Best Big Spend Bonuses

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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.

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Best elite perks for spend

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, and free parking and waived resort fees 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.

Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card
Up to 60K points
60K points: 40,000 points after $3K spend in 3 months + 20,000 points after $6K total spend in 6 months

$95 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None

FM Mini Review: Great card for signup bonus and annual free night. Might be worth using regularly for additional free night and as a path to status.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Dining
Brand
Other

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X restaurants / cafes / coffee shops, airlines, local transit, fitness clubs and gym memberships ⚬ 4X Hyatt

Big spend bonus: One free Cat 1-4 night certificate after $15K spend in your cardmember year. ⚬ Get 2 elite qualifying night credits every time you spend $5K in purchases

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free category 1-4 night every year upon renewal ⚬ Additional free category 1-4 night after $15K spend in cardmember year ⚬ Discoverist elite status ⚬ 5 elite qualifying nights

Note: This card is believed to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

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.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
60K miles
60K miles after $2K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.

$195 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 70K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in first 3 months + $100 statement credit after Delta purchase in 1st 3 months. (Expired 9/18/18)

FM Mini Review: Good choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of annual companion certificate


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn 10K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $25K spend and another 10K bonus miles and MQMs after $50K spend per calendar year. Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Free domestic economy companion certificate after first year ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ Free checked bags See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card

Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express
70K miles
70K miles after $4K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.

$450 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of SkyClub access and companion certificate. Also a good choice for big spenders seeking Delta elite status.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn 15K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $30K spend and another 15K bonus miles and MQMs after $60K spend per calendar year. Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Free domestic economy or first class companion certificate after first year. SkyClub access. Priority boarding and free checked bags. Terms and Restrictions Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Delta Reserve Credit Card

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
35K miles + 5K MQMs + $100 statement credit
35K miles + 5K MQMs after $1K spend in first 3 months plus a $100 statement credit after first Delta purchase in the first 3 months.Terms and limitations apply.

$195 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 70K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in first 3 months + $100 statement credit after Delta purchase in 1st 3 months. (Expired 4/11/18)

FM Mini Review: Good choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of annual companion certificate


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn bonus miles and MQMs with high spend

Noteworthy perks: Miles Boost®: Earn 15K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $30K spend and another 15K bonus miles and MQMs after $60K spend per calendar year. Terms apply. ⚬ Free domestic economy companion certificate after first year. Priority boarding and free checked bags. Terms and Limitations Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card

Delta Reserve Business Credit Card from American Express
40K miles + 10K MQMs
40K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply.

$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None.

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of SkyClub access and companion certificate. Also a good choice for big spenders seeking Delta elite status.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn bonus miles and MQMs with high spend

Noteworthy perks: Miles Boost®: Earn 15K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $30K spend and another 15K bonus miles and MQMs after $60K spend per calendar year. Terms apply. ⚬
Free domestic economy or first class companion certificate after first year ⚬ SkyClub access ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ free checked bags. Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Delta Reserve Credit Card

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.

JetBlue Business Card
50K miles
50K after $1K spend in 90 days

$99 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the best we've seen.

FM Mini Review: This card is almost identical to the JetBlue Plus card except that this one earns 2X at office supply stores rather than grocery stores. Both cards are great choices for JetBlue flyers.


Card Type: Mastercard

Base
Dining
Office
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X restaurants and office supply stores ⚬ 6X JetBlue ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn Mosaic elite status with $50,000 calendar year spend. Mosaic status good for rest of calendar year and all of next year.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free checked bag ⚬ 5000 bonus points every anniversary ⚬ 10% point rebate on awards ⚬ $100 statement credit w/ purchase of travel package ⚬ 50% savings on in-flight purchases

See also: Barclaycard JetBlue offers are live and worth a look

Barclays JetBlue Plus Mastercard

FM Mini Review: Frequent JetBlue travelers should seriously consider this card for its terrific perks. The combination of the 10% rebate on awards and the annual 5,000 point bonus make this card a keeper.


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Dining
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X restaurants and grocery ⚬ 6X JetBlue ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn Mosaic elite status with $50,000 calendar year spend. Mosaic status good for rest of calendar year and all of next year.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free checked bag ⚬ 5000 bonus points every anniversary ⚬ 10% point rebate on awards ⚬ $100 statement credit w/ purchase of travel package ⚬ 50% savings on in-flight purchases

See also: Barclaycard JetBlue offers are live and worth a look

Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express

Earn top tier Diamond status with $40K spend.

Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card
150K points
150K after $3K spend in 3 months. Terms apply.

$95 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 125K after $3K in first 3 months + free weekend night at first anniversary (Expired 6/27/18)

FM Mini Review: Easy way to secure Hilton Gold status (which offers free breakfast among other perks). Those who want Diamond status may be better off with the Aspire card.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dining
Gas
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 12X Hilton spend ⚬ 6X U.S. restaurants, US Supermarkets, and US gas stations ⚬ 3X everywhere else

Big spend bonus:
⚬ Free weekend night after $15K spend in calendar year ⚬ Diamond elite status with $40K calendar year spend ⚬ Terms apply

Noteworthy perks: ⚬Free Gold status. Diamond status w/ $40K spend. ⚬ 10 free Priority Pass lounge visits per calendar year ⚬ Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: Hilton Amex Cards. Everything you need to know.

Best free nights or flights for 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.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Card
60K miles
60K after $3K spend in 3 months

$99 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the highest public offer we've seen.

FM Mini Review: Great for signup bonus, but consider cancelling after first year.


Card Type: Visa

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year

Noteworthy perks: 6000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Note: This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card
Up to 60K miles
Up to 60K miles: 40K after $1K spend in 3 months plus 20K after you spend $12K in your first year

$69 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 60K after $2K spend in 3 months (Expired 10/9/17)

FM Mini Review: Great for signup bonus, but consider cancelling after first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature or Platinum

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year

Noteworthy perks: 3000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Note: This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card
Up to 60K miles
Up to 60K miles: 40K after $1K spend in 3 months plus 20K after you spend $12K in your first year

$99 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 60K after $2K spend in 3 months (Expired 10/9/17)

FM Mini Review: Great for signup bonus, but consider cancelling after first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature or Platinum

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year

Noteworthy perks: 6000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Note: This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Radisson Rewards cards from US Bank (former Club Carlson Rewards cards)

Radisson Rewards credit cards (currently being re-branded from Club Carlson Rewards as of 3/5/18) 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 Club Carlson 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.

Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Card
100K points
100K: 50K after first purchase + 50K after $2.5K spend in 3 months

$75 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: With the elimination of Bonus Award Nights, this card is still good, but it is no longer an amazing "must have".


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 10X at CC hotels ⚬ 5X elsewhere.

Big spend bonus: Free night at any US property after each $10K annual spend up to $30K.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Automatic Gold status ⚬ 40K bonus per year.

See also: Club Carlson rocks our world... Again

Radisson Rewards Business Visa Card
85K points
85K: 50K after first purchase + 35K after $2.5K spend in 3 months

$60 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: With the elimination of Bonus Award Nights, this card is still good, but it is no longer an amazing "must have".


Card Type: Visa Business

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 10X at CC hotels ⚬ 5X elsewhere.

Big spend bonus: Free night at any US property after each $10K annual spend up to $30K

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Automatic Gold status ⚬ 40K bonus per year.

See also: Club Carlson rocks our world... Again

Best points and other rewards for spend

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.

BOA Amtrak Guest Rewards World Mastercard
20K points
20K after $1K spend in 3 months

$79 Annual Fee

Offer appears on the Amtrak home page.

Recent better offer: 30K after $1K spend in 3 months


Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Amtrak ⚬ 2X qualifying travel ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Earn 1,000 Tier Qualifying Points towards elite status for each $5K spent in a calendar year. Limit 4,000 TQPs per year. Ability to transfer up to 25,000 points to hotel partners after $20K calendar year spend.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 5% Amtrak Guest Rewards point rebate on redemptions ⚬ Complimentary companion coupon ⚬ One-Class Upgrade and a single-day ClubAcela pass each year.

See also: Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card review

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).

AT&T Access More Card

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for those who shop often online (thanks to 3X earnings)


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Travel
Shopping
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3 points per $1 on products and services that are purchased directly from AT&T ⚬ 3 points per $1 on all purchases at online retail and travel sites ⚬ 1 point per $1 on all other purchases

Big spend bonus: 10,000 anniversary bonus points after $10,000 in annual spending

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.

Best Western Rewards Premium MasterCard issued by First Bankcard
Up to 70K points
Up to 70K: 50K after $1K spend in 3 billing cycles + 20K after $5K total spend in first 12 billing cycles

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $59


Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 10X at Best Western properties ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: 20K bonus points when you spend at least $5,000 during each 12 billing cycle period

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 10% off Flexible Rate Stays ⚬ Platinum Elite Status (get a free welcome snack)

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Card Offer and Details
Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card
Up to 60K points
60K points: 40,000 points after $3K spend in 3 months + 20,000 points after $6K total spend in 6 months

$95 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None

FM Mini Review: Great card for signup bonus and annual free night. Might be worth using regularly for additional free night and as a path to status.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Dining
Brand
Other

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X restaurants / cafes / coffee shops, airlines, local transit, fitness clubs and gym memberships ⚬ 4X Hyatt

Big spend bonus: One free Cat 1-4 night certificate after $15K spend in your cardmember year. ⚬ Get 2 elite qualifying night credits every time you spend $5K in purchases

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free category 1-4 night every year upon renewal ⚬ Additional free category 1-4 night after $15K spend in cardmember year ⚬ Discoverist elite status ⚬ 5 elite qualifying nights

Note: This card is believed to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard
70K miles
70K after $4K spend in 4 months

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

FM Mini Review: This card usually has a great signup bonus, but if you're looking for a card to keep long term, you'll find better options.


Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Travel
Gas
Phone
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X AA ⚬ 2X certain telecommunications merchants ⚬ 2X car rental merchants ⚬ 2X gas

Big spend bonus: Earn $99 plus taxes domestic companion certificate after $30K spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Priority Boarding ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ Save 25% on inflight purchases

Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard
75K miles
20K after first purchase + 50K after $12K in 6 months + 5K for adding 2 authorized users

$90 Annual Fee


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
1.5X
(2.1%)

Earning rate: 1.5X everywhere

Big spend bonus: 7,500 bonus points with $15K cardmember year spend + an additional 7,500 points with $25K cardmember year spend; Also: 25 tier point towards elite status per $2,500 spend (max 50 tier points per month).

See also: An analysis of the Virgin Atlantic 90K offer

CNB Crystal Visa Infinite Credit Card
75K points
75K after $5K spend in 3 months.
(Offer Expires 12/17/18)

$400 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: This card is really difficult to get, but it's a no brainer to keep since the rewards are worth far more than the card's annual fee.


Card Type: Visa Infinite

Base
Travel
Dining
Gas
Grocery

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X gas, grocery, airline, hotel, taxi, limousine, rental car, train bus, restaurant, fast food and takeout food and dining purchases ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Get reimbursed up to $550 for airline lounge club membership after $50K calendar year spend.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Up to $250 a year in statement credits for airline incidental fees per card (you can have up to 3 authorized users) ⚬ 12 Gogo In-Flight Wifi passes per card ⚬ $100 Global Entry fee reimbursement ⚬ Priority Pass lounge membership for 2 cardholders. (Includes unlimited guests.) ⚬ Visa Infinite Discount Air Benefit

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
60K miles
60K after $3K spend in 3 months

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $99

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for a great signup bonus. Plus it offers the usual collection of perks for flying AA (free checked bag, priority boarding, etc.)


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Dining
Gas
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X restaurants ⚬ 2X gas ⚬ 2X AA

Big spend bonus: $100 AA Flight Discount with $20K membership year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Priority Boarding ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ Save 25% on inflight food and beverage purchases

Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
150K points
150K after $4K spend in 3 months.

$450 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: This card is loaded with valuable perks that are more than worth the card's annual fee if you stay in Hilton resorts at least once per year, and other Hilton properties a few times a year..


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Travel
Dining
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 14X Hilton spend ⚬ 7X US restaurants, flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, select car rental companies ⚬ 3X everywhere else ⚬ Terms & Limitations Apply.

Big spend bonus: Second free weekend night after $60K spend in calendar year

Noteworthy perks: ⚬Annual Weekend Night Reward upon signup and every year upon renewal ⚬ Free Diamond Status ⚬ Priority Pass w/ 2 free guests ⚬ $250 Hilton Resort Credit per membership year ⚬ $250 Airline Incidental Fee Credit per calendar year ⚬ $100 on-property credit w/ Aspire Card package ⚬ Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: Amex Hilton Aspire In-Depth Review

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Card
60K miles
60K after $3K spend in 3 months

$99 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the highest public offer we've seen.

FM Mini Review: Great for signup bonus, but consider cancelling after first year.


Card Type: Visa

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year

Noteworthy perks: 6000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Note: This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card
100K Avios
100K:
-50K after $3K spend in 3 months
-Additional 25K after $10K total spend in 1st year, additional 25K more after $20K total spend in 1st year

$95 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. For most people, though, I don't see it as a compelling card to keep past the first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X British Airways. Iberia, and Open Skies purchases ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa card, you’ll earn a Travel Together companion Ticket good for two years.

Note: You may also be able to find a 50K offer with the annual fee waived the first year. For the latest info, see this Flyertalk thread.

Chase Iberia Visa Signature® Card
100K Avios
100K:
-50K after $3K spend in 3 months
-Additional 25K after $10K total spend in 1st year and a further 25K after $20K total spend in 1st year

$95 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the highest public offer we've seen.

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. Unless you fly Iberia often or intend to go for the big spend bonus, though, I don't see it as a compelling card to keep past the first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, LEVEL and OpenSkie ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your Iberia Visa card, you’ll earn a discount voucher good for $1,000 to use toward two tickets on the same flight

Noteworthy perks: 10% off on Iberia flights when you use your Iberia Visa to purchase at iberia.com/Chase10

Chase Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card
100K Avios
100K:
-50K after $3K spend in 3 months
-Additional 25K after $10K total spend in 1st year and a further 25K after $20K total spend in 1st year

$95 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the highest public offer we've seen.

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. Unless you intend to go for the big spend bonus, though, I don't see it as a compelling card to keep past the first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Aer Lingus, Iberia, British Airways, LEVEL and OpenSkies ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your Aer Lingus Visa card, you’ll earn an economy class companion ticket good for 1 year.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
60K miles
60K miles after $2K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.

$195 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 70K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in first 3 months + $100 statement credit after Delta purchase in 1st 3 months. (Expired 9/18/18)

FM Mini Review: Good choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of annual companion certificate


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn 10K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $25K spend and another 10K bonus miles and MQMs after $50K spend per calendar year. Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Free domestic economy companion certificate after first year ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ Free checked bags See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card

The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Morgan Stanley

FM Mini Review: In my opinion, this is the best of the consumer Amex Platinum cards when you need two cards thanks to Morgan Stanley offering one free authorized user. Unfortunately you do need to have a Morgan Stanley account to apply.


Card Type: Amex Charge Card

Base
Travel

Earning rate: ⚬ 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel ⚬ 5X prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel

Big spend bonus: $500 after $100K cardmember year spend

Noteworthy perks: This card includes all of the great perks that come with the American Express Platinum Card, plus: ⚬ 1 Free Authorized User ⚬ Redeem points for 1 cent each into your Morgage Stanley account ⚬ $550 Annual Engagement Bonus for Reserved Clients

See also: Which is the best Amex Platinum card?

The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz
60K points
60K after $5K spend in 3 months. Terms apply.

$550 Annual Fee


Card Type: Amex Charge Card

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel ⚬ 5X prepaid hotel bookings at Amextravel.com ⚬ 5X for Mercedes Benz purchases

Big spend bonus: Receive a $1000 certificate each year you charge $5,000 in purchases, good toward the future purchase or lease of a new Mercedes-Benz

Noteworthy perks: This card includes all of the great perks that come with the American Express Platinum Card, plus a few perks specific to this Mercedes-Benz branded version.

See also: Which is the best Amex Platinum card?

Chase United MileagePlus® Explorer Business
50K miles
50K after $3K spend in 3 months

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $95

Recent better offer: 50K after $2K spend. (Last reported in 4/2016)

FM Mini Review: Decent perks such as enhanced access to United saver level economy awards makes this a keeper for some.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Dining
Gas
Office

Earning rate: 2X at restaurants, gas stations, and office supply stores ⚬ 2X United.

Big spend bonus: 10K bonus miles after $25K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Improved saver award availability ⚬ Last seat standard award availability ⚬ Free first checked bag ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ No foreign exchange fees ⚬ 2 United Club passes per year ⚬ Primary auto rental collision damage waiver

Note: You may be targeted for this same offer with a $50 statement credit. Details here.. This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card
Up to 60K miles
Up to 60K miles: 40K after $1K spend in 3 months plus 20K after you spend $12K in your first year

$69 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 60K after $2K spend in 3 months (Expired 10/9/17)

FM Mini Review: Great for signup bonus, but consider cancelling after first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature or Platinum

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year

Noteworthy perks: 3000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Note: This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card
Up to 60K miles
Up to 60K miles: 40K after $1K spend in 3 months plus 20K after you spend $12K in your first year

$149 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: Up to 65K: 40K after $1K spend in 3 months; additional 15K after spending $15K total in first year (Expired 8/23/18)

FM Mini Review: Great for frequent Southwest flyers.


Card Type: Visa Signature or Platinum

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year ⚬ Earn 1,500 TQPs for each $10K in purchases up to $100K

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 7,500 anniversary points each year ⚬ $75 Southwest annual travel credit ⚬ Four A1-15 boardings every year ⚬ 20% back on in-flight drinks, Wi-Fi, messaging, and movies

Note: This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card
Up to 60K miles
Up to 60K miles: 40K after $1K spend in 3 months plus 20K after you spend $12K in your first year

$99 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 60K after $2K spend in 3 months (Expired 10/9/17)

FM Mini Review: Great for signup bonus, but consider cancelling after first year.


Card Type: Visa Signature or Platinum

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year

Noteworthy perks: 6000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Note: This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

AAdvantage® AviatorTM Business MasterCard®
50K miles
50k miles after 1st purchase within 90 days and payment of the $95 AF

$95 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 60K miles after first purchase within 90 days [Expired 11/18]


Card Type: Mastercard

Base
Travel
Phone
Office

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X AA, office supply, telecommunications services, and at car rental agencies ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: $99 companion certificate with $30K account year spend; $3K elite qualifying dollars (EQDs) with $25K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Preferred boarding ⚬ 5% bonus on miles earned the previous year after AF is paid ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ 25% statement credit on in-flight purchases

AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red World Elite MasterCard®
50K miles
50k miles after 1st purchase within 90 days and payment of the $95 AF

$95 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 60K miles after first purchase within 90 days [Expired 11/18]


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X AA ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: $3K elite qualifying dollars (EQDs) with $25K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Preferred boarding for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions traveling on the same reservation ⚬ 10% rebate on AA awards (up to 10K per year) ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ 25% off in-flight purchases

JetBlue Business Card
50K miles
50K after $1K spend in 90 days

$99 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the best we've seen.

FM Mini Review: This card is almost identical to the JetBlue Plus card except that this one earns 2X at office supply stores rather than grocery stores. Both cards are great choices for JetBlue flyers.


Card Type: Mastercard

Base
Dining
Office
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X restaurants and office supply stores ⚬ 6X JetBlue ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn Mosaic elite status with $50,000 calendar year spend. Mosaic status good for rest of calendar year and all of next year.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free checked bag ⚬ 5000 bonus points every anniversary ⚬ 10% point rebate on awards ⚬ $100 statement credit w/ purchase of travel package ⚬ 50% savings on in-flight purchases

See also: Barclaycard JetBlue offers are live and worth a look

Wells Fargo Visa Signature Card
Up to 50K bonus points
5X rewards points on up to $12,500 in gas, grocery, and drugstore purchases for 6 months. (that's 1x normal earnings plus 4x bonus)

$0 Annual Fee


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base

Earning rate: 5X gas, grocery, drugstore for 6 months

Big spend bonus: With $50K spend, points become worth 1.75 cents each towards airfare

Noteworthy perks: ⚬Points worth 1.5 cents each towards airfare ⚬ Points worth 1 cent each for most other redemption

See also: A card I wrongly ignored

Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card
150K points
150K after $3K spend in 3 months. Terms apply.

$95 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 125K after $3K in first 3 months + free weekend night at first anniversary (Expired 6/27/18)

FM Mini Review: Easy way to secure Hilton Gold status (which offers free breakfast among other perks). Those who want Diamond status may be better off with the Aspire card.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dining
Gas
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 12X Hilton spend ⚬ 6X U.S. restaurants, US Supermarkets, and US gas stations ⚬ 3X everywhere else

Big spend bonus:
⚬ Free weekend night after $15K spend in calendar year ⚬ Diamond elite status with $40K calendar year spend ⚬ Terms apply

Noteworthy perks: ⚬Free Gold status. Diamond status w/ $40K spend. ⚬ 10 free Priority Pass lounge visits per calendar year ⚬ Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: Hilton Amex Cards. Everything you need to know.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
75K points
75K after $3K spend in 3 months. Terms apply.

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $95


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 6X Starwood and Marriott Properties ⚬ 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Marriott Gold Elite with $30K annual spend (note this threshold will increase to $35K on January 1, 2019)

Noteworthy perks: 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary up to 35K points (subject to resort fees) ⚬ Receive free premium internet at Marriott/SPG properties.

Note: Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees

Hilton Honors American Express Card
100K points
100K after $1K spend in 3 months

$0 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Alternate offer: You may see a better offer that includes a $100 statement credit during the booking process at Hilton.com.

FM Mini Review: This card isn't particularly rewarding, but it's good to keep primarily for targeted Amex upgrade offers to the Ascend card.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dining
Gas
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 7X Hilton spend ⚬ 5X US restaurants, US Supermarkets, and US gas stations ⚬ 3X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Gold elite status with $20K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free Silver status; Gold status with $20K spend. ⚬ Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: Hilton Amex Cards. Everything you need to know.

Citi AAdvantage® Executive World Elite MasterCard®
75K miles
75K after $7.5K spend in 3 months

$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 75K after $7.5K spend in 3 months

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for those who need Admirals Club access (included for both the primary member and authorized users). Heavy spenders who are short of the miles necessary for status can earn 10K elite qualifying miles with $40K spend. Plus, it offers the usual collection of perks for flying AA (free checked bag, priority boarding, etc.).


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X AA

Big spend bonus: 10K Elite Qualifying Miles towards elite status when you spend $40K in calendar year

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ First Checked Bag Free ⚬ Admirals Club® access for both primary and authorized users ⚬ 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases on American Airlines and US Airways flights ⚬ Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit

Choice Privileges® Visa Signature® Card issued by Barclays
64K points
64K points: 32K after $1K spend in 90 days + 32K after an additional $2K spend within the first 180 days
(Offer Expires 11/30/18)

$0 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None. This is the best offer we've ever seen on this card.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 5X at Choice Hotels and on purchases of Choice Hotels points or gift cards ⚬ 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn 8,000 annual bonus points after $10,000 in annual spend

Noteworthy perks: Automatic Gold status

AT&T Access More Card

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for those who shop often online (thanks to 3X earnings)


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Travel
Shopping
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3 points per $1 on products and services that are purchased directly from AT&T ⚬ 3 points per $1 on all purchases at online retail and travel sites ⚬ 1 point per $1 on all other purchases

Big spend bonus: 10,000 anniversary bonus points after $10,000 in annual spending

Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express
70K miles
70K miles after $4K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.

$450 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of SkyClub access and companion certificate. Also a good choice for big spenders seeking Delta elite status.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn 15K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $30K spend and another 15K bonus miles and MQMs after $60K spend per calendar year. Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Free domestic economy or first class companion certificate after first year. SkyClub access. Priority boarding and free checked bags. Terms and Restrictions Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Delta Reserve Credit Card

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
75K Points
75K points after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $95


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Dining
Gas
Phone
Biz
Brand

Earning rate: 6x at Starwood / Marriott properties ⚬ 4x U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased from U.S. suppliers and on U.S. purchases for shipping ⚬ 2x everyhwere else

Big spend bonus: Marriott Gold elite status with $30K annual spend (Note that starting January 1, 2019 this requirement will increase to $35K spend)

Noteworthy perks: 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary for a redemption level at or under 35K points (subject to resort fees) ⚬ Complimentary premium Internet access at Marriott/SPG properties ⚬ unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi

Note: Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees

Barclays JetBlue Plus Mastercard

FM Mini Review: Frequent JetBlue travelers should seriously consider this card for its terrific perks. The combination of the 10% rebate on awards and the annual 5,000 point bonus make this card a keeper.


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Dining
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X restaurants and grocery ⚬ 6X JetBlue ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn Mosaic elite status with $50,000 calendar year spend. Mosaic status good for rest of calendar year and all of next year.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free checked bag ⚬ 5000 bonus points every anniversary ⚬ 10% point rebate on awards ⚬ $100 statement credit w/ purchase of travel package ⚬ 50% savings on in-flight purchases

See also: Barclaycard JetBlue offers are live and worth a look

The Gold Card from American Express
for Ameriprise Financial

Card Type: Amex Charge Card

Base
Travel
Dining

Earning rate: 2X points for Flights booked directly with airlines and at U.S. Restaurants

Big spend bonus: 2500 bonus points for every $10K spend, up to 20K bonus points annually

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ No foreign transaction fees ⚬ $75 hotel credit on 2+ night stays with the Hotel Collection. Terms & Restrictions Apply. See Rates & Fees

BOA Amtrak Guest Rewards World Mastercard
20K points
20K after $1K spend in 3 months

$79 Annual Fee

Offer appears on the Amtrak home page.

Recent better offer: 30K after $1K spend in 3 months


Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Amtrak ⚬ 2X qualifying travel ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Earn 1,000 Tier Qualifying Points towards elite status for each $5K spent in a calendar year. Limit 4,000 TQPs per year. Ability to transfer up to 25,000 points to hotel partners after $20K calendar year spend.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 5% Amtrak Guest Rewards point rebate on redemptions ⚬ Complimentary companion coupon ⚬ One-Class Upgrade and a single-day ClubAcela pass each year.

See also: Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card review

Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
125K points
125K after $3K spend in 3 months

$95 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 125K after $5K in the first 3 months (Expired 6/27/18)

FM Mini Review: Easy way to secure Hilton Gold status (which offers free breakfast among other perks). Amex business cards do not count towards 5/24 status so will not hurt chances of applying for Chase cards.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Travel
Dining
Gas
Phone
Biz
Brand
Other

Earning rate: ⚬ 12X Hilton spend ⚬ 6X on Select Business & Travel Purchases (flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel; car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies; US restaurants; US gas stations; wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service provider; US shipping purchases)

Big spend bonus:
Free weekend night after $15K spend in calendar year and another after $60K spend

Diamond elite status with $40K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free Gold status. Diamond status w/ $40K spend. ⚬ 10 free Priority Pass lounge visits per calendar year ⚬ Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: Hilton Amex Cards. Everything you need to know.

Avianca Vuela Visa Card
40K LifeMiles
40K after first purchase

$149 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Avianca LifeMiles are useful for Star Alliance awards. Miles are valuable for short distance United Airlines flights and for international flights on partners that usually charge high fuel surcharges (such as Lufthansa).


Card Type: Visa Platinum or Signature

Base
Gas
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Avianca ⚬ 2X gas & grocery ⚬ Free bag for travel between US & South America

Big spend bonus: ⚬ 50% off one award ticket to Colombia or Central America after $12K spend ⚬ 50% off a 2nd award ticket to Colombia or Central America after $24K spend

Noteworthy perks: 15% discount on the purchase of miles

Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus
75K points
75K after $3K spend in 3 months

$95 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 100K after $5K spend in 3 months


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 6X Marriott and SPG ⚬ 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn Gold status when you spend $35K each year

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Annual free night certificate for 1 night at a hotel redemption level up to 35K ⚬ Automatic Silver status ⚬ 15 nights of elite credit each year starting in 2019

Note: This card is known to be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule. You may be able to find a better offer by logging into your Marriott Rewards account and simulating the steps of a booking. (You do not need to complete a booking.)

See also: Current Marriott Rewards Premier cardholders may be eligible for an upgrade offer. Click here to check your offer.

Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Plus

Card Type: Visa Signature Business

Base
Gas
Phone
Biz
Brand

Earning rate: 6X Marriott/SPG ⚬ 4X dining, internet, cable and phone service ⚬ 4X gas stations and shipping ⚬ 2X everywhere else.

Big spend bonus: Gold status with $35K account year spend

Noteworthy perks: As of 8/26/18: 35K free night award each year upon renewal ⚬ Silver status ⚬ 15 elite night credits each calendar year ⚬ Free in-room premium internet

Note: This card is believed to not be subject to Chase's 5/24 rule

U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® card
26,667 points
26,667 points after $2K spend in 4 months

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $49

FM Mini Review: This can be a good choice for a signup bonus, but other cards are more rewarding for spend (although this is a decent choice for uncapped grocery spend). Card may be worth keeping for the Gogo in-flight internet passes.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Gas
Grocery
Phone
Other

Earning rate: 2X charity and then 2X in one of the following: cell phone providers, gas, grocery, or airline purchases (whichever category you spend most on each month).

Big spend bonus: 3,500 bonus points with $24K spend per cardmember year

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 12 free Gogo in-flight internet passes each year ⚬ $25 airline fee credit when points are redeemed for flights

BB&T Spectrum Rewards
Up to $1,350
$1350 after $50K spend in 3 months (Get 3% cash back in first 3 months, plus 5% year end bonus + 30% big spend bonus = $2025. Consider $1350 of that to be signup bonus.)

$0 Annual Fee


Card Type: Visa

Base
1.05X
(1.05%)

Earning rate: 3% cash back on all net qualified purchases for the first 90 days, then 1%

Big spend bonus: Earn a 30% bonus on cash earned when spending $50K or more annually

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 5% anniversary bonus each year ⚬ Offer restricted to residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and DC.

See also: The Spectrum Rewards. Offer- What is it worth?

The Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard® issued by Barclays
60K miles
60K after $1K in the first 90 days

$89 Annual Fee


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Dining
Gas
Office
Brand

Earning rate: 3X Hawaiian Airlines ⚬ 2x gas, dining, and office supply stores ⚬ 1x everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn up to 40,000 annual bonus miles — 20k miles with $50-$99k annual spend or 40k miles with $100k or more annual spend;

Noteworthy perks: One-time 50% off a companion discount on roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines

U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Business Edge Travel Rewards Visa® Card
26,667 points
26,667 points after $2K spend in 4 months. Employee card spend does not count towards meeting minimum spend

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $55

FM Mini Review: This can be a good choice for a signup bonus, but other cards are more rewarding for spend.


Card Type: Visa Business

Base
Travel
Gas
Phone
Office
Other

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X cell phone ⚬ 2X charity ⚬ 2X gas, office supply, or airline purchases (whichever is most each month).

Big spend bonus: $55 credit with $24K spend per cardmember year

Noteworthy perks: $25 airline fee credit when points are redeemed for flights

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
35K miles + 5K MQMs + $100 statement credit
35K miles + 5K MQMs after $1K spend in first 3 months plus a $100 statement credit after first Delta purchase in the first 3 months.Terms and limitations apply.

$195 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 70K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in first 3 months + $100 statement credit after Delta purchase in 1st 3 months. (Expired 4/11/18)

FM Mini Review: Good choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of annual companion certificate


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn bonus miles and MQMs with high spend

Noteworthy perks: Miles Boost®: Earn 15K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $30K spend and another 15K bonus miles and MQMs after $60K spend per calendar year. Terms apply. ⚬ Free domestic economy companion certificate after first year. Priority boarding and free checked bags. Terms and Limitations Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card

Chase IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
80K points
80K points after $2K spend in 3 months

$89 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Good signup bonus. Keep only if you value the 40K annual free night and/or 4th night free awards.


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Dining
Gas
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 10X IHG ⚬ 2X gas, grocery, and restaurants.

Big spend bonus: 10K bonus points after you spend $20K in a cardmember year + make one additional purchase

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Annual free night e-certificate good at IHG properties up to 40K points per night (for certificates issued after 5/1/18) ⚬ Fourth night free on award stays ⚬ 20% discount on points purchases ⚬ Platinum elite status.

Frontier Airlines World MasterCard®
40K miles
40K after $500 spend in 90 days

$79 Annual Fee


Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Dining
Brand

Earning rate: 5X at FlyFrontier.com ⚬ 3X restaurants

Big spend bonus: $100 discount voucher after $2,500 in annual spend. ⚬ Elite 20K status (free bag & seat selection) w/ $20K calendar year spend ⚬ Elite 50K (adds family seating & free seat selection for up to 8 companions) with $50K calendar year spend ⚬ Elite 100K status (adds "theWORKS" bundle for primary cardmember & up to 8 traveling companions) with $100K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Keep miles from expiring with one purchase every six months. ⚬ No award redemption fee when taxes/fees are paid for with the card.

Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card from American Express
75K Points
75K points after $5K spend in the first 3 months. Terms apply.
(Offer Expires 10/31/2019)

$450 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Decent ultra-premium option for Marriott / SPG fans, but Hilton fans may prefer the ultra-premium Hilton Aspire card.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Travel
Dining
Brand

Earning rate: 3X airfare charged by airline, US restaurants, 6X Starwood and Marriott Properties; 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Platinum Elite status with $75K calendar year spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 50K Free Night Award each year upon renewal ⚬ $300 SPG/Marriott Rewards statement credit per membership year ⚬ Gold Elite status ⚬ 15 elite nights credit ⚬ Priority Pass Select with 2 free guests ⚬ Global Entry fee credit ⚬ Free premium internet at SPG/Marriott properties ⚬ Unlimited Boingo Wifi

See also: Ultra Premium Hotel Cards: Hilton vs. SPG/Marriott

Best Western Rewards Premium MasterCard issued by First Bankcard
Up to 70K points
Up to 70K: 50K after $1K spend in 3 billing cycles + 20K after $5K total spend in first 12 billing cycles

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $59


Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 10X at Best Western properties ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: 20K bonus points when you spend at least $5,000 during each 12 billing cycle period

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 10% off Flexible Rate Stays ⚬ Platinum Elite Status (get a free welcome snack)

Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Card
100K points
100K: 50K after first purchase + 50K after $2.5K spend in 3 months

$75 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: With the elimination of Bonus Award Nights, this card is still good, but it is no longer an amazing "must have".


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 10X at CC hotels ⚬ 5X elsewhere.

Big spend bonus: Free night at any US property after each $10K annual spend up to $30K.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Automatic Gold status ⚬ 40K bonus per year.

See also: Club Carlson rocks our world... Again

Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard
25K miles
25K after $1K in the first 3 months

$89 Annual Fee


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
1.5X
(2.1%)
Brand

Earning rate: 3X on Air France, KLM, and SkyTeam purchases ⚬ 1.5X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: 5K after anniversary when you spend $50 or more the previous year ⚬ 40XP points towards status after anniversaru when you spend $15K or more the previous year

The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® issued by Barclays
50K miles
50K after $3K spend in 90 days

$89 Annual Fee


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Hawaiian Airlines

Big spend bonus: Earn 5,000 annual bonus miles after $10,000 in annual spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free checked bag ⚬ One time 50% off companion ticket ⚬ $100 off a companion ticket for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines at each account anniversary

Radisson Rewards Business Visa Card
85K points
85K: 50K after first purchase + 35K after $2.5K spend in 3 months

$60 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: With the elimination of Bonus Award Nights, this card is still good, but it is no longer an amazing "must have".


Card Type: Visa Business

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 10X at CC hotels ⚬ 5X elsewhere.

Big spend bonus: Free night at any US property after each $10K annual spend up to $30K

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Automatic Gold status ⚬ 40K bonus per year.

See also: Club Carlson rocks our world... Again

Platinum Card® from American Express for Ameriprise Financial
Free First Year
No first year annual fee for you and up to 3 authorized cardholders

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $550

FM Mini Review: First year with no fee makes this card worth considering for almost everyone.


Card Type: Amex Charge Card

Base
Travel

Earning rate: ⚬ 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel ⚬ 5X points for prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel

Big spend bonus: 5K bonus points for every $20K spend, up to 30K bonus points annually

Noteworthy perks: This card includes all of the great perks that come with the American Express Platinum Card, plus a few perks specific to this Ameriprise branded version.

See also: Which is the best Amex Platinum card?

The Morgan Stanley Credit Card from American Express

FM Mini Review: Decent no-fee card thanks to its 2X category bonuses, but you do need to have a Morgan Stanley account to apply.


Card Type: Amex Charge Card

Base
Travel
Dining
Shopping

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X U.S. Restaurants ⚬ 2X select U.S. Department Stores ⚬ 2X Car Rentals Purchased Directly from Select Car Rental Companies ⚬ 2X Airfare Purchased Directly from Airlines

Big spend bonus: $100 after $25K card membership year spend

Noteworthy perks: Invest with rewards (1 point = 1 cent)

BBVA Compass Select
20K points
20K after $2K spend in 90 days

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $125


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Other

Earning rate: ⚬ Choose one category (e.g. Airlines) to earn 3x points; Choose 2 categories (e.g. Dining & Hotels) to earn 2x points ⚬ Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases

Big spend bonus: $100 Orbitz Travel Card after $20,000 spend; Earn 1,000 bonus points each month in which you spend $5,000 or more.

Noteworthy perks: Hertz Gold Plus Membership

Radisson Rewards Visa Signature Card
60K points
60K: 50K after first purchase + 10K after $1.5K spend in 3 months

$50 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: With the elimination of Bonus Award Nights, this card is still good, but it is no longer an amazing "must have".


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 6X at CC hotels ⚬ 3X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Free night at any US property after each $10K annual spend up to $30K.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Automatic Silver status ⚬ 25K bonus per year.

See also: Club Carlson rocks our world... Again

Virgin Atlantic White Card
12.5K miles
12,500 miles after first purchase

$49 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Virgin Atlantic ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: 2,500 bonus points with $5K cardmember year spend + an additional 5,000 points with $15K cardmember year spend;

Korean Air SKYPASS Select Visa issued by US Bank
30K miles
30K miles after $3K spend in 90 days

$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 30K after $3K in 90 days

FM Mini Review: This is a very weak offer considering the hefty annual fee.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X miles on Korean Air, Other Airlines, Car Rental, Hotels

Big spend bonus: 10K miles on anniversary with $35K in purchases

Noteworthy perks: 2 Korean Air VIP Lounge coupons each year ⚬ $100 Global Entry / TSA Pre-Check credit ⚬ Discount coupon for $100 off Korean Air ticket ⚬ Two $25 coupons for Korean Air in-flight duty free purchases

Citi® Expedia+ Credit Card
15K points
15K after $1K spend in 3 months

$0 Annual Fee


Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 3X Expedia purchases

Big spend bonus: One elite night towards Gold status for each $2.5K in spend each year

Noteworthy perks: Free Expedia+ Silver status

Delta Reserve Business Credit Card from American Express
40K miles + 10K MQMs
40K miles + 10K MQMs after $3K spend in the first 3 months. Terms and limitations apply.

$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: None.

FM Mini Review: Excellent choice for frequent Delta flyers who can make use of SkyClub access and companion certificate. Also a good choice for big spenders seeking Delta elite status.


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 2X Delta

Big spend bonus: Earn bonus miles and MQMs with high spend

Noteworthy perks: Miles Boost®: Earn 15K bonus miles and MQMs (towards elite status) after $30K spend and another 15K bonus miles and MQMs after $60K spend per calendar year. Terms apply. ⚬
Free domestic economy or first class companion certificate after first year ⚬ SkyClub access ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ free checked bags. Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: An Analysis of the Delta Reserve Credit Card

Citi® Expedia®+ Voyager Card
25K points
25K after $2K spend in 3 months

$95 Annual Fee


Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 4X Expedia purchases

Big spend bonus: 5K anniversary bonus with $10K annual spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ $100 annual air travel fee credit ⚬ Expedia+ Gold status

Chase IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card
This card is no longer available for new applications
This card is not currently available for new applicants.

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $29

Recent better offer: 65K: 60K after $2K spend in 3 months + 5K for adding authorized user

FM Mini Review: Might be worthwhile for the signup bonus, but otherwise it probably makes more sense to pay $60 more for the annual free night that comes with the Premier.


Card Type: Mastercard World

Base
Dining
Gas
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 5X IHG ⚬ 2X gas, grocery, and restaurants

Big spend bonus: Gold status with $10K spend in a calendar year

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Fourth night free on award stays ⚬ 20% discount on points purchases

Chase Ritz Carlton Rewards Visa Infinite

Click here to view details about a similar card: Marriott Rewards Premier Plus

Recent better offer: 3 Free Tier 1-4 nights after $5K spend in first three months + 10K points for adding an authorized user.

FM Mini Review: While the card is pricey, the annual free night, plus $300 in ariline fee credits, plus other perks make this card a keeper.


Card Type: Visa Infinite

Base
Travel
Dining
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 6X Ritz, SPG & Marriott.⚬ 3X airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, at car rental agencies and at restaurants ⚬ 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: $75K spend per account year for Platinum elite status

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Annual 50K hotel certificate upon renewal ⚬ 3 club level upgrades. $100 hotel credit for each 2 night or longer stay ⚬ Priority Pass Select with unlimited guests ⚬ $300 annual credit for airline incidentals ⚬ $100 discount on multi-passenger ticket purchases. ⚬ Automatic Gold Status

Chase Hyatt Visa Signature

Click here to view details about a similar card: World of Hyatt Credit Card

Recent better offer: 2 nights + 5K + $50 statement credit: 2 free nights after $2K spend in 3 months + 5,000 points for adding authorized user + $50 statement credit after your first purchase


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Dining
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X restaurants, airlines, car rentals ⚬ 3X Hyatt

Big spend bonus: Spend $50K in calendar year to get mid-tier Explorer status

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Discoverist elite status ⚬ Free category 1-4 night every year upon renewal

Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier

Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Dining
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X airline, car rental, & restaurants ⚬ 5X Marriott.

Big spend bonus: 1 credit towards elite status for every $3,000 in purchases

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 15 night credit towards elite status every year upon account anniversary ⚬ Free category 1-5 certificate each year upon renewal

Virgin America Premium Visa Signature
No longer available
This card is no longer available to new applicants

$149 Annual Fee


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Virgin America ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Receive 5,000 Status Points towards elite status for each $10,000 of spend, up to a max of 15,000 Status Points per calendar year

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Waived change & cancellation fees ⚬ Free 1st checked bag ⚬ One $150 companion ticket discount per year ⚬ 20% off in-flight entertainment

Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard®

FM Mini Review: This card is best for earning JAL miles, which can be very valuable. If you spend exactly $15K or $25K per year, you can earn an effective 1.76 Japan Airlines miles per dollar or 2.14 miles per dollar with other transfer partners. Points can alternatively be redeemed for 1 cent each towards travel.


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base

Earning rate: 2X Miles on all purchases

Big spend bonus: 15K bonus miles after $15K spend; 10K additional bonus miles after additional $10K spend

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Chip wth PIN capability ⚬ $100 Global Entry credit once every 5 years ⚬ Lounge Key access (pay $27 per lounge visit) ⚬ Transfer to most airline partners 1.4 Arrival to 1 airline mile (or 1.7 Arrival to 1 Japan Airlines or Air Canada Aeroplan mile).

AAdvantage® AviatorTM Silver World Elite MasterCard®

Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 3X AA ⚬ 2X hotel and car rentals ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn $3,000 EQDs after spending $25K and another $3,000 EQDs after $50K of spend.

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Priority Boarding ⚬ 10% rebate on AA awards (up to 10K per year) ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ $100 Global Entry application fee credit ⚬ 25% off in-flight purchases

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