Top 10 Rewards Credit Cards for April 2019

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Looking for the best rewards credit card offers for April 2019? Each month we feature the best credit card offers on cash back cards, flexible rewards cards, and co-brand cards from some of our favorite airline and hotel loyalty programs. We do the legwork researching the best credit card deals as ranked by the AwardWallet team and assemble them in an easy to digest format in the table below, alongside why they make our top-ten.

When assessing the best credit card deals available to points and miles fans, we weigh up the current welcome offer, annual fee (or lack thereof), the ongoing value the card provides, and, to some degree, any special considerations such as application restrictions or transfer policies. The list includes a few limited-time offers, and although not every card features a monster 100K+ welcome bonus, we think these cards provide outstanding value.

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Best rewards credit card offers can help you into first and business-class

Best Rewards Credit Card Offers for April 2019

Credit CardEarning CategoryCurrent OfferAnnual FeeWhy It Makes The List
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit CardSmall BizEarn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.$95Highest Ultimate Rewards signup offer available, useful 3x bonus categories for small business owners, affordable annual fee. Full card review.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardFlexible PointsEarn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®$95Stellar signup offer of 60,000 bonus points, 2x Ultimate Rewards on travel and dining, provides tangible, valuable perks and travel protection. We break down the benefits to show why this card tops the list as the best beginners travel card.
Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit CardCash Back$500 Cash Back after you spend $3000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening$0 intro for first year; $95 after thatHigh-value welcome offer for a cash back card, particularly when you factor in you won't pay an annual fee for the first year. 4% back on dining and entertainment is a top return for both categories with no cap on the cash back you can earn.
The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American ExpressSmall BizN/ANo annual fee (Rates & Fees)2x on the first $50,000 in purchases per year (Terms Apply), No annual fee, don't need to hold any other Membership Rewards earning card to transfer points to travel partners. Full card review.
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit CardHotel RewardsLimited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card!$95Welcome bonus of 100,000 bonus points, use points across 6,700+ Marriott properties or transfer to 40+ airline partners. 5 High-Value Marriott Bonvoy Redemptions For The Budget Traveler.
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend CardHotel Rewards125,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. (Terms Apply)$95 (Rates & Fees)The best of the Hilton offers in our books. Cardholders receive Gold Elite status which qualifies you for free breakfast, 12x points on Hilton spend, plus a weekend free night when you spend $15K in a calendar year.
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® - See TermsFixed-Value Travel Rewards70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days$89 (waived first year)Valuable 70K welcome offer providing up to $700 in travel redemptions, 2x miles on all purchases, 5% back on redeemed miles
The World Of Hyatt Credit CardHotel RewardsEarn up to 50,000 Bonus Points$95Up to 50,000 bonus World of Hyatt points, anniversary category 1-4 free night certificate plus a second free night after $15K spend, earn 4x points on Hyatt spend, complimentary Discoverist status and ability to spend your way to top-tier status. See 5 reasons to get the World of Hyatt Card
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit CardFlexible Points50,000 Miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening$0 intro for first year; $95 after thatHigh-value bonus for a card with a low annual fee; 2x points on every purchase; points transfer free to other Capital One accounts and now transfer to 14 airline partners. Read more about transferring Venture miles to partners in our detailed review.
Chase Freedom Unlimited®Cash Back3% cash back on all purchases in your first year up to $20,000 spent (after, earn 1.5% on all purchases)$0New signup offer of 3% cash back on all purchases in your first year up to $20,000 spent (after, earn 1.5% on all purchases), combine points with premium Ultimate Rewards earning cards for higher fixed-value redemption value and to transfer to partners like Hyatt, United, and Singapore.

Best Flexible Rewards Credit Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Current Offer – Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

Why It Takes the Top Spot – Sporting a fresh 60,000 point offer, the Sapphire Preferred lives up to its name as the most well-rounded travel card for beginners, and we believe it is the best overall consumer rewards card package currently on offer. 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points provide a ton of value if transferred to partners such as Hyatt, United, or Singapore for premium travel experiences. Cardholders also receive class-leading travel and purchase protections for a card in this price point, including primary auto rental insurance, trip interruption & cancelation insurance, and trip delay coverage.

We also want to give a shout out to the Capital One Venture here. With the addition of an airline transfer program featuring 14 partners, the ability to earn 2X miles on every purchase, and 10X points earned via, plus you can still use Venture Miles at a fixed-value towards other travel experiences, the Capital One Venture is now firmly on the record as a competitive rewards card.

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Best Co-Brand Travel Rewards Credit Card

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

Current Offer – Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points - 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.

Why It Takes the Top Spot – The The World Of Hyatt Credit Card offers a valuable 50,000 point signup bonus. You can earn up to 2x free category 1-4 free night certificates each year (1x on account anniversary + 1x after $15K spend), earn 4x points on all Hyatt spend, and spend your way to mid/top-tier elite status (for every $5K spent on the card you receive 2x elite qualifying nights). The minimum spend is higher than its predecessor, but you have 6 months to complete the required spend and earn the full welcome offer. Read our review of the new Hyatt card.

If you're not a Hyatt fan or require the global coverage of bigger brands like Marriott and IHG, the co-brand cards for both programs are currently sporting increased welcome bonuses.

  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card – Limited Time Offer! Earn 100,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card!
  • IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card – Earn up to 120,000 Bonus Points - Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening plus an additional 40,000 bonus points after spending a total of $5,000 on purchases within 6 months of account opening (offer ends 05/01/2018)

Both cards are viable alternatives to the World of Hyatt Card if your brand loyalties lie elsewhere.

Best Small Business Rewards Credit Card

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card

Current Offer – Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Why It Takes the Top Spot – Offering the highest-value welcome bonus of any card on our signup radar at 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points, and featuring top-class bonus categories for small business owners that allow you to earn up to 450,000 Ultimate Rewards per year at 3x points per dollar, we rate the Ink Preferred the best small business card on offer. Pair it with the Ink Business Unlimited and maximize the return on business expenses.

Final Thoughts

Welcome offers on rewards cards are continually changing, and it can be hard keeping tabs on the latest signup bonuses. We update our top-ten offers every month, so if you have a card you think belongs in the list, let us know why in the comments below.

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® (See Terms), Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card (Rates & Fees), and The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express (Rates & Fees)

Top 10 Rewards Credit Cards for April 2019
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  • Richard Brodie says:

    Thanks for the info!

  • Thank you for the information.

  • I applied today for the Barclays Business AAdvantage card with the offer of 60,000 miles after $1000 in purchases. I would suggest adding that to the list.


    Nice blog! The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is an amazing product and must have for the serious business traveler.

    • Chase Ink Buisness is a great card with 80k Ultimate Rewards points plus I get a referral bonus of 20k. That is a great bonus plus 2x rewards on many purchase. Fits well for my business.

  • Charles Powne says:

    This is a very useful list. I’m glad I signed up for the Chase Saphire Reserve card back when the bonus was 100,000 bonus points.

  • JoAnne Jenkins says:

    I appreciate the work you all do, it really helps me keep everything going with a minimum of time!

  • Roger Martinez says:

    Provide excellent information in order to make decisions on credit cards

  • Jody Larsen says:

    Nice job putting these all together to- make it clearer to understand.

  • Roger Martinez says:

    Very good information about benefits and features of credit cards

  • Just waiting to get under 5/24.

  • James Williams says:

    I really like the Amex Hilton Ascend card. Gold status has been great on overseas travel.

  • I love these blog posts. AA is actually where I store all my oneworld points.

  • I need to double check my 5/24 and see if I am eligible to grab one of the Chase ones.

  • I applied for an IHG credit card last week, application is pending. I’m wondering how long the process usually takes.

    I love how the AwardWallet app helps me to keep essential information at my fingertips

  • Bill Daniels says:

    While the signup bonus is not as great, the Chase Sapphire Reserve (50K bonus), might also be a good option for some folks based on their utilization. Although it has a hefty annual fee ($450), the annual $300 travel credit drops it to the equivalent of $150. It also earns 3x points on dining and travel, instead of 2x for the Sapphire Preferred, and also points are worth 25% more than the Sapphire Preferred when using the Chase travel portal. But the main benefit that I see is for those whose home airport has a restaurant that participates in the Priority Pass Program. It enables you to bring up to two guests and each of you get a $28 dining credit for each visit. I generally use this benefit before every trip and travel a couple times each month with my wife which makes it an tremendous savings given the minimal effective fee difference between the Preferred and the Reserve Cards. It might not be the right card for everyone, but if it fits your circumstances it can have incredible value. I have heard that the credit approval requirements are somewhat tougher, so that might be something that needs to be considered.

    • Thanks for the detailed comment on how you get value from the CSR. It got strong consideration for the list, but we wanted to keep the options diverse for folks who can’t get a Chase card due to 5/24, and the Sapphire Preferred 60k bonus seemed like too good a deal to leave off the list. We appreciate the feedback. We have a detailed review covering the benefits of the Reserve here for those who are curious.

  • Great cards!!

  • ADRIAN SEGAR says:

    This is a good list, though I’m surprised the Citi Double Cash Card isn’t included: 2% cash back on any purchase — 1% on purchase and an additional 1% as you pay for the purchase.

  • This is a great web site to learn about the different credit cards.

  • Honest Reviewer Pal says:

    There are deals abound. However, none of them are in the same category as the chase sapphire reserve card for 100,000 + points which were the icing on the cake. Hotel reward points are not worth the same as airline reward miles. So 100,000 in hotel points is not a big incentive.

    • Definitely agree. We’re always on the lookout for those exceptional offers. We usually dedicate a whole post to breaking it down when there is an offer that is much better than normal.

  • Love Award Wallet and appreciate the service. It would be great if Award Wallet could more easily distinguish between point…for example 1 mile with AA requires 3 miles from Marriott!

    • Thanks for the feedback Bill! We know not all points have the same value, so we are working on incorporating expected savings and point conversion rates to give you access to all the detail you need to optimize your points strategy.

  • 5 miles wooo!

  • I had some good luck recently with Marriott cat 3 redemption, usually hard to find a good use for the annual free night, but got $400/night value at Aloft Scottsdale.

  • Kathryn Poteat says:

    It’s helpful to see all the best credit card offers.

  • Ink preferred is my favorite! Should open before they lower the signup bonus. Missed it when it used to be 100k bonus…

  • This is a great synopsis of the best current offers and will help in my selection.


  • Great summary. Good to see this all in one place. Notice CSR isn’t on the list.

  • fred adams says:

    Thanks for the tips

  • Robert G Spuntak says:

    I love the tips. Would like more info on the new Marriott Bonvoy. I am Lifetime Titanium and did not know it until I checked in a month ago at a location. No idea what Titanium gets me. Planning a vacation at Marriott Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu on May 11th and it sounds like I get nothing. Extra charge for club level and extra charge for internet and extra charge for bottled water. Does loyalty have value or is it that the Starwood merger needs work?

  • Milon Horton says:

    5 miles


  • Marlin Seevers says:

    Thank you for reviewing the attractive credit cards, with comparisons and recommendations. This helped me reach a decision more quickly, and start receiving the benefits!

  • Does anyone know if opening a business card affects your taxes or tax reporting in anyway?

  • award wallet is a great place to keep track of miles/programs-not just a list of miles but updates on expiration,. etc. i have a question: does chase consider business cards?

  • JOHN Hansen says:

    Love the Chase cards. Hate the restrictions,

  • Some great options, thanks

  • The chase family of personal and business cards are the best ,combine all the points into 1 account. They add up quickly!

  • Barton C Fiske says:

    Given the recent devaluation of Delta and United FF programs (no more published award charts!!) + AA & UA EQD threshold increases, wondering if airline and hotel loyalty cards are going to still be worth the high interest rates vs. Amex points or 2% back credit cards? Am only keeping AA Citi Mastercard to continue being able to access Admirals Club, but flying less and less so this benefit not really as valuable as it used to be.

  • Always good info.

  • I have Marriott and Capital One cards. My brain can’t handle any more.

  • Thanks for all the great info. Why does the Sapphire win out ahead of the Sapphire Reserve?

  • Do you think the personal Freedom Unlimited is preferable to the business version? Given the signup bonus, I’m torn.

    • It’s hard to say. In terms of total long-term benefit, you really want to get the card for the place where you spend the most on things that don’t get category bonues. For example, if a lot of your personal spending is on airfare, restaurants and groceries, and you have the Amex Gold, you’re getting 3-4X on a lot of personal spending. So maybe the biz card is the place to get 1.5X. For other folks, the opposite might be true. The good news is that you can eventually get both 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing this information! It is always helpful to know what bonuses are available for different cards that I might want to sign up for.

  • Too many offers in the pile. Just need to evaluate your own goals and keep focused and not be lured by other offers…it only dilutes your plans!

  • I am curious why the Sapphire Reserve isn’t included? Why does Sapphire win out over SR?

    • Hey Deb, thanks for the feedback. We love the CSR. Since some people aren’t eligible for Chase cards, we wanted to keep the list as diverse as possible while still covering some of the best offers. The Sapphire Reserve just missed the cut, but we’ve covered the benefits in detail here

  • Gary Philipsen says:

    Great site! One stop place to analyze what the current credit cards perks are doing. Thanks for the email notifications as well!

  • fred adams says:

    I appreciat e the tips

  • This is helpful for travel hackers.

  • Christopher Robson says:

    Excellent program

  • Wish I could earn miles faster than I spend them! 😉

  • Vegas Mike says:

    good consolidated list, thanks

  • Appreciate the advice! So easy to compare all CC ad make an educated choice quickly!

  • This is a great concise list, thanks for posting. I plan on sharing with others too!

  • alvin eugene tobis says:

    Thanks for the credit card summary

  • I want 5 miles

  • really attracted to Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card but it’s unlike my lol/24 status will allow me to get approved.

  • Thanks for all the content.

  • Jorge María perez says:

    I will take the chase for the 80000 points – it is a very attractive offer and I love to accumulate points or miles.
    Thank you for your email , very informative !

  • Dallas Thompson says:

    Thanks for your website and all the information we can glean from it. Cash back cards are more flexible for anyone and great for those who don’t travel as much as others. Fidelity 2% Back Visa, Citi Double Cash Back (2%) and Chase Freedom Unlimited (3% the first year, then 1.5%) are my favorites that are available. The very best is USAA Limitless Cashback, which offers a flat 2.5% cash back on all purchases with direct deposit to USAA checking. Unfortunately, it is no longer open to new applicants…but who knows if/when it might open up again.

  • Great site to learn which cards to go with. I’m in the process of changing and trying to decide which card is best for me & there’s a lot of good information available here. Thanks!

  • Love this listing. will help me determine which card i will sign up for.

  • Great summary, thanks!

  • Thanks for compiling these offers!

  • a great blog! the chase sapphire is such a deal!

  • Cheryl Smith says:

    This is great information, I have learned a lot from this.

  • Love this site and especially the good news emails telling me when I have earned more miles.

  • Joseph Payton says:

    Hilton Honors is the best. I’ve racked up so many points with HH I’m always looking for chances to earn more.

  • Thanks for the comparisons…definitely save me time to find the best deal.

  • FYI, I signed up for Chase Sapphire Preferred when they had 50,000 points offer. I asked them if they can match the current 60,000 points offer and they declined.

  • Nice review, but I favor the Chase Sapphire reserve.

  • Fredrick Mehlhaff says:

    Really appreciate Award Wallet!

  • Richard Segal says:

    This is an extremely useful and timely list. I am so pleased with my decision to sign up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve card back at a time when the bonus was 100,000 points.

    • Ray Marble says:

      Completely agree, that 100k bonus was very nice.

      I currently run the Reserve and Freedom Unlimited. Do you use any other Chase cards along with that?

  • Any thoughts on getting a business card without having a large business. I have one as a sole proprietorship, so I can use my social security number, but the revenue is only abbot $15,000. Do you think I would be eligible for a business card with that low revenue? My personal credit score is 820.

    • Hey Joe, absolutely! We’ve heard from lots of folks in a similar situation that were able to open a business account. If you don’t have a business tax ID (i.e. you’re applying as a sole proprietor) just make sure you list your name as the business name, since it needs to match the tax ID.

  • Great info! Loving the AwardWallet app!

  • Great resource for finding information on what credit cards would best meet my travel needs.

  • Thanks for keeping the information current. Saves me from wasting time looking through outdated offers and terms.

  • Shakeidra Davis says:

    Thanks for making it easy to compare the top cards. Great info

  • Mike Kling says:

    Lots of great Chase cards. Too bad I’m not eligible due to 5/24 rule.

  • Very good information about benefits and features of credit cards. Just waiting to get under 5/24

  • The IHG and Marriott Bonvoy cards are good deals, with their free night every year, although they do limit the level of points made available so the top chain hotels are not eligible for the free night deal.

  • MIKE MCDOLE says:

    I own at Marriott. Getting 6 points per $, gets me a ton when I pay my maintenance fees.

  • 5 miles


  • The Arts Traveler says:

    I am really leaning toward getting the Hyatt card. I know the chain has a limited footprint, but they have some of the best hotels in Europe. And the annual free night is a great benefit.

  • Philip Rosenthal says:

    Thanks for the valuable information. A wonderful job of synthesizing the best reward cards.

  • I love my Sapphire Reserve card!

  • F. MELAMED says:

    Keep up the good work.

  • This is a very useful list of cards. Thank you!

  • KAREN BOXER says:

    Thank you for the information–I love the format which presents information in a concise easy-to-use way.

  • Larry Parker says:

    Thanks for the info, always clear and understandable.

  • Richard Segal says:

    I have looked at many, many cards and frankly I find that the chase sapphire reserve card offers the best value even without the 100,000. One of the best decisions I have made and recommend to others. Please strongly consider it and take a look at the alternatives, but I believe you will find it to be great choice.

  • I will get the Ink Business Preferred as soon as I am under 5/24!

  • Waiting to drop below 5/24.

  • Can I apply for all of these immediately? I WANT THEM ALL!!

  • Almost overwhelming–

  • Robert Brady says:

    Where has this sight been? I wish I had discovered it years ago. Thanks for all the GREAT info.

  • Marc Reynolds says:

    These updates are great! Appreciate it very much

  • ronald lane says:

    thanks for sharing the offers

  • It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen AMEX Premier Rewards or even AMEX Business Gold cards offers. Do these cards still exist and ever offer large “membership rewards” sign up bonuses?

  • LJ Collazo says:

    I am considering the Chase Freedom Card 3% Cash Back is appealing but the turn off is that it is only for one year (then goes to 1.5%). I know that I could keep using my Citi Double Cash (2% cash back and no annual fees) afterward but it still irritates me a little. Thanks!

  • Richard Hood says:

    Great Info here!

  • Mary williams says:

    I love the award wallet! Great information.

  • Thom Freismuth says:

    Wonderful summary. Thank you

  • Nicole Moore says:

    Thank you! New-ish to the game and looking for my next card, so this is super helpful, timely info.

  • Thanks for all the great info. Even with all the digs at Bonvoy, I got the card with 15 nights and 80k points.

  • Don’t expect anything from Chase sapphire travel protection. I had a flight delay which caused me to miss my connecting flight. They refused to do anything about it and I had to pony up another $250 out of pocket to buy a new connecting flight ticket.

  • Daniel Herling says:

    Thanks for always being there and making sure I have a safe place for my Boarding Pass! You make traveling easier for me and I’m sure many more people like me.
    Thanks again Dan

  • We have sapphire card and love it

  • BLUF: Don’t let your miles and points gather dust! Posting to keep my AA miles alive, which were collected during the days of 2-3 browser applications with Citi. I used 200k to take family to Hawaii after initially earned, which was great. However, the other 200k miles have been in my AA account since then just gathering dust. So remember, the points and especially the miles aren’t worth the fair market value blogs quote until you use them. Otherwise, miles are generally being consistently they gather dust.

  • Just got the Hilton Ascend card. 150k points and Gold status for $95 sounds good to me. Not sure about the Aspire yet; do not typically stay at Hiltons but now will give the chain a try.

  • John Barnes says:

    Thanks for the update about the INK card, checking it out! Presently AMEX Delta

  • interesting top 10 list as always

  • Lillian K Dikovitsky says:

    Thanks for the information.

  • Thanks for the info!

  • Cindy Nguyen says:

    I just applied for the Chase Sapphire Reserve last night, but have also been eyeing the Capital One Venture card that is on this list…. Helpful info. Thanks, AwardWallet!

  • My husband signed up for Chase Sapphire Reserve, and we LOVE it! Although he has to pay $450 annual fee, you can get $300 of travel bonus every year, and it’s worth paying the rest of the annual fee. We both are your website’s fans now! Thank you!

  • Thanks for the updated information!

  • Sorry for my ignorance, but what do people mean by “5/24”?

  • This is very helpful. Keep the recommendations coming.

  • Great run down on the cards. I love my Ink Business Preferred Card!

  • Good article, though I do not want more than the two cards I already have.

  • Thanks for the summary!

  • Dianna Lett says:

    I know where to check when I am in the market for an airline card because your site provides a great summary and all the research is done for me.

  • Taylor Gilbert says:

    Thank you for this. I’d appreciate the info on the “business” requirements to open the CIP card. Thanks!

  • Roger Chesney says:

    Have to try the Venture card for easy miles.

  • Patiently waiting 2 more months to be below 5/24 so I can apply for the WOH card. Thanks Awardwallet for keeping me current on all the offers!

  • AwardWallet is amazing to track all of my many miles and points – over 8 million! I don’t often update my credit card collection, though, so I leave many bonuses untouched. Thanks for the info.

  • The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers a great sign on bonus for sure but after that, it’s hard to justify the $95 annual fee. I’m I missing something? 2x returns is not great compared to other cards out there. Please let me know what else there is.

    • Offers the best travel protection benefits for the annual fee and allows you to transfer your accumulated UR points to transfer partners (+ redeem at 1.25¢ per point through the portal).

  • Thanks for the updates and newest opportunities to get rewards.

  • Great post. Do you think Marriott will relax the rules in the next year wrt old cards. Have a Chase card and it sucks that I can’t get an Amex card.


    A very good summary. Thanks for all the info.

  • Even with all the problems, I’m still a big fan on Marriott. Thanks for the info on those credit cards.

  • Thanks for the great overview. Very useful for deciding my card strategy.

  • Sarah Strang says:

    Any cards which do not follow 24 mon rule and ones you can reapply after a time period and get bonus again?

  • TMI about Chase. Their restrictions are too much to deal with! I don’t even consider their offers anymore.

  • Thank you Award Wallet for the valuable information!

  • Flew American DCA to MCO round trip last week. Very nice flight attendants

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    Great matrix. I can see which ones are worth comparing

  • Thanks for the information. Yours is one of the couple of travel blogs I read.

  • Looks like I have five of ten of these cards.

  • Virginia Jeffreys says:

    This is an excellent list of possibilities to choose from. Thanks!

  • Marlin Seevers says:

    All these sign-on bonuses are very attractive. At what point does it become detrimental to have a large number of cards, and need to close some of them?

  • Sharon Thomas says:

    Great to have all the best card info in one location!

  • rodney ross says:

    Have Capital One cc, thanks for info

  • Fantastic layout of really easy to follow information and tips for my next credit card. Just received some nice signup bonuses from AA and UA!

  • Chase Ink for 80K for the win!! Plus 3x bonus!!

  • Chase Ink for 80K sign up for the win!! Plus 3x bonus. Can’t beat it!!

  • There are some decent airline offers as well. You could combine two SouthWest card offers (personal and business) for not only miles but also earn a free companion pass good through the end of 2020.

  • Ink cards are great. I have 3 for my business.

  • Lauren Heier says:

    Decisions, decisions!! It’s time for a new card, and I still can’t decide which!! This helps narrow it down tho!

  • Thanks for the info. The Chase Ink card is definitely my preferred card at Office supply stores due to the 5% UR points benefit.

  • Cindy Blakeslee says:

    Thanks for this post! Helpful!

  • Great site! Keep feeding us the info.

  • I favored Barclays AA cards over Citi for many positive reasons and advantages (pun intended). Sadly I had both and they were closed off with no warning nor explanation a few years back. With perfect scores and credit history I’m not sure what I did. Anyone had this experience and is there a chance to get approved again?

  • David Butler says:

    I am pretty sure I signed up for a Starwood’s account about 10 years ago when I stayed at one for 4 nights in Chicago.
    I do not Have any info on my membership anymore but can Marriott Bonvoy access that with my name and address to consolidate points?

    • If you haven’t accessed your account in that long then your points have most likely expired and your acccount been closed due to inactivity. You can always get in touch with Marriott and double-check, but my gut tells me you’re out of luck on this one.

  • The increased minimum spend requirements to get the full sign-up bonus is a concerning trend, sadly.

  • I love my chase trifecta, CSR, Freedom and Freedom Unlimited. Chase Ultimate Rewards are hard to beat. I also love my AmEx Hilton Honors Aspire card. Sure, like the CSR, it comes with a hefty $450 AF but I have already used $500 worth of credits and the Diamond level gets us some great perks. I try to make the most out of all of my cards.

  • Thanks for the info. I’ll keep this in mind

  • I hate that I signed up for the CSP a day before the increase in bonus =(

  • Bonvoy…. let’s give everyone 10-50k points to upgrade…. hey since you upgraded no new card bonuses for you….. even business bonuses.

    Makes sense to me Marriott.

  • Thanks for breaking it down; I love comparing all the cards great information.

  • Some can check for targeted offers by logging into Chase under the “Selected for You” section. The offers in this section also bypass the 5/24 rule, so this could be a good option for those that are over 5/24!

  • says:

    May I suggest…

    How about posting this list consistently on the first day of every month, like a regular feature? It would help us poor readers anticipate what is coming. There are other regular features you could on certain days every month, like:

    – Reader susses story
    – Best redemption deals
    – Best shopping deals (to earn points/discounts)
    – Airline service news you can use.

  • Before the end of the first year, it might be worthwhile for some people (like me) to downgrade the World Of Hyatt card to the $75 annual fee Hyatt card, which still gives you a free night certificate each credit card renewal year.

  • katie michel says:

    Make sure you see what the conversion rate is Bonvoy to airline miles . I found the SPG rates far superior

  • I think Chase is leading the pack with a great number of products. Good article!

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    i like that Fidelity 2% Back Visa, Citi Double Cash Back (2%) and Chase Freedom Unlimited (3% the first year, then 1.5%) are terrific

  • This offer is wonderful if your AAdvantage mileage is expiring, and want to extend the expiration date!
    I feel so lucky to have subscribed their emails!
    I hope they have the same/ similar offerings in the future again!

  • Good list. Even though the Bonvoy card is a good offer- many of us with boatloads of points have been ‘bonvoyed’- then ‘unbonvoyed’- only to be ‘bonyoved’ again. Seems at the moment they don’t have it together. It’s a good offer, and for a beginner they may not notice all the problems that continue to manifest in the new system- but care should be taken to recommend it as a ‘top 10’ card until Marriott gets their crap together. Just my 2 cents.

  • Marlin Seevers says:

    The Capitol One Venture also has a feature that was new for me:
    Pay using virtual numbers with Eno® from Capital One®.
    This is an extension for Chrome that detects when I’m purchasing something and am at the point of entering credit card information for payment. This Eno feature will provide the seller with a virtual number that accomplishes the payment with my card, but the vendor doesn’t receive the information about my actual card. I guess if that virtual card number fell into the wrong hands and that virtual card information is used with any other vendor it would be flagged and not allowed.
    I like that feature and it is very convenient to use.

  • I think the current sign up bonus on the Hyatt card is a little too low.
    Waiting for a higher one…

  • Excellent summary. Why no Sapphire Reserve, though?

  • I am surprised not to see the Hilton Aspire or Chase Sapphire Reserve listed here.

    • Realistically, you could swap out the Ascend for the Aspire if you could justify the annual fee (and make full use of the airline/hotel credits), but we tend to favor low annual fee cards in this list as it allows folks to keep their total annual fees down year on year. For the CSR vs CSP, the CSR featured in our last iteration of this list but you can now earn more points on the Prestige and Amex Gold when dining, and the Platinum and Prestige both offer more points on airfare. It’s still a great card, but the extra 10K bonus points on the CSP and additional points from other cards on the CSR’s primary bonus categories hands the CSP the win in this case.

      • I disagree with the second part of your post. As we all know, the number of points one can earn is irrelevant as points are not equal across programs given value and available transfer partners. I will take UR points over an equal (or slightly more) amount of MR or TY points any day. Other cards may earn more points on dining and airfare, but that does not necessarily make those cards better choices for your wallet.

  • yu hsiang huang says:

    The info are so helpful. Thank you

  • Thank you for the good information. In a month it will be time for me to apply for another card and this will help me decide.

  • Chase and Barclays are my preference. Great updates!

  • Great list but the Hilton aspire card is missing

  • says:

    Thanks so much for this useful information.

  • Thanks for the information! Bookmarked it!

  • I think it is time that I sign up for the ArrivalPlus card. There are certainly some places that it could fit into my wallet. Since I’m moving soon, those expenses could definitely go toward my initial spend for the bonus.

  • Could you/would you be able to publish a similar article with airline rewards cards in different countries (ex-US)?

    • We would love to Marcos but unfortunately, I don’t know enough about the points and miles scene south of the border to make it worth reading. We are primarily US facing as 90%+ of our readers are from the US.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    I found these to be very attractive credit cards, with comparisons and recommendations. Great tool.

  • Sounds good, I’ll have to look into this.

  • Just got the Chase Sapphire for the second time. So worth it!

  • Great top ten list. The trend towards higher spending requirements is killing me though. I’m about to get priced out.

  • Although I prefer Chase I think is important to note Citi and Barclays as the only cards for AA (kindly correct me if I am wrong). Sadly I had mine cancelled years ago without warning and no explanation either. Anyone out there with the same experience tried to apply again? Just curious…

  • Renate Ramm says:

    How many sign up their kids for reward cards? I have 2 in college and they get the usual target CC flyers.

  • teresa potashner says:

    You can double dip on the credit card deals if you and you spouse both apply

  • Marlin Seevers says:

    This blog saves a lot of time looking for the information about benefits from the wide array of credit card offerings.

  • I am migrating more towards cash back vs miles, especially with many award charts changing to be variable

  • I already have a Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Visa. Does anyone know if the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card is a different Visa Card? If so, can I get this in addition to the one I already have. Thanks

  • That aviator deal mentioned in the comments is not too shabby. But very good list. Thanks.

  • I’m glad that you guys are here. I would not be able to keep up with the constant changing rules, promotions, and activity tracking. THANK YOU AwardWallet!

  • STEVEN BARR says:

    Thank you again for the great information!

  • As always, great tips. Lots of information in one place. Thanks.

  • Patrick B. says:

    I would love to read more articles on this website about credit cards offered by Canadian financial institutions with airline reward bonuses

  • Saphire Reserve didn’t make the list?

  • STEVEN BARR says:

    Thank you for this information! Award Wallet is great!

  • Barclay Arrival Plus is at an all-time high point sign-up. I enjoyed the card when I had it a few years back!

  • zachary michel says:

    If you have an LLC, score , or c corp you can register those as well for cards and get points

  • Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card is the best small biz card out there with the highest bonus point welcome offer. Don’t forget if you already have the card, you can still receive up to 100k bonus points a year by referring other businesses.

  • Chase saphire preferred just up my referral bonus to 15k points

  • Thanks for all the great content

  • A great list. However I think the Hilton Aspire card really should be there considering all those great benefits it offered. You can easily earn back those $450 annual fee and IMHO it is really a card should be kept regularly.

  • I will never get more than one credit card no matter how much you entice me.

  • Thank you for putting such great information together in an easy to understand format.

  • So many great options. Thank you

  • Make sure to read the rules about how you can transfer your UR points from Chase. I was hoping to share with a family member but it’s not allowed. Overall, the UR points are flexible with multiple partners!

  • Just got my CSP. Love the metal card.

  • Hoping Chase starts offering some increased/promo award mile bonus’s in the near future…. fingers crossed…

  • Marlin Seevers says:

    I appreciate the help with earning more miles for more travel!

  • Chase cards are such a value for transfering to southwest. If you have authorized users, you can transfer to their accounts as well.

  • It’s interesting how quicckly these lists have changed with a few small benefit changes!

  • Marlin Seevers says:

    I’m impressed by the way the airline shopping extension in Chrome will remind me of the opportunity to earn miles on the vendor sites. And then it is very convenient to get it configured properly before the purchase.

  • This month there are some really great “highest ever” credit card promos going. I got the Chase sapphire, again!

  • Great app! Thank you for providing a way to prevent AA miles from expiring.

  • The WF Propel Card may be a good option if you’re in the market for an AmEx card.

  • So many great options. I appreciate the breakdown!

  • Marlin Seevers says:

    I greatly appreciate this article:
    Best Rewards Credit Card Offers for April 2019
    Credit Card Earning Category Current Offer Annual Fee Why It Makes The List

    Do you update and post similar information for every month?

  • Thank you, this is really useful info.

  • @Mar Having more than one card is not a bad thing. But one of they key to succeed in using points & miles is to be very organized and strictly responsibly. Each one should know their own limits and obviously use credit responsibly.

  • I have pretty much no card to apply ever since Chase has furthered its 5/24…

  • Thank you. I just received my CSP in the mail. I took advantage of the 60k sign up and am hoping the advertised additional 75k for new mortgage through Chase is going to work as advertised as we just secured our loan through Chase and close on the 10th of May. Reading through the fine print now. Hope this all pans out as we are hoping.

  • Thanks for all the info

  • Marlin Seevers says:

    I’m glad to know that there is only a 24 month waiting period from the last time I had the card, before being eligible for landing another sign-up bonus.

  • My concern with these cards is always what to do with it after the first fee free year is up. Canceling and doing the churn and burn makes me worry about my credit score. And I am just not sure the annual fee is worth it…not to mention the annual fee on several cards at the same time. I usually end up doing nothing and skipping it all.

  • The INK Business seems like a great sign-up bonus. Might have to have my credit pulled for that one!

  • Great Stuff

  • Do Citi or Barclays limit cards as Chase 5/24 do?

  • Marlin Seevers says:

    I like that tip about miles being combined within an alliance. Thank you.

  • If you sign up for a credit card that offers a sign up bonus for a certain amount of dollar charges in the first few months but you don’t quite make the spending requirement in the time period, all is not lost. Just call their customer service number and ask for a slight extension. I did this and was told to call back when I have met the spending limit. At that time they will request the bonus. I forgot to call back as soon as I had met the requirement. When I did call, I was told they could not help me. I asked for as supervisor. He said he could make the request but doubted it would be approved because I had waited so long.

    A few weeks later I received notice the request has been approved.

    Lessons learned:
    1) Make the request
    2) Don’t delay longer than necessary
    3) It doesn’t hurt to ask that request be made
    4) The worst thing that could happen is the answer will be No, and it could be Yes.

  • Marlin Seevers says:

    With the help of the information you share with us, I’m gaining more confidence to make use of more of these benefits.
    Thank you

  • Thanks for the great summary! It’s a lot easier than trying to sort through each cards website.

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