Last updated 2pm 9/22/14. 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 American miles after spending $5k in spending in 3 months on a Citi Executive AAdvantage/World Elite Mastercard. You'll receive $1 in statement credits for the first $100 you spend on the card, 2 miles per dollar spent on American Airlines, and no foreign transaction fees. Value: $1,200 or approximately 2¢ each (note that you'll end up with up to 55,000 total points when you combine the bonus points with the points earned from the spending that gets you to the bonus, and a $100 statement credit for spending $100).
2. 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points with $5k in spending via this link for the Chase Ink Bold Visa. You earn 5 points per $1 on office supply stores and phone, internet and TV services or 2x for gas and hotels. Value: $1,200 or 2.2¢ each for the 50,000 point offer. You actually get a total of 55k points: 50k from the bonus and at least 5k from spending. Points can transfer to United, Southwest, Amtrak, British Airways, Korean Airlines, Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and others.
3. 50,000 American Express Membership Rewards points with $1,000 in spending on an American Express Platinum Mercedes-Benz; there is a $475 annual fee but you get standard Amex Platinum benefits including $200 towards airline fees (or gift cards in some cases) plus a bunch of Mercedes discounts Value: $1,275 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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