It’s easy to get jaded with credit card sign-up bonuses. 100,000 miles? Yes please. 50,000 miles? That works for me. 30,000 miles? Meh, okay, I guess. 25,000 miles? I’ll have to think that one over. So I think some perspective is nice every once in a while.
Last June I wrote about the special introductory offer on the JAL USA CARD MasterCard Credit Card. They were offering a LIMITED EDITION “SIROTAN” (what is it with their capitalizing?) as a sign-up bonus… but only if you were one of the first 100 applicants. After all, we wouldn’t want them to get carried away, I can only imagine the production costs on those plush toys!
I mean, who needs miles or points as a sign-up bonus when you can instead get JAL’s “CUTE” Airplane Mascot “Sirotan?”
Anyway, I wouldn’t be doing my duty as a blogger if I didn’t mention that the Spring Enrollment Campaign on the JAL USA CARD MasterCard Credit Card ends today, Monday, April 7, 2014.
So what does this “Spring Enrollment Campaign” consist of, you ask? Well, they’re very innovative, in that they give you options for which bonus you’d like. You can choose between 4,000 bonus miles OR a fee waiver on the first year’s annual fee and rewards program fee. That’s right, not only is there an annual fee on the card, but there’s also a rewards program fee on the card. That means you basically have the choice between 4,000 miles or $70 worth of (BS) fee waivers.
On the plus side, there’s no minimum spend on the card to receive the bonuses.
I guess I’ll be waiting for their summer campaign to sign-up. Maybe they’ll feel super generous and offer a 4,000 mile sign-up bonus and the first year’s annual fee waived? Hell, at this point I’ll settle for another “Sirotan” sign-up bonus.
(Tip of the hat to Running with Miles)