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February may be a short month, but there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of some credit card sign-up bonuses. Why not put that Valentine’s Day gift on a new credit card and earn some points while you’re at it? It’s still early enough in the year that you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass for almost two full years. Also, the 60,000 mile offer on Citi American Airlines cards won’t last for long, so sign up while you still can! Here’s the top list of credit card sign-up bonuses for February 2018.

Chase Ink Preferred

Chase Ink Preferred

  • 80,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months
  • $95 annual fee

This is currently Chase’s highest bonus on a card that earns Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Points are worth 1.25x when redeemed on Chase’s portal. You can also transfer to Chase’s travel partners at a 1:1 ratio. You’ll earn 3x points on travel purchases and business-related expenses like shipping purchases, Internet, cable and phone services, and social media/online advertising. Might as well pay some bills with this card!

Chase Sapphire Reserve

Chase Sapphire Reserve

  • 50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
  • $450 annual fee

While the sign-up bonus is smaller, Chase Sapphire Reserve is still one of the best cards around for its travel protection benefits. I still think it’s worth getting this card for the 50,000 point sign-up bonus and possibly keeping it since the annual fee is only $150 if you deduct the $300 travel credit. Note: You can no longer get both the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Chase Sapphire Preferred

  • 50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
  • Earn 5,000 points for adding an authorized user
  • $95 annual fee, waived the first year

You can no longer get both Chase Sapphire credit cards at the same time. If you’re just going after the bonus and don’t care about card benefits, then I’d recommend getting Chase Sapphire Preferred because the annual fee is waived for the first year.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus From Chase

Southwest Plus Card

  • 50,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • $69 annual fee

While we’ve seen 60,000 point offers in the past, 50,000 points is still a really good deal, especially if you are going after the Companion Pass. You can also get 50,000 points from the Premier card though the annual fee is $99. I recommend getting the Plus over the Premier since the annual fee is slightly lower.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card from Chase

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business

  • 60,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • $99 annual fee

You can pair the Southwest business card with one of the two personal cards for an easy Companion Pass. It’s still early in 2018 so if you meet the spending requirements quickly, you will have free flights for your Companion for almost two full years!

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select

  • 60,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • $95 annual fee, waived first year

This increased sign-up offer is perfect if you’re looking to earn some American Airlines miles. Keep in mind that you can only get the bonus if you haven’t opened or closed any American Airlines product (excluding business cards) from Citi in the past 24 months. This rule works separately for personal and business cards so you can open the business card even if you’ve recently received the bonus for a personal American Airlines card from Citi (and vice versa). You can also get the same bonus on the business card.

Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard

Barclaycard Aviator Red

  • 50,000 miles when you make your first purchase in the first 90 days and pay the annual fee
  • $95 annual fee

It’s rare these days to see an offer with such a high bonus without a spending requirement. The sign-up bonus recently changed from 60,000 to 50,000 miles, but this is still a great deal. You’re essentially “buying” miles for the cost of the annual fee which is $95. It would cost over $1,000 if you were to buy 50,000 miles on the American Airlines website. Sweet!

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature from Bank of America

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  • $100 statement credit and 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Companion Fare – Buy one ticket, get one for just taxes and fees (from $22)
  • $75 annual fee

The Alaska Airlines credit card has always offered a companion fare as part of the sign-up offer, but previously the companion ticket cost $99 plus taxes and fees. This was a decent deal before and now it’s even better since you can save an extra hundred dollars. Better yet, the statement credit more than offsets the annual fee. This card is churnable so you can get the bonus again even if you’ve had it in the past! Just be careful with Bank of America’s new rule.

U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve

U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card

  • 50,000 bonus points worth $750 on travel after spending $4,500 in the first 90 days
  • $400 annual fee

In 2017, U.S. Bank introduced an exciting new travel rewards card. But there’s a catch, you can only get the card if you’re a current U.S. Bank customer. While the card has a $400 annual fee, the $325 annual travel credit helps offset it. Other perks include 12 Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi passes per year, 4 Priority Pass lounge visits per year, and a $100 statement credit for Global Entry. You’ll also earn 3x points on travel purchases and mobile wallet spending. This offer will be around for a while so you can always become a U.S. Bank customer, wait a month, and then apply for the card.

Above offers available as of 2/7/18. Click here for the most up-to-date offers.

2 thoughts on “Top Travel Credit Cards: February 2018”

  1. I’m guessing most of your readers are newbies but might wanna mention Chase 5/24. I’m glad I got every one of these cards in my wallet, except the Reserve 🙁

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