One way in which banks try to encourage spending on their credit cards is by offering bonus points or perks for high spend. This page lists our picks for the best spend bonuses. Below the list, you’ll also find a table containing all big spend bonuses in our database. By default, the table only shows the first 10 cards, but you can search, click “Next”, search, or use the drop-down to increase the number of displayed cards.
- Best elite perks for spend
- Best free nights or flights for spend
- Best points and other rewards for spend
- Complete list of all big spend bonuses
World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase
Hyatt is my favorite hotel chain, and Hyatt’s top tier status (Globalist) is by far my favorite hotel elite status. It offers perks such as suite upgrades confirmed at time of booking, free full breakfast, waived resort fees, and free parking on award stays. With this card you automatically get 5 nights towards status, plus you can earn 2 elite nights for each $5K of spend. Globalist status requires 60 elite nights to obtain and 55 nights to renew.
Delta Platinum and Reserve Cards from American Express
Delta is the only major airline that makes it possible to earn high level status through credit card spend alone. They offer four separate cards that, together, make it possible to earn up to 100,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles per year. If you were thinking of booking extra flights just to get or keep status, consider using one or more of these cards to “mileage run from home” instead.
JetBlue Cards from Barclaycard
With $50,000 spend on either of these cards, you’ll earn JetBlue Mosaic status. Mosaic status gives you (among other perks): no change or cancellation fees (that’s huge), and free inflight beverages including cocktails, wine, and beer.
Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express
Earn top tier Diamond status with $40K spend.
Southwest Credit Cards from Chase
Southwest Airline’s Companion Pass is arguably the single best ongoing travel deal around. Once you get the companion pass, you can add a companion for free (after TSA fees) to any Southwest flight that you’ve purchased with points or with cash.
Radisson Rewards cards from US Bank (former Club Carlson Rewards cards)
Radisson Rewards credit cards offer a free night at any US property after each $10K annual spend up to $30,000 for a maximum of 3 free nights. Sadly, there aren’t very many desirable Radisson Rewards properties in the US, but there are a few (the Radisson Blu Chicago, and the Radisson Hotel & Suites Dowtown Austin are a couple of good ones I’ve stayed at). Each of these cards will give you a free night after each $10K annual spend up to $30K. You’ll also earn 5X points for that spend, plus 40,000 bonus points each year, so you should have more than enough points to turn the free night into a free long-weekend.
Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard from BOA
This one offers a unique benefit: with $20K annual spend you are then allowed to transfer up to 25,000 points to hotel partners. This is particularly valuable for the ability to transfer 1 to 3 to Choice Privileges. 25,000 Amtrak points becomes 75,000 Choice points.
AT&T Access More Card from Citi
This card earns ThankYou points at the following rates: 3X for AT&T purchases, 3X for online retail and travel sites, 1X everywhere else. Since this card offers 10K bonus points with $10K annual spend, it then earns 4X for some purchases and 2X everywhere else if you spend exactly $10K annually. And, if you (or a friend) also has a Citi Premier or Citi Prestige card, you can transfer points to a number of airline programs to get more value from your points (see: Citi Transfer Partners).
Best Western Rewards Premium Mastercard from First Bankcard
This card offers 20,000 bonus points after $5K cardmember year spend, every year. Since this card already offers 2 points per dollar for all spend, you’ll get 30,000 points each year if you spend exactly $5,000. Best Western free night stays range from 8,000 to 36,000 points per night, so you should have enough for at least one free night at most properties.
Search this table using keywords such as:
- Elite Status
- Bonus Points
- Companion (for companion tickets)
- Free Night
Also, limit results to your program of interest by searching for “Marriott”, “United”, “SPG”, etc.
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Last updated on August 1st, 2019