If you are in the market for a new airline or travel rewards card this year, and want to maximize the rewards you will receive, we have a list of some of the top bonus mile credit cards available, all of these cards offer 40,000 to 50,000 or more bonus points for signing up and spending a certain amount of money in a certain amount of time. As always this will work in your favor if you pay off the balance owed on the current statements due date and avoid interest. With these cards a free or nearly airline ticket is certainly possible.
American Express is currently offering, for a limited time a hefty sign up bonus of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles for two co-branded Delta Airlines cards. The cards are the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card. Normally the sign up bonus is only 30,000 SkyMiles for Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card and Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card. needless to say the 15,000 and 20,000 mile bonus respectively is quite a hefty add on bonus. These offers expire September 9th, 2014. The Gold card offers the most bonus points along with a few basic perks such as free checked bags, no annual fee the first year, and you earn 2 miles per $1 on Delta purchases, 1 mile per $1 on everything else. To qualify for the 50,0000 bonus miles you only need to $1,000 in 3 months. You also get a $50 statement credit after your first Delta Airlines ticket purchase. You also get priority boarding as well as 20% in-flight savings.
The Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card offers a free companion round-trip economy ticket every year upon card renewal, your first bag free on every Delta flight, priority boarding and 20% In-flight savings. To qualify for the 50,000 SkyMiles and 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles on this card, simply spend $1,000 within the first 3 months. With this card you also earn a $100.00 statement credit when you make your first Delta airlines ticket purchase within 3 months. The only possible drawback here for some is that this card has a Annual Fee of $195.00 even on the first year.
If you like delta airlines, the above two cards both offer nice perks and these sign up rewards are some the biggest travel sign up bonuses I have seen in over a year. You can offset the annual fee with the free companion ticket if you pick the right flight so when viewed that way its almost like voiding out the annual fee.
Next up we have an airway branded credit card, the Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card. The 50,000 bonus sign up points are good for 2 Roundtrip Flights after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. This card does carry an annual fee of $99.00 and it is applied to your first credit card statement, but the bonus points are worth over $700 in Wanna Get Away fares, which are valid for both Southwest and AirTran. There are no travel blackout dates or seat restrictions or other limiting factors for redeeming your free flights. Every year on your sign up anniversary date you receive 6,000 bonus points. The value of the rewards points on this card makes it worth getting if you happen to enjoy southwest airlines flights.
Our next card up also offers you 50,000 bonus miles, but requires that you spend double what the last two cards require; spending $2,000 within the first 3 months from account opening. The Chase United Explorer card which has just been relaunched, also offers an additional 5,000 bonus miles when you add an authorized user and that authorized user makes a purchase within 3 months. The card does have an annual fee of $95.00 but this is waived for the first year. Some of the perks include priority boarding as well as Free first checked bag on United operated flights for you and one companion, as well as 2 United Club passes per year. if you spend a lot of money on credit cards every calendar year you can maximize this card thanks to the 10,000 bonus miles offered if you spend $25,000 in net purchases per year. If United airfare is your preferred flight carrier, use this card to get your free checked bag and rack up the 50,000 bonus miles. Just for signing up and meeting the minimum spending requirements the bonuses and perks come out to roughly $1000.00 in free travel perks making this a worthwhile card to pick up, especially if you like United Airlines.