The 9 Best Credit Card Signup Bonus Deals – 2016

Today credit card companies are working hard to gain new members. They do it with Super Bowl commercials, of course. But their real secret selling tool is the bonus deal.

Most rewards cards these days offer excellent sign-on bonus deals. Some credit card users even rotate through cards every few months to take advantage of these savings. If you have excellent credit, this can be a good option. Even if you don’t, though, you could choose a long-term credit card partially based on its bonus rewards.

Here are the 10 best bonuses out there today:

1. Chase Sapphire Preferred®

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is a great rewards card to begin with. Right now, though, you can earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 in the first three months of opening an account. That’s $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Then, you can get an additional 5,000 points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase within three months of opening your account.

2. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards®

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This card pairs well with a general Rapid Rewards® membership for Southwest frequent flyer miles. When you sign up for the card, you can get 50,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 on purchases within three months of opening your account. You’ll then receive another 6,000 points after your first anniversary of holding the card.

3. Chase Ink Plus®

Business owners and freelancers can get in on the action, too, with the Chase Ink Plus®. It offers 50,000 bonus points when you spend $5,000 on purchases within three months of opening your account. That’s about $625 in travel rewards when you redeem the points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards® program.

4. Marriott Rewards® Premier Card

If you’re interested in earning free hotel stays,  Marriott Rewards® Premier Card is a great card to check out. You’ll automatically get one free hotel stay after you’re approved for the card. Then, you can get 80,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases within three months of opening your account. Plus, you get one free night’s stay every year after your account anniversary (which is nearly enough to offset the card’s annual $85 fee).

5. Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®

This card offers 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of card ownership. That’s about $400 worth of travel statement credits. It also has a 12-month 0% introductory APR.

6. Capital One Venture® Rewards Card

When you sign up for this card and spend $3,000 within the first three months of ownership, you’ll get 40,000 bonus miles. That’s worth about $400 in travel credits. I’ve used this card for years and have been very happy with the rewards and Capital One customer service.

Get more details on this card here.

7. Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Reserve Card

When you make $2,500 in purchases within four months of opening your account with this card, you’ll get 2 weekend night certificates, each good for one standard, double occupancy room on a weekend night. Plus, you’ll get one weekend night certificate for each anniversary date when you’ve spend $10,000 on the card in a year.

8. Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

This is already one of the best cash-back cards out there, with categories weighted towards everyday spending. Earn Cash Back: 6% U.S. supermarkets up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%), for the first 6 months 5% cash back on eligible travel purchases (up to $200 back), 3% U.S. gas stations, 1% other purchases. Terms and limitations apply. Now you can get $150 in bonus cash back when you spend $1,000 on purchases during your first three months of card ownership. You also get 0% for 12 months on purchases and balance transfers, and a reasonable regular APR based on credit worthiness.

Get more details on this card here.

9. Blue Cash EveryDay® Card from American Express

This is a no fee version of the Blue Cash® cards. It offers new members a $100 bonus when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. Earn Cash Back: 3% U.S. supermarkets up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%), for the first 6 months 5% cash back on eligible travel purchases (up to $200 back), 2% U.S. gas stations, 1% other purchases. You can get the same regular APR range as the Preferred version and 0% for 12 months on purchases and balance transfers.

Get more details on this card here.

The Bottom Line

One of the beautiful things about competition, especially when businesses vie for consumers is that everybody wins.  Businesses end up getting what they want (which they may end up paying more for) and consumers can shop around for the best good or service that suits their needs.  No one entity controls the market and in the end, the best business will usually prevail.

When looking at the full list of credit card deals above, it’s easy to see just how profitable a few applications can be.  All you need is the excellent credit these cards require, and you can walk away with thousands of dollars in savings.

* See the online credit card application for details about terms and conditions. Reasonable efforts are made to maintain accurate information. However all credit card information is presented without warranty.

Published or Updated: August 17, 2016
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. Kritsana says:

    That’s great about free gift card promotion!

    • DR says:

      Yea, the credit card companies are throwing a lot of money around to get your business!

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