There are a few credit cards that have big bonuses that can be transferred to a variety of airlines and hotels at the moment. Some are higher than usual; others are the normal bonus but allow for lots of flexibility.
As usual, the Chase Sapphire Preferred tops the list as one of the most valuable credit cards to have. After spending $4,000 in 3 months, you earn 40,000 bonus points. And if you add an authorized user (i.e. someone else you trust to use the card) you get an extra 5,000 bonus points. So, with an authorized user and the minimum spend, that’s 49,000 points to spend on travel. Just ask me for a referral and I’ll be happy to oblige. I’ve written much before about this card.
The Citi ThankYou Premier card is currently offered a bonus of 50,000 ThankYou points after spending $3,000 in the first three months of use. These points can be transferred to a variety of partner airlines and hotels much like the Chase Sapphire Preferred. A bonus over the other cards is its 3x bonus on travel (including gas stations).
The British Airways Visa card is offering 50,000 bonus Avios after spending $2,000 in the first three months. You may be thinking, “why should I get a British Airways card if I don’t live in England?” Well, with a great distance-based award travel chart, you could fly from PHL/NYC/BOS to Toronto for 4,500 Avis one-way + tax. Or you could go from NYC/PHL/BOS->Florida for 7,500 Avious one-way + tax. Amazing deals for flights that normally cost 12,500 miles from airlines like United or American.
I wrote about other big bonuses recently as well.