12 Credit Card Bonuses You Don’t Know About
OK, maybe you know about one or two of these. But I’m quite sure you didn’t know about all 12. (And when I first posted this, it was 10. But now it’s 12.)
For those of you that are over Chase 5/24 (or even LOL/24), already have your Amex once-in-a-lifetime bonuses for all the cards you want, and perhaps have even run into the Citi 1/24 rule for any cards you want, it’s inevitable you want to hunt for more.
The reason you don’t know about the cards below?
Two main reasons. 1) Some of these are international and are not useful to most Americans. At least not those without advanced degrees in Frequent Flyer Miles. They serve niche purposes. 2) Most of these are not in affiliate programs. While it always stings to know that your favorite bloggers have bills to pay, we all do. Inevitably cards that are commissionable get a bit more airtime. #truth
But really, the biggest reason is that these are all, with the exception of the Barclay American Airlines Aviator card, very niche products. And it doesn’t make a ton of sense for blogs to spend too much time covering cards that only a very small segment of their readers care about.
But, you may care. So, I’m dedicating a post to 10 cards that don’t get much airtime, but you may want to know about. I’m not going to list card benefits for each one. If you care enough, you can click through to get that. I’ll just focus on the loyalty program, the bonus, and who may want them.
Asiana is a cult favorite Asian carrier frequent flyer program and, aside from crediting Star Alliance miles to Asiana, Marriott point transfers are the only way in. It’s famous for a 50,000-mile redemption for Lufthansa First Class between the US and Europe.
Pay the annual fee. Buy a cup of coffee. Get the bonus. Stacks super well with the Citi AAdvantage cards you can get.
60,000-mile bonus offer
As above, but the Business version of the Aviator card. Current bonus is 60,000 miles for one purchase and the annual fee payment. You can, of course, get both cards for a big redemption. The Business version is unlikely to report to your personal credit file.
30,000 bonus miles + $50 discount
Missing the ability to transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards? Did you use to take advantage of the ability to book cheap awards to Hawaii using KE miles? Here’s an easy 30,000 of them.
64,000 point bonus offer
If you stay at Choice Hotels, 64,000 bonus points + Gold status isn’t too shabby. These points can come in pretty handy when all the luxury chains in a city are ridiculous amounts of points. Thanks to Danny Deal Guru for this find.
50,000 miles for one purchase + annual fee. Includes a 50% off companion discount.
Hawaiian miles are useful in a few ways, but the *most* useful in my opinion is for non-stop flights from the US mainland to Hawaii. While you can use AA miles to book Hawaiian outside of the US, you can’t for these flights, such as the 11 hour NYC to Hawaii nonstop. And I think you might prefer that up front in the comfy seats. Note, though, that saver availability for those Business class seats, even using Hawaiian miles, has gotten VERY difficult.
As above, but the business version. You can, of course, get both. The Business version is unlikely to report to your personal credit file.
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