Recapping All The New Credit Cards & Increased Bonuses

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In the past few months we’ve seen a disproportionate number of new credit cards introduced, as well as increased bonuses on existing cards. While I write a monthly post with what I consider to be the best credit card offers (regardless of when they were introduced), I wanted to write a consolidated post that summarized two things:

  • The new credit cards that we’ve seen introduced within the past couple of months
  • Existing credit cards that are currently offering increased welcome bonuses

I’ll share the details of the bonuses, the basic things to know, and my general thoughts on the cards. Again, I’m only including new cards and those cards that presently have increased bonuses, so I’m not suggesting that these are necessarily the best card bonuses out there, as we’ve seen some excellent bonuses for a while now on cards like the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit CardChase Sapphire Preferred® Card, and Chase Sapphire Reserve®.

Here we go, in no particular order:

Newly introduced credit cards (since May 2018)

Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card

Welcome bonus: 50,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $0
Perks: 1.5x points on all purchases; in conjunction with a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, this could be one of the very best cards for everyday spend
My thoughts: This is a fantastic new no annual fee card that’s extremely rewarding for everyday spend (see this post for more information)

The World of Hyatt Credit Card

Welcome bonus: Up to 60,000 World of Hyatt points, including 40,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first three months, plus another 20,000 bonus points after spending a total of $6,000 within the first six months
Annual fee: $95
Perks: Five elite nights towards status annually, a further two nights towards status for every $5,000 spent, an anniversary free night certificate every year, and more
My thoughts: This is an excellent card, given that it can help you earn Globalist status with Hyatt through credit card spend, which wasn’t previously possible; beyond that, the anniversary free night certificate will more than cover the annual fee for most (see this post for more information)


Redeem your World of Hyatt points at the Park Hyatt Maldives

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Card

Welcome bonus: 40,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points after spending $1,000 within the first three months, plus an additional 25,000 points if you spend a total of $15,000 within the first year
Annual fee: $149
Perks: 7,500 points on your account anniversary every year, a $75 annual Southwest travel credit, four upgraded boardings per year when available, and 20% back on in-flight drinks, wifi, messaging, and movies
My thoughts: This is a perk-heavy card, and the annual fee should more than pay for itself between the annual travel credit and bonus points; the icing on the cake is that you get upgraded boardings four times per year, which can add a lot of value on Southwest (see this post for more information)


This card can be extremely valuable for any Southwest flyer

Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card

Welcome bonus: 30,000 Go Far Rewards points after spending $3,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $0
Perks: 3x points on dining, travel, gas stations, and select streaming services, plus a great cell phone protection plan
My thoughts: This is a solid no annual fee card, though not personally one I am picking up, since I think there are worthwhile premium cards that have quite a bit of overlap (see this post for more information)

Credit cards with increased welcome bonuses

Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®

Welcome bonus: 75,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $7,500 within the first three months
Annual fee: $450
Perks: An Admirals Club membership for the primary cardmember, and the ability to add up to 10 authorized users at no extra cost, and they get Admirals Club access as well
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: I’d argue this is the single best airline credit card out there when it comes to the lounge access perk, given that you can potentially get lounge access for up to 11 parties with this (see this post for more information)


This is the best card for getting Admirals Club access

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

Welcome bonus: 70,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $4,000 within the first four months
Annual fee: $99, waived for the first 12 months
Perks: Preferred boarding on domestic flights, and a first checked bag free on domestic itineraries
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This card has an incredible welcome bonus that I value at $910, so if you don’t have this card I highly recommend picking it up (see this post for more information)


Redeem AAdvantage miles for travel in Qatar Airways business class

AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard

Welcome bonus: 60,000 American AAdvantage miles after making a single purchase within the first 90 days
Annual fee: $95
Perks: Preferred boarding on domestic flights, and a first checked bag free on domestic itineraries
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This is a great welcome bonus for a card that requires just a single purchase

Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card

Welcome bonus: 50,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $0
Perks: An amazing return on spend, including 5x points on the first $25,000 of combined purchases per account anniversary year at office supply stores, and on internet, cable, and phone services
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This is by far the biggest welcome bonus we’ve seen on this great no annual fee card, and it offers a generous 5x points rewards structure, so it’s a card I have that I highly recommend (see this post for more information)

The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express

Welcome bonus: 10,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $3,000 within three months
Annual fee: $0
Perks: 2x Membership Rewards points on the first $50,000 spent per calendar year
Offer expiration date: September 26, 2018
My thoughts: I consider this to be the single best card for the first $50,000 of everyday, non-bonused spend per year, so it’s pretty amazing that this is a no annual fee card (see this post for more information)

British Airways Visa Signature® Card

Welcome bonus: 50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 on purchases with the first three months, an additional 25,000 Avios after spending a total of $10,000 within the first year, an an additional 25,000 Avios after spending a total of $20,000 within the first year
Annual fee: $95
Perks: A Travel Together Ticket when you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year, 10% off select British Airways tickets, and more
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: If you’re a big credit card spender then this bonus is well worth it, as you won’t get better incremental spend on a vast majority of cards; this card also isn’t subjected to 5/24, so you can be approved even if you’re over that limit (see this post for more information)


Redeem Avios for travel in British Airways first class

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card

Welcome bonus: 60,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Rewards points after spending $3,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $99
Perks: 6,000 bonus points on your account anniversary every year, and points towards companion pass
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: 60,000 Rapid Rewards points gets you a ton of value towards travel on Southwest, and gets you more than halfway to Southwest’s valuable Companion Pass (see this post for more information)

Citi ThankYou® Premier Card

Welcome bonus: 60,000 ThankYou points after spending $4,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $95, waived the first year
Perks: A great points rewards structure that makes this an excellent card for everyday spend
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This is the best-ever welcome bonus on one of the most well rounded personal credit cards out there (see this post for more information)


Redeem ThankYou points for travel in Singapore Airlines business class

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

Welcome bonus: 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points after spending $3,000 within the first three months, plus a further 5,000 points after adding an authorized user and having them make a purchase within that same timeframe
Annual fee: $89
Perks: Free night award on the account anniversary every year (valid at a property costing up to 40,000 points), IHG Rewards Club Platinum status, and a fourth night free on award redemptions
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This card has a great welcome bonus, isn’t subjected to 5/24, and offers rich perks that make this card worth holding onto long term (see this post for more information)


Redeem anniversary free night certificate at the Crowne Plaza Changi

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Welcome bonus: 100,000 points after spending $5,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: $95, waived for the first year
Perks: An anniversary free night certificate annually valid at a property costing up to 35,000 points per night, and 15 elite nights towards status annually
Offer expiration date: October 31, 2018
My thoughts: The anniversary free night certificate on this card more than justifies the annual fee alone (see this post for more information)

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express & Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express 

Welcome bonus: 60,000 SkyMiles after spending $3,000 within the first four months
Annual fee: $95, waived for the first year
Perks: First checked bag free, priority boarding, and discounted SkyClub access
Offer expiration date: September 19, 2018
My thoughts: These cards have excellent welcome bonuses, and allow you to redeem SkyMiles for one cent each towards the cost of a Delta flight (see this post for more information)


Redeem SkyMiles for travel in Virgin Australia business class

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express & Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express 

Welcome bonus: 70,000 SkyMiles after spending $3,000 within the first three months plus 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles
Annual fee: $195
Perks: First checked bag free, priority boarding, and discounted SkyClub access
Offer expiration date: September 19, 2018
My thoughts: These cards have excellent welcome bonuses, and allow you to redeem SkyMiles for one cent each towards the cost of a Delta flight, and spending on this card can also help you requalify for status with Delta (see this post for more information)

Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® (see terms)

Welcome bonus: 60,000 miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 90 days and paying the annual fee
Annual fee: $89
Perks: The ability to redeem miles for one cent each towards the cost of a travel purchase, and a 5% refund when you redeem your miles
Offer expiration date: unknown
My thoughts: This is a solid card for someone looking for rewards that can be redeemed as cash towards the cost of a travel purchase (see this post for more information)

Bottom line

While there’s always some variance in terms of the credit cards available, I feel like we’ve seen a disproportionate number of new cards introduced lately, and also a disproportionate number of increased welcome bonuses.

Just keeping track of all of them can be tough, so hopefully the above covers the credit cards that were introduced in the past couple of months, and also those that have recently increased welcome bonuses. If I missed any within those parameters, please let me know!

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Comments

  1. Thanks! Long time pints/mile earner. Classic type, cards affiliated to who I stated and flew with.
    This is much more lucrative, and fun!

  2. Could pick up the Citi Business AAdvantage and Barclay’s Business AAdvantage for 120,000 quick American points, right?

    If so, awesome, I’ll be sure to use your links. Thanks!

  3. How does a single purchase on the AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard equate to a “big” spend requirement?

  4. @Lucky. Was going to say the same thing what “tda” mentioned above.
    Something else with regards to these bonuses: my son has been an authorized cardholder on many of our cards for years. If he applies for a new card himself, would he be eligible for the new card bonus even if he presently has the same card (on which he is an authorized cardholder ONLY)? Thanks.

  5. @ tda — That was a bad copy & paste job on my part. My apologies, the post has been updated.

  6. @ Daniel B. — Being an authorized user doesn’t prevent one from getting the bonus on the card as the primary cardmember, so your son should still be eligible. 🙂

  7. Does the Barclay advantage business card count for 5/24? I believe I read at some point on DoctorofCredit that some people were wondering if they did, which has made me nervous to apply for it.

  8. @Lucky, thanks for the terrific summary. I have been following your advice and have now amassed quite an array of cards. There are two future articles I’d love to see:

    – When to Ditch a Card (cards that no longer offer value, or that can be cancelled and reapplied for at some future date)

    – Which Card Do I Use? ( A summary of typical purchases, – travel-related or home/business purchases, and what is the best card(s) to use? This one is a biggy, and can be quite confusing).

  9. Hi lucky any chance of doing some blogs on the lack of qantas redemption availability and how to bet the system??

  10. Citi reports to your credit report his business cards (CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®) ????

  11. @ walester — Thanks for reading, and for the ideas. Will try to tackle those topics. 🙂

  12. I need to get me one of those Barclays Aviator Red AAdvantage Mastercards ASAP. Then Citi thank you rewards .

  13. Does AMEX consider “upgrade” bonus same as signup bonus? I opened AMEX Hilton no annual fee version in 2015, upgraded to Superpass in 2016 (got 100k upgrade bonus as I remember) and downgrade back to no annual fee version in 2017 before the new AMEX Hilton cards hit the market. Am I able to get the AMEX Hilton Ascend signup bonus today?

  14. Posts of this ilk would be infinitely more useful if the included a summary of approval and sign-up bonus restrictions. Could be by card, or by issuer (with notes for unique rules of a specific issuer, like Chase for the Sapphire family). You’ve got all that information, why not include it in the cut and paste?

  15. Unrelated, but did you see United’s portal increased magazines.com subscription to 40 points/USD? By my math you can use this to acquire United miles at less than half a cent each.

    To break it out, you can buy a 2 year subscription to some of the magazines (economist, Travel&leisure, sports illustrated) and then cancel after 91 days. All unused magazines at cancellation are reimbursed, so you’d seemingly get reimbursed for 7/8ths (~88%) of your upfront cost and get to keep all the miles. Its probably even better since it says it takes 6-8 weeks for subscriptions to start being mailed so your refund percentage would likely be higher than 88%.

    Other magazines have much only 6-12 month subscription options which is also good but the longer term ones are the better return. I don’t see anything in the Terms/conditions that this violates.

  16. the AA Aviator Red World Elite MC is a relatively new card correct?

    i have 2 aviator red that were converted from US airways MC back in the day that have the grandfathered 10k miles a year upon paying the annual fee. basically buying miles for 1 cent / mile which i gladly pay for. i wont’ be excluded from the new member bonus for this card correct? what other restrictions are there for barclays AA card? such as one 1 new member bonus every X time period or once per lifetime? thanks in advance!

  17. Seems like some folks will open and cancel as many cards as they can to stockpile sign up bonus points. Go for it, no concerns. But I wonder what that percentage is vs folks like me who don’t really want to apply for cards that we know we won’t keep past the first year? As I look at this long list, I really only see one potential keeper card, based on my personal travel preferences, spending and existing cards. Am I being too wimpy about this, or is not applying for a card that’s not a keeper a reasonable place to draw a line?

  18. @SEAguy: I’m more like you in that I tend to add cards I plan on keeping. I do look for the elevated bonus. IHG and the Chase Business Cash Credit card look good right now for this reason. I really only dove in 2 years ago with the CSR and then added both SPG cards. I used SPG for everyday spend but no more. I’ll keep these latter cards for the annual night certificates.

  19. I applied about 2 months ago for the Barclays Jet Blue Business card. How long should I wait until I apply for the Aviator Advantage Business card?

  20. Please explain whether you actually have to have a business to get the business credit cards. I haven’t seen you address this, but it has to be a common question.

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