Once again, we’ve had a lot of great new credit card offers and options emerge. While it’s disappointing that the personal Southwest cards have dipped back down to 40,000 points as a bonus offer, there are some other options to focus on for the moment instead — and they are some doozies, many at the highest offers we’re likely to see!
I’ve rounded up what I’ve seen as the top offers for travel credit cards for May that you may want to consider.
Chase 5/24 Rule
As always, keep in mind Chase’s 5/24 rule, which means that they won’t approve you for any new cards if you’ve opened five or more new credit card accounts in the last 24 months. Here’s a great program to help you keep track of where you are with 5/24.
There are a few Chase cards that don’t adhere to that rule, according to Doctor of Credit, meaning you CAN potentially be approved for these EVEN if you have opened five or more cards in the last two years, including several I recommend in this post:
- Chase IHG cards
- Chase Hyatt
- Chase British Airways
- Chase Aer Lingus
- Chase Iberia
- Chase Disney
- Chase Marriott Premier business
- Chase Ritz-Carlton
- Chase Amazon
- Chase AARP
Also, some business cards may not count against you as “five” of the new cards opened, according to Doctor of Credit, including business cards from:
- American Express
- Wells Fargo
- U.S. Bank
Be sure to plan your credit card openings strategically with the above in mind! Check out my travel credit card plan for beginners for some ideas to get you started.
Now on to the top cards for May!
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Top 6 Travel Credit Card Offers for May
There are so many good ones! Did I mention that? 😉
1. Chase British Airways Visa Signature – 100,000-Point Bonus Offer
While you’ll have to have significant expenditures to meet this one, if you have a big project coming up, say a home remodel, or have some hefty business expenses you can have reimbursed, I love this offer.
I am a big fan of Avios, which you can earn AND redeem with British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia. We used Aer Lingus’ off-peak season offer of 26,000 Avios (their version of miles) to fly round-trip from Chicago to Dublin last year and then make our way on into other major cities in Europe. So I’m all about collecting Avios in any way possible for more trips to Europe!
This offer for the Chase British Airways card nets you 50,000 bonus Avios after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months and then gives you the opportunity to earn another 50,000 points through continued spending:
- Earn 25,000 additional bonus Avios after spending $10,000 on the card within the first year
- Earn 25,000 MORE bonus Avios after spending a total of $20,000 within your first year
You can then easily transfer these from British Airways to Aer Lingus on Avios.com and book your a flight for four people to Europe like us! Here are the complete details of how to fly four to Europe for 26,000 Avios each.
The annual fee for this card is $95.
2. NEW Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card – 100,000-Point Sign-up Bonus!
This is a brand new “luxury” card from Marriott that launched May 3 with a MAJOR sign-on bonus equal to Chase Sapphire Reserve’s 100,000-point initial sign-on bonus in 2016/2017 that we’ve yet to see again.
The offer gives you 100,000 Bonus Points after spending $5,000 in the first three months. Keep in mind that SPG Starpoints and Marriott will merge together in August, and you can use those 100,000 points to book Marriott, Starwood or Ritz Carlton properties. You can also use them to book experiences with SPG or Marriott Moments, like when my family attended a Chicago Cubs game in the SPG Suite at Wrigley Field.
You can also transfer these points to SPG and turn them into airline miles. The SPG program right now (I’ve got a query into AMEX to see if this will continue in August) allows you to transfer Starpoints to many airline programs like British Airways and United at a 1:1 ratio and kicks in a bonus 5,000 miles for every 20,000 Starpoints you transfer.
We used this feature to get more miles to book flights on Aer Lingus to fly from Dublin to Paris and from Bologna, Italy back to Dublin in 2017.
Annual Fee: $95
Other card benefits include:
- Free night equal to no more than 35,000 points yearly
- 6 points per $1 at Marriott & Starwood properties
- 2 points per $1 on all other purchases
- Silver Elite Status each year
- In 2019, 15 Elite Night credits yearly
3. Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card – 60,000-Point Bonus Offer
The Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier business card remains at its highest-ever 60,000-point offer after meeting a $3,000 minimum spend within the first three months. The offer does not currently have an end date.
By signing up for this card and one Chase Rapid Rewards personal card (either Premier or Plus), you can get 104,000 of the 110,000 points you need to earn your Southwest Companion Pass, which lets one person fly free with you from the time you earn it until the END of 2019. See more about how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass in May.
I earned my first Southwest Companion Pass in 2015 with 100,000 points from Southwest credit cards. Getting the remaining 6,000 points is easy and can be completed quickly! Download my free ebook below that walks you step-by-step through earning the pass to find out how to earn the rest of those points.
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Plus, you can also use all those points to book FREE flights. My family flew to six destinations on Southwest using 160,000 points earned from the Southwest cards and Chase Sapphire Preferred for less than $100 per flight for all four of us.
4. Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express – 100,000-Point Welcome Offer!
Hilton fans, here’s a MAJOR offer to earn Hilton Honors points! The Hilton Honors Ascend Card is offering:
- 75,000 Bonus Points after a $2,000 minimum spend in 3 months
- An additional 25,000 Bonus Points after spending an additional $1,000 in 6 months
- Weekend Night Reward after spending $15,000 in one calendar year
Other card benefits include:
- 12 points per $1 on Hilton purchases
- 6 points per $1 on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations
- 3 points per $1 on everything else
- No foreign transaction fees
Annual Fee: $95
5. Ink Business Cash Credit Card – $500 Bonus Cash Offer!
Getting $500 cash back after spending $3,000 in the first three months is about as good a coupon as I can think of! If you’ve got a major business expense coming up and you’d like to save $500 on it, consider using this card to pay for it. Even better, it has NO annual fee!
Outside of the bonus sign-on offer, the card gives you 5% cash back on expenses at office supply stores, as well as Internet, cable and phone services up to $25,000 yearly AND 2% cashback on gas stations and restaurants up to $25,000 yearly. You’ll earn 1% cash back on all other purchases. That’s all cash back in your small business’ pocket that you can use to grow your business.
There’s also a 0% APR for the first 12 months on balance transfers and new purchases, though it increases to 14.49-25.49% after the introductory period.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named it the “Best Rewards Card for Small Business Owners” in July 2017
6. IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card – 90,000-Point Offer!
IHG are some of my favorite hotels to stay in, as I LOVE the EVEN Hotels brand, as well as Kimpton, Hotel Indigo and InterContinental, and you can always count on any Holiday Inn to be an affordable, quality place to stay.
This is a new card introduced in April 2018 that currently has an 80,000-point bonus after spending $2,000 in the first three months and another 10,000 bonus points with a $20,000 spend by your anniversary date
It comes with a low $89 annual fee, which is more than offset by the annual free night and $100 Global Entry credit (see below).
Other benefits include:
- 10 points per $1 at IHG hotels
- 2 points per $1 at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
- Anniversary free night at eligible hotels
- Platinum Elite IHG® Rewards Club member status
- $100 Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check credit
- No foreign transaction fees
- Fourth reward night free on point redemptions of four or more nights
- 20% discount on points purchases
Here is a full post with more details on this card.
Some pretty great deals here don’t you agree? These are probably some of the highest offers we will ever see on these cards, as it doesn’t get any better than a free 100,000 points!
Which will you take advantage of?
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