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This has been a really good year in terms of credit card sign-up bonuses, and right now we have quite a few “limited time” offers, so I figured I’d recap some of them.
Keep in mind these aren’t necessarily the best cards out there if you’re just getting started and don’t have any others, but all these “limited” time sign-up offers are for cards that are worth considering, in my opinion, especially for those of us who have had many of the “main” cards already.
So if you don’t have one of the below cards but are thinking about them, I’d suggest signing up for it sooner rather than later.
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
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.
The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More® World Mastercard®
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
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.
Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card
Sign up bonus: two free weekend nights at most Hilton family properties after spending $2,500 within four months of account opening; plus for a limited time receive a $100 statement credit after spending $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton HHonors portfolio within the first three months of account opening.
Why this is a great card: 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. On top of that they’re offering a $100 statement credit after your first Hilton stay, which in some cases more than covers the cost of a stay.
Views from the Conrad Hong Kong, booked with free night certificates.
Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard
Sign up bonus: 100,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $10,000 within three months; $200 statement credit
Why this is a great card: This is an absolute mega sign-up bonus. It’s not often we see 100,000 mile sign-up bonuses, so this is pretty awesome. Yes, it has a $10,000 minimum spend and $450 annual fee, though the $200 statement credit helps offset that. If you can reach the minimum spend this is a no brainer.
Starwood AmEx Personal and Starwood AmEx Business
Sign up bonus: 30,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000 within six months
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.
There are lots of great limited time credit card sign-up bonuses right now, so there really hasn’t been a better time to be involved in this hobby. While the above aren’t necessarily the single highest sign-up bonuses, they’re limited time and worth considering, in my opinion.