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Right now there are a ton of increased credit card offers available! Below is a recap of my personal favorite credit cards and offers for the month of December.
60,000 JetBlue Points
The JetBlue Plus Card is offering their highest bonus ever! With this card you’ll earn 60,000 JetBlue points after you spend $1,000 on the card within the first three months. Typically this offer is a steady 30,000 points, although they recently upped it to 40,0000 points. So getting double the number of points is great. There are still 30,000 and 40,000 point offers out there, so make sure to only apply through a link that offers 60,000 points (which means do not apply through any other bloggers affiliate link!). JetBlue points have a pretty fixed value at about 1.5 cents per point. Although it depends on the exact price point/route. With JetBlue, the more the flight costs, the higher number of points required. This offer expires December 31, 2017.
The Plus offer gives you 6x points on all JetBlue purchases, 2x points at restaurants and office supply stores, and 1x point on all other purchases. You’ll also receive 5,000 bonus points on every account anniversary, which is worth about $75. By having the card you’ll receive 1 free checked bag, plus a free checked bag for up to to 3 companions on the same reservation (you just need to use your JetBlue credit card to pay for the flight). And if you are a big spender you can earn Mosaic status by spending $50,000 on the card in the same calendar year.
However, my favorite benefit of the card is that you’ll receive 10% back in points when you redeem for a flight. Depending on how many points you redeem over the year, the value in points you receive back can definitely make paying the $95 annual fee worthwhile compared to the no annual fee version of the card.
60,000 American Airline Miles
All three cards are offering a high sign up bonus where you can earn 60,000 bonus miles. That means you can earn a total of 180,000 American Airline miles if you apply and are approved for all three! The two Citi cards come with no annual fee for the first year and then a $95 annual fee thereafter. The Barclaycard version comes with a $95 annual fee that is NOT waived the first year. With that being said the two Citi cards require a minimum spend to meet the sign up offer where the Barclaycard version just requires you to make a single purchase do earn the miles.
The real benefit of this card, aside from the sign up bonus, is that if you are a cardmember you’ll receive 10% back of the miles redeemed for the year. Although you are capped at 10,000 miles per year. If you redeem a ton of miles per year, this rebate will make up for the annual fee. With these cards you’ll also get free checked bags and priority boarding.
Remember, with Citi cards you are not able to receive a sign up bonus if you’ve had the same card in the past 24 months (even if it has been canceled). Citi does not allow you to be approved for more then 2 of their cards within a 60 day period and more then 1 card per week. So if you are looking to apply for both of the Citi cards make sure to wait 8 days between.
80,000 Marriott Points + Category 1-5 Free Night Every Year
With the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card you’ll earn 80,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, earn 7,500 bonus points when you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening. This card comes with a $85 annual fee. Also, if you prefer Starwood hotels, you can transfer your Marriott points to Starwood at a 1:3 ratio.
Similar to the other travel credit cards above, this card also comes with a free night certificate every single year which you are a cardmember (starting with your first anniversary year). The free night certificate is limited to a category 1-5 property, so it is restricted but you should not have a problem getting at least a $85 value out of the free night.
Card benefits include:
- Category 1-5 free night certificate every year
- 15 nights a year towards status, which gives you automatic Silver status
- Earn 1 night towards status for every $3,000 you spend on the card
80,000 Chase Ultimate Reward Points
With the Chase Ink Business Preferred card you’ll earn 80,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points after you spend $5,000 on the card within the first 3 months. This is one of the best credit card offers out there right now and the highest way to earn Chase Ultimate Reward points. With Chase points, you can either use your points to book through their travel portal where 1 point is worth a fixed 1.25 cents towards your trip or you can transfer your points to their travel partners such as Hyatt, Marriott, United, British Airways, Korean Air. The 80,000 points is worth a MINIMUM of $1,000 towards travel!
Card benefits include:
- Earn 3x points (up to $150,00 spend) on: Travel; Shipping purchases; Internet, cable, and phone services; and Advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines
- Cell phone insurance if you use this card to pay for your monthly cell phone bill. If something happens to your phone, you’ll receive up to $600 in protection per claim against damage or theft. This for you and any other lines listed on your bill! You are also eligible to put in three claims per a 12-month period. There is, however, a $100 deductible.
60,000 Southwest Points
Just the Southwest Business Credit Card is offering 60,000 points after meeting the minimum spend. The 60,000 points is worth approximately $840 towards travel on Southwest.
The absolute best part of the credit card is that the points earned count towards the Southwest Companion Pass. To earn the Companion Pass you need to earn 110,000 qualifying points within a calendar year. While the two personal cards are only offering 40,000 points, if you apply for one personal and one business, that will still give you 100,000 points towards earning the pass. The Companion Pass allows someone to fly with you an UNLIMITED number of times fore FREE (plus taxes) for the life of the pass. The Companion Pass expires December 31st the following year after you earn it. If you want the Companion Pass for 2017 and 2018, you want all 120,000 points to post by the end of this year. If you want the Companion Pass for 2018 and 2019, you’ll want to wait for the points to post on January 1, 2018 – that means do not meet the minimum spend until this date. The points will then post a few days after the statement close date.
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