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The U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® Card is offering a larger sign up bonus for those who apply by March 7, 2014 based on how many medals the US Olympic team wins in Sochi this month!

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The card normally comes with 20,000 bonus FlexPoints after spending $3,500 in the first 4 months.

Those who get apply for the card by March 7 and make a purchase by March 31, 2014 will earn bonus FlexPerks based on how many medals we take home:

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Two years ago, the same promotion was run during the Summer Olympics, and the it bumped the sign up bonus to 33,150 points. If Team USA repeats its performance from the 2010 Winter Games, the sign up bonus will total 29,550 points.

This promotion is amazing! It spurred me to apply for the U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® Card for myself this week. Other than the Olympics promotions, I haven’t seen the bonus on the card exceed 20,000 points, so I jumped at the chance to potentially get around 30,000 bonus FlexPoints based on how we do in Sochi.

For those not familiar with FlexPoints, 30,000 FlexPoints could be used to purchase an airline ticket that costs up to $600 on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates.

Like other bank point cards that can be used to get free tickets, the award ticket you fly will earn miles and status since the airline sees it as a cash ticket. Unique to the FlexPerks card, you are given a $25 statement credit for incidentals on the day of travel like checked baggage fees, lounge access, or onboard food purchases.

Full offer details:

  • Get 20,000 Bonus FlexPoints after the first $3,500 in net purchases in the first 4 months;
  • Award travel starts at just 20,000 FlexPoints (up to a $400 ticket value) on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates or redemption fees;
  • Earn one FlexPoint for every $1 of eligible net purchases charged to your card;
  • Earn two FlexPoints for every $1 spent on gas, grocery or airline purchases %u2014 whichever you spend most on each monthly billing cycle %u2014 and on most cell phone expenses;
  • Earn Triple FlexPoints for your charitable donations;
  • Earn 5,000 FlexPoints when you refer a friend who acquires and uses the card;
  • $0 Annual Fee* the first year, after that $49*;
  • Earn 3,500 bonus FlexPoints each year when you spend $24,000 in Net Purchases.

Redemption Levels

FlexPoints have a semi-fixed value. They are worth 2 cents each toward any available airfare on any day with no blackouts if you find a cash ticket that costs exactly $400, $600, $800, etc. If you redeem for a $500 ticket though, you get only 1.67 cents. Here are the exact redemption prices:

 

Because of the card’s incredible category bonuses,

  • 3x on charitable donations
  • 2x on gas, grocery or airline purchases – whichever you spend most on each monthly billing cycle – and on most cell phone expenses

I plan to get about 2 FlexPoints per dollar I put on the card. If I can redeem my FlexPoints for airfares near the top of their respective bands, I can effectively get 4% back on those purchases in the form of airfare.

That’s basically unbeatable!

A Great Complementary Card

I want to highlight the fact that a $401 and a $600 ticket both cost 30k FlexPoints. That means you really don’t want to use your FlexPoints for a $401, but a $599 ticket is a great use of FlexPoints.

You really want to use your FlexPoints for tickets that cost specific dollar amounts, and not all the tickets you buy will cost those amounts. That’s where the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® comes in.

Holding both the FlexPerks card and Arrival card maximizes both of them.

On the earning side, the Arrival card-at 2.22% back on all purchases–is better for purchases that aren’t in a FlexPerks category bonus while the FlexPerks is far better in its 2x and 3x categories.

On the redemption side, 1 Arrival mile is worth 1.11 cents on all travel redemptions (see How to Redeem Arrival Miles) while a FlexPoint can be worth 1.33 to 2 cents. Use the FlexPoints when they are worth close to 2 cents (ie a $390 or $580 ticket) and the Arrival miles for other redemptions.

For a full comparison of the Arrival, FlexPerks, and other similar cards, see my Comparison Table of Fixed-Value Bank-Point Cards.

Recap

Folks who apply for the FlexPerks card by March 7, 2014 will earn 20,000 bonus FlexPoints after a minimum spending requirement plus more bonus FlexPoints depending on how many medals Team USA earns.

For full details on the promotion and to apply, see here.

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!


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