Recently on the Bill Handel show, Clark talked about a few credit cards that have some noteworthy sign-up bonuses.
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In general, Clark likes two credit cards that earn you 2% back on every purchase: The Citi Double Cash credit card, and the Fidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® Card. But the two he talked about on the Bill Handel recently have some serious sign-up bonuses that might be worth a look. These include the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card credit card from American Express, and also the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. But, there are a few other credit cards that are offering some other great rewards too!
When signing up for a credit card, you’ll want to be sure to look at details such as the APR and annual fee. And remember to spend responsibly — Clark only uses credit cards as a payment method, and he pays his balances in full each month to avoid any interest charges. This is the best way to make sure credit cards work in your favor and to avoid letting your spending spiral out of control. Here’s a guide on how to use credit cards to your benefit and prevent them from getting you into trouble.
Earn as many as 14 hotel stays with these signup bonuses
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card
On the Handel show, Clark mentioned the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card that is offering a big sign-up bonus for travelers. This credit card earns you 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
Then there is another limited-time perk: Make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months to earn an additional 10,000 bonus Starpoints®! This additional offer ends 4/5. Clark says if planned well, this card could earn you as many as 11 free hotel nights! However, though this card has a $0 annual fee in the first year, it has a $95 annual fee after that.
Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
Clark also mentioned the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. This card is offering newly approved cardmembers 50,000 bonus miles after a $3,000 spend within the first 90 days, which can be redeemed for up to $500 worth of travel via statement credits. There is an $89 fee, which is waived the first year.
Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card
This is a deal Clark recently found. If you’re a traveler, the Marriot Rewards Premier card might be a great card for you! After you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months, you’ll earn 100,000 bonus points. Then if you add an authorized user and make a purchase within 3 months of account opening, you’ll earn another 7,500 bonus points.
Depending on the type of hotel, these points could equal 14 hotel stays at a category 1 hotel, or 5 hotel stays at a category 4 hotel. Though there is an $85 annual fee, you’ll also get a free hotel night stay every year on your account anniversary at a category 1-5 hotel, which some cardholders say is absolutely worth the annual fee.
Below are some other cards Clark didn’t mention, but have some notable signup bonuses.
Blue Cash Everyday Credit Card
For the Blue Cash Everyday American Express card, if approved by 5/3/2017, you’ll earn 10% cash back on purchases at restaurants in the first 6 months, which equals $200 cash back. Additionally, after spending $1,000 in the first three months, you’d earn $100 cash back. There is no annual fee for this card.
Chase Ink Business Preferred Card
The Chase Ink Business Preferred Card is offering 80,000 bonus points after a $5,000 spend on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. This is about $1,000 in travel credit when redeemed via Chase Ultimate Rewards. However you’ll want to note that this card has a $95 annual fee.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card
This card offers 50,000 bonus points with $4000 spent in the first 3 months of opening the account, which is $625 back towards travel. The Chase Sapphire Preferred card also has a $0 annual fee for the first year, then it’s $95 per year.
And as far as 0% offers go? The Chase Slate card (no annual fee) has an introductory offer of 0% APR on balance transfers and purchases for the first 15 months, in addition to no balance transfer fees for 60 days.
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Editorial Note: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the companies mentioned, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.