Best Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus (2017.3 Updated)

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2017.3 Updated: Raised the rank for Chase IHG, lowered the value for CSR and Citi Hilton Reserve. Deleted Chase Ritz-Carlton and Merrill+.

Credit Card sign-up bonuses may be the best way to get a great amount of miles / points in a short period. Some credit cards even offer sign-up bonuses that are enough for a round-the-world ticket! Together with Best Rewards Credit Cards that earn you lots of miles/points through everyday purchases, you will soon be amazed how many free flights/free nights you could have simply by using credit cards properly. Keep in mind that most credit cards with high sign-up bonus have an annual fee (although many of them are waived for the first year), and whether you should keep them for long depends on your personal situation. For our opinions, please click the link of each card and read our review. Also, some of the cards below have requirements for credit score or history. See our reviews for detailed information.

Historical Offers Charts are beside every card, they can help you decide whether or not you should apply for a card immediately.

There is also a Best Sign-Up Bonus page which is updated in real-time on CreditIntro.com, where you can sort credit cards according to reward type, net sign-up value, into annual fee, and spending requirements. You may also want to look into that page.

Note that, in this post, we assume you keep these cards for only ONE year, and we assume you get the airline credit twice during the first year (where applicable).

#1: Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) 50k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 50k Ultimate Rewards (UR) Points, plus you can get the $300 air credit twice for the first year.In total, the bonus is worth about $1050 after subtracting the first year annual fee!!!
  • Spending Requirement: $4,000 in the first 3 months.
  • UR can be transferred to UA miles or Hyatt points to name a few. See Maximize Points Value for an overview, and Introduction To Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) for detailed information.
  • $450 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#2: AmEx Premier Rewards Gold (PRG) 50k Offer

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#3: Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP) 55k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 50k+5k Ultimate Rewards (UR) Points, worth about $990!!!
  • Spending Requirement: $4,000 in the first 3 months.
  • UR can be transferred to UA miles or Hyatt points. See Maximize Points Value for an overview, and Introduction To Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) for detailed information.
  • $95 annual fee, waived for the first year.

#4: Citi AAdvantage 50k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 50k AA Miles, worth about $890!!!
  • Spending Requirement: $3,000 in the first 3 month.
  • $95 annual fee, waived for the first year.

#5:Avianca (AV) Vuela 60k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 60k AV Miles, worth about $871 after subtracting the first year annual fee!
  • Spending Requirement: one purchase in the first 3 month.
  • $145 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#6: AmEx SPG 35k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 35k SPG points, worth about $840!
  • Spending Requirement: the first 25k requires $3,000 in the first 3 months; the additional 10k requires another $2,000 in the first 6 months.
  • SPG points can be used to redeem free nights at SPG hotels, and can also be transferred to American Airlines (AA) miles or other airline miles. See Maximize Points Value (overview), and Introduction to SPG Starpoints Series (very detailed).
  • $95 annual fees, waived for the first year.

#7: Chase UA Explorer 55k+$50 Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 50k+5k UA Miles+$50, worth about $835 after subtracting first year annual fee!!!
  • Spending Requirement: $3,000 in the first 3 month.
  • $95 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#8: Citi Prestige 40k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 40k Thank You Points (TYP), plus you can get $250 air credit twice for the first year. In total, the bonus is worth about $790 after subtracting the first year annual fee!!!
  • Spending Requirement: $4,000 in the first 3 months.
  • TYP can be used to purchase American Airlines (AA) tickets. See Maximize Points Value for an overview, and Introduction To Citi ThankYou Points (TYP) for detailed information.
  • $350 annual fee (in branch ONLY), not waived for the first year.

#9:Chase IHG 85k+$50 Offer

  

  • Sign-Up Bonus: 85k IHG Points+$50, worth about $713!
  • Spending Requirement: $1,000 in the first 3 months.
  • $49 annual fee, waived for the first year.

#10:Chase British Airways 50k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 50k BA Miles, worth about $705 after subtracting the first year annual fee!
  • Spending Requirement: $3000 in the first 3 months.
  • $95 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#11:AmEx Gold Delta SkyMiles 50k+$100 Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 50k Delta Miles+$100, worth about $700!
  • Spending Requirement: $2,000 in the first 3 months.
  • $95 annual fee, waived for the first year.

#12:Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red 40k Offer

 

  • Sign-Up Bonus: 40k AA Miles, worth about $617 after subtracting the first year annual fee!
  • Spending Requirement: one purchase in the first 3 month.
  • $95 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#13: Chase Hyatt 2 FN+5k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 2 Free Nights Worldwide + 5k Hyatt Points, worth about $615 after subtracting the first year annual fee!
  • Spending Requirement: $2,000 in the first 3 months.
  • $75 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#14:AmEx Platinum for Schwab 40k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 40k Membership Rewards (MR) Points, plus you can get $200 air credit twice for the first year. In total the bonus worths about $590 after subtracting the first year annual fee!
  • Spending Requirement: $3,000 in the first 3 months.
  • MR can be transferred to Delta/BA/ANA/AC miles. See Maximize Points Value for an overview, and Introduction To AmEx Membership Rewards (MR) for detailed information.
  • $450 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#15:Chase Southwest (SW) Plus 50k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 50k SW Miles, worth about $581 after subtracting first year annual fee!
  • Spending Requirement: $2,000 in the first 3 months.
  • $69 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#16:BoA Alaska 30k+$100 Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 30k Alaska Miles+$100, worth about $565 after subtracting the first year annual fee!
  • Spending Requirement: $1,000 in the first 3 months.
  • $75 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#17:Chase Southwest (SW) Premier 50k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 50k SW Miles, worth about $550 after subtracting first year annual fee!
  • Spending Requirement: $2,000 in the first 3 months.
  • $99 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#18:Chase Marriott 87.5k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 80k+7.5k Marriott Points, worth about $530 after subtracting first year annual fee!
  • Spending Requirement: $3,000 in the first 3 months.
  • $85 annual fee, NOT waived for the first year.

#19: Barclaycard Arrival Plus 50k Offer

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  • Sign-Up Bonus: 50k points, worth about $525!
  • Spending Requirement: $3,000 in the first 3 months.
  • $89 annual fee, waived for the first year.

#20:Citi Hilton Reserve 2 Weekend FN Offer

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  • 开卡奖励 2 Worldwide Free Nights on Weekends,减掉首年年费后价值约为$505!
  • 需要开卡4个月内消费满 $2,500。
  • 年费$95,不免首年年费。


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  • Paul Davis

    I like this site. How frequently do you update?

    • ThunderFat

      Thank you! We update everyday, but only in our Chinese site. To keep both versions up to date takes a lot of time, so we have to give Chinese site the priority. Wish we could have more time…

  • Richard G Fries

    can we update this?? It’s like 3 months old.

  • Richard G Fries

    This website it garbage! update it already!!!!

  • Richard G Fries

    Hey let’s get an update, thanks.

  • disqus_Kz1AUmJrXm

    Chase Hyatt annual fee is NOT waived. Therefore, it should drop way down in the rankings.

    • Updated! Actually I have already subtracted the first annual fee when calculating the first year value..