Every year I earn well over one million Frequent Flyer miles and points. Although about 250,000 of them come through actual travel, 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 5th. 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
- Discover it® Miles Card
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
- Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
- **Bonus! Chase Freedom® ($200 Cash Back)
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Our longstanding, overall “best card” recommendation. The card offers a 40,000 point signup bonus, no foreign transaction fees, double points on all dining and travel expenses, and has the annual fee waived for year one. You’ll get the 40,000 bonus points after spending only $4,000 in three months.
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 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening—and a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide throughout the IHG network. The free night alone can be used at hotels that cost $400 or more, and you’ll also receive Platinum status in the IHG program for as long as you have the card.
Discover it® Miles Card
Why it’s good: The new “Discover Miles” card offers 1.5x miles on all spending and double miles for the first year.
This is key: you can redeem earned miles for any amount to credit your travel purchases from your statement, or get the cash at any time.
There’s also no annual fee, free credits on in-flight WiFi, and numerous other benefits.
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 in our opinion, the benefits far outweigh the cost if you keep it.
We especially like the additional bonus of 5,000 miles added to every transfer of 20,000 points to one of Starwood’s many global airline partners (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.
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
Why it’s good: With the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card you’ll earn a limited-time bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. There’s also free first bag check and priority boarding! With this quick initial bonus, this card is worth adding to your wallet.
You’ll also get a $50 bonus in the form of a statement credit after you make any Delta purchase with your new Card in the first 3 months.
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**Bonus! Chase Freedom® Card
Why it’s good: A cash-back card with no annual feee, the Chase Freedom offers $200 back in cash which can also be converted to 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend your first $500 in the first 3 months.
We don’t always recommend this card, but it’s good for an extra $100 (or 10,000 points) during this limited-time offer.
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.