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Credit Card Bonus Offers: December 2017

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Take advantage of credit card bonuses for new customers, including bonus cash, reward points, and airline miles.

Bonus Offers December 2017

Everyone loves a nice sign-up bonus. As long as you can hit the spending minimum, it’s a smart way to earn a nice chunk of extra cash or bank some airline miles.

Here are the credit card offers you should not ignore:

Cash Back Rewards

Signup for these cards if: You like the simplicity of cash back credit cards and don't want the complexity of points and miles programs of other rewards cards. You love deals and you want something in return for using your card. These cards are also good for people who use their credit cards often and are diligent about paying attention to the details of the rewards program.

Skip these cards if: You are likely to carry a balance month to month, as the interest charges will outweigh any rewards. Consider low interest credit cards instead.

  • Blue Cash Preferred Blue Cash Preferred offers a $200 statement credit after you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your new credit card account. This card earns 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000/year in purchases, then 1%), 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations and at select U.S. department stores, and 1% on other purchases. The cash back is earned in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed for statement credits, gift cards, and merchandise. There is a $95 annual fee. Terms apply.

  • Chase Freedom Unlimited Chase Freedom Unlimited lets you earn a $150 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. You earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase. There is also a 0% intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 15.99-24.74%. The balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount transferred, $5 minimum. The cash back rewards will not expire as long as your card account remains open. There is no annual fee.

  • Blue Cash Everyday offers a $150 statement credit after you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your new credit card account. This card earns 3% cash back at U.S supermarkets (on up to $6,000/year in purchases, then 1%), 2% cash back at U.S gas stations and at select U.S. department stores, and 1% on other purchases. The cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed for statement credits, gift cards, and merchandise. There is no annual fee. Terms apply.

  • Capital One Quicksilver offers a one-time bonus of $150 if you spend $500 on purchases within three months of account opening. This card earns 1.5% cash back on all purchases. There is a 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 9 months. After that, a variable APR, currently 13.99% to 23.99%. There is a 3% balance transfer fee. There is no annual fee.

  • Discover It will match all the cash back you've earned at the end of your first year. This offer is only for new customers. This card earns 5% cash back in bonus categories that change each quarter (up to the quarterly maximum; requires free activation each quarter). All other purchases earn 1% cash back.

Travel Rewards

Signup for these cards if: You like to travel. Be on your way to your next vacation with these bonus offers for travel reward cards.

Skip these cards if: You do not travel at least once a year. Most travel rewards credit cards have annual fees (that's why they are able to offer such lucrative bonuses and rewards).

  • American Express Platinum American Express Platinum offers 60,000 Membership Rewards points if you spend $5,000 on purchases with your new card within the first three months of opening your account. You earn 5x Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel. This is a charge card so you will have to pay your balance in full each month. There is a $550 annual fee.

    This card includes several benefits for travelers: This card offers up to $200 credit for Uber rides annually. This card also offers up to a $200 airline fee credit per calendar year to cover baggage fees and more at your selected qualifying airline. This card gives you access to 5 airport lounge networks including The Centurion® lounge network, The International American Express lounges, Delta Sky Club® lounges, Priority Pass(TM) Select, and Airspace Lounge. Enrollment required for Priority Pass Select. There is no foreign transaction fees. This card also gives you access to Platinum Card® Concierge. You can enroll to get complimentary Hilton Honors™ Gold Status and complimentary Starwood Preferred Guest® Gold Status. Terms Apply.

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Chase Sapphire Preferred lets you earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. You can earn 5,000 bonus points if you add your first authorized user and make a purchase within the first three months from account opening. This card lets you earn 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide. The points can be transferred 1:1 to leading frequent travel programs including airline transfer partners. The card has a $0 foreign transaction fee. The card also comes with premium travel and purchase protection benefits (including trip cancellation/trip interruption insurance and auto rental collision damage waiver). There is an Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95.

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve lets you earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. This card offers a $300 annual travel credit (as reimbursement for travel purchases such as airfare and hotels charged to your card). This card earns 3x points on travel and dining worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. The points can be transferred 1:1 to leading frequent travel programs including airline transfer partners. There are no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with complimentary Priority Pass™ Select for access to over 1,000 airport lounges worldwide. There is a $450 annual fee.

  • Capital One Venture offers a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening. 50,000 miles is equal to $500 in travel. This card earns 2x miles per dollar on all purchases. You can redeem miles toward travel purchases on any airline, hotel, or car rental. There are no foreign transaction fees. There is a $95 annual fee ($0 intro annual fee for the first year).

  • Barclaycard Arrival Plus offers 40,000 bonus miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of opening your new credit card account. 40,000 bonus miles is enough to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit. This card earns 2x miles on all purchases. And when you redeem, you get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem. There is no foreign transaction fee. There is a $89 annual fee (waived for the first year).

    Plus, enjoy a 0% introductory APR for 12 months on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable APR will apply, 16.99%, 20.99% or 23.99%, based on your creditworthiness.

Airline Miles

Signup for these cards if: You travel for business or pleasure. Airline credit cards are a great way to earn rewards toward a free trip. And they’re fun to use as you watch the miles add up.

Skip these cards if: You rarely travel or don’t travel as much as you once did. Also avoid if you can’t be bothered to understand how you can redeem the miles (consider a cash back credit card instead). And take a pass if the number of miles you would earn would not exceed the amount you have to pay for an annual fee (consider a no annual fee credit card instead).

  • Gold Delta SkyMiles Gold Delta SkyMiles offers 30,000 bonus miles if you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your new account. In addition, you can earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new card within the first 3 months. This card earns airline miles: 2 miles on every dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases. There is a $95 annual fee ($0 introductory annual fee for the first year).

    If you fly Delta, here's what you should know: you can check your first bag free on every Delta flight with this card - that is a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of 4. Plus, you can enjoy Priority Boarding. Terms apply.

  • Citi AAdvantage offers, for a limited time, 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account. This card lets you enjoy preferred boarding on American Airline domestic flights. You also get the first checked bag free on domestic AA itineraries for you (and up to 4 companions traveling with you on the same reservation). There is a $95 annual fee (waived for the first 12 months).

    Plus, you can earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back (up to 10,000 miles each calendar year).

  • United MileagePlus Explorer offers 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. You can check your first bag for free when you use your card to purchase your ticket (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip). You enjoy priority boarding privileges and get 2 United Club one-time passes each year for your anniversary. There are no foreign transaction fees. You earn 2 miles per dollar spent on tickets purchased from United and 1 mile per dollar spent on other purchases. There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

  • Southwest Credit Card offers 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Earn 6,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary. You earn 2 points per dollar spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental partner purchases. 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. There is no foreign transaction fee. There is a $99 annual fee.

  • JetBlue Plus Card offers 30,000 bonus points if you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of opening your new credit card account. This card earns 6 points per $1 on JetBlue purchases, 2 points per $1 at restaurants and grocery stores and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases. There are no blackout dates on JetBlue-operated flights. The points awarded in your TrueBlue account do not expire. You earn 5,000 bonus points every year after your account anniversary. You'll enjoy 50% savings on eligible inflight purchases like cocktails and food & the primary cardmember's first checked bag is free on JetBlue-operated flights. There are no foreign transaction fees. There is a $99 annual fee.

Hotel Rewards

Signup for these cards if: You are loyal to specific hotel chains, or you want a way to splurge on yourself every once in awhile. If you like a certain hotel chain, hotel credit cards can be particularly beneficial.

Skip these cards if: You’re unlikely to need a hotel room in the near future. Or you just don’t like the headache of figuring out what all the points mean to you. People who tend to carry a balance every month should also avoid these cards as they may save more money by sticking to cards that have a lower interest rate.

  • SPG: Starwood Preferred Guest Starwood Preferred Guest offers 25,000 Starpoints® if you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your new card account. You earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. You earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases. You can redeem points at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries with no blackout dates. There are no foreign transaction fees. There is a $95 annual fee ($0 introductory annual fee for the first year). Terms apply.

  • Hilton: American Express Hilton offers 50,000 Hilton Honors bonus points if you spend $1,000 in purchases within the first three months of opening your new card account. This card earns 7x points for eligible purchases charged on your card directly from a participating Hilton hotel or resort. You will earn 5x points for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations. Plus, you will get complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status. If you spend $20,000 on eligible purchases in a calendar year, you can earn Gold status (through the end of the next calendar year). There is no annual fee. Terms apply.

  • Marriott: Marriott Rewards Premier offers 80,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. Plus, you can earn 7,500 bonus points when you add the first authorized user and they make a purchase within the first 3 months from account opening. You enjoy 1 free night stay at a category 1-5 hotel every year after your account anniversary date. You earn 5 points per dollar spent at participating Marriott Rewards and SPG hotels. 2 points per dollar spent on airline tickets purchased directly with airlines, at car rental agencies and restaurants. Earn 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else. There is a $85 annual fee.

  • IHG: IHG Credit Card offers 60,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. You can enjoy a free night after each account anniversary year at over 5,000 hotels worldwide. This card earns 5 points per dollar spent when you stay at an IHG hotel. Earn 2 points per dollar spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. IHG Rewards Club points are redeemable at hotels such as InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn. Get an automatic 10% points rebate on redemptions. There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $49 a year.

Point Rewards

Signup for these cards if: You want flexibility to redeem reward points toward gift cards, merchandise, and more. If you’re not sure how you want rewards, point rewards credit cards are a versatile option.

Skip these cards if: You get confused by points and like the idea of cash back. You’re unlikely to pay attention to the terms and may be unlikely to earn enough points to make up for a card that comes with an annual fee.

  • Premier Rewards Gold Card Premier Rewards Gold Card lets you earn 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. This card earns 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. There is a $195 annual fee ($0 introductory annual fee for the first year).

    This card includes benefits for travelers: There is no foreign transaction fee and a $100 airline fee credit to cover up to $100 a year in incidental air travel fees (such as baggage fees) at one selected qualifying airline. Terms Apply.

  • Amex EveryDay Amex EveryDay offers 10,000 Membership Rewards® points if you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your new card account. This card earns 2x points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000/year in purchases, then 1x) and 1x points on other purchases. If you use your card 20 or more times on purchases in a billing period, you will earn 20% more points on those purchases (less returns and credits). There is no annual fee. Terms apply.

Balance Transfer

Signup for these cards if: You have a hefty balance on one or more credit cards and need some relief to get ahead of your debt. You’re willing to do a little comparison shopping to make sure you’re putting your balance with the card that has the right deal for you. (It would rarely make sense to transfer a balance to a card you already have; it’s usually more beneficial to sign up with an entirely new card to take advantage of balance transfer promotions.)

  • Chase Slate offers a $0 introductory balance transfer fee (for transfers made during the first 60 days of account opening). This card has a 0% introductory APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers. After that, a variable APR, currently 15.99% to 24.74%. Plus, you can receive your Monthly FICO Score for free. There is a $0 annual fee.

  • Citi Simplicity offers a 0% introductory APR on balance transfers and purchases for 21 months. After that, a variable APR, currently 14.99% to 24.99% depending on your creditworthiness. There is a 3% balance transfer fee ($5 minimum). There are no late fees, no penalty rates and no annual fees.

Small Business Rewards

Signup for these cards if: You own a small business and would like some rewards in return for your purchases. You want to keep a running log of your business expenses, and you want to keep them separate from purchases that apply to your personal life.

Skip these cards if: the annual fee will not be outweighed by the rewards you are likely to accrue (if you are not diligent about using the card often, it’s difficult to earn a significant number of rewards).

  • Ink Business Preferred Ink Business Preferred lets you earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 80,000 points is worth $1,000 toward travel when you redeem via Chase Ultimate Rewards. Earn 3 points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases on travel, shipping purchases, Internet, cable and phone services, advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines each account anniversary year. Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases - with no limit to the amount you can earn. There are no foreign transaction fees. There is a $95 annual fee.

  • American Express Business Platinum American Express Business Platinum offers up to 75,000 points. You earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com. Earn 1.5 points per dollar on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more (up to 1 million additional points per year). Earn 1 point per dollar for qualifying purchases under $5,000. You can use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back (up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year). There is a $450 annual fee.

    This card has premium benefits for travelers: The card includes access to the Global Lounge Collection, which gives you complimentary access to over 1,000 airport lounges worldwide. That includes Delta Sky Club, The Centurion lounge network, The International American Express lounges, Priority Pass Select lounges (enrollment required), and Airspace Lounge. In addition, you can enroll your card with Gogo to get 10 Gogo inflight internet passes annually. And you can enroll with Boingo for unlimited Wi-Fi at Boingo hotspots. Terms Apply.

  • Business Gold Rewards Card offers 50,000 Membership Rewards® points if you spend $5,000 with your new card within the first three months of opening your account. This card earns 3x points in 1 out of 5 categories and 2x points on the remaining 4 categories. Other purchases earn 1x points. The 3x and 2x apply to the first $100,000 in purchases in each of the 5 categories per year, 1x point per dollar thereafter. There is no foreign transaction fees. There is a $175 annual fee ($0 introductory annual fee for the first year). Terms and limitations apply.

  • Capital One Spark Cash offers a one-time bonus of $500 if you spend $4,500 on purchases within three months of account opening. This card earns 2% cash back on every purchase. There is a $95 annual fee ($0 intro annual fee for the first year).

  • SimplyCash Plus offers up to $400 cash back. Here is how the special offer works. You earn a $200 statement credit if you spend $5,000 in qualifying purchases on your card within the first six months of Card Membership. You can earn an additional $200 statement credit after you spend an additional $10,000 or more in qualifying purchases on your Card within the first year of Card Membership. There is no annual fee.

    Look: this card earns 3% cash back on the category of your choice (from a list of 8 select categories). This card earns 5% cash back on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and at U.S. office supply stores. Other purchases earn 1% cash back. The 5% and 3% tiers apply to the first $50,000 in purchases per calendar year (then 1% applies thereafter). The cash back earned is automatically credited to your statement. Terms apply.

Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer. This site may be compensated through the Advertiser's affiliate programs.

Disclaimer: The information for the Discover it® - Cashback Match™, Citi Simplicity® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Slate, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card, Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card, Capital One® Spark® Cash for Business, United MileagePlus Explorer Card, Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express, and IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card has been collected independently by CreditDonkey. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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