The Two Ways to Value Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

A note from Sarah Page: Scott originally wrote this post years ago, but it is still very much valid and important today. 

Once a month we update a list of what, are in our opinion, the best travel credit cards on the market. We also update a similar list, but for small business credit cards, monthly. How I rank them is largely defined by their sign up bonuses. So the next logical question would be, how do I value those sign up bonuses?

There are two equally valid ways to value a credit card sign up bonus.

ThankYou Premier 50k Bonus Changing Tomorrow

The Citi ThankYou Premier Card currently has an offer of 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $4,000 in purchases within the first three months of account opening.

According to One Mile at a Time, that sign up bonus is changing tomorrow, August 22. This is not shocking considering that, for the majority of 2016, the ThankYou Premier had no sign up bonus whatsoever. Then in December of 2016, Citi came back with 40k points for a $3k minimum spending requirement bonus.

9 Limited Time Credit Card Offers You Don’t Want to Miss

Competition is stiff among big boy issuing banks at the moment. It has a lot to do with the Chase Sapphire Reserve® card kicking ass, and everyone else just trying to keep their head above water.

How does this affect you? Amazing credit card sign up offers. Lots of them. Here are nine that are only going to be around for a limited time.

United Card Publicly Offering Up to 55,000 Bonus Miles

Update August 6, 2014: In the comments here and other places, I've read that the 55k offer + $50 statement credit offer is not working for folks. Test it out. If it doesn't work for you, try out the same incredible 55k offer without a $50 statement credit.

The United MileagePlus Explorer Card is now publicly offering 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in your first three months as a cardmember.

How to Get Part of Your Annual Fee Back from Citi

The offer mentioned in this post is out of date, so all links have been removed. For the best current rewards card offers, see here.

In my experience, if you cancel a Citi card, Citi will refund you a prorated portion of your annual fee.

Why You Shouldn’t Get the 75k AMEX Gold Business Card Available Today Only

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