Favorite Credit Cards

Here is a list of our favorite credit cards with their corresponding offers:

1- SPG American Express Card – 25K – Apply Personal or Business

This card offers a potential for 25K bonus Starpoints, 10K after the first purchase and then 15K after spending $5,000 in the first 6 months.  The $65 annual fee is waived the first year.

We consider this to be one of the most solid reward cards out there. SPG points are very valuable and can be redeem for stays at properties like Westin, Sheraton, W, Meridian, etc. Rewards stays begin as low as 3,000 points depending on the hotel category, and come with no blackout dates. The sign-up bonus is enough for a three-night stay at any Category 4 property. SPG points can also be transferred to several airlines with a 25% bonus (20,000 points for 25,000 airline miles).

You can apply for the personal card or the business card (no actual business required).

2- Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage Visa Signature Card 50K – Apply

This card awards 50,000 American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months of card membership, plus an additional 10,000 miles for spending $10,000 in the first 12 months. The annual fee is waived the first year.

You also get a free checked bag, priority boarding and a 10% rebate on total miles redeemed for flights.

If you can spend double these amounts you can simultaneously get their Amex card version using the “two-browser trick” detailed in this Flyertalk thread and get a total of 100,000 AA miles, good enough for a business class ticket to Europe, or 4 roundtrip coach domestic flights within the continental U.S.

3- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 40K – Apply

This card currently offers 40K Chase Ultimate Rewards points for spending $3,000 within the first 3 months of card membership. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year.

Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to several miles and points programs like United, Hyatt, and Priority Club on a 1-1 basis. The card also awards 2 points per dollar spent on travel and dining categories, has no foreign transaction fees, and it also pays a 7% annual dividend on all points earned on the card.

4- American Express Premier Gold Card 25K – Apply

This card awards 25K American Express Membership Reward points after spending $2,000 on the card within the first 3 months. The $125 annual fee is waived the first year.

Membership Rewards points are very valuable, since they do not expire as long as you have a Membership Rewards earning card.  They can be transferred on a 1-1 basis to several airline and hotel programs, and Amex regularly offers 30% to 50% bonuses for transferring points to airlines such as Delta and British Airways.  It also earns 2 points per dollar spent on gas and supermarket categories and 3 points per dollar spent on airfare.

5- Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card – Apply

This card awards 30,000 bonus miles when you spend $500 in three months, and the $95 annual fee is waived the first year. You also get a free checked bag for up to 9 people on your reservation, and priority boarding.

6-  Alaska Airlines VISA Signature card – Apply

25,000 Alaska miles are awarded just for obtaining the card. No purchase necessary. The $75 annual fee is not waived the first year.

The fact that you can churn this card an unlimited amount of times and are getting the 25,000 miles without having to spend any money makes this card a solid choice. Alaska partners with AA, Delta, Air France, LAN, British Airways and several others, and you can use miles to fly cheaply from the West coast to Hawaii and many other destinations.

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