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There are tons of really good limited time offers wrapping in the coming days, and I am getting an increasing number of questions about which one(s) to apply for before the deadlines. The correct answer to that question is always, it depends. In some cases there is no reason to limit yourself to just one of these offers, but you also can’t realistically go for all of them, so I totally understand narrowing the choices down. In general, I recommend deciding which one(s) to apply for based on your likelihood to get approved for the bonus (ie Chase 5/24, have you had the card before, etc.), your plans for the points, and how often the increased bonus usually comes around.
If you need the Southwest bonus to put you over the Companion Pass qualification hump, you probably want to go for one of those three cards. If you want to get in on the Hyatt offer before it changes for good, I’d go for that. If you want to pad your SkyMiles balance since the increased bonuses have never hit this level before, go for one of the Delta Amex cards. I think many could get away with going for one of these Chase cards and one of these Amex cards, but again, every situation is unique so here is a further breakdown.
DELTA SKYMILES OFFERS REFERENCED HERE HAVE EXPIRED.
I don’t remember seeing the Delta Amex cards at this level before as they previously have offered 10,000 fewer miles at their peaks. The increased bonuses are most reliably found once in the summer, so I’m not personally expecting them to increase their public bonuses again for quite a while once this offer ends next week. I’m having great success with SkyMiles recently, but keep in mind they don’t have a published award chart and they seem to have no problem changing award prices at will. We fully plan to apply for at least one of these offers before the July 5th deadline since I am again 100% out of SkyMiles thanks to putting them all to good use.
DELTA SKYMILES OFFERS REFERENCED HERE HAVE EXPIRED.
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in the first 4 months + a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 4 months. $0 annual fee for the first year, then $95. Terms Apply. Scheduled to run through July 5, 2017.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: Earn 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $4,000 in purchases in your first 4 months + $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 4 months. $195 annual fee. Terms Apply. Scheduled to run through July 5, 2017.
There are also small business versions of these card with very similar temporarily increased offers that I’m sure you can find if you poke around the internet a bit. Note that all of the Delta Amex cards are considered unique products so you can get each one individually even if you have had a similar one in the past. However, each card does have the caveat: “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product.” This means if you are looking to add a Delta Amex to your wallet, you probably want to pick one you haven’t had in the past.
Ends June 29th – Earn 60,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points
Southwest Plus Credit Card: 60,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. $69 annual fee.
Southwest Premier Credit Card: 60,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. $99 annual fee.
Southwest Premier Business Credit Card: 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. $99 annual fee.
These products are available to you if you do not have the specific card you are applying for, and have not received a new cardmember bonus for that specific card in the last 24 months. Also remember that Chase follows the 5/24 rule for these cards so it probably isn’t worth your time applying if you are at or over five new credit accounts across all banks in the last 24 months.
I especially like these increased bonuses since they will count towards your Southwest Companion Pass qualifying point totals for the year, so you would have less than 50,000 points to go to hit 110,000 qualifying points after getting just one of these cards and triggering the sign-up bonus to earn the Companion Pass! The normal high water mark for these cards is 50,000 points, so 60,000 is a very solid number, but these cards do increased their bonuses somewhat regularly so perhaps we will see 60,000 again.
Ends June 29th – Two Hyatt Award Nights
Of all of the increased offers ending soon, this one is theoretically ending for good. Beginning June 29, 2017, the sign-up bonus offer for this card will be switching from two award nights to use within a year at virtually any Hyatt property around the world after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, to a 40,000 point sign-up bonus after you hit the spending requirement. For me, this is bad news as I like to redeem these award nights at top tier properties that go for 25,000 – 30,000 points per night, but for others the points will represent more flexibility to stretch and use for awards as you wish.
If you want to use the award nights to stay at properties that would otherwise cost 30,000 Hyatt points per night such as the slope-side Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, the elegant Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, the Park Hyatt New York City, the not-yet-open Park Hyatt St. Kitts, or even the Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach in Maui then you want to apply by June 29th before this offer becomes a part of miles and points history!
I already have the card, but Josh plans to apply in the next couple of days. This card is reportedly not subject to Chase 5/24 rules, meaning that you can potentially still get it even if you have five or more new credit accounts in the last 24 months. Be aware the terms do indicate that the sign-up bonus is not available if you have the card or have received a new cardmember bonus for the card in the past 24 months.
You can read all about the offer and why I personally think it is worth applying for ASAP in this post.
I’d love to hear which of these offers, if any, your family is planning to try for in the next few days!
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