Almost a full year since quarantine started…can you believe it? This month, you can earn the Companion Pass for the next year by opening one of the personal credit cards from Southwest. While you may not be eager to travel, this could come in handy if you have places you need to fly. Here’s my list of top credit card sign-up bonuses for March 2021.

Hilton Honors Card from American Express
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  • 100,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first three months plus earn a $100 statement credit after your first purchase in the first three months
  • No annual fee

This sign-up bonus is higher than usual for the Hilton Honors card and includes a statement credit. This is enough points for a free night at top properties like the Conrad Maldives or the Waldorf Astoria New York. Other benefits include Silver status and no foreign transaction fees.

Hilton Honors Surpass from American Express
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  • 150,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three months plus earn a $150 statement credit after your first purchase in the first three months
  • $95 annual fee

This card was previously called Ascend but was switched back to its original name, Surpass. It comes with Gold status and no foreign transaction fees. If you got the sign-up bonus for the original Surpass or the Ascend, you will not be eligible for this bonus.

Hiltons Honors American Express Business Card
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  • 150,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three months plus earn a $150 statement credit after your first purchase in the first three months
  • $95 annual fee

This offer is the same as what we’re seeing for the Hilton Honors Surpass card. If you already had that card and are eligible to apply for business cards, this one is a must. If you’ve had neither card, you might as well apply for both!

American Express Platinum Card
American Express Platinum
  • 75,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 6 months
  • $550 annual fee

This is the best offer with a publicly available link, but you might have a shot at getting 100,000 or even 125,000 points. Click here to find out more.

American Express Gold Card
Amex Gold Card
  • 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
  • $250 annual fee

The Amex Gold card usually offers 35,000 points so it’s worth snagging it now. Keep in mind you can only get this sign-up bonus once. Also, you won’t be eligible if you previously had the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus from Chase
  • Earn Companion Pass® through 2/28/2022 plus 30,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 month
  • $69 annual fee

This offer on the Southwest personal cards is unique since it’s an easy way to earn the Companion Pass and some points. Just remember, you can only get one personal card. Paired with a business card, this can help you easily earn the Companion Pass. 

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier from Chase
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  • Earn Companion Pass® through 2/28/2022 plus 30,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 month
  • $99 annual fee

When choosing a Southwest personal card, you’ll have to compare cardmember benefits to see which card is right for you (see here).

Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority from Chase
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  • Earn Companion Pass® through 2/28/2022 plus 30,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 month
  • $149 annual fee

Again, you’ll have to compare cardmember benefits to see which card is right for you. If you’re a big-time Southwest flyer, you might get more from benefits like the $75 Southwest annual travel credit and four upgraded boardings per year.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Card from Chase
Southwest Performance Business Card
  • 100,000 point offer! 70,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months and 35,000 miles after spending $25,000 in the first 6 months
  • $199 annual fee

I’m not sure about spending $25,000 on this card in six months, but the 70,000 point offer isn’t too bad on its own. The Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business card offers some great benefits including 3x points on Southwest purchases, 9,000 points on your cardmember anniversary, four upgraded boardings per year, inflight WiFi credits, and Global Entry fee reimbursement.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card from Chase
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  • 60,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • $99 annual fee

I usually recommend pairing a Southwest business card with one of the Southwest personal cards to get the Companion Pass but that might not be the most useful thing right now. Either way, it’s a good option for stocking up on Southwest points.

United Business Card from Chase
United business card
  • 75,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months
  • $99 annual fee

While this isn’t the highest offer we’ve seen on the Chase United Business card, it has a more manageable spending requirement than in the past.

IHG Credit Card from Chase
chase ihg premier
  • 140,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • $89 annual fee, waived first year

This is one of the best sign-up bonus yet on this card. My favorite thing about this card is the fourth night free benefit on award redemptions. Along with the free anniversary night, this card can be a real money saver if you like to stay at IHG properties.

Chase Freedom Unlimited
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  • 20,000 points after spending $500 in the first 3 months
  • No annual fee

Chase Freedom Unlimited is a good card to have in general. Recent updates to the card now allow you to earn 5x points on travel purchases through Chase, 3x points on dining and drug stores, and 1.5x points on all other purchases. While it looks like a cashback card on the surface, you can transfer points to airlines if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve, or Chase Ink Preferred.

Chase Freedom Flex
Chase Freedom Flex
  • 20,000 points after spending $500 in the first 3 months
  • No annual fee

The Chase Freedom Flex is the new version of the Chase Freedom. This card earns 5x points on rotating categories up to $1,500 per quarter, 5x points on travel purchases through Chase, 3x points on dining and drug stores, and 1x points on all other purchases. Along with Chase Freedom Unlimited and a Chase Sapphire card, the Chase Freedom completes the Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card “trifecta”. You can transfer points to airlines if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve, or Chase Ink Preferred.

Chase Ink Business Unlimited
Chase Ink Unlimited
  • 75,000 points after spending $7,500 in the first 3 months
  • No annual fee

Like the Chase Freedom Unlimited, you can earn unlimited 1.5x points (or cashback) on all purchases with this card. The bonus is technically $750 cashback, but you can use the points as Chase Ultimate Rewards points if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve, or Chase Ink Preferred. 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
  • 75,000 points after spending $7,500 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 $750 cashback, 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.

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature from Bank of America
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The Alaska Airlines credit card offers usually sit at 30,000 miles for a $1,000 spending requirement. Since these miles are so versatile, the extra $1,000 spend is worth it for 10,000 more miles. Also, the $100 statement credit offsets the annual fee. Just be careful with Bank of America’s rules. There is also a similar offer on the business card with a $200 statement credit.

  • 40,000 miles and $100 statement credit after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • Companion Fare – Buy one ticket, get one for $99 + taxes and fees
  • $75 annual fee
Citi Premier
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  • 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
  • $95 annual fee, waived first year

The sign-up bonus is worth a minimum of $750 towards airfare! In addition to the bonus, you’ll earn 3x points on travel and 2x on dining out and entertainment. Points can also be transferred to airlines including Singapore Airlines and JetBlue.

Above offers available as of 3/1/2020. 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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