Best Credit Card Signup Bonuses for March 2017

Best Credit Card Signup Bonuses for March 2017
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Here is a current list of our top five favorite credit card signup bonus offers. Consider all of of these to be highly recommended. If you’re new, I realize that it can be scary to apply for any credit card, but if you are diligent about paying your bills on time and in full, the rewards are endless.


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The Best Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses in 2017

Credit Card Spend Reward
Ink Business Preferred Card from Chase
$5,000 in 3 mos.
80,000 Ultimate Rewards points
Apply
Chase Sapphire Preferred
$4,000 in 3 mos.
55,000 Ultimate Rewards Points (in-branch)
Apply
Chase Sapphire Reserve
$4,000 in 3 mos.
50,000 Ultimate Rewards points
Apply
Citi / AAdvantage Platinum World Elite MasterCard
$4,000 in 3 mos.
50,000 UR points
Apply
United MileagePlus Explorer Card
$4,000 in 3 mos.
50,000 UR points
Apply
Citi Prestige Card
$4,000 in 3 mos.
50,000 UR points
Apply
Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard
$500 in 3 mos.
$150
Apply
BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card
$500 in 90 days
$100
Apply

Best Credit Card Signup Bonuses: What You Need To Know

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Ink Business Preferred Card from Chase: 80,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

Earn 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points with the Ink Business Preferred Card from Chase when you spend $5,000 in the first three months of card membership. This card comes with some great spending bonuses, like 3 points per dollar spent on the first $150,000 in travel, shipping services, social media advertising, and internet, cable and phone services. Once you have your points, you can transfer to over a dozen transfer partners at a 1:1 ratio, like Hyatt, Marriott, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and British Airlines. Our travel editor Mark recently used some of his Ultimate Rewards points to take a $20,000 vacation to Australia for next to nothing.

Value: 2.2 cents per point, or $1,760 for the sign up bonus. $95 annual fee.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred: 55,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

Earn 55,000 Ultimate Rewards points with the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card. You'll earn 50,000 points after spending $4,000 in three months, and an additional 5,000 points by adding an additional cardholder and making a purchase in the first three months. This card comes with some good spending bonuses, like 2 points per dollar spent on all travel and dining. These transfer to the standard Ultimate Rewards partners like Hyatt and United. While this card won't give you as many travel perks as its big brother, the Reserve card, you will still enjoy trip protection insurance, as well as waived foreign transaction fees.

Value: 2.2 cents per point, or $1,100 for the sign up bonus.  $0 annual fee the first year, then $95.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve: 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

Earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points with the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card when you spend $4,000 in your first three months of card membership. This card comes with some of the best spending bonuses on the market, like 3 points per dollar spent on all travel and dining. It also includes benefits like Priority Pass lounge access, a $300 per year travel credit (including Ubers) and more.

Value: 2.2 cents per point, or $2,200 for the sign up bonus found in-branch. $450 annual fee.

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Citi / AAdvantage Platinum World Elite MasterCard: 50,000 AAdvantage Miles

Earn 50,000 AAdvantage Miles with the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum World Elite MasterCard when you spend $3,000 in purchases in the first three months of account opening. You'll also get Group 4 boarding (this is under American's revamped boarding group policy going into effect March 1st), 25% off in-flight purchases, a free checked bag, and 10% of your redeemed miles back, up to 10,000 miles. Our travel editor Mark redeems over 100,000 miles a year with American, so that rebate of 10,000 miles is worth $150 to him.

Value: 1.5 cents per mile, or $750 for the sign up bonus.  $0 annual fee the first year, then $95.

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United MileagePlus Explorer Card: 55,000 United Miles

Earn 55,000 United MileagePlus Miles with the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card. You'll earn 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in three months, and an additional 5,000 points by adding an additional cardholder and making a purchase in the first three months. You'll earn 2 points per dollar on United purchases and 1 point per dollar on everything else, and you'll also get priority boarding access. Additionally, you'll receive two free, one-use United Club vouchers every year.

Value: 1.4 cents per mile, or $770 for the sign up bonus.  $95 annual fee.

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Citi Prestige Card: 50,000 ThankYou Points

Earn 50,000 ThankYou points with the Citi Prestige Card spending $4,000 in the first three months of card membership. This card has been gutted of many of its benefits over the past year, but our travel editor Mark has decided to keep it in his wallet for one key benefit: a fourth night free on any four-night reservation booked through their travel agency. There is no limit to the room rate on that fourth night, so it can really save you some money on splurge trips like honeymoons or anniversaries. Other benefits include spending bonuses like 3 points per dollar on travel, 2 points per dollar on dining, and 1 point per dollar on everything else. You'll also be able to redeem with 14 different travel partners, like Air France, Cathay Pacific, and Hilton Hotels.

Value: 1.7 cents per point, or $850 for the sign up bonus.  $450 Annual Fee.

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard: 50,000 Points

Earn 50,000 points with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard after spending $3,000 in three months, which is worth $500 when you use it for travel expenses. Spending bonuses include 2 points per dollar on all purchases. Our travel editor Mark likes this card for its flexibility in redemptions – you can purchase any hotel or flight you'd like, and use your points against that. Plus, you get 5% of your redeemed miles back. We recommend using the card for travel expenses like theme park tickets.

Value: 1.05 cents per point, or $750 for the sign up bonus.  $0 annual fee the first year, then $89.

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BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card: $100 Cash Back

Get a $100 online cash rewards bonus after you spend at least $500 on purchases in the first 90 days of account opening the BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card.

You'll also earn 1% cash back on every purchase, 2% at grocery stores (and now at wholesale clubs) and 3% on gas for the first $2,500 in combined grocery/wholesale club/gas purchases each quarter. There's no annual fee, no changing categories and no expiration on rewards. There's a 0% introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases and for any balance transfers made in the first 60 days, then, 13.49% - 23.49% variable APR. A 3% fee (min $10) applies to balance transfers.

Value: $100, but one of the lowest spending thresholds in the business, and great cash back bonuses. See our blog post on how to maximize your cash back with this card. No annual fee.

Summary of the Best Credit Cards for Signup Bonuses in March 2017:

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