Roundup Of Limited Time Increased Credit Card Signup Bonuses From AMEX, Capital One, Chase, And Citibank


Update: The AMEX Plum offer ends at 2:59pm today and 2 Chase offers are set to expire next Monday.


Related: Building Credit And Credit Card FAQs: Your Questions Answered

American Express Limited Time Offers:
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-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Consumer Credit Card from American Express

-The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Expres.

Both cards earn Starpoints which can transfer to 33 airlines, most of which have a 20K:25K favorable transfer ratio.

Both cards have no foreign transaction fees.

Both cards offer preferred plus status with 4pm late checkout and free premium in-room WiFi at Starwood hotels.

Both cards offer free unlimited Boingo WiFi from over 1 million hotspots around the world, including many airport locations.

Both cards offer up to 99 free additional user cards, each of which qualify for promotions like Small Business Saturday, AMEX Offers/Twitter offers, and AMEX Express Checkout.

The business card offers free Sheraton club access when staying at Sheraton hotels and Open Savings.  You can earn the signup bonus again on the business card as long as you haven’t had in in the past 12 months.

The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year on both cards.

Read more in this post.



-The SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express offers a $250 statement credit for spending $5,000 in 6 months if you apply by 09/21. It also offers 5% cash back at office supply stores and wireless phone bills. You also get 3% cash back on your choice of: Airfare, Hotels, Car rentals, gas stations, restaurants, advertising, or shipping. There is no annual fee.



The Plum Card® from American Express OPEN offers up to 3.5% back on your first $30,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months if you apply by 08/24. When you pay early you get 1.5% back with no cap. Plus, get an additional $200 statement credit for every $10,000 you spend on the Card, up to $600 back. That can be an extra 2%.  The card normally gives 1.5% cash back, $250 annual fee waived for first year.


Capital One Limited Time Offers:

Note that Capital One does a credit pull from all 3 credit bureaus when applying for cards, though some have had success getting a card with 1 pull by freezing the reports by 2 of the 3 credit bureaus. More info on freezing from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

-Capital One Spark Cash for Business offers $500 cash back for spending $4,500 in 3 months for a limited time only.  This card offers 2% cash back everywhere and there are no foreign transaction fees.  $59 annual fee is waived for the first year.


-Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card offers 21.5% cash back on all Uber rides until 04/30/16 and $100 cash back for spending $500 in 3 months. This card offers 1.5% cash back everywhere and there are no foreign transaction fees. No annual fee. More info in this post.


Chase Limited Time Offers:


-Chase Marriott is offering 80K points for spending $3K in 3 months if you apply by 08/31. There is an $85 annual fee. You’ll also get a free night at a category 1-5 hotel every anniversary.

The Marriott program is split into “categories” and “tiers.”

Marriott has 9 categories of hotels that range from 7,500 to 45,000 points per night or 6,000 to 40,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

Marriott also has 5 tiers of Ritz Carlton hotels that range from 30,000 to 70,000 points per night or 20,000 to 60,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.

When you stay 4 nights you get the 5th night free.  You can browse hotels in each of those categories and tiers via the find button on this page. While there you can look at the additional free night you receive at signup besides for the bonus points at category 1-4 hotels.

You can also transfer points into miles here. The ratios aren’t great, but if you need some Southwest points for Companion pass status that can be worthwhile.

Marriott also offers miles+nights packages.

Read more about using Marriott points in Israel in this post.



-Chase British Airways offers 50K Avios for spending $2K in 3 months and normally has a $95 annual fee. If you apply by 08/31 the annual fee is waived for the first year.  Awards start from 4.5K Avios each way and can be cancelled for just $5.60. When used for flights it’s not difficult to get a value of 1.5 cents per point when using, making the signup bonus worth $750, though it can be lower or much higher depending on how you use the miles. There are no foreign transaction fees.

Everything you want to know about British Airways Avios in this post.


Citi Limited Time Offers:


-The Citi AAdvantage Executive Mastercard is offering 75K AA miles for spending $7,500 in 3 months for a limited time only.

There’s a $450 annual fee. After meeting the spend requirement you’ll have at least 82.5K miles which is more than enough for 2 round-trip awards to Europe or a round-trip award to Israel.

You’ll get a full Admirals Club membership that you can use regardless of what airline you’re flying for free access for you and your spouse and kids or 2 guests. Membership alone is normally $500/year and this is the only card that gives a full Admirals Club membership that works for access even when you’re not flying on American (The Citi Prestige card doesn’t give access if you’re not flying American).

American has an excellent award chart with awesome one-way values from the US48/Canada like:
-12.5K to Alaska (versus 17.5K on United)
-12.5K to the Caribbean and Mexico during off-peak times (17.5K on United)
-17.5K to Hawaii during off-peak times (22.5K on United)
-20K to South America during off-peak times (30K on United)
-20K to Europe between October-May (30K on United)
-25K to Japan/Korea during off-peak times (35K on United)
-55K business class to Hong Kong (70K-80K on United)
-67.5K first class to China (80K-120K on United)

-A business class flight on Cathay Pacific from JFK to Vancouver or on AA from JFK to LAX or SFO is 25K (versus 37.5K BA Avios)
-A first class flight on Cathay Pacific from JFK to Vancouver or on AA from JFK to LAX or SFO is just 32.5K (versus 50K BA Avios)

-A first class flight on Etihad from JFK to the Maldives in your own first class apartment with a shower onboard is 90K miles.

While a flight from the US to Israel via Philadelphia is 45K miles each way you can fly to Israel via Europe for just 40K miles each way between October-May and you can stopover in Europe for as long as you want.

From Israel there are many bargains as well, a few examples include:
-25K to the Maldives in business (35K on United)
-30K to Thailand in business (60K on United)
-45K to Australia in business (60K on United)

Fuel surcharges only apply for flights on British Airways. It’s worth noting that many AAdvantage partner awards (such as on like Air Tahiti Nui, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, JAL, LAN, and TAM) can only be booked by calling American to hold or book them.


Yes, the card carries a whopping $450 annual fee, though it’s refundable if you close it within 37 days of that being billed.  Sometimes the fee is billed on the first statement, sometimes on the second statement.   Sometimes the first statement comes right away, sometimes it takes a month. YMMV.

There are no foreign transaction fees with the card. You ad 8 companions get a free bag when flying on American or USAirways as well as priority checkin, security, and boarding. You’ll also get 25% off in-flight food, beverages, and headsets.

If you spend $40K on the card in a calendar year you’ll get 10,000 bonus elite qualifying miles.

The card also offers free Global Entry or Pre-Check membership.



-The Citi Hilton HHonors card normally offers 50K, but is offering 75K Hilton points for spending $2K in 3 months for a limited time only.  There’s no annual fee. You’ll also get Silver elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder. If you spend $20K/year you’ll get Gold status.

There’s no limited time offer for the Citi Hilton Reserve card, but it’s a great card as it which gives 2 free nights at any Hilton in the world (including the excellent Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem). It also gives Gold elite status for as long as you’re a cardholder, which gets you free breakfast, including the most over-the-top breakfast I’ve had in my life at the Waldorf Jerusalem.  If you spend $40K/year you’ll get top-tier Diamond status, which confirmed room upgrades and space available suite upgrade at hotels like the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem. This card has a $95 annual fee.



-The Citi Premier card offers 50K ThankYou points for spending $3,000 in 3 months for a limited time only.  The points are transferrable to airlines/hotels or 50K points can be used for a $500 gift card or $625 of travel purchases. If you have a Prestige card the points can be worth even more.

The Premier card has very strong spend categories. It offers triple points for travel and gas and double points on dining and entertainment. The travel category on the Premier card includes airfare, car rentals, hotels, cruises, travel agencies, public transportation, boat rentals, taxis, tolls, parking, etc. Entertainment includes sporting events, amusement parks, tourist attractions, theater, concerts, movies, etc.  There are no foreign transaction fees and the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.  More info in this post.




-The Citi Prestige card offers 50K ThankYou points for spending $3,000 in 3 months for a limited time only.  The points are transferrable to airlines/hotels or 50K points can be used for a $500 gift card,  $665 of airline purchases, or $800 of travel on American or USAirways. More info in this post.

The Prestige card offers 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, and travel agencies, and double points on dining and entertainment.  Note that the less expensive Premier card actually has better bonus categories.

There is a $450 annual fee. However the Prestige card comes packed with awesome benefits:

1. $250 annual air travel credit. No need to pick an airline. No need to buy a gift card. Just a straight credit for up to $250 of whatever you spend from any airline including tickets, bag fees, seat fees, etc. In your first cardmembership year you can get $250 back in 2015 and $250 back in 2016, which more than covers the annual fee.

2. Free American Admirals Club lounge access for you and your family or you and 2 guests when flying American.

3. Priority Pass lounge membership with free guest access for your family or 2 guests when flying any airline. Additional Prestige cardmembers are just $50 and they also get their own Priority Club lounge membership with free guest privileges. The Priority pass membership that comes with the AMEX Platinum card doesn’t include free guests access, so that’s a nice perk of this membership. Click here to search for lounges in airports across the world.

4. Global Entry or Pre-Check reimbursement. A 5 year Global Entry membership is normally $100 but will be free when paid with the Prestige card. Skip the lines when returning to the US and get Pre-Check included as well. Pre-Check allows you to keep your shoes and jacket on, skip the nude-o-scope, and leave your laptop in the bag.  It makes traveling a whole lot easier.

5. A 4th night free on all paid hotel stays. When you make a hotel reservation of 4 or more nights just call 561-922-0158 to make the reservation and you’ll get the 4th night of the reservation rebated back to your for free. The rates will be the same as on the hotel website and the rates do qualify for hotel elite status and points. Note that the 4th night of the stay will be the rebated night. In some cases the 4th night may cost significantly more or less than the rest of the nights, so always check to see the actual rate for each night. There is no limit to how many times you can take advantage of this offer. You need to use your Prestige card, but you get triple points for hotel spending, so that’s not a bad thing.

6. 3 free rounds of golf per calendar year. You can search for courses here and make reservations here. That’s 6 free rounds of golf in your first cardmembership year.

CitiGold benefits:

Several folks who have CitiGold accounts have gotten notices that their annual fee on the Prestige account has been adjusted down from $450 to just $350. CitiGold customers also get 15% bonus points on the Prestige card. Citigold checking is free for 2 months after which point you can downgrade to a free checking account or keep $50K in it, but benefits typically stay even after your downgrade. CitiGold customers can also signup for the card in-branch with the $350 fee, but the in-branch offer requires $15,000 in spending.  If you have a CitiBusiness Preferred checking account you can get a personal CitiGold account for free.  CitiBusiness Preferred requires you to maintain $15K in the account to waive the fees.



The advantage of having both the Premier and the Prestige cards:

When you have a Prestige card you can also redeem ThankYou points for 1.33 cents towards airfare or 1.6 cents towards airfare on American or USAirways. That means you can book $800 of free travel (and earn miles for the flights) with the 50K signup bonus if you would rather go down that route as opposed to transferring points into miles.

If you have both the Prestige and Premier cards all of your points will be able to be used at the 1.6 cents per point value towards American or USAirways airfare.  From just the signup bonuses alone that’s at least $1,600 in free travel from the points plus $500 in free travel from the Prestige airline credit in your first cardmembership year.

The cheaper Premier card actually has better bonus categories including triple points on all travel expenses and on gas, but the Prestige card makes all of your ThankYou points worth more.



Getting more than one Citi card and repeat bonuses:

Citibank doesn’t generally allow 2BMs anymore, though some people have reported success. You can apply for one card, wait 8 days, and then apply for another Citi card. You would have to wait 60 days from the date of your first card application before you can apply for a 3rd Citi card and 60 days from the date of your second card application before you can apply for a 4th Citi card.

Most Citi card applications now require an 18 month waiting period from when you last had that exact card before you can get the signup bonus again.

Citi phone reconsideration (888-201-4523) can be tough if denied, but many people (myself included) have had great luck reconsidering via snail mail! Just write a short letter explaining why you want the card to: Mr. Ken Stork, Office of the President, PO Box 6000, Sioux Falls, SD 57117

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will the Business SPG Card work for free access to the Sheraton Tel Aviv lounge?


And from what I hear it’s a great lounge.


Do you know the process of how it works. You just show it to the people at the counter?


If I just activated my aadvantage citi executive card then I have 37 days from today to cancel and have the $450 refunded or 37 days from the date that it’s billed to my card?


The benefit is automatically attached to your SPG account, so when you checkin they will program your room key for free lounge access.

37 days from when it’s billed to the card.


I’d like to get the SPG personal card and the SPG business card. Is it kedai to do a 2bm with Amex? Or is it better to do them on separate days?
Also, what is the limit to the number of credit (not charge) cards Amex allows you to have? I know people have had trouble with this.


Definitely 2BM.

Officially 4 credit cards, though recon will call you if you go over the limit to close older cards. There’s no limit on charge cards.


I’ve seen you and other people who post credit card info have removed chase reconsideration number is there anything behind this to worry thanks


But Dan what usually happens lately with Amex is they will stagger your applications when you do multiple cc’s applications wvev with 2BM which results in two pulls. How do we ensure its only one pull?


Is starwood preferred plus status better than platinum?


@Dan: Thanks. Done. One approved and one pending review. Is it better to call or to let it take its course?


They’re here:

You can call Experian to have the 2nd pull removed.




@Dan: What do I tell Experian? and are you sure I can talk to a live person with them? In the past it was hard to get a live rep I was always directed to send request in writing


@Dan: Thank you and mazel tov.


i applied for the SPG lest week when the bones was still 25000
do you think i can get them to get me the extra 5000 points


@Dan, how do I apply for these cards if I am living overseas and they ask for US residency?


Do these first class suites that are being offered on some airlines run a flat mileage rate for the suite or is it 180k AA for the Etihad i.e


Can you get the SPG Business card and the Personal card with this bonus offer?

Deal Guy

I signed up for the starwood business card with your link.

In order to take advantage of all amex bonus offers, do I need to create a new amex username and password, or can I link this card to my existing amex login, that already has my personal Starwood and Platinum card on it?


@Dan – thanks for always keeping us updated! can you please help me – which option of these would be best to get my wife and me to Israel this year on miles? My wife and I already have spg cards – I have had a biz one in the past. Otherwise I have a BA card (wife doesn’t) – also have ~ 50k chase miles and ~20 spg and 85k aa miles, 100k+ amex miles, 54k united and a random smattering of delta miles. Thanks in advance!


are these cards sign ups only for US citizens?


How does SPG consumer compare to Chase SP?

Credit score?

What credit score do you need for these cards? My credit karma scores are: transunion: 701 equifax: 708


Not hard to get a live rep, just ask them to delete the duplicate pull.

Call and ask.

You have no US address to give?

For Singapore is 57K from JFK-FRA in a suite.


@Deal Guy:
You can link to your existing login.


For regular purchase the SPG is better, for bonus purchases CSP is better.

@Credit score?:
Credit Karma is FAKO, not real FICO scores.
Regardless, there is no exact requirement.


I got approved for the starwoods guest card, how long does it take to come in the mail?


About 2 days.


are the 2 free nights that you get with the citi hilton reserve card weekend nights or weekday nights?


Hi Dan,

Let me know 2 things. Am I crazy for signing up for 4 AMEX cards at the same time and getting a message saying that my application is pending? Is that normal? Usually I get approval right away. 2nd, I have the Blue Card, JetBlue Card, Everyday Card and Clear Card. Then I have the Gold Business Card. Amex just called me and said I can only have 4 consumer cards. Is that true? They approved me for the BlueSky card but had to close my Jetblue card.


@dan Thanks!


What part of the forums do I post for asking for help with booking using points? I’m trying to coordinate 12 people to come from Israel for a wedding using my Various points (ur’s, mr’s, spg etc)

Citi Reserve

You can still get the 2 free nights + $100 offer by making a dummy booking and you’ll see the offer on the payment page.


Thanks dan …Talking about canceling the card before 37 days what would happen on a amex plat. If u had for 1-3 mnths and didn’t use any of the benifits would they issue a refund for u on the anual fee or any part of it ,also do u have any chjarts or numbers u recomend to sell ur miles / points to for decent cash !?thnks in advance !?


What’s the maximum of chase card amex cards they allow citi cards and if I want to apply for chase and amex which 1 do I apply firs t (spending isn’t an issue) and should I do 6 bm or rather to different days thanks in advanc al l the best


@dan is it good to signup to both spg personal and business at the same time I want to travel Europe in a few months and should I add my wife to my account or should I open her up separate ones?


If I apply for the citi eexclusive aa card and cancel my card do I receive my points


Can I apply for (2) personal Chase credit cards and get only one hard pull?

Love dans

@dan u didn’t mention the Chase offer for Biz United card for 50,000 miles with $2,000 spend. Don’t u think its a good offer ? and also do u know if that offer expires also 8/31. TIA


That card has 60 days and they prorate afterward. You can get a refund even if you use the benefits.

You can each open both and have a nice stash of points.

Sign up points aren’t taken away once granted.


@Love dans:
That’s the standard offer, its not limited time.

Me 2

@Clever: also wondering the same


I was thinking of getting Amex spy, I really want an ink card though but just waiting for the right time for that. Is getting spg card going to hurt my chances of getting approved for ink?



Is marriott offerring a comp. free night as well during the first year? (with the 70000 bonus sign up , it also came with a comp night in a cat 1-4 the first year)


So hopefully get a full refund on that then ….even though its after 60 days …. Also dan did u ever put out a post regarding where to sell ur miles to on the gray market or how much they go for specific miles !? Is there a post abt it !? Or can u email me abt it thanks a million dan I owe u …..


I just got denied the Starwoods Business Card due to opening too many cards in a short amount of time. I only have the Gold business card and 4 consumer cards. Is there a policy anyone knows about so i know how often to apply?



Thank you for the opportunity to use your site, and be approved instantly to get my SPG business card back. I also appreciate learning in advance that I cannot be approved for the regular SPG card since I was approved for that card a year ago and therefore didn’t have to waste an inquiry.


I would point out not to wait until the deadline for the SPG card since Sep 14 is the first day of Rosh Hashana.


amex 150,000 points, my friend told me he got 150,000 points.
how do i get that?


I signed up for citi hhonors reserve and booked 2 wknd nights at the Waldorf. I told them I was a gold member but they said I was not eligible for free breakfast. What do I need to do to get breakfast?


The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year on both cards.
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