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Best Credit Card Bonuses for New Cardholders of February 2021

NerdWalletFebruary 25, 2021
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Credit card bonus offers are a quick way to earn hundreds of dollars' worth of rewards by using a new credit card, but the best deals don't always stick around. The largest bonuses typically come from travel credit cards. Bonuses on cash-back credit cards generally hover in the range of $100 to $150, but several cards offer incentives of $200 or more. Cards are judged on the value of their bonuses, as well as their bonuses relative to their annual fees. Below are the best bonus offers currently available on NerdWallet. 

NerdWallet's Best Credit Card Bonuses for New Cardholders of February 2021

Best Credit Card Bonuses for New Cardholders From Our Partners

Our pick for

$250 cash back

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
American Express Blue Cash Preferred Credit Card

on American Express's website

Annual Fee

$0 intro for the first year, then $95

Rewards Rate

1%-6%

Cashback

Intro offer

$300

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our picks for

$200 cash back

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Chase Freedom Flex

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$0

Rewards Rate

1%-5%

Cashback

Intro offer

$200

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Chase Freedom Unlimited Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$0

Rewards Rate

1.5%-5%

Cashback

Intro offer

$200

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

NerdWallet rating 

4.9

/5
Capital One Quicksilver Credit Card

on Capital One's website

Annual Fee

$0

Rewards Rate

1.5%

Cashback

Intro offer

$200

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

on Bank of America's website

Annual Fee

$0

Rewards Rate

1%-3%

Cashback

Intro offer

$200

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

NerdWallet rating 

4.3

/5
American Express Blue Cash Everyday Credit Card

on American Express's website

Annual Fee

$0

Rewards Rate

1%-3%

Cashback

Intro offer

$200

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

Cash back match

NerdWallet rating 

4.8

/5
Discover it® Cash Back

on Discover's website, or call (800) 347-0264

Annual Fee

$0

Rewards Rate

1%-5%

Cashback

Intro offer

Cashback Match

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

Chase Ultimate Rewards® points

NerdWallet rating 

4.5

/5
Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$95

Rewards Rate

1x-2x

Points

Intro offer

60,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

American Express Membership Rewards

NerdWallet rating 

4.6

/5
American Express Premier Rewards Gold Credit Card

on American Express's website

Annual Fee

$250

Rewards Rate

1x-4x

Points

Intro offer

60,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

No-annual-fee travel points

NerdWallet rating 

4.9

/5
U.S. Bank Altitude® Go Visa Signature® Card

on US Bank's website

Annual Fee

$0*

Rewards Rate

1x-4x

Points

Intro offer

20,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

720-850

Excellent

Our pick for

American Airlines

NerdWallet rating 

4.8

/5
Citibank AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Credit Card

on Citibank's application

Annual Fee

$0 intro for the first year, then $99

Rewards Rate

1x-2x

Miles

Intro offer

50,000

Miles

Rec Credit Score

720-850

Excellent

Our pick for

Delta Air Lines

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card

on American Express's website

Annual Fee

$0 intro for the first year, then $99

Rewards Rate

1x-2x

Miles

Intro offer

35,000

Miles

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

United Airlines

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Chase United Airlines Mileage Plus Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$0 intro for the first year, then $95

Rewards Rate

1x-2x

Miles

Intro offer

40,000

Miles

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

Southwest Airlines

NerdWallet rating 

4.3

/5
Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$69

Rewards Rate

1x-2x

Points

Intro offer

30,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

Marriott hotels

NerdWallet rating 

4.8

/5
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$95

Rewards Rate

2x-6x

Points

Intro offer

75,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

Hilton hotels

NerdWallet rating 

4.7

/5
Hilton Honors Ascend

on American Express's website

Annual Fee

$95

Rewards Rate

3x-12x

Points

Intro offer

150,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

Hyatt hotels

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
World Of Hyatt Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$95

Rewards Rate

1x-9x

Points

Intro offer

30,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our pick for

IHG hotels

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$89

Rewards Rate

1x-25x

Points

Intro offer

140,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our picks for

Small business travel rewards

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$95

Rewards Rate

1x-3x

Points

Intro offer

100,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

NerdWallet rating 

5.0

/5
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN Credit Card

on American Express's website

Annual Fee

$595

Rewards Rate

1x-5x

Points

Intro offer

85,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our picks for

Small business cash back

NerdWallet rating 

4.6

/5
Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$0

Rewards Rate

1.5%

Cashback

Intro offer

$750

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

NerdWallet rating 

4.4

/5
Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$0

Rewards Rate

1%-5%

Cashback

Intro offer

$750

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

Our picks for

Small business airline

NerdWallet rating 

4.1

/5
Chase United Mileage Plus Explorer Business Credit Card

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$0 intro for the first year, then $99

Rewards Rate

1x-2x

Miles

Intro offer

75,000

Miles

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

NerdWallet rating 

4.1

/5
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card"

on Chase's website

Annual Fee

$99

Rewards Rate

1x-2x

Points

Intro offer

60,000

Points

Rec Credit Score

690-850

Good - Excellent

To view rates and fees of the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express, see this page. To view rates and fees of the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express, see this page. To view rates and fees of the American Express® Gold Card, see this page.

To view rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, see this page. To view rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, see this page.

To view rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, see this page.

Last updated on February 25, 2021

Methodology

NerdWallet's credit cards team selects the best cards in each category based on overall consumer value. Factors in our evaluation include fees, promotional and ongoing APRs, and sign-up bonuses; for rewards cards, we consider earning and redemption rates, redemption options and redemption difficulty. A single card is eligible to be chosen in multiple categories.

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