Top Air & Hotel Credit Card Offers

UPDATED DECEMBER 9th

Below are the best current credit card signup offers for airlines and hotels. These will always be kept up-to-date. Put any questions you have in the comments…

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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

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15 Comments.

  1. hawaiian airlines b of a visa hyperlink not working(!?)

  2. Thanks! Also, your three American links bypass their landing pages, and the app pages hyperlinked don’t spell out the signup bonus. According to the landing page at http://bit.ly/LP1I0C however, those particular signup deals ended April 30. There a way to verify?

    • According to Flyertalk, they still work. The only way to really verify, though, is by applying and then calling them to confirm the bonus on your application (not a great answer, I apologize)

  3. No, not a great answer. :mrgreen: However provided all three work, aren’t we then looking at a quarter of a million Hilton points?

    • Yep – if you do Hawaiian cards and the virgin Atlantic card you’ll have more than 200,000 Hilton points.

  4. No, I’m just talking about the three AA cards. Fifty thousand points per AA card times three cards times 1.67 Hilton points per AA point is 250,000.

    • Ah, yes. That’s true, though I think most people discourage using AA points in that way. I don’t think there’s any “wrong” way to use miles, but it’s not the best use of those. If you need hilton points, the Hawaiian and Virgin deals (not to mention the various Hilton cards) are a better way to get those points.

  5. You might update the southwest offer when you get the chance.

  6. The Airtran, Citi AA, Choice, and Marriot offers are dead.

  7. Can the Southwest credit cards be churned?

  8. Much in this chart is no longer current. (link to American Airlines now re-routed to a “preferred” promotion) Annual fees increasingly not waved first year, etc…..

  9. I was not able to get the US Airways Dividend Miles card with the 40k sign up offer. They couldn’t find my application initially and finally they sent me a letter stating the offer had expired. They did not check my credit so I can apply for the 35k mile offer instead.

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