Top 10 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers – December 2018
Updated December 2018. That space in your wallet or purse is more valuable than you think. Credit card companies are fighting it out, offering strong perks and $500+ value for a single card during the first year to encourage you to apply and try it out. These are the top 10 credit card offers that I would apply for in November 2018, if I didn’t already them. Recent changes:
Updated Barclaycard Arrival Plus – new limited-offer bump to 70,000 miles (worth $700 towards travel statement credit).
Added Chase United Explorer Card – new limited-offer bump to 65,000 United miles.
Updated Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards – added 20,000 more bonus points if you meet higher spending tier.
If you pay off your balances every month, then you can join me and many others in funding a huge chunk of your annual travel budget with cash credits, points, and miles. You don’t need to be a “I only fly business class” world traveler. I mostly use my rewards points on domestic economy flights, mid-class hotels, and cheap car rentals. If you have credit card debt, you should focus on paying that off first as the interest charges could offset most of the perks.
Note: Certain Chase cards have a “5/24 rule” which is an unofficial rule that they will automatically deny approval on new credit cards if you have 5 or more new credit cards from any issuer on your credit report within the past 2 years. This rule applies on a per-person basis, so if you are new, you might want to start with those Chase cards.
Up to 60,000 Southwest points. 40,000 Rapid Rewards points (redeemable for $600+ in Wanna Getaway airfare) after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. Plus, another 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 within your first year. See link for details.
Up to 65,000 United miles. 40,000 bonus United miles after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months. Plus, earn an additional 25,000 bonus miles
after spending $10,000 total in the first 6 months. See link for details.
Free first checked bag for both you and a companion (a savings of up to $120 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your United ticket.
50,000 Membership Rewards points (flexible, worth 50,000 miles at various airlines) after $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. See link for details.
$100 dining credit. 20% back (up to $100) on dining purchases at U.S. restaurants within the first 3 months.
$120 in Grubhub and Seamless credit. $10 in statement credits each month when you pay with this card at participating partners – Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and participating Shake Shack locations.
$100 airline fee credit. Select one qualifying airline and then receive up to $100 per calendar year in statement credits towards checked baggage fees and inflight meals.
Up to 50,000 American Airlines miles. 40,000 miles after $2,000 in purchases in first 3 months, plus another 10,000 after making a total of $6,000 in purchases in first 12 months of account opening. See link for details.
First checked bag free on domestic flights perk ($60 value per roundtrip, per person).
Up to 60,000 Hyatt points (enough for two nights at any Hyatt). 40,000 Bonus Points after $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. Plus an additional 20,000 Bonus Points after a total of $6,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. See link for details and rough valuation of points.
$95 annual fee, free night award upon card anniversary.
Up to 100,000 Avios points. 50,000 Avios after $3,000 in purchases within first 3 months. Additional 25,000 Avios for $10,000 in purchases within first year. Additional 25,000 Avios for $20,000 in purchases within first year. See link for details and redemption tips.
Free Travel Together companion ticket when you spend $30,000 in calendar year.
$500 cash bonus after $3000 in purchases within the first 3 months. See link for details.
4% cash back on dining and entertainment.
$0 annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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