Top 5 Credit Cards for May

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Since credit card offers are constantly changing, I wanted to point out my top offers on a monthly basis. Of course this list does not include all offers currently available, which you can see a compiled list here. Many of these offers are available for limited time, although not all of them have an exact expiration date tied to them. While I typically limit my credit card recommendations to 5, there are actually so many great offers going on right now so I had to include 6! Here are my personal favorite credit cards for May 2016.

  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit CardEarn 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 on the card in the first three months + Free night (category 1-5) upon annual account renewal. $95 annual fee. This is the highest offer we’ve ever seen for this card!
    • Perks: I personally have the personal version of the card, but due to this increased bonus I will absolutely be applying for this card! With the free night, I am always able to get more value than the annual fee, typically on average I get a $150 value out of the free night. The card also gives 15 nights towards status annually which can come in handy as is gives automatic Silver status, and will give you the extra boost to hit Gold or Platinum status.
    • Related Blog Posts: Marriott Business Credit Card 100,000 Point Offer
    • Application Link: Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card Application Link
  • Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit CardEarn 80,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months + Free night (category 1-5) upon annual account renewal. $85 annual fee. As of right now, I am not sure when this offer is ending. To apply for this card, click here and then select the “Limited Time Credit Card Offers” option. 
    • Perks: Typically this card offers 50,000 points, so an 80,000 point offer great! 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 Credit Card 80,000 Point Credit Card Offer!;Marriott Free Night Certificates Valid for 1 Year
    • Application Link: Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card Application Link  (to apply for this card, click here and then select the “Limited Time Credit Card Offers” option)
  • Chase Ink PlusEarn 60,000 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: Limited Time Increased Chase Ink Plus Credit Card Offer; Ultimate Rewards Blog Series
    • Application Link: Chase Ink Plus (to apply for this card, click here and then select the “Business Credit Card” option)
  • Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express: Get 75,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months. No annual fee. Limited time offer expires June 30, 2016. 
    • Perks: Receive HHonors Silver status just by being a cardmember and earn HHonors Gold status if you make $20,000 or more in purchases on the card within the calendar year. Hilton Gold status will get you complimentary breakfast and potentially lounge access. Earn 7x points at Hilton Hotels, 5x points at U.S. gas stations, supermarkets, and restaurants, and 3x points on all other purchases.
    • Related Blog Posts: The Increased “Highest Ever” Hilton Credit Card Offers are Back!; Hilton HHonors Blog Series
    • Application Link: Hilton HHonors™ Card from American ExpressThere is also the increased Surpass offer available for this card, but you need to be referred by someone to earn the high offer.
  • IHG Rewards Club Select VisaEarn 70,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. First year annual fee is waived, then $49 a year. Expires June 29, 2016.
    • Perks: The absolute best perk of the InterContinental Hotels Group credit card is that you get a free award night annually starting with your first anniversary year. This free night can be used at ANY InterContinental property (which includes Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, EVEN, Staybridge Suites, Hotel Indigo). They have some amazing properties, including Bora Bora, Rome, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Miami South Beach, 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: IHG 70,000 Point Offer; Using IHG Visa Free Night at an Expensive InterContinental HotelFree Night Annually with the IHG Credit Card
    • Application Link: IHG Rewards Club Select VisaTo review and apply for this card, click here and then select the “Hotel Credit Card Offers” option.

What are some of your favorite offers?

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  1. Problem is that 4 of these are Chase cards, and 3 are subject to 5/24. Makes them pretty useless to a lot of us.

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