The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards
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In in effort to attract new cardholders, issuers often offer amazing bonuses for their travel rewards credit cards. When handled responsibly, these offers are legitimate ways to earn free or discounted travel. (See also: 5 Steps to Getting a Free Vacation in 9 Months with Credit Cards)
Current Top Sign-Up Bonuses
Keep in mind that these bonuses come with spending requirements, usually a specific amount within a certain time frame. Returns don't count, so you have to actually make and keep the purchases. Never overreach with your finances in order to meet the minimum spending requirement for the bonus rewards. You'll never come out ahead, since rewards credit cards usually have high APRs. (See also: 5 Smart Ways to Meet a Rewards Card Minimum Spending Requirement)
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has an attractive bonus for new cardmembers. Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. You can also earn an extra 5,000 points after adding an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months from account opening. Earn 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide. This card allows you to transfer points on a 1:1 value to participating frequent travel programs, which means 1,000 Chase points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
Annual Fee: $95, waived the first year.
BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
The BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card offers 20,000 online bonus points if you make at least $1000 in purchases in the first 90 days. These bonus points can be redeemed as a $200 statement credit that you can put towards travel purchases. Earn 1.5 points per $1 spent on every purchase, with no limit to the points you can earn and no expiration date on the points. Points can be redeemed as a statement credit to pay for flights, hotels, vacation packages, and more with no blackout dates and restrictions. This card has no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card is offering a one-time bonus of 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months of approval (equal to $400 in travel). You also earn unlimited 2x miles per dollar on every purchase, every day — and miles don't expire. There are no blackout dates and no foreign transaction fees.
Annual Fee: $59, waived for the first year
Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®
New cardholders of the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® from our partner Citi earn 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within three months of account opening. The card offers 2x miles on American Airlines purchases and 1 mile on other purchases. Other benefits include free first checked bag, preferred boarding, and 10% redeemed miles rebate up to 10,000 per year. The annual fee is $95, waived for the first year.