10 Best Credit Card Offers For March

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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.

This month we’re seeing several increased credit card sign-up bonuses, so there are lots of opportunities to score lots of points with sign-up bonuses.

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, 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.


Redeem Ultimate Rewards points for travel in Korean Air first 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.


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. 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: We’ve never seen bigger publicly available sign-up bonuses on this card, 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, the card comes with several perks that could make it worth holding onto, including free checked bags, priority boarding, etc.


Redeem American AAdvantage miles for travel in the Etihad A380 Apartment

5. Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card from American Express

Current offer: Earn 35,000 Starpoints after spending $7,000 within the first three months; expires March 28, 2018
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 $770 to me.


Redeem Starpoints at the Le Meridien Paro

6. Citi ThankYou® Premier Card

Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 within the first four months
Annual fee: $95 (waived the first year)

Why you should consider applying: The points earned on this card can be redeemed for 1.25 cents each towards the cost of an airline ticket, making the sign-up bonus worth a minimum of $625. Alternatively points can be transferred to any of the ThankYou airline and hotel partners, potentially allowing you to get even more value out of the points.

The card also offers a great return on spend, as it offers triple points on travel and gas, and double points on dining and entertainment. That makes it one of the most well rounded mid-range credit cards.

I value ThankYou points at ~1.5 cents each, so to me the sign-up bonus is worth $750.


Redeem Citi ThankYou points for travel in Singapore Airlines business class

7. Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express & Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 Delta SkyMiles after spending $2,000 within the first three months, plus an additional 10,000 SkyMiles after spending an additional $1,000 within the first six months, plus a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first three months; offer expires April 11, 2018
Annual fee: $95 (waived the first year)

Why you should consider applying: We’ve never seen a bigger public offer 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. I value SkyMiles at ~1.2 cents each, so to me the sign-up bonus is worth $720.


Redeem Delta SkyMiles for travel in Delta business class

8. Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Current offer: 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 within three months
Annual fee: $450

Why it’s a great offer: While the card has a $450 annual fee, it offers a $300 annual travel credit, which I more or less consider to be worth face value. So the way I see it, the card has an “out of pocket” of about $150 per year, and for that you get triple points on dining and travel, a Priority Pass membership, a Global Entry fee credit, great travel protection, and much more. I value Ultimate Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, meaning that 50,000 points are worth $850. If you subtract the $150 “out of pocket” on the card (as I see it), that makes the sign-up bonus worth $700 to me.


Redeem Ultimate Rewards points for the Park Hyatt Maldives

9. Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express & Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

Sign-up bonus: Earn 70,000 Delta SkyMiles plus 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months on the personal version of the card, plus earn a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase with the first three months; offer expires April 11, 2018
Annual fee: $195

Why you should consider applying: We’ve never seen a bigger public offer 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.

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.

I value the sign-up bonus on the card at ~$645, not factoring in the 10,000 MQMs.


Redeem Delta SkyMiles for travel in China Airlines business class

10. 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
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 $10,000 on the card within the first year to earn a total of 75,000 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.

I value Avios at ~1.3 cents each, so assuming you earn 50,000 Avios, the sign-up bonus is worth $555 to me. Meanwhile if you earn 75,000 Avios, the sign-up bonus is worth ~$880 to me.


Redeem your British Airways Avios for travel on Aer Lingus

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. Lucky, I saw on another site that Chase has an Iberia card now with huge introductory bonus in Avios

    Have you seen that new card??

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