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September 2013 Top Unadvertised Credit Card Bonuses

We generally hear about the same credit card offers over and over again, but there are a number of offers available that are better than the bonuses that are widely advertised by different travel companies and card issuers. I thought it would be useful to pull together a list of the unadvertised offers that are available (these are not the targeted offers that are only good to the individuals who receive them via email or in regular mail – people have been approved for these regardless of whether they received an invitation.

Marriott Premier Rewards Visa usually offers 50,000 points after $1,000 spend in 3 months, but if you use this link, you can earn 70,000 points after $1,000 spend in 3 months. Plus you’ll get a free night stay at a category 1-4 hotel, and a free night stay at a category 1-5 hotel after you’ve had the card for 1 year. First year free, $85 after.

IHG Rewards Club Select Visa usually offers 60,000 points after $1,000 in 3 months. Using this link you’ll get 80,000 points after $1,000 in 3 months, plus a free night certificate. First year free, $49 after.

Citi Hilton Honors Visa Signature advertises 40,000 points after spending $1,000 in 4 months. This link gives you 50,000 points after $1,000 spend in 4 months.


US Airways Premier World Mastercard offer 30,000 miles after first purchase, $89 fee not waived. But there are 2 other options that may be better for you. This link offers 40,000 miles after first purchase, $89 fee not waived. This link gets you 35,000 miles after first purchase, with the first year fee waived. You’re basically paying $89 for the extra 5,000 miles.

American Airlines Citi Platinum Select Mastercard usually offers 30,000 miles after $3,000 spend. Through this link you’ll get 50,000 miles after $3,000 spend in 3 months with the $95 annual fee waived the first year.

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature generally offers a 25,000 mile bonus after approval with a $75 annual fee. Through this link you’ll get 30,000 miles after approval with a $75 annual fee. This card is extremely churnable so you can basically buy 30,000 miles for $75 all day long.

Mercedes-Benz Platinum American Express. The regular Platinum Amex generally offer 25,000 Membership Rewards points after $2,000 spend, with a $475 annual fee. The Mercedes-Benz version through this link offers 50,000 points after $3,000 spend in 3 months with the $475 annual fee.

Blue Cash Preferred from American Express. This is a great card that I use – 6% cash back on groceries and 3% cash back on gas (up to $6,000/year on groceries – so you max out at $360 in cash back from grocery stores). $75 fee is not waived.

Any others I’m forgetting?

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  1. Good post!

  2. did the alaska card for 25K and $100 rebate go away?

  3. has the aa bonus of 5ok been confirmed?

  4. Good list Jared. CardMatch has had those offers up for several months now. Looks like you listed all the good offers.

  5. How do you get the 70k Marriot offer? I tried it using the above link, the instructions at the flyer forum (log into your account), but only the 50k comes up.

  6. To get a new Alaska card, do I need to close the old one?

  7. Something else in the T&C of the annual-fee-waived 35K US Air card that isn’t in the other two versions’ T&C:
    “Beginning with the first anniversary of Account opening and every anniversary thereafter, Cardmembers will be awarded 10,000 Anniversary Miles. Anniversary miles will be reflected on the billing statement following payment of your Annual Fee, if applicable.”

  8. Reasking: did the alaska card for 25K and $100 rebate go away?

  9. Fantastic list! Thank you for compiling this.

  10. What do you suggest for October’s best cards to apply for?

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