Mega Bonuses

Card Name Upfront Bonuses Spending Benefits Other Key Benefits Annual Fee How to Use
Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card 50k points (UA, BA, SW, Hyatt, etc. or $750 Cash) after spending $4k in 3 mos. 1 point/$3x for Travel and Dining(directly book travel at 1.5c/pt)
  • Priority Pass lounges
  • $300 tvl credit
  • Global Entry
  • Global Evac.
  • Pur. protection
  • No FTF's
$450 General, Travel, Dining
Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® 50k ($500 toward travel) after spending $3k in 90 days 2 Points + 5% rebate / $ (in effect 2.1% toward any travel)
  • No FTF''s
  • Chip
$0 1st Yr.,then $89 General spending only
Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve card 2 weekend nights after spending $2.5k in 4 mos. + 1 more/yr after spending $10k 3 points / $5x on airfare and car rentals10x at Hiltons
  • Auto Gold
  • Diamond status after spending $40k
  • No FTF's
$95 Keep in safe and pay $95/year for a Saturday night at an expensive hotel (e.g., The Bentley on South Beach)
Chase Hyatt Card 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt hotel worldwide after spending $1k in 4 mos. + 1 more (cat <=4) each year 1 points/$2x for restaurants, airfare (direct) and car rentals3x at Hyatts
  • Auto Plat.
  • No FTF's
  • Chip
$75 General Spend, Restaurant, Air, Car Rental
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express 35k after spending $5k in 3mos (until 4/5/2017) 1 (valuable) point / $
  • SPG Gold after $30k/yr
  • 5 nights toward elite
  • no FTF(new)
  • Premium Internet
$0 1st Yr.,then $95 General Spend
Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card 50k points (UA, BA, SW, Hyatt, etc. or $500 Cash) or $625 in travel after spending $4k in 3 mos. 1 point/$2x for Travel and Dining
  • No FTF's
  • Chip
  • Primary Rental Car Coverage
$0 1st Yr.,then $95 General, Travel, Dining
Chase Ink Preferred Credit Card 80k points after spending $5k in 3 mos = UA, BA, SW, Amtrak,etc. or $800 Cash or $1,000 toward travel 1 point/$3x for travel, shipping, telecom, advertising (up to $150k spend)
  • No FTF's
  • Chip
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$0 1st Yr.,then $95 General, Travel, Shipping, Advertising, Telecom
United MileagePlus Explorer Card (Chase) 30k after spending $1k in 3 months + 5k for add. cardholder + 10k/yr after $25k 1 point /$2x on United
  • No FTF's
  • free bag & priority board on United
  • 2 lounge passes/yr.
  • No inv. controls on redeeming mileage
$0 1st Yr.,then $95
Citi® AAdvantage Cards 40k points after spending $3k 1 point/$
  • 1st bag free
  • Priority Baording
  • $100 AA discount/yr
$0 1st Yr.,then $95
Priority Club® Select Visa® (Chase) 60k-80k points on first purchase + free night on your anniversary 1 point /$2x on gas, grocery & dining5x at their hotels
  • No FTF's
$0 1st Yr.,then $49
Virgin America American Express (BofA) 50k miles (=100k hilton) -- 20k aft 1st purchase, 25k aft $2.5k spent & 5k by adding 2 auth. users 1.5 miles/$
  • If you are an ardent VA flyer, there are some, however, most focus on the bonus
The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard® 35k miles after spending $1k in 90 days plus 5k per year after spending $10k 1 points/$ (2x for purchases on Hawaiian Airlines)
  • No FTF's