received 2 offers and was wondering if you know anything (pros-cons) about these offers:
    1st i received one for 30,000 advantage miles to open a citi bank gold account.
    the 2nd is an offer for a united plus explorer business card with up to 35,000 bonus miles. I already have the personal explorer card and received that bonus. Can I get another bonus when signing up for the business card or do they consider it the same?
    Thanks for all your help!

  79. @Anah – You will likely get a 1099 tax form for Citi for the 30K miles (valued at 2 cents each or $600) which makes this expensive. You can get the bonus for the United Business card as well, but the bonus on the personal card is as high as 55K + $50. If you applied for the personal United card in the last 93 days, you should be able to send them a secure message and ask to get matched to the better offer.

  80. They 1099 you? Thats a bit crazy!!! And for sure not worth it.
    I dont mean to seem stupid but what do you mean by secure message them?? On the web site? Can I call them as well? Sorry for all the questions, but I am new to this and trying to learn the ways!
    thanks so much,

  81. @Anah – You can call them, but you have a written record with the secure message. Here’s a post on sending a secure message from the Chase website –>

  82. Help… trying to refer the AMEX Gold Business (to my wife) but for some reason on the referral page I can see 2 out of my 3 AMEX cards only… the missing one is the one I want to refer… the Gold Business. When I log in to my account I see all 3 cards are registered; and when I try to enter the card number instead of my account info to refer I get a “Try again later” error message. Should I call into AMEX or does anyone know if for some reason that referral option is not available with AMEX Gold Business?

  83. Hello MMS,
    I have a question, I work for a small business, now like any business lots of CC card offers come on mail, and I throw them away. Today I received a mail for Amex Business Gold Reward Card from Amex Open for 75K bonus miles, the application also has a reference code to apply for the card, now my question is do the application has to be the company that the offer came to, or it can be any one with the reference code, since the company wont be applying for the card?

  84. Hi Darius, I have one question on United Mileage card. I see the following message when I login into my United account and hover my mouse on “Exipiration” link “Upon Cancellation of your credit card account, your miles will expire in accordance with MileagePlus program rules”. Does this mean, my united points I received as a Bonus (55K points) will expire if I cancel the card when it’s time for annual fees? Any input is appreciated. Thanks.

  85. @bdben – The referral page is buggy. This isn’t very helpful, but perhaps try again later?

    – You can try applying for it, but I don’t have any personal experience. I’ve heard that they are transferable.

    @RK – It means that after you cancel the card, you have to have some sort of earning or spending activity (which is easy to do) every 18 months to keep the miles alive per United’s rules.

  86. @ Darius… My next churn is Nov, but i dont think i will apply till Jan, will do every quarter, if you want i can post the reference code here.

  87. I applied for both the Citi Aadvantage personal cards today. I was instantly approved for the AMEX and I got a funny online chat extra approval for the VISA – she asked for my cell phone number and then approved me. I called and talked to one representative who reviewed the 50K award after 3,000 for the visa and then told me i also got the same for the amex. They didnt seem to care that I had 2 applications.

    Also, I had the visa for 17 months, cancelled 3 days ago after I had gotten it with the 75K offer and then a couple of retention bonus offers… I never paid an annual fee and got pretty much every bonus possible for a grand total of 180K miles in 17 months which got me to Peru and back on business class and Argentina and back on coach…. I have 95K left over. My credit score is 802.

  88. I got the US Airways Premier World card last week. The fee is not waived for the first year and for the 40,000 miles, I must pay the fee, make one purchase for 10,000 miles and if I make a balance transfer I will get 30,000. Have I missed something then, the above info. on this card is saying something else.

  89. @Christina - Very nicely done!

    @carl - Did you apply using the link in the post which is better than the regular offer for the US Air card.

  90. Hi! Did anyone recently apply for the Citi Business American card? Can you please share info on what sign-on bonus you received? Citibank and AA websites both list only 30k miles!

  91. @SP – Just like the personal card – where the 50K links on the blog work, but the Citi and AA website mention only 30K – you should be able to get 50K by using the links on the blog.

  92. On the Citi AAdvantage Cards, is the $100 AA credit applied for a purchase of any amount (including a small in-flight snack, for example), or only for the amount of the purchase (up to $100)?

  93. @Rachel – It should work for any amount.

  94. @Rachel,
    I got the credit for buying a $3 snack on AA flight,about 3weeks back. Bought it twice using the 2cards :)

  95. Darius, I am new to this game and love to learn all about it. Thanks for all your info. I now have 4 new cards- 2 Citi and 2 Chase. Now I have to spend some money to quality for the miles.
    My contractor is charging me $1,500 for a parking pad and will not take my credit card payment – only a check. What can I do to use my credit card in this case? I read something about it in your blog but did not really understand what to do.
    Please help
    Thank you so much.

  96. Darius,
    In regards to my previous email to you, I meant to say my contractor is charging me $15,000 not $1,500.
    Would love to use my credit cards for this charge.
    Thanks again

  97. If you have the following already, please direct me to it as I could not find it. If you do not have the following, I think it would be a great help as an article or in-depth blog post.
    Many of us will be cancelling our CCs right before the one year anniversary so as to avoid having to pay the fee for having the card (that was in most cases, waived in yr 1). You spoke very briefly about this above to RK, but I think a detailed article about what to do would be very helpful.
    Some will cancel your miles, while others won’t. However, with the ones that cancel them – there is a way to avoid this. Perhaps you can explain more about this process.

  98. @Birgitta – Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do if your contractor isn’t accepting a credit card. You could ask him if he will accept gift cards, and you could then buy those with a credit card.

    @Andrew – I’ll put that on my to-do list! In short, you won’t lose miles and points in your airline or hotel accounts by cancelling a card. But if they are points belonging to a bank’s program like Chase Ultimate Rewards, you should either transfer them to an airline partner, to another Ultimate Rewards card or use them before cancelling.

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