Best Current Credit Card Offers (May 2018)

May 2018 credit card deals

Since credit card offers are constantly changing, it is difficult to update every individual post with the most current offer.  So we’ve created this page to keep all of the best current offers in one place.  It will be updated on a regular basis.

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Please read Getting Started and The Basics before signing up for any credit card.  If you need ideas to help meet minimum spend, click here.  Also, please familiarize yourself with Chase’s 5/24 policy before applying for any cards.

Click here to learn which cards we use the most for everyday spending.  There is no one-size-fits-all plan I can give because the best cards for you will depend on your travel goals and spending habits.   In general, a Chase Ultimate Rewards earning card is great for starters.  I know the annual fees can be intimidating, but in many cases it’s worth it.  Read this post for more information.

Bank credit cards:

Chase Sapphire Preferred

If you’re torn between Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred, click here for more information and a comparison.

  • Bonus: 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $4,000 in 3 Months
  • Annual Fee: $95, but waived the first year
  • Bonus Categories: 2 points per dollar on travel and dining

Chase Sapphire Reserve

If you’re torn between Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred, click here for more information and a comparison.

  • Bonus: 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $4,000 in 3 months
  • Annual Fee: $450
  • Bonus Categories: 3 points per dollar on travel and dining
  • Notable benefits: $300 travel credit per calendar year, $100 reimbursement for TSA or Global Entry enrollment, airport lounge access

Chase Ink Business Preferred credit card

  • Bonus:80,000 Ultimate Rewards points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $5,000 in 3 Months
  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Bonus Categories: 3 points per dollar on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases on travel, shipping purchases, internet, cable and phone services, and on advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines each account anniversary year

The Platinum Card® from American Express

For more information about American Express Membership Rewards earning cards, click here.

  • Bonus: 60,000 Amex Membership Rewards points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $5,000 in 3 months
  • Annual Fee: $550
  • Bonus Categories: 5 points per dollar on flights booked direct through airlines, 5 points per dollar on travel booked through amextravel.com
  • Notable benefits: $200 airline incidental reimbursement per calendar year (click here for more info), $200 total in Uber credits annually, $100 reimbursement for TSA precheck or Global Entry enrollment, airport lounge access

I have decided to cancel my Amex Platinum.  Instead I am getting the Premier Rewards Gold Card.  But the Amex Platinum is a great card to sign up for and keep for at least the first year you’re eligible for the sign-up bonus (meaning you’ve never had it before).

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

For more information about American Express Membership Rewards earning cards, click here.

  • Bonus:25,000 Membership Rewards points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $2,000 in 3 months
  • Annual Fee: $195, waived for the first year
  • Bonus Categories: 3 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines, 2 points per dollar at US restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores.
  • Notable benefits: $100 annual airline incidental credit

Airline credit cards

AAdvantage® Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard®

  • Bonus: 50,000 AAdvantage miles
  • Minimum spend for bonus: none!! You just have to make one purchase.  Even a pack of gum counts.
  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Bonus Categories: 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases
  • Notable benefits: first checked bag free for cardholder and up to 4 companions on the same reservation, 10% redeemed miles back, preferred boarding group

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card

  • Bonus: 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $1,000 in 3 months
  • Annual Fee: $75
  • Bonus Categories: 3 miles per dollar on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America purchases
  • Notable benefits: Annual companion ticket, first checked bag free for cardholder and up to six passengers on the same reservation

Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®

  • Bonus: 50,000 AAdvantage miles
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $2,500 in the first 3 months
  • Annual Fee: $95, waived for first year
  • Bonus Categories: 2 points per dollar on AA purchases
  • Notable benefits: first checked bag free for cardholder and up to 4 companions on the same reservation, 10% redeemed miles back, preferred boarding group

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card from Chase

The 50,000 sign up bonus is back with the link below!

 Click here to read more about how to earn the companion pass from Southwest.

  • Bonus: 40,000 Rapid Rewards points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $1,000 in 3 months
  • Annual Fee: $99
  • Bonus Categories: 2 points per dollar on Southwest airfare

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business card from Chase

Click here to read more about how to earn the companion pass from Southwest

  • Bonus: 60,000 Rapid Rewards points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $3,000 in 3 months
  • Annual Fee: $99
  • Bonus Categories: 2 points per dollar on Southwest airfare

Hotel credit cards

Hyatt credit card from Chase

  • Bonus: 40,000 Hyatt points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $2,000 in 3 months
  • Annual Fee: $75
  • Bonus Categories: 2 points per dollar at restaurants, airfare purchased directly from airlines, and car rentals booked directly from car rental companies
  • Notable benefits: Annual free night at category 1-4 properties (this can be more valuable than the $75 annual fee, so many people choose to keep this card even if they do not use it on a regular basis), Hyatt Discoverist status (benefits include free premium internet and late checkout)

Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus credit card from Chase

Although I do not generally collect Marriott points, this deal could give me more than 25,000 Starpoints thanks to the Marriott and Starwood merger!

  • Bonus: 100,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $5,000 in 3 months
  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Bonus Categories: 6 points per dollar at Marriott and SPG properties, 2 points per dollar on everything else
  • Notable benefits: Annual free night worth up to 35,000 points per night (this can be more valuable than the $85 annual fee) if you keep the card after the first year, Marriott Rewards silver status

 

 

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