Fourth of July

I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by. It’s already July! At the end of June, Chase introduced an exciting revamped Hyatt credit card which is not restricted by 5/24. The increased sign-up bonus on the new Chase Marriott Premier Plus is still available through mid July so get it while you can! Here’s the list of top credit card sign-up bonuses for July 2018.

World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase

World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase

  • Earn 40,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months plus an additional 20,000 points after spending $6,000 total in the first 6 months
  • $95 annual fee

The new World of Hyatt credit card is an upgrade from the old version. You will earn 4x points on Hyatt purchases, 2x points on local transit and commuting (including ride sharing services), gym memberships, restaurants, and airline tickets, and 1x points on all other purchases. If you can meet the full spending requirement, that’s enough points for 2 nights in the nicest Hyatt hotels in the world!

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase

marriott rewards premier plus

  • 100,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months
  • $95 annual fee

The Chase Marriott Premier Plus was released this spring, replacing the Marriott Premier card. The earning structure on this card is enticing: 6x points on Marriott purchases and 2x points on all other purchases. The card also comes with a free night certificate on your card member anniversary which can redeemed at properties up to 35,000 points.

Chase Ink Business Unlimited

Chase Ink Unlimited

  • 50,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • No annual fee

There’s a new Chase Ink card in town and it looks a lot like the Chase Freedom Unlimited. You can earn unlimited 1.5x points (or cash back) on all purchases with this card. This is a good choice if the bonus categories from Chase Ink Cash or Preferred don’t work for you. The sign-up bonus also makes this card an obvious choice.

Chase Ink Business Cash

  • 50,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • No annual fee

This is the best bonus we’ve seen on this card. It’s a great deal considering there is no annual fee. The bonus is technically $500 cash back, but you can use the points as Chase Ultimate Rewards points if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve, or Chase Ink Preferred. You’ll earn 5x points on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on internet, cable, and phone services as well as 2x points on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases at gas stations and restaurants.

Chase Ink Business 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 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 to get the Companion Pass. If you earn the Companion Pass now, you will have free flights for your Companion for one and half years!

Blue Business Plus from American Express

Amex Blue Business Plus

  • 10,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • No annual fee

This isn’t a travel card per se, but it’s one of the best ways to earn Amex Membership Rewards points which are great for travel! This card earns 2x points on all purchases up to $50,000 with no category restrictions. And the best part…no annual fee! The sign-up bonus isn’t the best, but this card was previously offered without one. I think this card is worth it just for the 2x points and no annual fee.

Barclays JetBlue Plus

JetBlue Plus

  • 40,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days
  • $99 annual fee

While we previously saw an offer of 60,000 points on this card, 40,000 is still a great deal, especially if you are a frequent traveler on JetBlue. As a cardholder, you get a 10% rebate when you redeem points. Other perks include 5,000 bonus points every year, 50% savings on in-flight purchases, and a free checked bag. You can also apply for a similar offer on the business card.

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Business Card

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select

  • 70,000 miles after spending $4,000 in the first 4 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 from CitiBusiness 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. You can also earn 60,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months with the personal card version of this card.

Barclays 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. 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. You can also apply for a similar offer on the business card.

Above offers available as of 7/1/18. Click here for the most up-to-date offers.

Editorial Note: Opinions expressed here the are author’s alone, not those of any bank or credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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