Bank Rewards Cards

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.

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.

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