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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, 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 & CardBonusMinimum SpendAnnual FeeApplication Link
AirTran® Airways A+ Rewards® Credit Card32 Credits - 2 free flights$2,000 in 3 monthsFirst year free, then $69AirTran Visa Application
Alaska Airlines Bank of America Visa Signature30,000 miles30,000 miles after first purchase, $75Alaska Airlines Visa Application
American Airlines Citi Visa, MC and Business MC50,000 Miles$3,000 in 3 monthsNone first year, then $95Check Here for Latest Links
British Airways Chase Visa50,000 points50,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 monthsFree first year, $95 afterBritish Airways Visa Application
Delta Gold Business Amex30,000 Miles$1,000 in 3 monthsFirst year free, then $95Delta Gold Business Amex application
Delta Gold Amex30,000 Miles$500 in 3 monthsFirst year free, then $95Delta 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$89Hawaiian Airlines MC
JetBlue Amex20,000 Points$1,000 in 3 months$40 Amex Application
Lufthansa Miles & More Mastercard20,000 points20,000 points after opening account$79Lufthansa Mastercard Application
Southwest Airlines Chase Rapid Rewards Plus Visa50,000 Points $2,000 in 3 months$99Southwest Airlines Visa Application
United Airlines Explorer Visa35,000 - 65,000 milesTargeted 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 $95Targeted Offer:
United Explorer Application

Untargeted Offer:
United Explorer Application
US Airways Mastercard40,000 milesNone$89US Airways Mastercard Application
Virgin Atlantic Amex45,000 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.$90Virgin Atlantic Amex

Hotel & CardBonusMinimum SpendAnnual FeeApplication Link
Choice Privileges Visa32,000 Points8,000 points after first purchase; 24,000 points after you pay for your first stayNo Annual FeeChoice Privileges Visa Application
Chase Fairmont Visa Signature2 Free Nights + BreakfastFirst PurchaseNo Annual Fee, $95 afterChase Fairmont Visa Application
Hilton Hhonors Surpass Amex40,000-60,000 Points + Gold Status40,000 points after first purchase; 20,000 points after $3,000 in 3 months$75Hilton Surpass Amex Application
Citi Hilton HHonors Visa50,000 Points + Silver Status50,000 points after $1,000 in 4 monthsNo Annual FeeCiti Hilton Hhonors Visa Application
Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve2 Free Nights2 Free Nights after $2,500 Spend in 4 months$95Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Application
Amex Hilton HHonors50,000 Points50,000 Points after $750 Spend in 3 months.No Annual FeeAmex Hilton HHonors Application
Chase Hyatt Visa2 free nights worldwide$1000 in 3 monthsFirst year fee waived, then $75Chase Hyatt Visa Application
Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa70,000 Points + 1 free night$1,000 in 3 monthsFirst year free, then $85Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Application
Chase IHG80,000 Points$1,000 in 3 monthsFirst year free, then $49Priority Club Visa Application
Starwood American Express10,000 - 25,000 Points10,000 points after first purchase; 15,000 points after $5,000 in 6 monthsFirst year free, then $65Starwood Amex Application
Starwood Amex Business Card
Club Carlson Premier Visa85,000 points50,000 points after first purchase; 35,000 points after $2,500 in 3 months$75Club Carlson Premier Visa application

CardBonusMinimum SpendAnnual FeeApplication Link
Amex Blue Cash Preferred (6% cash back on groceries)$100 statement + Amazon Prime$1,000 in 3 months$75Amex Blue Cash Preferred Application
Amex Premier Rewards Gold40,000 Membership Rewards points25,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 months; 15,000 additional points after $15,000 spend in 12 monthsNo Annual Fee first year, $175 afterAmex Premier Rewards Gold Application
Amex Business Gold Rewards30,000 Membership Rewards points + Amazon Prime30,000 points after $5,000 spend in 3 monthsNo Annual Fee, $175 afterAmex Business Gold Rewards Application
Amex Platinum25,000 Membership Rewards Points + Amazon Prime25,000 points after $2,000 in 3 months$450Amex Platinum Application
Amex Mercedes Platinum50,000 Membership Rewards Points 50,000 points after $3,000 in 3 months$475Amex Mercedes Platinum Application
Amex Business Platinum25,000 Membership Rewards Points25,000 points after $5,000 points in 3 months$450Amex Business Platinum Application
Chase Freedom10,000 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 FeeChase Freedom Application
Chase Sapphire Preferred40,000 Ultimate Rewards Ponits40,000 points after $3,000 spend in 3 monthsFirst year fee waived, then $95Chase Sapphire Preferred Application
Chase Sapphire10,000 Points (Transferable to Ultimate Rewards if you have Ink Bold, Ink Plus or Sapphire Preferred)$500 in 3 monthsNo Annual FeeChase Sapphire Application
Chase Ink Bold50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points50,000 points after $5,000 in 3 monthsFirst year free, then $95Ink Bold Application
Chase Ink Plus50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points50,000 points after $5,000 in 3 monthsFirst year free, then $95Ink 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 monthsFirst year free, then $89Barclays Arrival application

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  1. The BA Visa is $0 first year, not $95.

    Southwest card is still available at 50k bonus


  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!

  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.)