Update: One or more card offers in this post are no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.
Here are some little known credit card offers which are still alive. Since there is usually a long wait to get the sign-on bonus again, it makes sense to apply for the version of the credit card with the highest sign-up bonus offer.
I update the “Credit Cards” tabs on the blog as soon as I find a better offer, but write about them later.
Thanks to all the readers who write in with their credit card tips!
1. 50,000 Point Chase Southwest
The Chase Southwest 50,000 point offer is still alive (despite reports to the contrary)! This is the best credit card deal for domestic travel available because it gets you $833 worth of travel on Southwest Airlines. Thanks to FreeFrequentFlyerMiles for reminding us that the deal is still alive.
2. 70,000 Point Chase Marriott
Link: Marriott Chase 70,000 Point Credit Card
The Marriott Chase 70,000 is also alive! The landing page for this offer has expired, but there are folks on FlyerTalk who claim to have received the 70,000 point bonus.
If you’d rather apply for an offer with a landing page, the next best offer is for 50,000 bonus points + $75 statement credit + 1 free night.
3. $300 Chase Freedom
Link: Chase Freedom $300 Credit Card
If you’re considering a Chase Freedom credit card, don’t get the regular $200 offer (or 20,000 Ultimate Reward Points) when there is a better $300 offer (or 30,000 Ultimate Reward Points) available.
Personally, I’m waiting for a better offer, but this may make sense if you can max out the quarterly bonus categories. The quarterly bonus categories offer 5% bonus up to $1,500 or an extra 7,500 points per quarter for spending in those categories.
4. 50,000 Points Mercedes Benz American Express Platinum
The standard offer for the American Express Platinum card is 25,000 points. I wouldn’t recommend applying for the card with only a 25,000 point bonus unless you really needed the lounge access benefit (You get free access to American Airlines, Delta, and US Air lounges).
However, there is a 50,000 version of the Platinum card available,
but I’ve read reports of American Express not honoring the bonus on that version. Reader JD confirms that the 50,000 point offer for the Platinum card still works. However, reader KP1018 points out that this offer is only for first time American Express card members.
Much better to instead apply for the Mercedes Benz 50,000 Point Platinum card which comes with the same benefits as the regular platinum card (lounge access & $200 travel credit each calendar year) for a $475 annual fee.
Even better, if you’re quick enough, you could get the $200 travel credit for 2011 and another $200 for 2012.
That’s $400 in potential gift cards (you may be able to buy airline gift cards in $50 increments with the travel allowance) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points for the $475 annual fee. The annual fee is pro-rated so if you cancel before 1 year, you will get part of the annual fee back.
Personally, I’d rather not pay $475 for a credit card unless I run out of other cards to apply for, but it may be useful for some readers.
5. 50,000 Point Citi Hilton
Link: Citi Hilton 50,000 Point Credit Card
The regular offer for the Citi Hilton card is for 40,000 points after spending $1,000 within 6 months.
However, there is a version of the offer for 50,000 points after spending $500 more or $1,500 within 6 months. There is no annual fee, and you also get free Hilton Silver elite status which makes you eligible for VIP awards.