There’s been a few changes to credit card offers, including a couple of increased bonuses, so I thought I’d post a brief update on cards of note. I also included a section for important news and updates below.
Credit Card Offers
Update: Since I wrote this post, the Chase Ink Business Cards have increased their bonus to 70K.
Still the top offer, by far. If you already have one…get another! I’ve read reports of people getting up to 3 cards…that’s 300K miles! Under the current award chart that’s a huge deal. But get the miles and use them quick – there’s undoubtedly going to be a devaluation in the near future…and it might be unannounced like last time.
- Earn 100,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after making $10,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
- Earn up to $200 in statement credits — earn $1 in statement credits for each $1 spent on purchases within the first 12 months. (Basically $200 for free)
- Admirals Club membership (Lounge Access).
- Earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles after spending $40,000 each calendar year.
- No foreign transaction fees.
- Earn two AAdvantage miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases, including US Airways codeshare flights booked on aa.com.
- Priority boarding.
- $450 Annual Fee, NOT waived ($250 after the $200 free statement credit)
- See this post for more information.
Barclay’s Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard [Expired]
The bonus was previously only 20K miles, but now it’s back up to 50K like it was last year. If you’re looking for domestic US flights, these miles are more valuable than you might think. A round-trip Business Class domestic flight is just 35K miles, or 17.5K each way (yes, you can do one-way awards).
If you’re looking to go to Europe, a one way in First Class is 85K miles…but be wary of the heavy fuel surcharges. They also have access to Singapore Airlines seats if that’s what you’re interested in.
- 50,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in 90 days (20,000 miles after first purchase, plus an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend the $5K).
- Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.
- Cardholders receive a companion ticket after first use of the account and annually after each account anniversary.
- Fantastic card for domestic US Business Class travel (i.e. 17,500 miles for a one-way Premier Service flight on United from JFK-LAX/SFO).
- $79 Annual Fee, NOT waived.
These miles WILL become American Airlines miles at some point in the near future. This card is a good option if you don’t like manufactured spend, because you get all the points after your first purchase. We don’t know if/when this card will disappear. If you can’t wait for the miles to become AA miles, then remember you have access to all of the Oneworld alliance for partner bookings.
- 40,000 bonus miles after first purchase.
- Earn miles on every purchase with 2 miles for every $1 you spend on US Airways purchases and 1 mile for every $1 on purchases everywhere else.
- First checked bag free on eligible bags for you and up to four companions.
- One companion certificate good for up to 2 guests to travel with you on a US Airways operated flight at $99 each, plus taxes and fees.
- Annual fee of $89 (easy to get waived).
- These miles WILL turn in to American Airlines miles soon. Apply now if that’s what you want!
- American Express had a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic in the month of May. Heavy fuel surcharges, so this shouldn’t be your primary option.
- Air France’s Flying Blue Promo Awards are out, and there are good Business Class deals to DC and Dallas (62.5K round trip). Air France is a transfer partner of Amex, but they charge heavy fuel surcharges.
- Japan Airlines Mileage Bank (transfer partner of SPG) now allows one-way awards. Not useful for most people, but might be to some.
- You will not be charged a fuel surcharge on British Airways flights when booking with US Airways Dividend miles. This will save you over a thousand dollars on a First Class flight.
- SPG and Hilton have announced Summer promotions. Hyatt is lagging, but has announced an airline miles promo.
- Sri Lankan Airlines is now a Oneworld Alliance member. This will be especially useful to anyone who booked Etihad’s mistake fare departing from CMB airport in Sri Lanka because it’s not always easy to get there.