If you are going to play the credit card points game, you should be getting new cards every few months. I have been approved for four cards (from four different banks) in a single day numerous times. Yes, you do have to hit a minimum spend within a certain period of time to get bonuses, but even taking that into consideration, I’d say if you play the game smart, for every a hour of work/research you put into it, you can obtain points and miles worth thousands.
I’ve said it before, but I will keep saying it: opening new credit cards will not hurt your credit score. I currently have 14 credit cards. I closed 3 others recently and my credit score is 775. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at the five best signup bonuses out there right now for personal credit cards.
This card offers 125,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months after opening the account. Now, if you never stay at Hiltons or are just partial to another hotel chain, you should skip this one. But there are Hiltons all over the world so I like to keep a decent balance of HH points, which I value at about a half-cent each.
Of course the value does depend largely on where you travel to. 125,000 points won’t even get you two nights at most Hiltons in New York City. But they can get you four free nights at several hotels near Disney World in Orlando. There is a $95 annual fee for this card that is not waived the first year so I put the cash value of this bonus around $500. Apply here.
This card gives you 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. Those points are worth $750 toward travel if you redeem them through the Chase travel portal, but the major value is in transferring them to airline and hotel programs (especially British Airways to book American flights and to Hyatt for hotels). There’s a $95 annual fee so this bonus is worth at least $655 and potentially over $1,000 if transferred to FF programs. Apply here.
I’ve had this card for 10 years and I gladly pay the annual $95 fee each year. More on that in a minute, but the offer on this card is 25,000 Hyatt points after spending $3,000 in the first three months and another 25,000 points after a total of $6,000 in spending in the first six months. Hyatt doesn’t have the huge footprint that Hilton does, but the points go so much further.
I value them at 2 cents each so you are looking at about $900 in value with this bonus factoring in the annual fee. Each year you pay that fee, you get a free night in a category 1-4 hotel. The hotel below is an example of a category 4. Look at that cash price. We also love staying at Hyatt Places because you get a decent free breakfast. Get this card and keep it forever. Apply here.