Two More Cards Increase Sign-Up Bonuses to 50k and Up!

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Last week we saw the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card jump to 50,000 miles as a public sign up bonus (this offer has expired), which was great, but that seems to just be the beginning of the increased credit card sign-up bonuses!

Miles & More Premier MasterCard Increases Bonus to 50,000 Miles!

This offer has expired. 

The Miles & More Premier MasterCard from Barclaycard has now increased its sign-up bonus to 50,000 total miles – 20,000 miles after first purchase and an additional 30,000 award miles after $5,000 in purchase within the first 90 days.  You can use these miles to fly on Lufthansa, SWISS, etc. or any Star Alliance partners, such as United.  Note this is not an affiliate link, just an offer I thought might be interesting to some…

This increased offer historically seems to come around a few times per year, and then drops back down again.  This means if you were looking for another credit card option to book Star Alliance award flights, then now is the time to pay attention to this offer while it is temporarily higher than ‘normal’.

This card does come with a $79 annual fee that is not waived the first year.  Before I tell you how to use these miles, I want to offer a few reminders.  First, if you are newer to miles and points you will most likely do better with other Barclaycard offers such as the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® that awards 40,000 points you can use as $440 toward travel after $3,000 in purchases in the first three months.  Both have lower spending thresholds and award points that are more straight-forward to redeem for most people.

I do not consider the Premier Miles and More a “starter” credit card in the world of miles and points, but it can be a decent intermediate option for those that already have many of the more straight-forward cards like the two just mentioned.

How I Would Use 50,000 Miles and More Miles:

Personally my biggest attraction to this card would be using the miles to fly on Star Alliance partner, United.  Doing this will help you avoid the massive taxes/fees that can come from flying on Lufthansa.  Of particular interest might be using the miles to fly domestically in the United States on United for 25,000 miles round trip in economy or 35,000 miles in domestic first class (coded as business class in I) on a two cabin plane.   In fact, I list this as one of my favorite airline award chart sweet spots.

Lufthansa 50000

That means that the 50,000 mile sign-up bonus is enough for two domestic coach tickets in the US on partner United (40,000 miles each if you want to fly to Hawaii).  Or, you could save up your miles until you hit 70,000 miles and splurge on two first class domestic round trip tickets coded as business in the United States.  Do keep in mind that Miles and More expire after 36 months from the date they are issued.

United domestic first class seat on the 787

United domestic first class seat on the 787

This Premier Miles & More 50,000 mile offer is not for everyone, but there are some good strategic uses of these miles that might make sense for your family, even for domestic travel in the United States.

Ink Plus Increases Sign-Up Bonus to 60,000 Points

Another card that increased its sign-up bonus recently is the Ink Plus that went from 50k to 60k sign-up bonus points.  This card is one of my favorites since the Ultimate Reward points it earns can be transferred 1:1 to hotel and airline partners such as United, Hyatt, Southwest, British Airways, Singapore, and many more.  It also awards 5x points (up to first $50k per anniversary year) at office supply stores, cell phone, landline expenses, internet, and cable TV services.

The $95 annual fee is not waived with this offer, and since Small Business Week starts on Monday we”ll cross our fingers that other small business cards might celebrate with increased offers!

Head to Frequent Miler’s Quick Deals for more details on this offer.

Since credit card sign-up bonuses are a great way to pad your miles and points stash, I’ll keep you in the loop in case any other cards increase their sign-up bonuses in the coming days!

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Comments

    • Kevin, that is true if you have the card (and keep it) and make a purchase on it each month…or something like that. In other words, only really should apply to your decision making if this is a card you plan to get and use regularly for years to come.

  1. I always get the M&M 50K and with a little spend get a 60K United rt ticket to South America: Buenos Aires, Rio or Sao Paulo. $1000 ticket for $79 basically.

    LH is very easy to deal with on the phone and you have a couple years I believe to use the miles.

  2. I’m debating opening the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card. Do you know if you can combine the points with the Chase Rewards program? I’m looking to schedule a trip to Hawaii but my husbands work schedule makes it difficult to get get the saver rewards seats, so I’m left with the Chase rewards program, we have a little over 40,000 and am looking to build that account up more to cover the cost. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Michelle

    • Michelle, you can transfer your Ultimate Reward points to United, but not your United miles to Ultimate Rewards. If you want more flexible points to use as cash I would look at the Barclaycard Arrival that will give you $440 worth of points to use toward travel via their sign-up bonus.

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