Free stuff from fee free cards


Many credit cards offer free stuff for signing up.  That’s not what this post is about.  And, many cards offer great rewards for spend.  This post isn’t about that either.

This post is about those rare no-fee cards that give you free stuff just for being card member.

$25 or $30 every 3 months (free Netflix, Hulu, etc.)

What card: BankAmericard Better Balance Rewards

What you get: $25 or $30 every 3 months.  I think of it as free Netflix.

The BankAmericard Better Balance Rewards card offers $25 every quarter in which you pay more than the monthly minimum on time all 3 months of the quarter.  Plus, if you have a BOA checking or savings account, you’ll get an additional $5 per quarter when you choose to have the rewards deposited to your BOA account.  You need to have a charge appear on your credit card every month for this benefit to kick in.  I simply auto charge my Netflix subscription and I get all of the money back!


$30 in airline related stuff each year (free in-flight wi-fi, snacks, airline fees)

What card: Discover It Miles

What you get: $30 in airline related stuff each year (in-flight wi-fi, on board snacks and drinks, checked bag fees, etc.)

Discover advertises that the card includes a $30 in-flight WI-FI credit each cardmember year.  Simply use your Discover It Miles card to pay for in-flight wi-fi and it will be automatically reimbursed (up to the $30 per membership year limit).  In practice, Discover reimburses any airline charges: on-board snacks and drinks, checked bags, award booking fees, etc.

Free Museums

What card: Any Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card.

What you get: Free Entrance to Museums and Cultural Institutions on the first full weekend of every month.

On the first full weekend of every month, you can present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID in order to get free admission to more than 150 museums and cultural institutions in the United States.  More info can be found here.


Miscellaneous free stuff

What card:  Any American Express credit or charge card; or an Amex Serve or Bluebird prepaid card

What you get: Varies

Amex Offers are a fantastic way to save money at many different merchants.  Usually offers equate to a 20% rebate, at most.  For example, you may get an offer to Spend $100+ and Get $20 Back at a particular merchant.  If you then spend exactly $100, you save a total of 20%.  In rare cases, though, Amex offers stuff for free.  In July, for example, Amex gave away free Sam’s Club memberships to those who were targeted with this offer.

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