Every year I earn well over one million Frequent Flyer miles and points. About 250,000 of them come through actual travel, but the rest come through travel hacking: the art of seeing the world on a budget.
One of the easiest ways to earn a lot of miles all at once is through credit card signup bonuses. This post contains the best current card offers as of Friday, June 3rd. If getting every card from this post, you’d earn more than 175,000 points or miles. Happy travels!
In this edition:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- JetBlue Plus Card
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
- Ink Plus® Business Credit Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Our longstanding, overall “best card” recommendation. The card offers a 40,000 now 50,000 point signup bonus, no foreign transaction fees, double points on all dining and travel expenses, and has the annual fee waived for the first year. You’ll get the 50,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 within three months. You’ll also receive an additional 5,000 bonus points if you add an authorized user and they make a purchase (any amount is fine) within the first 3 months from opening the account.
Why it’s good: It’s the gold standard! Or maybe it’s the Sapphire standard… but it’s definitely a standard of some kind.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
Why it’s good: Earn 60,000 now 70,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of account opening—and a free night each year of card membership at over 4,900 hotels worldwide throughout the IHG network. The free night alone can be used at hotels that cost $400 or more, and you’ll also automatically receive Platinum elite status (valid for additional benefits whenever you book a paid stay at an IHG property) for as long as you have the card.
The JetBlue Plus Card
Why it’s good: If you like JetBlue’s TrueBlue program, you can now get 30,000 TrueBlue points with the new JetBlue Plus Card. A new offer from BarclayCard, the JetBlue Plus requires you to spend only $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days to get the bonus. You’ll also earn an additional 5,000 miles every year on your card anniversary.
This is key: This bonus from JetBlue is enough points to get you at least one flight anywhere JetBlue flies. The low minimum spend of $1,000 makes the offer very practical to get, and the 5,000 point annual bonus makes it worth keeping.
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Why it’s good: You’ll earn an easy 25,000 points signup bonus when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. The annual fee of $65 is waived the first year, and the benefits far outweigh the cost for many of us.
When transferring these points to one of Starwood’s many global airline partners, 5,000 miles is added to every transfer of 20,000 points (20,000 SPG points = 25,000 miles). This means that the bonus on this card is actually equivalent to 36,000 miles and could be transferred for a domestic return ticket redemption, or even a one-way Economy Class ticket as far as Asia on some airlines.
Ink Plus® Business Credit Card
New! Get a 60,000 point bonus when you spend $5,000 in first three months from account opening on this Ultimate Rewards earning Business card. Benefits include no international transaction fees, employee cards at no additional cost, and category bonuses on office supply expenses plus hotels and gas stations.
Why it’s good: Ultimate Rewards points are a valuable travelers currency as they transfer 1:1 to 10 partners including United, Hyatt, British Airways, Marriott, IHG, Southwest and more. If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for your personal spending, the Ink Plus® Business Credit Card makes a good companion card for business expenses as Ultimate Rewards points can be combined between your accounts.
A few questions and attempted answers are below.
- Does this really work?
Yes. I’ve been receiving regular signup bonuses for more than five years. Many of our readers have also had great success.
- Is this bad for airlines and banks?
No. They are happy to have new customers, especially those who are responsible and trustworthy.
- Isn’t it bad for your credit to apply for so many cards?
Not unless you don’t pay your card balances. Be diligent and you can earn signup bonuses to travel for nearly free for a long time to come.
Disclosure: Our partner site, CardsforTravel.com, pays us a referral bonus for some of these cards. We always provide the links to the best possible bonus that we’re aware of, and you’re always welcome to apply directly from the card issuers if you prefer.