10 Best Credit Card Offers For March

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Update: This offer for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is expired. Learn more about the current offer here.

Update: Many of these offers are expired or outdated. Please check out the current list of the best travel credit cards.

Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses of the month.

While there are several excellent long standing credit card offers, the specifics of the best offers are constantly changing (be it the annual fee, minimum spend requirement, or even amount of the sign-up bonus).

If you read my blog on a daily basis then by all means skip this post, but for me it’s a useful, “current” place to refer people that ask about which cards they should sign-up for, a question I get on a daily basis. For reference, here is my list of the best credit card sign up bonuses for February.

With that in mind, below are what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses for this month. In advance I should warn that this hasn’t been an especially exciting month on the credit card front. With that in mind:

1. Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage MasterCard

Current offer: 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within three months
Annual fee: $95, waived the first year

Why it’s a great offer: American miles are extremely valuable for oneworld travel, and offer some of the best premium cabin redemptions out there, like first class between the US and Asia on Cathay Pacific for 67,500 miles one-way. Using a valuation of 1.8 cents per mile, this sign-up bonus is worth $900.

The “catch” is that you typically won’t get approved for a second card if you already have another version of the card. In other words, in the past it was possible to earn the sign-up bonuses on both the Visa and the MasterCard, though at the moment that doesn’t seem to be possible.

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Redeem AAdvantage miles for JAL first class

2. CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

Current offer: 50,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months of cardmembership
Annual fee: $0 annual fee for the first 12 months, then $95

Why it’s a great offer: The miles from the personal and business cards can “pool” into a single AAdvantage account, so this is a great way to earn more miles quickly. Using a valuation of 1.8 cents per mile, this sign-up bonus is also worth $900.

3. The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®

Current offer: 50,000 Dividend Miles after the first purchase
Annual fee: $89

Why it’s a great offer: This is literally the last chance to get this card, given that in a matter of days it will no longer be possible to apply for this card. All existing cards will be converted into AAdvantage Aviator Cards. This is an easy 50,000 Dividend Miles given that you get the miles after the first purchase. I value US Airways miles (well, now AAdvantage miles) at 1.8 cents each, so this sign-up bonus is worth ~$800.

4. Ink Plus® Business Credit Card

Current offer: 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months
Annual fee: Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95

Why it’s a great offer: I would argue this is the all around best business credit card out there. The Ink cards have extremely generous category bonuses which help sole proprietorships and small businesses maximize points on everyday credit card spend, including 5x points at office supply stores, and on cell phones, internet, and cable TV, and double points on gas and hotels.

So this is a card that’s good for both for the sign-up bonus and for everyday spend. I value Ultimate Rewards points at 1.5 cents each, so the sign-up bonus is worth $750 to me. It’s worth noting that you may be able to get a higher sign-up offer at your local Chase branch, so you may want to check that out as well.

5. Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Current offer: 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 within three months, plus an additional 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you add an authorized user to the card that makes a purchase within three months.
Annual fee: $95, waived the first year

Why it’s a great offer: Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to Korean Air, United, Hyatt, and many other programs. The card is also great for everyday spend given that it offers double points on dining and travel. I value the sign-up bonus on this card at $675. This is probably the most-used card in my wallet.

6. British Airways Visa Signature® Card

Current offer: 50,000 Avios after spending $2,000 within three months (offer is only available to applicants that haven’t had the card in the last 24 months)
Annual fee: $0 Intro Annual Fee The First Year, Then $95

Why it’s a great offer: British Airways has a distance based award chart which is extremely lucrative for shorthaul travel, as awards start at just 4,500 Avios one-way. Given that short flights are often disproportionately expensive when paying cash, I’ve found Avios to be incredibly useful. You can also earn a British Airways Travel Together ticket for spending $30,000 on the card in a calendar year.

I value British Airways Avios at 1.3 cents each, so to me the sign up bonus is worth ~$650 to me.

Alaska Airlines 737 SeaTac Airport
Redeem Avios efficiently for shorthaul travel on Alaska Airlines


7. Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve Card

Current offer: Two free weekend nights at most Hilton family properties after spending $2,500 within four months of account opening
Annual fee: $95

Why it’s a great offer: These free night certificates are redeemable all the way up to Category 10 properties, potentially making this sign-up bonus worth the equivalent of 190,000 HHonors points.

So in terms of buying power, the value of these certificates has hugely increased compared to the buying power of HHonors points. Furthermore you get HHonors Gold status for as long as you have the card, which gets you free breakfast and internet. As far as I’m concerned those are the two most useful hotel elite benefits, and you get that all for the low annual fee on the card.

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Redeem your free weekend nights at the Conrad Koh Samui

8. Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card from American Express

Current offer: The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express offers 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months, and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express offers 10,000 Starpoints after the first purchase, and 15,000 additional Starpoints after spending $5,000 within six months.
Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65

Why it’s a great offer: Starpoints remain the most valuable points currency out there to me, and are a great value for both hotel redemptions and airline mileage transfers. I value Starpoints at 2.2 cents each, so this sign-up bonus is worth $550 to me. Terms apply.

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Use Starpoints at the W Taipei


9. Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Current offer: 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 within first 90 days
Annual fee: $89, waived the first year

Why it’s a great offer: Each point can be redeemed for one cent towards the cost of travel, and you get a 10% refund of redeemed miles, making each point worth 1.1 cents. This is also a great card to use in conjunction with award tickets on airlines that levy fuel surcharges, so can be a huge cost-saver. This sign-up bonus is therefore worth $440, and you can earn a pretty great 2.2% cash back towards travel for every dollar spent on the card.

10. Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card

Current offer: 50,000 points after the first purchase, and an additional 35,000 points after spending $2,500 on the card within 90 days.
Annual fee: $75

Why it’s a great offer: As I’ve written about previously, the Club Carlson card has a ton of value, including 85,000 points after completing the minimum spend, a 40,000 point anniversary bonus, Gold status for as long as you have the card, and most importantly, the second night of award redemptions are free, potentially doubling the value of your points.

You earn 5x points per dollar spent on the card, so once you’ve spent $3,000 on the card you’ll have 100,000 points. Many of Club Carlson’s best hotels cost just 50,000 points per night, so that’s enough points for two sets of two nights at some of Club Carlson’s top properties. You can also redeem points for premium rooms and suites, which really increases the value of these points.

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Redeem Gold Points for a stay at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen

Anyway, those are my top credit cards based on sign-up bonuses this month. If you have any questions or other cards you think have great sign-up bonuses, let me know in the comments section!

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Comments

  1. @ young2by2 — Tough to say for sure, but it does seem to come around pretty often. I’d guess probably within a couple of months.

  2. Just got off JAL Flight #1 using AA miles. I was over there in 2K. Super bed wonderful service. Now off to find Cherry Blossoms

  3. FYI, I found an offer for the Citi Hilton Reserve for two free weekend nights plus $100 credit on your first Hilton stay within the first three months. It was a promo offered when I clicked through to book two nights on points at the Conrad Bali. Should be available to anyone!!

  4. Amex Surpass 80K offer died last month. People can still upgrade from a variety of Amex cards to the Surpass for a 50K bonus, though. Annual fee is prorated if they do that and no hard pull.

  5. Looking for an interpretation with respect to the citi personal and citi business cards — your mentioning that
    you miight not get a bonus if you have this card in the past. what if the operative word is had and not have — more than 18 months ago or more than 24 months ago since one got the bonus or closed the account — sorry question mark broken on my keyboard.

    in fact, many of us have been down this road with you for a few years and have gotten all of the above cards, or at least the ones that are appropriate for our travel patterns. any guidelines that you can give on churning is laways appreciated. thank you

  6. I got denied twice for the Ink Plus Business card, not because of credit (both times the “application review specialist” said it was great) but because they didn’t think I had a legitimate business.

    Any tips to get around this?

  7. @John

    Initially a trust that I hold investment property in. Denied since “I don’t have any real expenses” … which is incorrect. Then as a sole proprietor, where I have consulting income I get on a 1099. Denied since “its not a real business” … just bizarre.

  8. @qasr, Did you call and ask why?

    I had both of the Ink cards and they canceled one of me. I tried to argue with them but in my case it was because my business address of my LLC was my brother’s address and not mine. I did that because at that time I was in the process of moving and had no permanent address and was staying part time with him. I need to update the address with the state but have been lazy and it has no effect on taxes or anything.

    As I mentioned earlier, they only canceled one of the cards and I asked the guy why and he admitted he had no clue. I wasn’t going to push it since I had already received the bonus points.

  9. I love reading these lists every month but it would really help if you could include the name of the bank in each offer.

  10. Want an Ink Business Card, open a Chase Business Checking Account…put some money where your mouth is…

    Chase wants your business, and will pay $250.00 for you opening the checking account

    Have over 50 CC.

  11. Lucky – great blog and excellent credit card advice. I have a very specific question for you. I have the AMEX Gold Premier Rewards Card and my $175 annual fee is up for renewal. I also have about 200K in Membership Rewards points.

    Is there a no annual fee/low annual fee AMEX card that I can transition to without losing my points? What should I be asking the AMEX customer service people to do with my account?

    Many thanks!

  12. Are there any strategies you employ when signing up and canceling credit cards? My fear is that these actions can influence your credit score. I plan on taking out a mortgage in the near future and don’t want to decrease my chances of getting a decent loan.

    I heard the common myth is that canceling too many credit cards and having excessive credit checks will lower your credit score, but the real issue to keep in mind is the balance to available credit ratio. Thus in theory, if I strategically cancel and sign up for credit cards keeping this ration consistent, my credit score shouldn’t be affected. Anyone know if this is the case?

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