Please note this site has financial relationships with American Express and this post may contain affiliate links. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here to learn more about my partners.
Right now there are lots of temporarily increased airline credit card sign-up bonuses that I want to summarize for you in one place so you can easily strategize and prioritize the ones that are most aligned with your family’s travel goals. As you will see with these increased offers, in many cases 60,000 is the new 50,000 in terms of high water marks for the sign-up bonuses.
All of the offers I am listing are publicly available as of this writing on June 8, 2017, with no special handshakes, referrals, or targeting required, but of course that information is subject to change at any point. There are also some higher targeted offers floating around out there for a few of these cards for folks who are targeted, so always keep your eyes open.
DELTA SKYMILES OFFERS REFERENCED HERE HAVE EXPIRED.
Earn up to 70,000 Delta SkyMiles
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.
DELTA SKYMILES OFFERS REFERENCED HERE HAVE EXPIRED.
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.
I’ve never seen these offers this high in the past, so even though some Delta awards may be getting pricier over time, at least the sign-up bonuses have increased as well. Between Josh and myself, at least one of us plans to add a Delta card to our wallets via these limited time offers.
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.
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 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.
Earn 60,000 American Airlines Miles
Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select: 60,000 American Airlines miles after $3,000 in spending in the first 3 months. $95 annual fee waived the first 12 months.
American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.
CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard: 60,000 American Airlines miles after $3,000 in spending in the first 3 months. $95 annual fee waived the first 12 months.
This card is not available if the business already has a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® card. Bonus miles are not available if you have had any CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card opened or closed in the past 24 months.
Both of these cards have the 24 month language for Citi American Airlines cards, meaning you can’t have opened or closed a card in that “rewards family” from Citi in the last two years. However, both business and personal Citi AAdvantage cards have their own 24 month clocks, so getting a personal card doesn’t impact your 24 month clock with a business card and vice versa.
Earn 50,000 United MileagePlus Miles
MileagePlus Explorer Card: 50,000 bonus United miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. $95 annual fee.
The Explorer Card for Small Business: 50,000 bonus United miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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.
Earn 30,000 Alaska Airlines Miles + $0 Base Fare Companion Certificate
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card: 30,000 Alaska bonus miles after spending $1,000 in first 90 days, $0 base fare companion certificate. $75 annual fee.
The sign-up bonus miles have not increased for this card, however for a limited time they are sweetening the regular sign-up bonus since you get a companion certificate that comes with a $0 base fare! Via this offer, all you pay on your first annual companion certificate is approximately $22 in taxes and fees instead of the normal $99 + $22 in taxes/fees. You can use that companion certificate with paid fares on Alaska Airlines or Virgin America!
You may also want to read this post to see about an offer with a $100 statement credit.
While all of these offers are said to be special or limited time, we don’t have end dates on all of them, so sooner is sometimes better than later in terms of pulling the trigger if you know for sure what you want. As you may have noticed, I don’t have direct links posted for all of these offers, but you can check out this post on how to find a rewards credit card application. If you still need more help after checking that post out let me know and I’ll help you find what you are looking for as best as I can.
Are any of these temporarily increased airline credit card sign-up bonus offers on your summer application to do lists? I’d love to hear more about your current rewards card strategy and how airline cards fit into it!
Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.