This link to the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card will net you 25,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $2,000 during the first 3 months of card membership. Membership Rewards points are renowned for their flexibility. You can transfer them into a ton of travel rewards programs including Delta, Jet Blue, Virgin, Qantas, British Airways, Hilton and Hyatt, often with very lucrative transfer bonuses (Starwood and Hilton transfers can get an extra 25%). This is a full-fledged rewards card because you earn 3x points on airfare, 2x on U.S. supermarkets and gas at U.S. gas stations, and 1x on everything else. Plus, there is no annual fee for the first year (after that, it's $175). It also comes with a full slate of Amex benefits like extended warranty and return protection.