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Want a ton of free hotel stays? You’re in luck: the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card offers a great sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.. Don’t want to be tied down? Check out the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card’s sign-up bonus: Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Oh, and there are a ton of perks as well. Read on for details on these lavish travel cards, and tips on how to get the bonus.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has a record of offering noteworthy bonuses. This one gives you: Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Those points are worth $400 if you redeem for gift cards, etc. But if you use them for travel booked through Chase’s Ultimate Rewards Tool, they’ll be worth 25% more, bringing the bonus’ total value up to $500.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is a great travel card, earning a base rewards rate of 1 point per $1 spent and 2x points on travel and dining. It has an Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95, making the card a lot more attractive for bonus-hunters, and there’s no foreign transaction fee. And it’s a far sight better than many airline cards, who won’t give you bonus miles when you travel with non-affiliates.

Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Hotel-goers and bonus-seekers, take note: the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card is offering a substantial bonus: Earn 50,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. This makes the card ideal for those looking for a bonus and hotel rewards. The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card gives 5x points at the hotel and 2x points on qualifying airlines, dining and rental car purchases, and comes with a number of extra perks:

  • Waived foreign transaction fees;
  • Automatic Silver elite status, plus a 15-night credit; and
  • One free night’s stay every year on your account anniversary.

For travelers looking for a place to lay their heads, the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card offers a great signup bonus with little commitment. It has a $0 Introductory annual fee, then $85.

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  • ia9561

    Thanks for the post. I’m confused by your statement for the Cap 1 card… “Better yet, if you signed up for the Southwest card during its 50k-mile promo, the Chase Sapphire or the BA Visa, you’d receive $1k worth of travel from Capital One. ”

    Wouldn’t you have needed to spend $50K on one of those cards to qualify for the 100K bonus from Cap 1 as opposed to just getting a signup bonus on these other cards?

    • NerdWallet

      Nope, you can actually apply a bonus to the Capital One promo!

      • ia9561

        Whoa! That’s huge! Did you see that in the T&C?

        • NerdWallet

          I chatted with a customer service rep, and they said as long as it’s an eligible card, you’re good to go.

          UPDATE: I chatted with a live CSR (vs online chat) and he told me that you CANNOT use a signup bonus. I’ll keep trying to confirm, but looks like they’re on to us…

          • Jesse Shanks

            How does that work when, for example, the Chase Southwest’s year end statement doesn’t show bonus miles accumulated during the year?

          • NerdWallet

            CS rep #2 says they double your spending for the past year, regardless of bonus vs non-bonus spending.

          • Jesse Shanks

            OK, that seems more like what their terms say. Thanks for the help!

  • Milecardinsider

    FYI the fuel taxes on British Airways miles awards are quite high — generally $500 plus for a roundtrip economy class ticket.

    • NerdWallet

      That’s very disappointing, Virgin Atlantic pulls the same thing of offering free flights but weighting the total price of a ticket heavily toward fees instead of fares, which award miles don’t cover.