Our Top Travel and Cash Card Offers for July 2019 Worth Considering!

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Any plans to travel late this summer or fall? Booking flights and hotels for winter travel season yet? Well, now is the time start earning enrollment bonuses — and use credit cards points to book holiday travel. Here are some of the best travel credit cards and cashback card welcome bonuses available right now!

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is great for several reasons.

  • Its current welcome bonus of 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (after you spend $4000 within the first three months of being approved) equates to about $750 in travel when redeeming through Chase’s travel portal.
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards are transferrable more than a dozen hotel and airline partners.
  • The card earns double points on dining and travel (one point on everything else).
  • The welcome bonus easily offsets the Chase Sapphire Preferred‘s $95 annual fee.

Not to mention, you’ll receive access to the Luxury Resort & Hotel Collection — whose benefits include:

  • Daily breakfast for two (up to $30 per person or $60 total)
  • $100 resort or spa credit (depending on the property)
  • Room upgrades when available
  • Early and late checkout when available
  • Complimentary WiFi

If you used Amex’s Fine Hotels & Resorts in Las Vegas, keep in mind Sin City FHR properties no longer offer resort credit. The Chase Sapphire Preferred — whose annual fee is almost 80% less than the Platinum Card from American Express Platinum (learn more) and Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN (learn more) scores you more luxury hotel benefits for much cheaper.

Remember that Ultimate Rewards earned through the Chase Sapphire Preferred can be pooled with those from other Chase cards (such as the Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Freedom).

Learn more and read a review about the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

 

 

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (learn more)

Capital One Venture travel rewards credit card.

Miles earned through the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (learn more and read a review of this card) can be used with any airline or hotel.

The annual fee is waived the first year. Beginning year two, it’s $95 annually. If you take advantage of the card’s $100 Global Entry credit, you’re not really out of pocket for any annual fees until year three. (If the annual fee really is deal-breaker, check out and consider the Capital One VentureOne credit card.)

You’ll earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3000 on the card within three months of being approved.

Each dollar spent — no matter what category — earns two miles. Except for that hefty 10 points per dollar on Hotels.com purchases booked through Venture’s portal.

Learn more and read a review about the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card.

 

 

Passengers board a Southwest 737 at Hollywood Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, California.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card

What?! Why is a Southwest credit card being recommended on a site that focuses on Delta stuff?!

Simple: its welcome bonus is lucrative for the minimum spend required. You’ll earn 40,000 Rapid Rewards points after spending only $1000 within three months of being approved. Not to mention its annual travel credit makes the card worth more than lower annual fee cards.

The card has a $149 fee — but comes with a $75 Southwest annual travel credit. Essentially, that reduces your “out of pocket” to $74 (assuming you use the travel credit). That basically makes this card $25 cheaper than the lower annual fee Southwest Premier Card — which does not have any travel credit.

Not to mention, you’re annually gifted 7,500 anniversary points starting year two. Just because Southwest and Chase LUV having you as a cardmember.

You’ll also enjoy these additional benefits not available on the other Southwest consumer cards:

  • Four Upgraded Boardings per year (when available) put you in boarding group A1-15.
  • 20% credit on inflight drinks and WiFi

The only thing I don’t like about this card are its earnings:

  • 2X points per $1 spent on Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.
  • 1X on everything else.

(Seems someone took a page out of the Delta Amex playbook.)

Business-owners: check out the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card — and combine those miles with the Southwest Premier Card to earn yourself a cool 100,000 Rapid Rewards points — which almost qualifies you for A-list status.

Special note to Los Angeles-area travelers on short hops (i.e. Las Vegas, Bay Area, Phoenix, Sacramento, etc): get this card and fly Southwest out of Burbank until construction at LAX is done. Whenever that will be.

Read a review and learn more about the Southwest Premier Card!

 

Platinum Card from American Express (learn more)

The Platinum Card from American Express.

The Platinum Card from American Express (personal version).

I know, I know. I griped about the scaling back of Vegas FHR benefits in my section about the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. But if FHR isn’t a big deal to you, consider The Platinum Card from American Express.

Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points using your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within three months of being approved. Certainly, the highest minimum spend requirement of the bunch we’ll discuss today. The signup bonus isn’t fantastic — but the card’s benefits are. 

Points can be transferred to a number of airlines such as Delta, Aeromexico, Air France/KLM, Cathay Pacific, ANA and more.

The annual fee is also fairly steep: $550. But this card is loaded with perks — taking advantage of them pretty much offsets the fee. (Active duty military and spouses: Amex waives annual fees for you.)

  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That’s a potential $200 in annual Uber savings!
  • $100 Global Entry credit every four years.
  • Get up to $200 in airline fee statement credit each calendar year! Select an airline of your choice and receive credit for charges such as onboard food and beverage, baggage, and certain other purchases.
  • Like shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue? You’ll love the $100 annual statement credit for Saks purchases (enrollment required).

So right there is $525 in annual savings.

Lounge Access Earns You Back the Rest

The Amex Platinum offers a plethora of airport lounge access — with complimentary meals, snacks, and beverages. In other words, stop paying for airport meals and cocktails where there’s a lounge!

The Centurion Lounge at Dallas (DFW)

  • Receive complimentary Delta Sky Club admission when flying Delta Air Lines.
  • Complimentary Centurion Lounge airport club access for you and up to two guests.
  • Amex gives you free Priority Pass Select membership — good for admission at participating airport lounges worldwide. You and up to two guests can enjoy this great perk!
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection.

Points Earnings

  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Earn 1X Membership Rewards points on all other purchases (meh — I know)

Hotel Status and Credits

  • Complimentary gold status with two hotel brands: Marriott and Hilton. Besides the occasional upgrade, status can score you late checkout, early check-in, and more.
  • Receive complimentary benefits such as daily breakfast for two, resort or spa credit, upgrades, late check out and early check in when available and more with Fine Hotels & Resorts.

Charge Card

Keep in mind The Platinum Card from American Express (learn more) is a charge card — not a credit card.

Read a review of and learn more about The Platinum Card from American Express.

 

IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

I swore I’d never get this card (SPOILER ALERT: I did) because, like René and many other travelers, I was upset when IHG majorly devalued the previous card’s yearly anniversary free night at any IHG property worldwide. They’ve since capped the redemption to properties that are 40,000 points and less.

So why did I get this card? The welcome bonus and second anniversary night. Receive 80,000 IHG points after you spend $2000 during the first three months of holding the card. Plus, a hotel room for $89 (the card’s annual fee) is still a good deal. (Note the anniversary night kicks in year two. But you can have some good with the 80,000 welcome bonus points until then)

The card’s complimentary Platinum elite status has scored me a hospitality suite, some minor room upgrades, and plenty of early check-ins and check-outs.

Points Earnings

  • Earn 25 points total (yes, you read that right: 25.) per dollar spent during IHG stays. (I’m going rack up points, believe you me, during my stay at the Chicago Seminars this year.)
  • Earn two points per buck spent on gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases

And the card comes with a $100 Global Entry credit every four years.

Again, I hold this card because I received a great welcome bonus — and I also value the anniversary night.

If you hold the old/now-defunct IHG Rewards Club, pool that card’s anniversary night with the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card‘s. You’re essentially getting hotel night each year for a total of $138.

Read a review of and learn more about the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card.

 

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Signature Credit Card

Most of us aren’t fans that Marriott torpedoed its own loyalty program. So why is the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Signature Credit Card on our list? It offers a nice welcome bonus: Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases during the first three months of being approved.

The card’s $95 annual fee can still score you a discounted room with its anniversary night (good at properties up to 35,000 points) that triggers during year two. The card also bestows you complimentary Silver status with Bonvoy.

How About Its Bonus Categories?

  • 6X Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 6,900 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
  • 2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

So the earnings are fairly meh (certainly better than a few other cards). But a nice hotel room for $95 a year is certainly with considering.

Read a review of and learn more about the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Signature Credit Card

Cash Back Cards

A stack of money. Heap of one hundred dollar bills on money background. Fake money. Shallow depth of field. Selective focus. (Photo credit: ©iStock.com/Maximusnd)

(Photo credit: ©iStock.com/Maximusnd)

I know several people who like travel cards — but prefer cashback options. Here are a few with great bonus category earings and noteworthy welcome bonuses.

 

American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card

The American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card (learn more)

Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express (learn more about this card)

You’ll earn a $250 statement credit after spending $1000 on purchases within three months of being approved.

Check out these bonus categories:

  • earn 6% back on up to $6,000 spent at U.S. supermarkets annually
  • earn 6% back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions (like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, Apple Music, and many others)
  • earn 3% back on transit purchases (think Lyft, Uber, parking, tolls, etc.)
  • earn 3% back at U.S. gas stations
  • earn 1% back on everything else.

The $95 annual fee is easily offset if you spend at least $1600 a year between U.S. supermarkets and streaming services.

Read a review of and learn more about the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express.

 

 

US Bank Cash Plus Visa Signature Card

In addition to an easily met — and generous — welcome bonus, the US Bank Cash Plus Visa Signature Card lets you pick two categories in which you earn 5% back!

When you spend just $500 in the first three months of being approved, you’ll earn $150 cashback!

Another plus (no pun intended) no annual fee!

Bonus Categories

The US Bank Cash Plus Visa Signature Card rewards you 5% back on your first $2000 spent each quarter on two of the below categories:

  • TV, Internet, & Streaming Services
  • Fast Food
  • Cell Phone Providers
  • Department Stores
  • Home Utilities
  • Select Clothing Stores
  • Electronics Stores
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Movie Theatres
  • Gym/Fitness Centers
  • Furniture Stores
  • Ground Transportation (Lyft, Uber, Yellow Cab, etc)

Earn 2% back on a below category of your choosing:

  • Grocery Stores
  • Gas Stations
  • Restaurant

Everything else earns you 1% cashback.

really like what people can do with this card: tons of earning potential and no annual fee.

Read a review of and learn more about the US Bank Cash Plus Visa Signature Card!

 

Chase Freedom

Another no annual fee cash back card and easy welcome bonus: $150 cash bonus once you spend $500 on purchases within three months of being approved.

Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories you activate each quarter. The rotating categories include:

  • Gas Stations
  • Tolls
  • Drugstores
  • Grocery Stores
  • Home Improvement Stores
  • Gas Stations
  • Select Streaming Services
  • Department Stores
  • Wholesale Clubs
  • Chase Pay

Other eligible purchases earn unlimited 1% cash back.

You can redeem your cash back for several options:

  • Cash Back. Plain and simple.
  • Gift Cards
  • Travel
  • Amazon Shop with Points
  • Apple’s Ultimate Rewards Store

Read a review of and learn more about the Chase Freedom card!

 

Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card (learn more about this card)

Yet another no annual fee card with a simple welcome bonus: $150 cash bonus once you spend $500 on purchases within three months of being approved.

Bonus Categories

  • 3% back on dining and entertainment
  • 2% at grocery stores
  • 1% on all other purchases

Read a review of and learn more about the Capital One SaverOne Cash Rewards Credit Card.

 

There you have it! We’ll profile some of these cards in-depth in the coming weeks and also update our list in August.

Looking for something but don’t see it here? Remember to check out a full array of travel rewards and cashback cards!

–Chris

Amex Platinum Holders: NOW is the Time to Use Your Saks $50 Benefit — With Rakuten/Ebates

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A special offer through Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) makes right now a prime time for Platinum Card from American Express (read about this card) cardholders to use the card’s Saks Fifth Avenue semi-annual $50 benefit. Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: Don’t Request Missing Delta Partner Credit Too Fast (Plus Other “Don’ts”)

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RenesPoints Rookie

Welcome to a regular feature on the Renés Points blog. This blog series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this featured topic.

Wait – NOOOO – Not Q fare Delta!

One of the hands down best ways to rack up a boatload of points (and MQDs credit) with Delta is via their partners. However, one great partner AeroMexico, is notorious for sending over the WRONG fare class information to Delta often due to Y-UP fares (#ProTip – Want a custom mileage run from your home airport? We have a team ready to help you).

But take a gander at the screenshot above from the Delta.com page about requesting missing credits. I was waiting for one of this year’s AeroMexico runs to post and wanted to hurry it along. Thankfully, I looked closely and did not take it to the next step. Why? Notice the indicated fare class in the screenshot? Yep – “Q” – when I had flown and paid for “I”. The difference between the two fare classes in earnings is MASSIVE. So I just waited and the correct numbers did post. This is one simple “don’t” but let’s look at some others today.

  • Don’t set a simple password on Delta.com. If you use the same password for Delta as other sites you are asking for trouble. Oh, and please make your password REALLY hard and long. There are currently any number of threads on social media about folks’ Delta accounts being hacked and drained to zero!
  • Don’t upgrade Delta Amex cards. Over the 8 years while I was full-time blogging I loved answering literally thousands of reader emails – other than one kind – that asked if they should upgrade (or downgrade) a Delta Amex card. NOOOOOOO! Never ever do this as you burn your 1x lifetime shot at a new card bonus. Apply for a new Delta Amex card THEN close the old card if you wish to do so.
  • Don’t pay for checked bags! OK if you have a steam trunk you may not be able to get it through the TSA machine but many bags do fit. Why pay Delta when you can take the bag to the gate and then get them to check it for free!
  • Don’t cancel a Delta Amex card too soon. Please please please never ever cancel an Amex card short of 365 days since you were approved. The reasons why are many. First off, they can claw back the new card bonus. Next, in the case of the Delta Amex Platinum Card (learn more here) or the Delta Amex Reserve card (learn more here) you get a BOGO cert year 2 (and thereafter) of card membership. Once loaded to Delta.com it does not go away even if you cancel the card. So if you are going to cancel wait till it loads in before you close an account.
  • Don’t let a Delta Amex BOGO go unspent. With the above in mind, you can book tickets for any two people you want with your BOGO cert and you can pay for the tickets with ANY Amex card (not just the card you got the cert from). So check the fly by expiration date and make sure someone enjoys the savings of a free +1 ticket (free plus tax that is). See post E22 in the Essentials tab for more help with this.
  • Don’t ever buy MQMs from Delta in December. I hate, I mean really HATE, when folks do not plan ahead and end up donating money to Delta Air Lines. Please take the time to look now what points you think you will need and plan accordingly. Either buy up to 1st class if the price is right to earn extra points or book a mileage “fun run” somewhere. Do not give free cash to Delta!
  • Don’t buy Delta tickets with a Delta Amex card. Wait – what? But I can earn 2x and help reach my spend goals for the year. Yeah, well, you can earn 5x much more valuable Membership Rewards points if you pay with the (non-Delta) Amex Platinum card (learn more here). You can send those instantly to Delta if you wish and you can see that 5x is clearly better than 2x. Find other things to reach spend goals with your Delta Amex cards.
  • Don’t assume a flight is not oversold due to open seats in the Fly Delta App. There is so much we do not see plus the day of flight things are always changing. Other flights can cancel and roll to yours and a wide-open flight could be oversold in a moments notice. Always print an extra boarding pass and ask the gate agent if the flight is oversold (and give them the extra paper copy to hold).

These are my major “don’ts” when it comes to being a frequent Delta flyer. I bet I have left a few out and sharp readers can help us out. Are there other Delta don’ts that you always cringe when people do? Please let us know in the comments below! – René

 

Delta Amex Offer Elite Mileage Run: Nashville (BNA) to Seattle (SEA), Same-Day RT, 3954 MQM, 5.4cpm, $217

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A Delta Air Lines 767 is seen from the Delta Sky Club at Seattle SeaTac International Airport - SEA - in Washington state.

Fresh off posting about the Delta Amex Offer with ten strings attached, we found what appears to be a “compliant” mileage run! Continue reading

10 Important Tips About the Amex Offer for Delta Air Lines Flights

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DeltaOne 757 jets at JFK airport.

During the long, holiday weekend, American Express released an Amex Offer for Delta flights: spend $200, get $40 back. But be wary of almost a dozen disqualifiers.

An Amex Offer for Delta Air Lines flights to BOS, RDU, and SEA.

Click to see terms and conditions.

I received the offer on my Platinum Card from American Express (learn more). My American Express Gold Card (learn more) and Business Platinum Card (learn more) from American Express OPEN did not receive the offer. (Which is fine because my personal Platinum card earns 5x Membership Rewards points on flights purchased directly through Delta!)

So before you buy gift cards, treat seatmates to rounds of cocktails and Flight Fuel on a flight to anywhere, or guest your family into a Sky Club, read these little caveats.

  1. This is a big one: this Amex Offer for Delta purchases is valid only for flights whose destination is either:
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
  • Seattle (SEA).

So if you’re looking for a reason to visit one of those three cities, here’s the perfect opportunity! (And possibly a way to save money on a Delta Medallion status match!)

If your home airport is one of those three, it appears a roundtrip to anywhere someplace than the other two does not qualify. For example, if you fly from Boston, only roundtrips to Seattle or Raleigh-Durham will be eligible for the credit. (Doctor of Credit reports there’s another offer from BOS, RDU or SEA to any airport in the USA.)

What’s up with those three destinations? Delta recently crowned Boston its newest hub. Raleigh-Durham is a Delta “focus city.” And I’m pretty sure Delta just wants to crush Alaska Airlines in Seattle.

 

However —

  1. Itineraries with connections are not eligible. People not living somewhere with nonstops to BOS, SEA, or RDU will have to begin a separate trip to a city that does. For example, I can’t go BUR-ATL-RDU. My only close option is LAX-RDU.
  2. Multi-city and one way flights also are not eligible.
  3. Only the base fare is eligible toward the Amex Offer. Taxes, other fees, Gogo WiFi, travel insurance, mileage boosters (but you already know not to buy that) don’t apply.
  4. The terms specifically mention the Amex Offer is good for flights only. Gift cards, Sky Club guest passes, onboard food and beverage, etc., should not credit.
  5. Reservations must be made directly with Delta: via the Fly Delta app, Delta.com, or main reservation phone number (800-221-2121). I bet reservations made through Medallion phone numbers will work, too. Reservations made through online travel agencies (i.e. Priceline, Kayak, Amex Travel) are not eligible for the credit.
  6. Nothing in the terms excludes Pay with Miles tickets. Remaining cash balances after applying SkyPennies should qualify for this offer.
  7. Likewise, the paid fare of a BOGOF companion ticket obtained through a Delta American Express Platinum personal (learn more) or business card (learn) or Delta Reserve Amex personal (learn more) or business card (learn more) should qualify, as well. Remember: you can use any credit card to pay for the cash portion of a companion pass. You’re not obligated to use the Delta Amex Platinum or Reserve card through which you obtained the BOGOF.
  8. $200 minimum fare(s) must be purchased by September 5. Nothing in the terms says flights must be completed by that date. So this may be a good opportunity to save some money on holiday flights to BOS, SEA, or RDU.
  9. Delta Private Jets and On Demand Charter services aren’t eligible for this offer. (Oh, how I wish that were a dealbreaker for me.)

We’ll see if there are any good Elite Mileage Runs to any of these three cities. (Because there are so many restrictions to this Amex Offer, consider contacting our friend Adam to customize a trip for you!)

UPDATE

We found a mileage run that appears to work with the Amex Offer restrictions!

Hat tip: Points, Miles, and Martinis. (Which, coincidentally, are three wonderful things!)

Amex Eliminates FHR Resort Credit in Vegas? What’s the Solution?

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American Express appears to have eliminated a key perk of Fine Hotels & Resorts in Las Vegas: no more $100 resort credit. But a much cheaper credit card is here to save us! Continue reading

Post-Independence Day Thoughts: Being a Travel Loyalty Program “Free Agent”

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While my friends, family, and I enjoyed some Fourth of July festivities Thursday (and rode out an earthquake!) the subject of travel inevitably came up. Continue reading