Recapping All The New Credit Cards & Increased Bonuses

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In the past few months we’ve seen a disproportionate number of new credit cards introduced, as well as increased bonuses on existing cards. While I write a monthly post with what I consider to be the best credit card offers (regardless of when they were introduced), I wanted to write a consolidated post that summarized two things:

  • The all new credit cards that we’ve seen introduced within the past couple of months
  • Existing credit cards that are currently offering increased welcome bonuses

I’ll share the details of the bonuses, the basic things to know, and my general thoughts on the cards. Again, I’m only including new cards and those cards that presently have increased bonuses, so I’m not suggesting that these are necessarily the best card bonuses out there, as we’ve seen some excellent bonuses for a while now on cards like the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit CardChase Sapphire Preferred® Card, and Chase Sapphire Reserve®.

Here we go, in no particular order:

Newly introduced credit cards (since March 2018)

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card

Welcome bonus: 100,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months
Annual fee: $95
Perks: Free night award on the account anniversary every year (valid at a property costing up to 35,000 points), Marriott Silver status, Marriott Gold status when you spend $35,000 on purchases in an account year, and 15 elite night credits towards status every calendar year (starting in 2019)
My thoughts: This card has a great welcome bonus and it’s worth holding onto long term for the anniversary free night certificate, which should more than justify the annual fee (see this post for more information)

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

Welcome bonus: 80,000 IHG Rewards Club points after spending $2,000 within the first three months, plus a further 5,000 points after adding an authorized user and having them make a purchase within that same timeframe
Annual fee: $89
Perks: Free night award on the account anniversary every year (valid at a property costing up to 40,000 points), IHG Rewards Club Platinum status, and a fourth night free on award redemptions
My thoughts: This card has a great welcome bonus, isn’t subjected to 5/24, and offers rich perks that make this card worth holding onto long term (see this post for more information)


Redeem anniversary free night certificate at the Crowne Plaza Changi

Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard® (see terms)

Welcome bonus: none
Annual fee: $150
Perks: 2x miles per dollar spent, 25,000 bonus miles when you spend $25,000 on the card in a year, and a Global Entry fee credit
My thoughts: This is a card a lot of people were excited about, though unfortunately the lack of a welcome bonus on this card is a non-starter for many (see this post for more information)

Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Credit Card

Welcome bonus: 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 on purchases with the first three months, an additional 25,000 Avios after spending a total of $10,000 within the first year, an an additional 25,000 Avios after spending a total of $20,000 within the first year
Annual fee: $95
Perks: An economy companion ticket when you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year, and priority boarding
My thoughts: If you’re a big credit card spender then this bonus is well worth it, as you won’t get better incremental spend on a vast majority of cards; this card also isn’t subjected to 5/24, so you can be approved even if you’re over that limit


Redeem Avios for travel in Aer Lingus business class

Iberia Visa Signature® Card

Welcome bonus: 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 on purchases with the first three months, an additional 25,000 Avios after spending a total of $10,000 within the first year, an an additional 25,000 Avios after spending a total of $20,000 within the first year
Annual fee: $95
Perks: A $1,000 discount voucher to use towards two tickets on the same flights each year when you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year, and 10% off select Iberia tickets
My thoughts: If you’re a big credit card spender then this bonus is well worth it, as you won’t get better incremental spend on a vast majority of cards; this card also isn’t subjected to 5/24, so you can be approved even if you’re over that limit

Credit cards with increased welcome bonuses

Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®

Welcome bonus: 60,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $99, waived for the first 12 months
Perks: Preferred boarding on domestic flights, a first checked bag free on domestic itineraries, and a 10% refund on redeemed miles (up to 10,000 refunded miles per year)
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This card not only has a great bonus, but is worth holding onto long term thanks to the 10% refund on redeemed miles and perks when flying American, which more than justify the annual fee, in my opinion (see this post for more information)

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

Welcome bonus: 70,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $4,000 within the first four months
Annual fee: $95, waived for the first 12 months
Perks: Preferred boarding on domestic flights, and a first checked bag free on domestic itineraries
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This card has an incredible welcome bonus that I value at $910, so if you don’t have this card I highly recommend picking it up (see this post for more information)


Redeem AAdvantage miles for travel in Qatar Airways business class

AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard

Welcome bonus: 50,000 American AAdvantage miles after making a single purchase within the first 90 days
Annual fee: $95
Perks: Preferred boarding on domestic flights, and a first checked bag free on domestic itineraries
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This is a great welcome bonus for a card that requires just a single purchase (see this post for more information)

Hilton Honors Ascend Card

Welcome bonus: 100,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $3,000 within the first three months, plus a free weekend night award on your first account anniversary
Annual fee: $95
Perks: Hilton Honors Gold status for as long you have the card, Hilton Honors Diamond status when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year, 10 free Priority Pass visits per year, and a free weekend night award when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year
Offer expiration date: June 27, 2018
My thoughts: This card has a big welcome bonus and excellent ongoing perks that more than justify the annual fee (see this post for more information)


Redeem Honors points at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

Welcome bonus: 125,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $5,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $95
Perks: Hilton Honors Gold status for as long you have the card, Hilton Honors Diamond status when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year, 10 free Priority Pass visits per year, a free weekend night award when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year, and an additional free weekend night award when you spend $60,000 on the card in a calendar year
Offer expiration date: June 27, 2018
My thoughts: This card has a big welcome bonus and excellent ongoing perks that more than justify the annual fee (see this post for more information)

Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express

Welcome bonus: 75,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $1,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $0
Perks: Hilton Honors Silver status for as long you have the card, access to Hilton’s fifth night free award redemptions, and Hilton Honors Gold status when you spend $20,000 on the card in a calendar year
Offer expiration date: June 27, 2018
My thoughts: This card offers a generous bonus and good perks for a no annual fee card; there’s a lot of value in having no annual fee cards for access to Amex Offers, and also for building your credit score (see this post for more information)

Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card

Welcome bonus: 50,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $0
Perks: An amazing return on spend, including 5x points on the first $25,000 of combined purchases per account anniversary year at office supply stores, and on internet, cable, and phone services
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This is by far the biggest welcome bonus we’ve seen on this great no annual fee card, and it offers a generous 5x points rewards structure, so it’s a card I have that I highly recommend (see this post for more information)


Combine points earned on the card with Ultimate Rewards points to redeem for Korean Air first class

British Airways Visa Signature® Card

Welcome bonus: 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 on purchases with the first three months, an additional 25,000 Avios after spending a total of $10,000 within the first year, an an additional 25,000 Avios after spending a total of $20,000 within the first year
Annual fee: $95
Perks: A Travel Together Ticket when you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year, 10% off select British Airways tickets, and more
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: If you’re a big credit card spender then this bonus is well worth it, as you won’t get better incremental spend on a vast majority of cards; this card also isn’t subjected to 5/24, so you can be approved even if you’re over that limit (see this post for more information)


Redeem Avios for travel in British Airways first class

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

Welcome bonus: 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $10,000 within the first three months, and a further 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending an additional $15,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $450
Perks: This card offers a ton of perks, including a $200 annual airline fee credit, 10 Gogo wifi passes per year, access to Delta SkyClubs and Amex Centurion Lounges, a Priority Pass membership, and much more
Offer expiration date: August 8, 2018
My thoughts: While the spend requirement here is big, this is a card that’s worth getting for the excellent perks that it offers, so if you are a big spender, this is a great offer (see this post for more information)

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card

Welcome bonus: 60,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Rewards points after spending $3,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $99
Perks: 6,000 bonus points on your account anniversary every year, and points towards companion pass
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: 60,000 Rapid Rewards points gets you a ton of value towards travel on Southwest, and gets you more than halfway to Southwest’s valuable Companion Pass (see this post for more information)

Citi ThankYou® Premier Card

Welcome bonus: 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $95, waived the first year
Perks: A great points rewards structure that makes this an excellent card for everyday spend
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This is an excellent welcome bonus on a card that’s lucrative for everyday spend (see this post for more information)


Redeem ThankYou points for travel in Singapore Airlines business class

Bottom line

While there’s always some variance in terms of the credit cards available, I feel like we’ve seen a disproportionate number of new cards introduced lately, and also a disproportionate number of increased welcome bonuses. Just keeping track of all of them can be tough, so hopefully the above covers the credit cards that were introduced in the past couple of months, and also those that have recently increased welcome bonuses. If I missed any within those parameters, please let me know!

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Comments

  1. Thanks! Long time pints/mile earner. Classic type, cards affiliated to who I stated and flew with.
    This is much more lucrative, and fun!

  2. Could pick up the Citi Business AAdvantage and Barclay’s Business AAdvantage for 120,000 quick American points, right?

    If so, awesome, I’ll be sure to use your links. Thanks!

  3. How does a single purchase on the AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard equate to a “big” spend requirement?

  4. @Lucky. Was going to say the same thing what “tda” mentioned above.
    Something else with regards to these bonuses: my son has been an authorized cardholder on many of our cards for years. If he applies for a new card himself, would he be eligible for the new card bonus even if he presently has the same card (on which he is an authorized cardholder ONLY)? Thanks.

  5. @ tda — That was a bad copy & paste job on my part. My apologies, the post has been updated.

  6. @ Daniel B. — Being an authorized user doesn’t prevent one from getting the bonus on the card as the primary cardmember, so your son should still be eligible. 🙂

  7. Does the Barclay advantage business card count for 5/24? I believe I read at some point on DoctorofCredit that some people were wondering if they did, which has made me nervous to apply for it.

  8. @Lucky, thanks for the terrific summary. I have been following your advice and have now amassed quite an array of cards. There are two future articles I’d love to see:

    – When to Ditch a Card (cards that no longer offer value, or that can be cancelled and reapplied for at some future date)

    – Which Card Do I Use? ( A summary of typical purchases, – travel-related or home/business purchases, and what is the best card(s) to use? This one is a biggy, and can be quite confusing).

  9. Hi lucky any chance of doing some blogs on the lack of qantas redemption availability and how to bet the system??

  10. Citi reports to your credit report his business cards (CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®) ????

  11. @ walester — Thanks for reading, and for the ideas. Will try to tackle those topics. 🙂

  12. I need to get me one of those Barclays Aviator Red AAdvantage Mastercards ASAP. Then Citi thank you rewards .

  13. Does AMEX consider “upgrade” bonus same as signup bonus? I opened AMEX Hilton no annual fee version in 2015, upgraded to Superpass in 2016 (got 100k upgrade bonus as I remember) and downgrade back to no annual fee version in 2017 before the new AMEX Hilton cards hit the market. Am I able to get the AMEX Hilton Ascend signup bonus today?

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