10 Best Credit Card Offers For June

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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 who ask about which cards they should sign-up for, a question I get on a daily basis.

We’ve seen some great sign-up bonuses over the past few months, including some great bonuses being discontinued, and also some great new bonuses being introduced.

With that in mind, below are what I consider to be the 10 best right now:

1. Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card

Current offer: 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months from account opening
Annual fee: $95

Why it’s a great offer: The Ink cards have extremely generous category bonuses which help sole proprietorships and small businesses maximize points on everyday credit card spend. This card was only introduced last year, and offers 3x points on the first $150,000 spent annually in combined purchases on travel, shipping purchases, internet, cable and phone services, advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines each account anniversary year.

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 ~1.7 cents each, so to me the sign-up bonus is worth ~$1,265 after subtracting the annual fee.

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Redeem Ultimate Rewards points for travel in Korean Air business class

2. Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Current offer: 50,000 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 ~$935.

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Redeem Ultimate Rewards points for the Park Hyatt Vienna

3. The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN 

Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $175, waived the first year

Why you should consider applying: This is one of the best small business cards out there in terms of the bonus points it offers, given that you earn bonus points in the following five categories:

  • Airfare purchased directly from airlines
  • U.S. purchases for advertising in select media
  • U.S. purchases at gas stations
  • U.S. purchases for shipping
  • U.S. computer hardware, software, and cloud computing purchases made directly from select providers

You can pick in which category you want to earn 3x points, and then in the other four categories you earn 2x points.

On top of that, this is a fantastic sign-up bonus for a card that doesn’t have an annual fee the first year. I value Membership Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me the sign-up bonus is worth ~$850.


Redeem Amex points for travel in ANA first class

4. Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

Sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $95 (waived the first year)

Why you should consider applying: This is the biggest sign-up bonus we’ve ever seen on these cards, and it’s only available for a limited time. I value American miles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me the sign-up bonus is worth ~$780.

Furthermore, both cards come with several perks that could make them worth holding onto, including free checked bags, priority boarding, etc. The personal version of the card offers a 10% refund on redeemed points, which is an opportunity to get up to 10,000 miles refunded per year. That more than justifies the annual fee, in my opinion. You can potentially get approved for both the personal and business versions of the card, for a total of up to 120,000 bonus miles.


Redeem American AAdvantage miles for travel in the Etihad A380 Apartment

5. Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express 

Sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 Delta SkyMiles after spending $3,000 within the first four months, plus earn a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first four months; offer expires July 5, 2017
Annual fee: $95 (waived the first year)

Why you should consider applying: This is the biggest public offer we’ve seen on the card. While Delta SkyMiles aren’t the most valuable mileage currency, they’re worth a penny each at a minimum, making the sign-up bonus on this card worth $600+. Furthermore, making any Delta purchase will trigger the $50 statement credit, so you can potentially even make money on that. This offer ends soon, so if you were considering this offer, I’d take advantage of it ASAP.


Redeem Delta SkyMiles for travel in Delta business class

6. Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Sign-up bonus: Earn 70,000 Delta SkyMiles plus 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $4,000 within the first four months, plus earn a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase with the first four months; offer expires July 5, 2017
Annual fee: $195

Why you should consider applying: This is the biggest public offer we’ve seen on the card. While Delta SkyMiles aren’t the most valuable mileage currency, they’re worth a penny each at a minimum, making the miles you earn with the sign-up bonus on this card worth $700+. Furthermore, making any Delta purchase will trigger the $100 statement credit, so you can potentially even make money on that. This offer ends soon, so if you were considering this offer, I’d take advantage of it ASAP.

Lastly, putting spend on this card can make a lot of sense for the purposes of earning Delta status, given the sign-up bonus offers up to 10,000 MQMs, and then you can earn additional MQMs annually for spend.


Redeem Delta SkyMiles for travel in China Airlines business class

7. The Hyatt Credit Card

Current offer: Two free nights at any Hyatt property after spending $2,000 within three months, plus 5,000 bonus points when you add an authorized user and they make a purchase within three months
Annual fee: $75

Why it’s a great offer: These two free nights can be redeemed at any Hyatt in the world, giving you some pretty great options in terms of where you can stay. The card also offers an annual free night certificate valid at a Category 1-4 property, making this a great card to hold onto long term. That free night certificate should more than justify the $75 annual fee for a vast majority of people. Also keep in mind that this card isn’t subjected to the 5/24 rule. This sign-up bonus ends June 29, 2017.


Redeem your two free nights at the Park Hyatt Sydney

8. Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card & Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card

Current offer: 60,000 Rapid Rewards points after spending $2,000 within three months
Annual fee: $99 (Premier) & $69 (Plus)

Why it’s a great offer: These are the biggest sign-up bonuses we’ve seen on these cards, which will get you a lot of travel on Southwest (Rapid Rewards points can be redeemed for up to ~1.6 cents each towards the cost of an airfare purchase). These cards also offer bonus points on your cardmember anniversary — the Plus offers 3,000 points annually, while the Premier offers 6,000 points annually. Furthermore, these cards are great in helping you earn points towards Companion Pass, which is one of the most valuable perks in domestic travel.


60,000 Rapid Rewards points will get you a lot of travel on Southwest

9. British Airways Visa Signature® Card

Current offer: Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after spending $3,000 within three months, plus an additional 25,000 Avios after spending $10,000 within the first year, plus an additional 25,000 Avios after spending $20,000 within the first year
Annual fee: $95

Why it’s a great offer: This sign-up bonus is great, regardless of whether you’re looking to just earn the entry level bonus of 50,000 Avios, or want to spend $20,000 on the card within the first year to earn a total of 100,000 Avios. On top of that, keep in mind that if you spend $30,000 on the card in a year you’ll earn a companion certificate, which means that a companion can fly with you for just the cost of taxes and fees on British Airways. This card also isn’t subjected to the 5/24 rule.


Redeem your British Airways Avios for travel on Aer Lingus

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

Current offer: Personal — 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months; Business — 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months
Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

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.

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Redeem Starpoints at the Le Meridien Paro

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. Just applied for the Premier through your link (keep on doing what you’re doing 🙂 ). I applied for the Plus 6 days ago and got instant approval. Currently at 4/24 including the Plus, BUT I applied for a Citi card in early June 2 years ago so I am hoping that’s dropped off! I DIDN’T get instant approval with Premier a couple minutes ago… **fingers crossed**… will wait a couple days and check status. I’ll update if it goes through!

    Thanks for all of your awesome reviews! Makes me feel like I can experience it without going! Currently stacking away UR points for a trip one day!

  2. Hello Lucky,
    I agree that it does not make sense to by BA miles at 1.85 C to get 1.3 C value.
    I have a question: Do you know of another company that arranges credit cards
    payments of taxes, rents etc. in competition to Plastiq?
    Also we have Chase “Ink” Business Plus, but considering applying for the new
    “ink” Business Preferred. What are the differences in using them?
    Best Rgds.

  3. Can I ask why you recommend the Chase Sapphire Preferred over the Sapphire Reserve? Do you expect that the Reserve’s bonus will go back up in the forseeable future?

  4. Relating to Irm’s question, you mention the Sapphire Card over the Sapphire Reserve card, but better yet, you do not even mention the Reserve Card itself, and I am wondering why. The basic card does not have as good offers for points, and bonuses and also charges for foreign transactions, as a card member.

    I do have a suggestion – maybe you could weekly summarize some of the best promotions and offers for current credit card holders of particular cards in an article posting. For example, both the Chase Freedom Card and the Discover card (which offers 5% cash back and a matching status at the end of the year) are offering restaurants as categories for a maximum of $1,500 spent per card for the quarter beginning July 1.

  5. @ Irm — Ultimately I don’t have any insider knowledge, but the Sapphire Preferred bonus is as high as it has ever been, while the Reserve bonus got cut in half a while ago. The Preferred has a bonus that’s 5K higher when you add an authorized user, and has the annual fee waived the first year. Both cards are great, though.

  6. @lucky … I’m approved for Southwest Plus and Premier! On my way to a companion pass! Thx!

  7. I also got approved for the Premiere and spent the necessary $ and my points have been added to my RR, however it appears this does nothing to help you achieve the companion pass? Yes I can use these points to book a points based ticket, but the “climbing towards A list meter” did not move and appears to only go up on paid plane trips only and not point based promotions. Some insight would be great, and thanks for all of the great info.

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