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August’s Best Unadvertised Credit Card Bonuses

I was just sitting here thinking about how I could throw together another credit card list that includes links to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, the Amex Starwood card, the Amex PRG card, and the Ink Bold® Charge Card (Top 10 Credit Cards for Cat Lovers! What Cards to Use if You’re Planning on Buying a loaf of bread! A Reader Asks: Can you list 4 credit cards?).

But then I thought, what might be more interesting is to list the best current unadvertised credit card signup bonuses. These have been scattered around for a while, but it’s easy to forget about them. Sure, none of these earn me a commission, but don’t worry – I make it up on volume. (Speaking of which, the Chase Ink Plus just became commissionable, so don’t be shocked if you see a writeup or two about it…I wrote about it last week before it earned a commission…just saying).

United Airlines Explorer Card
Offer: 50,000 Mileage Plus miles after $1,000 spend in 3 months. 5,000 miles for adding authorized user. $95 annual fee waived first year. When I sign in with my account, I don’t see the offer (perhaps because I have the United Club card), but when I sign in with my wife’s account, this offer appears. Regular offer is for 25,000 miles after first use.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Business Card
Offer: The personal card is widely available with 50,000 points after $1,000 spend in first 3 months, but this business version of the card is pretty unpublicized. You’ll get 50,000 Rapid Rewards points after first purchase (worth about $833 of travel). $69 annual fee not waived. You can get this card and the personal card and grab both bonuses.

Mercedes-Benz American Express Platinum
Offer: 50,000 Membership Rewards points after $1000 spend in 3 months. Includes lounge access and $1,000 towards a Mercedes. $475 annual fee. Regular Amex platinum offers 25,000 MR points after $2,500 spend.

Priority Club Visa
Offer: 80,000 Priority Club points after first use. Free night e-certificate. No fee first year, $49 thereafter. Regular offer is for 60,000 points.

Marriott Rewards Premier Visa
Offer: 70,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points after first purchase. One free night upon approval, one free night when you renew. 15 Elite credits. No fee first year, $85 after. Regular offer is for 50,000 points. THIS OFFER HAS DIED. The new best offer is 50,000 points after first purchase, a $75 credit, a free night at a category 1-4, and 15 Elite credits.

Citi Hilton Hhonors Card
Offer: 50,000 Hhonors points after $1,500 spend in 6 months. No annual fee. Includes Silver Elite status. Regular offer is 40,000 points.

Amtrak Guest Rewards Card
Offer: 32,000 Guest Rewards points after first purchase (transfers to 50,000 Hilton Hhonors points if you spend $200 on the card). Regular offer is 12,000 points.

And perennial favorite, American Airlines AAdvantage cards (using the two-browser trick: Most people apply for both at the same time using 2 different browsers. In other words, fill out the Visa application in Firefox and the Amex application in Internet Explorer and hit submit at the same time.)
Aadvantage Visa
Aadvantage Amex
Aadvantage Business Visa
Offer: 50,000 Aadvantage miles after $3,000 spend in 4 months. Plus, $100 statement credit after AA purchase and a companion ticket.

(I was going to include the 70,000 point Ritz Carlton card, but sadly it died at the end of July)

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11 Comments.

  1. Do you have the offer landing pages of the Chase Priority Club and Marriott cards?

    Too many good cards from Chase to decide which one to go for. :mrgreen:

    • Those pages are it. There are loooong threads on FT verifying they work (which I would paste here if I weren’t sitting in jury duty). You can always call after you apply to double check.

  2. “A Reader Asks: Can you list 4 credit cards?” :wink: Nicely done — and prophetic, as a glance at today’s offering from The Cards Guy shows.

  3. Make that PurrFurred, add some cute photos, and cat lovers everywhere will be clicking on your links like crazy…

  4. any of these offers have imminent expiration dates? I’m looking to churn the first of september.

  5. The Southwest Business Card also has the same criteria as the personal card – spend $1000 within 3 months.

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