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The best credit card welcome bonuses for families are always changing based on new cards entering the market, limited-time offers coming and going, and the ever-changing loyalty landscape. Now that we are into June, I wanted to offer a refreshed round-up of some of the top new and limited time credit card bonuses for families. This is not an exhaustive list of everything out there, but rather some offers to pay special attention to right now because they are either brand new or temporarily higher than normal. Families need bigger welcome bonuses more than anyone, so here are some of the best current credit card bonuses for families to consider.
100,000 Marriott Rewards points from new Premier Plus Card
In May, Chase introduced a brand new Marriott Rewards card that is offering a limited time bonus of 100,000 Marriott Rewards points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months. The card will also convey a Free Night Award valid at properties costing up to 35,000 Marriott points per night at each account anniversary. Learn more.
If you get this brand new 100,000 point Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card right now and meet the spending requirement very quickly, you would likely have the option of either using the bonus points to book hotels via the current Marriott and SPG award chart prices, or save them and pounce on the new opportunities that will present themselves beginning in August when the new combined award chart launches.
Be aware that this is a brand new card, but the terms indicate that those who currently hold or obtained the bonus for the similar Marriott Premier Card in the last 24 months are not eligible for this bonus.
Up to 125,000 Hilton Honors points from temporarily increased offers
A trio of Hilton American Express cards has increased their welcome bonuses until June 27. 2018. These are the best offers I have ever seen for these cards, and each is considered a unique product. This means that having one should not automatically preclude you from having a different one. Of note is that the Hilton Honors Card has no annual fee, making it a great option for folks who like to keep fees to a minimum. The Hilton Honors Amex Business Card has the highest welcome bonus in terms of sheer quantity of points. Finally, the Hilton Honors Ascend personal card may be the most compelling offer of them all as the weekend award night you get at the first anniversary can be used at Hilton properties around the world that cost up to 95,000 points per night!
Hilton Honors Card from American Express: Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you make $1,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months. Terms apply.
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card: Earn 125,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. Terms apply.
Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express: Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn a free weekend night award after your first anniversary of card membership. Terms apply.
Earn up to 100,000 bonus Amex Membership Reward points
I know that a Platinum Amex may not seem like a family-friendly card on the surface because of the $450 annual fee, but it really can be for families who frequently travel. Not only is the limited time offer of up to 100,000 bonus Membership Reward points higher than normal and very useful for families who want to stretch their miles with the variety of Membership Reward transfer partners, but the Amex Platinum also comes with some very solid travel perks such as Priority Pass Select Membership, access to the Amex Centurion Lounge network, $200 in annual Uber credits, and a $200 annual airline fee credit. See Rates & Fees
For a limited-time until August 8, 2018, the Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is offering up to 100,000 bonus Membership Reward points. This 100,000 point bonus is awarded in two 50,000 point chunks with different spending thresholds.
- The first 50,000 Membership Reward bonus points are awarded after you spend $10,000 in the first three months.
- The second 50,000 bonus Membership Reward points are awarded after you spend an additional $15,000 on qualifying purchases, also in the same first three months.
This means to earn the full 100,000 point bonus you will need to spend $25,000 on the card in the first three months. That is a real spending commitment that not everyone can do, though as this is a small business card, perhaps your family’s (not so small) business has that level of spending.
New Ink Business Unlimited offers 50,000 bonus points with no annual fee
The Ink Business Unlimited Card recently launched with a 50,000 point welcome bonus after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. Learn more.
This is a tremendously solid welcome bonus for a small business card with no annual fee. The welcome bonus is advertised as $500, but the 50,000 points can be even more valuable than that if you also have a premium Ultimate Rewards card such as the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Business Preferred. If you also have one fo those cards, you can transfer the points from the new Ink Business Unlimited to that premium card, and then onto Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline partners including Hyatt, United, Southwest, Singapore, Marriott, British Airways, and more to take advantage of those award charts.
In addition to the great welcome bonus, the Ink Business Unlimited also earns 1.5x on purchases, which is extremely solid for everyday purchases. I often use the United Club Card to earn 1.5x United miles on everyday purchases, but earning 1.5x Ultimate Reward points is so much better than earning miles in one airline program since you have more options when it comes time to redeem.
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