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Update: This offer for Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® is expired, but there’s currently an opportunity to earn 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 within first 90 days of having the card. Learn more about the special offer here.
Update: These offers are expired. You can find the current offer details here.
This has been an amazing year so far in terms of credit card sign-up bonuses. The two most popular credit card promotions so far this year have probably been:
- 100,000 AAdvantage mile sign-up bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card (which expired yesterday, though there are some “ghost” links still out there for the bonus)
- 60,000 Ultimate Rewards point sign-up bonus on the Chase Ink Bold/Plus (which expired at the end of May)
In addition to that we’ve seen several other limited time offers, and many of these are expiring in the next few days. These include:
- The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard® expires June 30, 2014
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card expires June 29, 2014
- Starwood AmEx Personal and Starwood AmEx Business expires June 30, 2014
Of course there’s a chance some of these bonuses will be extended or that there will be some “ghost” links out there after the offer expiration dates, but officially that’s when the offers are ending. Let’s look at each of these in a bit more detail:
Chase Freedom® expires June 30, 2014
Sign up bonus: for a limited time, earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening; earn a $25 Bonus after you add your first authorized user and make a purchase within this same 3-month period; no annual fee Post with more information about sign-up bonus
Why this is a great card: This is a fantastic no annual fee credit card which is also rewarding. Keeping a card long term is in the best interest of your credit score, since it increases the average age of your accounts. Beyond that you earn 5x points in rotating quarterly categories, for up to $1,500 in spend. This quarter one of those categories is dining, so the first $1,500 in dining expenses earn 5x points.
In conjunction with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Plus® Business Credit Card or Ink Bold® Business Charge Card, these points can also be converted into “premium” Ultimate Rewards points, transferable to any of their transfer partners.
Redeem “premium” Ultimate Rewards points for Korean Air first class
The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard® expires June 30, 2014
Sign up bonus: earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer; earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening; $79 annual fee
Why this is a great card: Lufthansa Miles & More miles are great for travel in Lufthansa first class (since they block this space to partner airlines up until ~15 days before departure). This bonus also gives you enough miles for three one-way tickets within the US in United two cabin first class or three cabin business class.
Book Lufthansa first class in advance using Miles & More miles
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card expires June 29, 2014
Sign up bonus: 50,000 point sign-up bonus after spending $2,000 within three months; $99 annual fee
Why this is a great card: The sign-up bonus alone will get you ~$714 worth of airfare on “Wanna Get Away” fares. While that’s perhaps not the most aspirational reward, it is incredibly practical. Furthermore, you get 6,000 points on your account anniversary each year, which helps offset the annual fee. Possibly the greatest perk of this card is that if you rack up 110,000 points in a year you’ll earn Companion Pass with Southwest, which allows someone else to travel with you for the entire year. This is really one of the most compelling values in the airline industry, and frankly I’m amazed that they still offer it given just how generous it is. Now’s a great time to get the card, since the Companion Pass status you earn would be valid through 2015. I’d argue this is possibly the single biggest value that can be had from the card.
Need your nut mix? Redeem points for flights on Southwest! 😉
Sign up bonus: 10,000 Starpoints after first purchase; 20,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000 within six months; $65 annual fee, waived the first year
Why this is a great card: Generally the Starwood American Express has an increased 30,000 point sign-up bonus once per year around Labor Day, though this year it seems to be back earlier. It’s worth noting that you can also earn 5,000 Starpoints for referring someone to the card:
If you’d like to help me out (more than you’re already doing by gracing me with your readership and company), you can send me an email at email@example.com with your name and which card you’d like (personal or business), and I’ll get back to you ASAP with a link through which you can apply.
Redeem Starpoints at amazing hotels like the St. Regis Bal Harbour
Bottom line The two best offers of the year aren’t publicly available anymore, though these are still some great offers. Here’s to hoping the second half of the year is as lucrative for credit cards as the first half!