Ten Most Valuable Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses for Free Travel

Ten Most Valuable Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses for Free Travel

Open as many as you can and enjoy a ton of free travel benefits!

10 Most Valuable Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses for Free Travel

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The Platinum Card® from American Express (Also Available in a Business Version)


$450
First Year Fee
Bonus: 100,000 points after spending $10,000 within 3 months (Targeted offers are often as high as 150,000 points after spending $20,000 in three months).

Max. Value: $4,500 if you are targeted for the 150,000 points promotion, $3,000 if you only receive 100,000 points.  (We value Amex points as high as 3 cents each when redeemed through Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program.  Other opportunities are are significantly less valuable). 
Great redemption opportunities on Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program are outlined in this article A great card for big spenders who see value in the Singapore KrisFlyer program.

Chase Ink Plus Card®


$0
First Year Fee
Bonus: Get 60,000 points after spending $5,000 within three months. (Offer sometimes raised to 70,000).

Max. Value: $2,380 if you can get 70,000 points.  (We value Chase Sapphire points as high as 3.4 cents each.)
Transfer Sapphire points to:
  • Hyatt - 8,000 points gets a night at the Hyatt Regency Greenville, SC.
  • British Airways - 15,000 points gets a round trip ticket between Chicago and the East Coast (on AA).
  • United - 140,000 points gets a RT business class ticket from JFK to Narita.
  • Singapore - 60,000 points gets a RT business class ticket from the mainland US to Hawaii (on United).
Do you have a small business or are you seeking to separate business spend from personal spend? 

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card®


$0
First Year Fee
Bonus: Get 40,000 points after spending $4,000 within three months. (Offer is often raised to 50,000 points).

Max. Value: $1,700 if you can get 50,000 points.  (We value Chase Sapphire points as high as 3.4 cents each.)
Transfer Sapphire points to Hyatt, United, Singapore or British Airways as outlined above. A great card for those seeking flexibility in the way they can redeem travel rewards points.

The Fairmont® Visa Signature Card by Chase®

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$95
First Year Fee
Bonus: 2 free nights at any Fairmont worldwide after $3,000 spend within three months. 

Max. Value: $1500
Use the card to obtain free suite upgrades and then redeem at the Savoy in London or the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui where a suite is easily $750 a night.   

Citi ThankYou® Premier

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$0
First Year Fee
Bonus: 50,000 ThankYou Points after you spend $3,000 within three months. 

Max. Value: $1,500 (We value ThankYou points as high as 3 cents each when redeemed on Singapore)
Great redemption opportunities on Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program are outlined in this article  

British Airways® Visa Signature Card®


$0
First Year Fee
Bonus: 50,000 points after spending $2,000 within 3 months.

Max. Value: $1,350 (We value British Airways points as high as 2.7 cents each).
15,000 points gets a round trip ticket between Chicago and the East Coast (on American), or a round trip between Seattle and LA (on American), or a round trip trip between London and Madrid (on Iberia).  Note that redemptions directly on British Airways are often subject to excessive fees. A great card for those redeeming on short haul flights through British Airways' partners!

The Hyatt Card® by Chase®

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$0
First Year Fee
Bonus: 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide after $1,000 spend; also get a $50 statement credit after your first purchase. 

Max. Value:$1000
Redeem your two free nights at Park Hyatt New York or Park Hyatt Paris where a room is easily $500 a night.  

Citi Hilton Honors® Visa Reserve Card®


$95
First Year Fee
Bonus: Earn 2 free weekend nights at any Hilton worldwide after you spend $2,500 in first four months.

Max. Value: $800
Redeem 2 free nights at a Conrad Hotel where a rate could easily be $400 a night.
 
A great card for those who plan to stay at Hilton hotels. 
 

The Barclaycard® World Elite Plus Mastercard®


$0
First Year Fee
Bonus: Receive 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months.

Max. Value: $420 (Points have a fixed value of 1.05 cents each when redeemed for travel credits on Barclay's website).
Points are redeemable only for travel statement credits. A great card for those who seek maximum flexibility in award redemption, in return for giving up opportunities that may be available through an airline or hotel program.
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