10 Best Credit Card Offers For June

Update: Many of these offers are expired or outdated.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 May.

With that in mind, below are what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses for this month. Citi really shook things up in April, so we’re continuing to reap the benefits of the improved bonuses they’re offering. With that in mind, here are my top picks for June:

1. Citi Prestige® Card

Current offer: 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 within the first three months of cardmembership
Annual fee: $450

Why it’s a great offer: This is one of the hottest credit card sign-up bonuses out there right now. Not only does the card offer a 50,000 point sign-up bonus, but it offers a ton of perks which more than offset the annual fee. This includes a $250 per calendar year airline credit (with your first year’s annual fee you get two of those $250 credits),Admirals Club access, a Priority Pass Select membership, a fourth night free benefit on hotels, a Global Entry fee credit, and much more.

Points can either be transferred to one of the ThankYou airline transfer partners, or otherwise redeemed for travel on American/US Airways at a rate of 1.6 cents each. Personally I value the sign-up bonus at ~$1,350 in rewards the first year.

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Redeem Citi Prestige points for 1.6 cents each towards the cost of an American ticket

2. Citi ThankYou® Premier Card 

Current offer: 50,000 ThankYou points 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: This card has an improved sign-up bonus at the moment, and goes very well with the Citi Prestige® Card, given that points can be pooled. If you have both cards then you can redeem points for 1.6 cents towards the cost of an American/US Airways ticket, or points can be transferred to one of the ThankYou Rewards transfer partners. If you want to get both cards, you’ll want to apply for them at least eight days apart, as Citi generally won’t approve more than one application per person within a window of eight days.

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Transfer Citi ThankYou points to Singapore KrisFlyer, for travel in Singapore Suites Class

3. 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.

4. 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.

Korean-Air-New-First-Class
Redeem Ultimate Rewards points for travel in Korean Air’s new first class

5. Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card
from American Express

Current offer: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you make $2,000 in purchases on your new card within your first three months. Additionally, earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new card within your first three months.
Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year of card membership, then $95

Why it’s a great offer: I value Delta SkyMiles at 1.3 cents each, so to me this sign-up bonus is worth $650. If you can take advantage of the $50 statement credit, I value this offer at $700. Given the low minimum spend, this is a fantastic limited time offer, which expires on June 30, 2015. Terms apply.

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Redeem Delta SkyMiles for travel in Alitalia business class

6. Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Current offer: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you make $2,000 in purchases on your new card within your first three months, 10,000 of which also count as Medallion Qualifying Miles, plus a $100 statement credit after making Delta purchase within three months
Annual fee: $195

Why it’s a great offer: I value Delta SkyMiles at 1.3 cents each, so to me 60,000 SkyMiles are worth $780. There’s a $195 annual fee, which lowers the “return” to $585. However, if you can take advantage of the $100 statement credit or the 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles, the sign-up bonus is potentially worth quite a bit more than that. This offer also expires on June 30, 2015. Terms apply.

7. 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

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

Current offer: Personal — earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months; Business — 10,000 Starpoints after the first purchase, 15,000 additional Starpoints after spending $5,000 within six months. Terms apply.
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. American Express also recently improved the terms of the sign-up bonus on the personal card, requiring less spend to earn the sign-up bonus.

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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.

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Redeem Barclaycard Arrival miles for train tickets

10. Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Current offer: 50,000 point sign-up bonus after spending $2,000 within three months
Annual fee: $99

Why it’s a great offer: Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program is revenue based, so 50,000 points will get you quite a bit of credit towards travel on Southwest. While Rapid Rewards points aren’t the most aspirational currency, they are extremely practical. This sign-up bonus can be especially valuable if you’re going for Southwest Companion Pass. Furthermore, you receive 6,000 points each year upon your account anniversary.

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. Being that Southwest is #10 on your list, I’m trying to find trip reports on your blog for SWA.

    Any links?

  2. Ben, do you have the Barclaycard Arrival Plus? What do you prefer, a card that earns you points that you can transfer to frequent flyer programs or cash back cards like the Arrival Plus? Please explain why, I’m curious!

  3. I would swap in to this list the Chase Freedom card that has a 20,000 point signup bonus for $500 in spend during the first 3 months. You must apply for the card by today Wed June 24th! You can also get 2,500 extra points for adding an authorized user that makes 1 purchase during the initial 3 months. The authorized user can make a purchase of any amount, they don’t have to say spend the $500. These Chase Freedom points can be transferred in to Ultimate Rewards points for transfer if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or other premium Chase business card. The Chase Freedom has no annual fee, and rotating 5x categories. I just got the Freedom in June and the CSP in May!

  4. “Citi really shook things up in April, so we’re continuing to reap the benefits of the improved bonuses they’re offering.”

    Thanks for being honest, lucky!

  5. Sign up for Citi credit card, you can use Thankyou Points to experience two of the world best airlines – Cathay Pacific and Singapore at once!

  6. Lucky, is the increased SPG bonus a limited time affair, or do you think it’ll be around for a while?

  7. Lucky-Any idea when the Citi offers will expire? I am finishing two other spend requirements and would like to hold off until those are completed.

  8. @ Chismosito — No end date has been published, so I suspect the offer may stick around for a while. I would assume we’ll get at least some notice before it’s pulled, at a minimum.

  9. @ Brian L. — I would guess that’s the new “standard” offering, though can’t guarantee it.

  10. @ JustSaying — Right, each mile is worth ~1.1 cents when redeemed, and you get two miles per dollar. Sorry for any confusion.

  11. @ 31583 — I do! As far as which I prefer, I think a combination of both is the ideal situation, so you can redeem your miles and also offset the cost of paid tickets/taxes/fuel surcharges with Arrival miles.

  12. hello Ben, thanks for ur monthly update on best CC deals. but am I wrong to assume there are absolutely NO descent/good CC deals in Germany? I always see US recommendations here. can u recommend any good German deals? (please not miles and more because we all know they’re awful) thanks again!

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