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Are you thinking of applying for credit cards this month? There are some very good increased bonus offers available, but only for a limited time!
Two of the increased bonus offers are from Chase, and 3 are from American Express. You could try to get all of them, although Chase might limit you from getting both if you already have a lot of their cards.
And if you’re new to miles and points, it’s better to start slow and apply for 1 or 2 cards to begin with. That way you’ll see how your credit score is affected.
1. Chase United Explorer 50,000 Mile Bonus
Link: Chase United Explorer 50,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus With $50 Statement Credit
Until September 2, 2014, Chase has increased the sign-up bonus on the United Explorer card to 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the 1st 3 months. Plus, you’ll get a $50 statement credit when you make your 1st purchase.
And you’ll get an additional 5,000 miles if you add an authorized user and they make a purchase in the 1st 3 months.
Normally, the sign-up bonus for this card is 30,000 miles, so this is a very good offer!
This offer with a $50 statement credit is better than my link for the card. But we’ll always tell you about a better offer, even when it doesn’t earn us a commission. That said, this offer seems to re-direct to the United Airlines website, so it may not work for everyone.
With this card, you’ll get:
- 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the 1st 3 months
- $50 statement credit after your 1st purchase
- 2 miles per $1 you spend on United Airlines
- 1 mile per $1 you spend on everything else
- 5,000 miles when you add an authorized user
- Free 1st checked bag saves up to $100 per round-trip
- Priority boarding
- 2 United Club lounge passes per year
- Access to more award seats on United Airlines
- 10,000 bonus United Airlines miles when you spend more than $25,000 on the card each year
- $95 annual fee, waived for the 1st year
- No foreign currency fees
Here’s what you could use 50,000 United Airlines miles for:
- 2 round-trip domestic (Mainland US, Alaska, and Canada) coach class tickets (25,000 miles each)
- 2 1-way coach class tickets to Hawaii from the Mainland US (22,500 miles each)
- A 1-way saver award coach class ticket to South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, or Australia (between 20,000 and 42,500 miles)
2. Chase Marriott 70,000 Points and 2 Free Nights
Link: Chase Marriott 70,000 Points and 2 Free Nights Sign-Up Bonus (Personal)
Link: Chase Marriott 70,000 Points and 2 Free Nights Sign-Up Bonus (Business)
For a limited time (but I’m not sure how long), the sign-up bonus has been increased on both the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier personal and Chase Marriott Rewards Premier business cards to 70,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the 1st 3 months.
And you’ll get 1 free night in a category 1 to 4 Marriott after you’re approved, plus a free night in a category 1 to 5 hotel on your card anniversary each year.
The $85 annual fee on the personal version of the card is waived for the 1st year, as is the $99 annual fee on the business version.
With these cards, you’ll get:
- 1 free night in a Category 1 to 4 hotel upon approval
- 1 free night in a Category 1 to 5 hotel on your card anniversary each year
- 5 points per $1 you spend at Marriott
- 2 points per $1 you spend on car rentals, airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, and restaurants (personal and business card) plus 2 points per $1 you spend at office supply stores, internet, cable, and phone services (business card only)
- 1 point per $1 you spend everywhere else
- NO foreign currency fees
- 15 nights credit towards elite status (so you get Marriott Silver status)
Note: Free night certificates can take 6 to 8 weeks after you’re approved to show up in your account. They expire 6 months from the date they are issued.
The free nights won’t get you in many fancy hotels or in expensive cities, but there are lots of mid-tier hotels in many cities within those categories.
And 70,000 Marriott points is enough for 2 free PointSaver nights at a category 8 hotel, like the Kauai Marriott Resort!
3. Gold Delta SkyMiles 50,000 Miles Plus Statement Credit
Link: Gold Delta SkyMiles Card (Personal)
Link: Gold Delta SkyMiles Card (Business)
For a limited time, you’ll get 50,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases with your new card in the 1st 3 months and a $50 statement credit after your 1st Delta purchase on the Gold Delta SkyMiles personal and business cards. The $95 annual fee is waived for the 1st year.
Normally, the sign-up bonus on these cards is 30,000 miles. But you have to apply by September 8, 2014.
With 50,000 Delta miles, you could get:
- 2 round-trip coach class tickets to anywhere in the continental US, Alaska, and Canada for 50,000 miles
- A round-trip coach class ticket to Hawaii for 45,000 miles
- A round-trip coach class ticket to the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America for 35,000 miles
- A round-trip Business Class or First Class ticket to anywhere in the continental US, Alaska, and Canada for 50,000 miles
And for award flights booked after January 1, 2015:
- A 1-way coach class ticket to Africa for 40,000 miles
- A 1-way coach class ticket to Middle East or South Asian Subcontinent for 42,500 miles
- A 1-way coach class ticket to Southwest Pacific for 50,000 miles
- A 1-way coach class ticket to Southeast Asia (such as Thailand or Malaysia) for 40,000 miles
Plus, American Express Delta SkyMiles cardholders can use the Pay With Miles feature when booking paid tickets. You can read how to do it in my original review of the increased bonus offer.
4. Platinum Delta SkyMiles 50,000 Miles Plus Statement Credit
Link: Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card
With the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card, you’ll get 50,000 Delta Airlines miles, 15,000 of which are MQMs (miles that count toward elite status), and a $100 statement credit after your 1st Delta purchase with the same spending requirements. The annual fee of $195 is NOT waived for the 1st year.
Usually, the sign-up bonus on this card is 35,000 miles and no MQMs (although you can earn 10,000 MQMs after spending $25,000 in a year), so this is a great deal! This offer also expires on September 8, 2014.
Even though the annual fee of $195 is not waived, you’ll get $100 back in statement credit if you make a Delta purchase with your new card in the 1st 3 months, which makes up for more than half the annual fee. And this card comes with an annual Companion Certificate, which could save you a lot of money.
There are some good limited-time credit card offers that will end soon, with the Chase United Explorer card definitely ending September 2, 2014. And the American Express Delta SkyMiles offers expiring on September 8, 2014.
The sign-up bonuses have increased (for a limited time) on:
- Chase United Explorer
- Chase Marriott Rewards Premier (Personal)
- Chase Marriott Rewards Premier (Business)
- Gold Delta SkyMiles Card (Personal)
- Gold Delta SkyMiles Card (Business)
- Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card
Will you apply for any of these increased bonus offers? Which is your favorite?