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Happy Monday, everyone – hope you had a good weekend!
I didn’t blog over the weekend, because I wanted to compile a list of the best airline and hotel credit card offers. I looked at many sources including “The special credit card offers master thread” on FlyerTalk and lots of blogs and websites.
I found the best and most comprehensive listing, not on FlyerTalk or MilePoint, but on FreeFrequentFlyerMiles.com.
Gary Steiger has compiled a terrific list of all credit card offers whether they offer 5,000 miles or 50,000 miles. He’s also listed obscure cards which I’m sure I’ll apply for someday if I run out of cards to apply for (China Airways or Groupo Taca anyone?!).
I’ve had a lot of readers write in upset that they had signed up for a credit card, with a lower sign-on bonus than what was available. For example, a lot of readers had signed up for the 30,000 AAdvantage cards even though there were better 75,000 (at the time) and 50,000 offers available.
So, I’ve created a new Credit Card tab which will list the BEST Airline, Hotel, and Bank Proprietary Points (Chase Ultimate Rewards etc.) cards. I’m still working on the Bank Proprietary Points tab which will be complete this later week.
My goal is not to list EVERY card (there’s FreeFrequentFlyerMiles.com for that), but to list the more common cards with the BEST currently available sign-up bonus.
Getting the highest possible sign-up bonus is important because it is quite hard to apply for cards and get the sign-up bonus again. And please comment if you have new information to share!
Credit card sign-on bonuses are the easiest way to earn miles and points and have Big Travel with Small Money. But after you apply for a credit card, the difference between a 25,000 mile bonus and a 50,000 mile bonus, can only be met by spending $25,000 (assuming you earn 1 mile per $1 spent). And spending $25,000 is a tall order for most folks (myself included!)
I want the credit card tabs to only list the best available offers so please let me know of better offers. I can’t keep track of every new offer, but together we can ensure that we list only the best offers on the blog!
For example, I’ve listed a Citi HHonors 50,000 point offer (mentioned on FreeFrequentFlyerMiles.com) and a Southwest 50,000 point offer (mentioned on Online Travel Review) which haven’t been mentioned much elsewhere.
I have also added mini-reviews of the card and listed the annual fee, whether it is waived or not in the 1st year, and any foreign transaction fees.
So give the airline and hotel credit card tabs a spin and share your thoughts in the comments!