Which Credit Cards Let You Get the Sign-Up Bonus Again?

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Which Credit Cards Let You Get the Sign-Up Bonus Again?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Bryce comments:

I’m wondering about eligibility to get sign-up bonuses again.  If I had a credit card, used it, got the bonus, and canceled the card, is there a possibility to apply for the card again and get the sign-up bonus again?

If so is there a time period you have to wait to apply and get the bonus again?

This is 1 of the most common questions asked by Million Mile Secrets readers.  If you’ve had a credit card in the past, can you re-apply and get the sign-up bonus a 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th…) time?

Which Credit Cards Let You Get The Sign Up Bonus Again
Thank You, Come Again! Which Cards Let You Get the Sign-Up Bonus More Than Once?

I wrote several years ago that getting the bonus again depends on the bank that issues the card.  And that’s still true, but the rules have changed!  

The US credit card market is saturated, so banks offer large sign-up bonuses to get you to apply for their cards.  And they hope that you’ll use their cards even after getting the sign-up bonus!

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Applying for lots of credit cards is NOT for everyone.  Before you consider applying for a card again (or even for the 1st time), read my post about the dangers of applying for credit cards!

1.   American Express

In the past, you could get the bonus on many American Express cards again, as long as you hadn’t held the card in the previous 12 months.

But AMEX has changed their rules for personal AND business cards.  Now, you can only get the bonus for a particular card ONCE per lifetime!

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Bummer! You Can Now Only Get the Bonus on AMEX Personal & Business Cards ONCE per Person, per Lifetime!

That said, folks who’ve gotten a personal card like the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest can’t get that exact card again, but they can get the business version!

2.   Bank of America

You can apply for Bank of America cards more than once and get the bonus.  In fact, some folks report getting the bonus again while still having their 1st card account open!  But you should wait at least 30 days between applications.

For example, if you got the increased 90,000 mile (really 70,000 mile) Bank of America Virgin Atlantic card offer in the past, you could apply for it again.

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Folks Have Been Able to Get the Bank of America Virgin Atlantic Card Again!

Keep in mind, Bank of America is well-known for not always approving folks for the premium version of a card.

For example, the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa card comes in 3 versions:  Visa Signature, Platinum Plus, and Classic.  You’ll only get the full 25,000 mile sign-up bonus if you’re approved for the Visa Signature.

So if you already have a lot of Bank of America cards open, they may not be willing to extend you the larger credit line required for the Visa Signature card.  And you’ll miss out on the bigger sign-up bonus!

Note:   If you decide to apply for Bank of America cards again, remember they don’t usually waive the annual fee on their travel cards.  So you’ll have to do the math and figure out if paying another annual fee is worth getting more miles (Hint: it usually is!).

3.   Barclaycard

Barclaycard allows folks to get the sign-up bonus on their cards more than once.  However, reports suggest that you should wait at least 6 months between applications.

That said, Barclaycard has become very strict about the number of credit cards you can apply for.  Most folks can only get approved for 1 to 2 cards per year!

And be careful about calling the reconsideration line, because some cardholders have existing accounts canceled when they’ve done this!

Which Credit Cards Let You Get The Sign Up Bonus Again
Be Careful Calling Barclaycard’s Reconsideration Line If You’re Applying for a Card Again, Because They’ve Canceled Existing Accounts Before

If you’ve had the Barclaycard Arrival Plus in the past, folks confirm they’ve been able to get the sign-up bonus again.

4.   Chase

Update:  If you’ve opened 5 or more credit card accounts (from any bank) in the past 24 months, it’s VERY UNLIKELY Chase will approve you for any of their Chase Ultimate Rewards earning cards, like the Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred, or Chase Ink Plus.

And Chase’s airline and hotel cards will likely soon have the same rules.

Chase’s policy used to be that you could only get the sign-up bonus ONCE per card.  But that’s changed!

The terms and conditions on cards like the Chase Freedom indicate you can get the card again as long as you hadn’t received the bonus in the previous 2 years AND you don’t have the card currently open.

This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months.

It looks like most Chase credit cards let you get the bonus again, with similar terms!

Which Credit Cards Let You Get The Sign Up Bonus Again
Chase Cards Are Among the Best for Getting Big Travel With Small Money, so Being Able to Apply for Them More Than Once Is Great News!

For example, the offer details for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card explain that you can get the bonus more than once.

The same is true of the Chase Southwest cards.  That’s great news for folks who want to earn the Southwest Companion Pass again (including us!). 🙂

Note:   You can also get the bonus again if the card changes significantly, like when the Chase Ink cards went from being issued as MasterCards to Visa cards.  That’s because it’s considered a different card product.

5.   Citi

It was once quite easy to get Citi cards over and over again.  But that, too, has changed.

For example, the terms and conditions for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® say:

American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles offer is not available if you have had a Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® opened or closed in the past 24 months.

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Are These Folks Smiling Because They Got the Citi AAdvantage MasterCard Bonus More Than Once?

 

And for the Citi ThankYou Premier, the rules currently say:

This offer is only valid for new accounts.

Others report that you can’t get the bonus again on cards like the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card.  But their terms and conditions say:

Weekend Night Certificates offer is not available if you have had a Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card account that was opened or closed in the past 18 months.

Note:   While Citi cards seem to be quite variable in allowing more than 1 bonus, the following rules apply for all Citi applications:

  • No more than 1 application in 8 days
  • No more than 2 applications in 65 days
  • No more than 1 business application in 95 days

6.   US Bank

Depending on the card, you could get a sign-up bonus again with US Bank.  For example, the terms and conditions on the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card card say:

 If your account is not open for at least 6 months, Club Carlson and US Bank reserve the right to deduct the new account bonus Gold Points from your Club Carlson account.

Which Credit Cards Let You Get The Sign Up Bonus Again
Yes, You Can Get the Club Carlson Card Again!

That said, some folks elect to keep this card long-term, because you get 40,000 miles on each anniversary.

I checked the terms and conditions for the U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® card, and they’re quite different:

You are eligible to receive one-time bonus FlexPoints for each new FlexPerks Travel Rewards and FlexPerks Select Rewards Visa account type. Existing and previous FlexPerks Travel Rewards and FlexPerks Select Rewards Visa accounts do not qualify for bonus FlexPoints for a similar account type.

Note:   US Bank is notorious for being very picky about approving credit card applications.  They don’t like it if you have a lot of recent inquiries on your credit report!  So you might be better off just hanging on to the cards you have, instead of trying to apply again.

Bottom Line

Depending on the bank, you could get the sign-up bonus for some credit cards even if you’ve had them before (or still have them!).

Banks which allow you to get the bonus again generally require you to wait until a certain amount of time has passed since you last had the card or received the bonus.

If you’re applying for a Chase card, it’s unlikely you’ll be approved in most cases if you’ve opened ~5 or more cards from any bank in the past 24 months.

And some card issuers, like American Express, will only let you get the bonus once per lifetime for their personal and business cards.

If you’ve had a different experience with getting a bonus again, please share it in the comments!

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I plan to cancel my Chase Southwest Premier card, which I’ve had for about 4 years, and reapply for the same card to get the 50000 bonus points again. How long should I wait after cancelling before I reapply? I have 3 other cards with Chase (Reserve, Southwest Plus, United MileagePlus)

Hi!

Does anyone have any answers to this? I’m wondering the same exact thing. I have a Southwest Business Premier and Southwest Personal Premier. I plan to apply for the Southwest Personal Plus to obtain the 50,000 in bonus points, and then cancel my Southwest Personal Premier and re-apply for it to obtain the 50,000 in bonus points again (to get the Companion Pass status again. I obtained the bonuses and Companion status well over 2 years ago. So, once again, how long after I cancel my Southwest Premier card, do I need to wait to apply for it, to get the 50,000 bonus again? Or, perhaps there is no time limit? If someone has 100% confidence in their answer to this (from experience), i’d greatly appreciate the answer and want to play it on the safe side rather than take any potential risk of either not getting approved (for example, because I just cancelled the card so quickly), or not getting the 50,000 bonus because re-applied and re-opened the card so quickly. I’m sure this has been covered somewhere else, but haven’t found the answer yet, so please pardon me. Thank you so much, in advance!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 I will be extremely grateful for any and all answers. Have a great week.

Hi Justin, I normally wait a month or two before I’d apply again to get the same bonus for the same card. Since you’ve had the card for more than two years I sugges to close them now and wait about a month before reapplying. Also, I’d like to add that if you have a good relationship with chase they’d make an extended exception to the 5/24 rule. I got approved for the ink business preferred and Marriott card within the same month even though I already had 5 credit card pulls before I got approved for both cards. So I now have 7 hard pulls for credit cards and need to wait before applying for any credit cards. I’ve been with chase for more than a decade and have both personal and business checking.

The article above seems to indicate you can get the card again as long as you hadn’t received the bonus in the previous 2 years AND you don’t have the card currently open.

“This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this credit card within the last 24 months.”

However I have a question for you. It appears that you have BOTH the Chase Southwest Plus and Premier. I thought that I noticed someone mention that you could apply for both but wasn’t sure. Did you just apply for one then maybe a year later apply for the other? Am I correct in assuming that they were both active at the same time?

Thanks!

I signed up for the card last time. Didn’t get the bonus because didn’t meet the minimal spending. I cancelled it last year. if I sign up again do I qualify for the bonus?

Thank you very much,

if I change an adress would this help for a citi card to get the offer a again?

a business card on amez offers would this help if I have a nw\ew business onder the same name?

Hello,

With ever changing rules, do you know at this point which credit cards can be opened multiple times while the previous one is still active?

Based on the article, it seems like only BoA and maybe Barclaycard allow for this?

Thank you,

Anish

My wife received a “Special Invitation” from Amex platinum for 100000 points after completing spend. She has a freeze on her account do to fraud, how this invite got thru we don’t know. Anyway, she had to give Amex her control number and they lifted the freeze and approved her for the card, she did this with a Supervisor, and she asked if she would get the bonus points, and was told she would. She had the card years ago, but wasn’t sure, when we didn’t get the bonus points, she called and was told about previous card, contacting customer service did no good also, even though she applied on the phone and asked specifically if she would get the bonus.

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