Top Credit Cards For March

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Since credit card offers are constantly changing, I wanted to point out my top 5 offers on a monthly basis. Of course this list does not include all offers currently available (you can see a complied list here), but I wanted to limit it to five and include some newly announced offers along with some offers that are close to expiring:

  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards card: THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED. Earn 50,000 points for new applicants after spending $2,000 in the first three months; Annual fee is NOT waived for the first year. This card offer is set to expire March 9, 2014.
  • Chase Ink PlusEarn 50,000 points after $5,000 spend within the first three months. Annual fee waived for the first year then $95/year.  

    • Perks: This card is part of the Chase Ultimate Rewards program and points earned can be transferred to many loyalty programs (my favorites being Hyatt, British Airways, and United). One of the best perks of this card is that you get 5x points at office supply stores and on all telecommunication costs (cell phone, internet, etc.). At office supply stores your entire purchase earns the 5x benefit, including gift card purchases! For telecommunications, let’s say you spend $400/month on everything (pretty easy to do for a family, unfortunately!), that will give you 24,000 points a year – or close enough to a domestic plane ticket!
    • Related Blog Posts: Chase Ink Plus; Chase Ink Bold; Chase Ultimate Rewards Blog Series
    • Application Link: Chase Ink Plus Application Link
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit CardEarn 70,000 Marriott points for new applicants after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months + 1 free award night (category 1-4); Free night (category 1-5) upon annual account renewal. This offer is only available to those with status – Marriott Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
    • Perks: Typically this card offers 50,000 points, so a 70,000 point offer is nice to see. This is one of the first credit cards I applied for in the points and miles world and while I do not use the card for my every day spend, it is a card I’ve held on to year after year. While the free night upon account renewal is capped at a category 5 hotel, I am always able to get more then $85 out of the free night. I’d say on average I get a $150 value out of the free night. The card also gives 15 nights towards status annually which came in very handy when I used to stay at Marriott hotels often, but needed the extra boost to hit Platinum status.
    • Related Blog Posts: Marriott Rewards Credit Card Overview
    • Application Link: Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card Application Link
      • If you do not have status this is the best offer for you which will give you 50,000 Marriott points after spending $1,000 on the card in the first three months. You will still get the 1 free award night (category 1-4), plus the annual free night (category 1-5) upon annual account renewal.
  • AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard: Earn 100,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $10,000 on the card within the first three months. Annual fee of $450 is NOT waived.
    • Perks: This card offer just came out recently and is the best we’ve seen. While the annual fee sounds like a lot, it may be well worth it for many to earn the 100,000 bonus miles. Also, you get a $200 statement credit on purchases within 12 months of account opening, so you can really think of the $450 fee being brought down to $250. You also get Admirals Club membership, which is expensive in itself. . While there are some other perks of the card, those three are unique to this card and most important.
    • Related Blog Post: 100,000 American Bonus Miles with AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard
    • Application Link: AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard
  • IHG Rewards Club Select Visa: Earn 80,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first three months. This is a non-publicized offer and better then what you find directly on the IHG website. First year annual fee is waived, then $49 a year.
    • Perks: The absolute best perk of the InterContinental Hotels Group credit card you get a free award night annually starting with your first anniversary year. This free night can be used at ANY InterContinental property. They have some amazing properties, including Bora Bora, Rome, etc. This more then pays for the $49 a year fee! Also, when using your points you earn a 10% rebate on any award redemption.
    • Related Blog Posts: Using IHG Visa Free Night at an Expensive InterContinental Hotel
    • Application Link: You can find the most current application link in this FlyerTalk thread

What are some of your favorite offers?

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Comments

  1. The offer in my account for IHG Rewards Club Select Visa is for 60K bonus points after the spend but with IHG Platinum elite status. Does this above link offers Platinum status?

  2. I still like the Barclay Arrivals Mastercard. The spending requirement for the signup offer online just got bumped to $3,000 in 3 months, but you can still call and apply for the offer that only require $1000 spend

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