Last updated 9am 11/17/14. Here is a current list of what we think the top 5 credit card signup bonus offers are. Consider any of these “highly recommended.” If you’re new, we realize that it can be scary to apply for any credit card, much less many at the same time. Dip your toe in the water. It is worth it. These will be updated regularly as offers come and go. Please comment at bottom with news, questions or issues.
1. 50,000 US Airways miles after your first purchase with the US Airways MasterCard. Your first checked bag will always be free, and you'll also receive Zone 2 Priority boarding. Value: $1,200 or approximately 2¢ each.
2. 50,000 Avios Miles with the Chase British Airways Visa, after spending $2,000 in 3 months. You earn 2.5 miles per $1 on British Airways, and 1.25 miles per dollar on everything else. Value: $1,100 or 2.2¢ each for the 50,000 point offer. See our post on how to utilize Avios miles efficiently here.
3. 40,000 American Express Membership Rewards points with $1,000 in spending on an American Express Platinum; there is a $450 annual fee and you get standard Amex Platinum benefits including $200 towards airline fees and a $100 credit toward Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check40. Value: $1,000 or 2.5¢ each. Points can transfer 1:1 into Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Air France, Hawaiian, Jet Blue, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America.
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