Yeah, it’s been another long while since I posted. But this card’s initial bonus is expiring soon and it’s too good a card not to make people aware. First thing to point out: this is a business card. I haven’t addressed business cards before because they’re a little tricky and you must have a registered business (including a sole proprietorship) to qualify for the card. If I keep posting, I’ll explain a little more about the idiosyncrasies of business cards. But, let’s start at the top, shall we?
The (Bank of America) Alaska Airlines VISA Signature Card has very recently shot up in value. It’s now one of THE cards to get for residents of Hawaii. The reason is because of the recent merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America in combination with the annual $121 companion fare ($99 + taxes and fees) when traveling with another passenger on a paid published coach airfare on the same itinerary, booked at the same time via the Alaska Airlines website. By contrast, the Hawaiian Airlines credit card gives just a $100 discount on a companion flight. Yes, you’ll be paying full freight on one fare, but the overall savings are substantial and the miles earned have a great deal of utility.
The (Bank of America) Alaska Airlines VISA Signature Card (link via USCreditCardGuide should offer $100 credit)
The Citi Prestige Card is the heavy hitter in the Citi ThankYou Points card lineup. It was specifically designed to benefit frequent travelers that PAY for frequent medium length hotel stays. And you’ll see exactly how lucrative this card can be.
If you were looking for a starter card, here it is. The Discover It Card is a cash back card with no annual fee and almost anyone with little or no credit history (especially students) may be accepted. They also give you the opportunity to double up all your points in the first year. Of course, it’s a Discover Card so there are some limitations on who will accept it for payment (especially internationally). But let’s take a look under the hood.
Starwood was recently in the news because it was bought out by Marriott to create the largest hotel chain in the world. Starwood’s loyalty program will eventually be merged Marriott’s, but for now, you get the best of all worlds, with reciprocal benefits between Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton. And now, until April 5, Amex is offering this card with its highest ever initial spending bonus of 35,000 SPG points!
Via Running with Miles and Million Mile Secrets, the initial spending bonus for the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express has been increased to 100,000 points! You are still required to spend $3,000 in 3 months and the $75 annual fee is not waived in the first year.
This is the historical high bonus for this card and is worth something in the neighborhood of $500 or more. I just reserved 3 nights at the Hilton Tokyo for 50,000 points/night and the ‘flexible’ rate for those nights was $401 each, making the 100,000 bonus worth $802 in this example.