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Current Best Credit Card Offers, December 2013

I’ve been thinking about my final churn of the year and I thought it might be helpful for others in the same situation to have all of the credit cards and their current offers listed in one place. So, here we go. I’ll keep this list easily accessible over in the right-hand sidebar for future reference as well.

Also, some of these link to Creditcards.com, of which I’m an affiliate. You can just search for the credit card name there to get the offer (and I thank you in advance for your support).

If any of these are NOT the best current available offer, let me know and I’ll update.

Airline & Card Bonus Minimum Spend Annual Fee Application Link
AirTran® Airways A+ Rewards® Credit Card 32 Credits - 2 free flights $2,000 in 3 months First year free, then $69 AirTran Visa Application
Alaska Airlines Bank of America Visa Signature 30,000 miles 30,000 miles after first purchase, $75 Alaska Airlines Visa Application
American Airlines Citi Visa, MC and Business MC 50,000 Miles $3,000 in 3 months None first year, then $95 Check Here for Latest Links
British Airways Chase Visa 50,000 points 50,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 months Free first year, $95 after British Airways Visa Application
Delta Gold Business Amex 30,000 Miles $1,000 in 3 months First year free, then $95 Delta Gold Business Amex application
Delta Gold Amex 30,000 Miles $500 in 3 months First year free, then $95 Delta Gold Amex Application
Hawaiian Airlines Mastercard (Barclays) 35,000 miles (transfer to Hilton at 1:2) 35,000 miles after $1,000 spend in 90 days $89 Hawaiian Airlines MC
JetBlue Amex 20,000 Points $1,000 in 3 months $40 Amex Application
Lufthansa Miles & More Mastercard 20,000 points 20,000 points after opening account $79 Lufthansa Mastercard Application
Southwest Airlines Chase Rapid Rewards Plus Visa 50,000 Points $2,000 in 3 months $99 Southwest Airlines Visa Application
United Airlines Explorer Visa 35,000 - 65,000 miles Targeted offer: 50,000 miles after first purchase; 5,000 for adding authorized user; 10,000 miles after $25k spend

Untargeted offer: 30,000 miles after $1,000 spend; 5,000 miles after adding authorized user
First year free, then $95 Targeted Offer:
United Explorer Application


Untargeted Offer:
United Explorer Application
US Airways Mastercard 40,000 miles None $89 US Airways Mastercard Application
Virgin Atlantic Amex 45,000 Miles (transfer to Hilton at 1:2, so up to 40,000 HHonors points) 20,000 miles after first purchase, then 25,000 additional miles after $2,500 spend in 90 days. $90 Virgin Atlantic Amex

Hotel & Card Bonus Minimum Spend Annual Fee Application Link
Choice Privileges Visa 32,000 Points 8,000 points after first purchase; 24,000 points after you pay for your first stay No Annual Fee Choice Privileges Visa Application
Chase Fairmont Visa Signature 2 Free Nights + Breakfast First Purchase No Annual Fee, $95 after Chase Fairmont Visa Application
Hilton Hhonors Surpass Amex 40,000-60,000 Points + Gold Status 40,000 points after first purchase; 20,000 points after $3,000 in 3 months $75 Hilton Surpass Amex Application
Citi Hilton HHonors Visa 50,000 Points + Silver Status 50,000 points after $1,000 in 4 months No Annual Fee Citi Hilton Hhonors Visa Application
Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve 2 Free Nights 2 Free Nights after $2,500 Spend in 4 months $95 Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Application
Amex Hilton HHonors 50,000 Points 50,000 Points after $750 Spend in 3 months. No Annual Fee Amex Hilton HHonors Application
Chase Hyatt Visa 2 free nights worldwide $1000 in 3 months First year fee waived, then $75 Chase Hyatt Visa Application
Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa 70,000 Points + 1 free night $1,000 in 3 months First year free, then $85 Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Application
Chase IHG 80,000 Points $1,000 in 3 months First year free, then $49 Priority Club Visa Application
Starwood American Express 10,000 - 25,000 Points 10,000 points after first purchase; 15,000 points after $5,000 in 6 months First year free, then $65 Starwood Amex Application
Starwood Amex Business Card
Club Carlson Premier Visa 85,000 points 50,000 points after first purchase; 35,000 points after $2,500 in 3 months $75 Club Carlson Premier Visa application

Card Bonus Minimum Spend Annual Fee Application Link
Amex Blue Cash Preferred (6% cash back on groceries) $100 statement + Amazon Prime $1,000 in 3 months $75 Amex Blue Cash Preferred Application
Amex Premier Rewards Gold 40,000 Membership Rewards points 25,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 months; 15,000 additional points after $15,000 spend in 12 months No Annual Fee first year, $175 after Amex Premier Rewards Gold Application
Amex Business Gold Rewards 30,000 Membership Rewards points + Amazon Prime 30,000 points after $5,000 spend in 3 months No Annual Fee, $175 after Amex Business Gold Rewards Application
Amex Platinum 25,000 Membership Rewards Points + Amazon Prime 25,000 points after $2,000 in 3 months $450 Amex Platinum Application
Amex Mercedes Platinum 50,000 Membership Rewards Points 50,000 points after $3,000 in 3 months $475 Amex Mercedes Platinum Application
Amex Business Platinum 25,000 Membership Rewards Points 25,000 points after $5,000 points in 3 months $450 Amex Business Platinum Application
Chase Freedom 10,000 Points (Transferable to Ultimate Rewards if you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Sapphire Preferred) 10,000 Points after $500 Spend in 3 months. No Annual Fee Chase Freedom Application
Chase Sapphire Preferred 40,000 Ultimate Rewards Ponits 40,000 points after $3,000 spend in 3 months First year fee waived, then $95 Chase Sapphire Preferred Application
Chase Sapphire 10,000 Points (Transferable to Ultimate Rewards if you have Ink Bold, Ink Plus or Sapphire Preferred) $500 in 3 months No Annual Fee Chase Sapphire Application
Chase Ink Bold 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points 50,000 points after $5,000 in 3 months First year free, then $95 Ink Bold Application
Chase Ink Plus 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points 50,000 points after $5,000 in 3 months First year free, then $95 Ink Plus Application
Barclays Arrival (Effectively 2.2% Cash Back) 40,000 Points (Good toward $400 in travel spend) 40,000 points after $3,000 spend in 3 months First year free, then $89 Barclays Arrival application

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13 Comments.

  1. The BA Visa is $0 first year, not $95.
    http://www.britishairways.com/travel/credit-cards/public/en_us

    Southwest card is still available at 50k bonus
    https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/offer

    Cheers,
    Gary

  2. The Priority Club card is now the Chase IHG Card and you get the 80,000 points after $1,000 in 3 months.

  3. Disturbing Chase card/points issue. Letter I just got … “We’re writing to provide you with information about your new account, Southwest Airlines, which offers a bonus premium to new card members. the terms and condition associated with the new account state that the premium is only available to new card members. Since our records show that you have taken advantage of the offer or a similar offer within the past two years, your account is not eligible to receive the premium.”
    BACKGROUND: I have not had this exact card before. Card in question is Chase SW Business Plus. Of SW cards, I have only had the (non-business) Premier, which I canceled a few months back. PLEASE ADVISE!!!

  4. How soon after closing the US Airways Mastercard can I open a new one and still get the bonus miles. Thanks!

    • I generally wait 2 months, just to be conservative. Remember, though, that you have to wait at least 6 months between Barclays applications.

  5. Jared, any thoughts on my above issue?

    • Hi – I’ve never heard anything like that. I think you should call them ask them about it – they should give you the bonus.

  6. Jared,

    I talked to a rep yesterday and pointed out that what I had in the past was a different product (non-business sw card) She wrote it up for a mgt decision and I will hear back in a week. I am very familiar w churning chase so was surprised too. But notice the other point in the card, that indicates these can be churned every 2 years. Do you want me to let you know how this plays out? Dave

  7. JoAnne Jenkins

    The link to the chase sapphire preferred says it’s no longer available.

  8. Could you post info about the minimum annual income required for some of these cards? I just got turned down for the Chase Sapphire Preferred because my income is too low. I had never even considered this might happen. Now I’m trying to decide what other cards I shouldn’t bother to apply for. (My credit score is awesome.)

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