BEST REWARDS CREDIT CARD BONUSES OF 2017

 

 

CREDIT CARD

BONUS
Individual

BONUS
Family

MINIMUM SPEND
I
ndividual

MINIMUM
SPEND
Family

ANNUAL FEES
Individual

ANNUAL FEES
Family

REWARDS CREDIT CARDS

Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard

90,000

180,000

$2,500

$5,000

$90

$180
($90 x 2)

United MileagePlus Explorer Visa

55,000
miles

110,000
miles

$2,000

$4,000

First year waived

First year waived

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Personal Mastercard

50,000
miles

100,000
miles

$3,000

$6,000

First year waived

First year waived

Citi AAdvantage Business Mastercard

50,000
miles

100,000
miles

$3,000

$6,000

First year waived

First year waived

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card

50,000
points

100,000
points

$2,000

$4,000

$99

$198
($99 x 2)

Ink Business Preferred Card

80,000
points

160,000
points

$5,000

$10,000

95

$190
($95 x 2)

British Airways Visa Signature® Card

50,000
Avios

100,000
miles

$2,000

$4,000

First year waived

First year waived

Citi Thank You Premier

50,000
points

100,000
points

$5,000
in 24 months

$10,000
in 24 months

$125
waived for first 12 months

$250
waived for first 12 months

Mercedes Benz Platinum Card from American Express

50,000
points

100,000
points

$1,000

$2,000

$475

$950
($475 x 2)

Chase Sapphire Preferred SM Card

55,000
points

110,000
points

$4,000

$8,000

First year waived

First year waived


Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

30,000
miles

60,000
miles

$500

$1000

First year waived

First year waived

Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN

30,000
miles

60,000
miles

$500

$1000

First year waived

First year waived

Propel World American Express

40,000
miles

80,000
miles

$3,000

$6,000

First year waived

First year waived

The US Airways Premier World MasterCard

40,000
points

80,000
points

First Use

First Use

$89

$178
($89 x2)


Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

40,000
points

80,000
points

$3,000

$6,000

First year waived ($89 value)

First year waived ($89 value)

Frontier Airlines World Mastercard

40,000
points

80,000
points

$500

$1,000

$69

$138
($69 x 2)

Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard

35,000
miles

70,000
miles

$1,000

$2,000

$89

$178
($89 x 2)


United MileagePlus Explorer Card

30,000
miles

60,000
miles

$1,000

$2,000

First year waived

First year waived

Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard®

30,000
miles

60,000
miles

$1,000

2,000

$95, waived for first 12 months

$190
($95 x 2), waived for first 12 months

CitiBusiness Advantage World MasterCard

30,000
miles

60,000
miles

$1,000

$2,000

$95, waived for first 12 months

$190
($95 x 2), waived for first 12 months

The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card

30,000
points

60,000
points

$5,000

$10,000

$175, waived for first 12 months

$350
($175 x 2)
waived for first 12 months


Business Platinum Card from American Express

25,000
points

50,000
points

$5,000

$10,000

$450

$900
($450 x 2)

Ink Cash Business Card

20,000
points

40,000
points

$1,000

$2,000

None

None


American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card

25,000
points

50,000
points

$2,000

$4,000

$175

$350 ($175 x 2)


Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard®
 

20,000
miles

40,000
miles

First purchase

First purchase

$79

$158
($79 x 2)

HOTEL CREDIT CARDS

Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa

85,000
points

170,000
points

$2,500

$5,000

$75

$150
($75 x 2)

IHG Rewards Visa (Priority Club)80,000
points
160,000
points
$1,000$2,000First year waivedFirst year waived
Hilton Honors Surpass Card 75,000
points
150,000
points
 $3,000$6,000 $75$150
($75 x 2)
Hilton Honors Credit Card 40,000
points
80,000
points
 $750$1,500 NoneNone
Marriott Premier Rewards Card

70,000
points
140,000
points
$1,000$2,000First year waivedFirst year waived
Citi Hilton Honors

40,000
points

80,000
points

$1,000

$2,000

None

None

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

25,000
points

50,000
points

$5,000

$10,000

First year waived

First year waived

Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN

25,000
points

50,000
points

$5,000

$10,000

First year waived

First year waived

Chase Hyatt Credit Card

2 free weekend nights

4 free weekend nights

$1,000

$2,000

$75

$150
($75x 2)

Citi Hilton HHonors TM  Reserve Card

2 free weekend nights -select properties

4 free nights – select properties

$2,500

$5,000

$95

$190
($95 x 2)

Fairmont Visa Signature Card

2 free nights
worldwide

4 free nights
worldwide

$3,000

$6,000

First year waived

First year waived

Ritz Carlton Card

140,000
points

280,000
points

??

??

$395 ?

Wyndham Rewards Signature Visa

45,000
points

90,000
points

$1,000

$2,000

$69

$138
($69 x 2)

Terms Definitions:  Family Bonus:Combined bonus where both husband & wife apply for credit card.  Family Minimum Spend: Minimum spend required for both husband and wife to meet to receive bonus points/miles.  Family Annual Fees: Annual fees due for both husband and wive’s credit card accounts.

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MILES MOMMA REVIEW:

I feel these are the best credit card bonuses currently available worth considering.  There are so many others rewards credit cards not listed which may benefit you as well.  I just can’t list and keep updated every rewards credit card available as the offers are constantly changing.  I update this list continually throughout the year, so check back often for new hot offers.

My suggestions before you apply for any cards is to have a travel plan.  Where do you want to go?  How many miles do you need on what airline.  Where do you want to stay.  How many nights.  How many points do you need from which programs.  Build a miles and points budget and then see which credit cards could help you move towards your goal.  That being said, sometimes there will be extremely lucrative bonus offers that you don’t know exactly what you’ll use them for but you just grab the miles/points and figure it out later.  If you’d like, you can check out my most recent trip budget spreadsheet which is quite extensive.  This was our family’s month long trip throughout the United Kingdom paid for with 100% with miles and points.  I used this template spreadsheet to budget for our trips.

If you do decide to start using credit card bonuses to secure free travel for your family be sure to keep good records.  I keep an extensive running spreadsheet of all my credit cards opened and closed in the last 2 years.  If you would like access a copy, please email me for the link.  I’m always available to answer questions and no question is too silly.  I was once a newbie and some kind more experienced collector helped me learn.

If you are concerned about the effect of applying for credit cards on your credit history, then just dabble and monitor it.  You will see that each application drops your score 2 -3 points which is nothing significant.  You will probably see that as you add credit cards and that your credit scores actually will begin to rise and get even better.  The top two free sources I recommend for long-term credit monitoring are Credit Sesame and Credit Karma.  I use both of these services personally and they are completely free and do not require a credit card.  They do not give you your full credit report which I do recommend you get at least every 6 months.  There are some good services to obtain your credit report here my site.

So start now to plan for next year’s adventures and the years to come.  I have always told myself, “Dream big or it will never happen!” I’m living proof that an average middle class family can travel the world.  If you learn the hobby of collecting miles and points and creatively using the financial tools available through credit cards wisely, you can experience some incredible adventures with your loved ones.  If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call on me.

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