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70,000 Marriott Credit Card Still Alive & Other Credit Card Bonuses [Expired]

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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

Link:  Chase Southwest Credit Card

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

Link:  The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz

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.

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I applied for this yesterday again, and approved! Pulled Equifax in VA, which is typical. Citi Identity Monitor says my score is weak, 651,but approved anyway! I’ve been declined for Chase Freedom 3 times since 2010 and only have one recently-closed Chase Amazon CC. I am happy to get approved two Citi AA, Amex SPG, Chase Marriot Preferred. I cannot use AA miles to get the ticket in time, but I am extremely happy to save tremendous amount of money for Hotels in China, since I have Delta 27000 miles, SPG 10000 miles + Chase (I believe it would be 6 nights in Cat 2 plus 1 night in Cat 4). Fantastic ! No need to find hotels with terrible condition with expensive price!

Received my Platinum Card last Friday and called to see if the 50,000 points was referenced in my account and the representative said it was! So I would assume that this will be for first time American Express Platinum card holders!

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@KP1018 – Very interesting and will be nice to know if this is for 1st time AMEX card members or just 1st time AMEX Plat card members!

Note 1 states that the 50,000 points must be for first time American Express Card owners. I never applied for the American Express Platinum Card but have a corporate card from work. Will I be ineligible?

Once your application for The Platinum Card® from American Express is approved, you can receive 50,000 Membership Rewards® bonus points after you spend $1,000 in your first 3 months of Card membership. To be eligible to receive bonus points, you must be enrolled in the Membership Rewards First® program at the time of purchase and you must charge your purchase on an eligible, enrolled Platinum Card®. Bonus points will be credited to your Membership Rewards account 6-8 weeks after you meet the spend requirement. Bonus points may be redeemed for one round-trip domestic coach-class airline ticket or any reward of equal point-redemption value. This offer is valid for first-time American Express Card® members only. You are eligible to receive bonus points for only one Card account. Additional Card members are not eligible. Terms and conditions for the Membership Rewards First® program apply. Visit http://www.membershiprewards.com/terms or call 1-800-297-1300 for more information. Participating partners and available rewards are subject to change without notice.Bonus ID 6751.

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@KP1018– I have no personal experience, but thanks for pointing out that note. I’ll update the post to mention that. If you are a current AMEX cardholder it may be best to apply for the Mercedes Benz Platinum card instead. Thanks again for sharing!

The 50K AMEX Platinum link you provide (Bonus ID 6751) is good until the end of this year. I just got mine last week and already completed the $1K spend and received the 50K points. This is also a great deal now because the $200 Airline Fee Credit is based on calendar year, so you can get $200 now and another $200 in January, thereby paying most of the $450 annual card fee.

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@Shahab – Unfortunately, you have to fly to earn elite points (unless you have the Citi executive card), so we’re not eligible for any of the special rewards for elite status members.

@JD – Thanks for sharing. That’s nice to know and I’ll update the post to mention your experience.

Thanks for such an informative and well written blog. I am a newbie to card benefits and your blog has got me quite excited about earning miles and points.

I recently got approved for two citi cards (50k miles each) following your two-browser trick. Thanks a lot for your tricks. I am planning to pay off $3000 on each card by mid of next month following your 40-ways to fulfill CC limit. Once again, Thanks a lot for tips.

Now a Q for you:

I came across this website about Special Rewards for Elite-Status Members


Can I become AAdvantage Platinum Members by earning 100k (50k + 50 k) miles from two recently approved citi cards and eligible to claim 25 k AAdvantage Bonus Miles?

Is the 100k miles earned same as 100k elite qualifying points?

Thanks again and Congratulations to you & Emily for engagement!!

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