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Update: Several–if not all–of these offers have expired. For the current best offers for free travel, see Best Credit Cards Offers.

When signing up for a credit card, I think there are four factors to consider:

  1. What is the value of the sign up bonus?
  2. What is value of putting my pattern of spending on the card? (category bonuses and the value of the base point earned)
  3. What are the benefits of holding the card? (lounge access, free checked bags, discounted awards, etc)
  4. When is the deal disappearing?

All things equal, you should apply for a card with a limited time sign up bonus over one that is stable. You can get the stable card next time.

What are the top nine credit card offers that are about to disappear? When are they disappearing? And how much worse will the upcoming offers be?

I don’t have inside information on when all credit card offers will end, and I certainly don’t know for sure what the new offers will be. All the information on this list is compiled based on cards’ historical sign up bonuses, and a little bit of inside info I do have. I’ve ordered the list by how much I would expect someone to lose by waiting until it’s too late to get the best current offer.

Nothing in this post should be construed as a suggestion to apply for a credit card now, or a guarantee that the offer will drop in the future. Don’t rush to get a card if you can’t meet its minimum spending requirement or use it responsibly. You are responsible for decisions that affect your credit.

1. Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard with 20,000 Miles & More miles after first purchase (the 50k bonus mile offer did disappear 6/30 as originally predicted in this post)

 

Full offer details:

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer
  • Earn an additional 30,000 award miles when you spend $5,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • With 50,000 award miles you can redeem for a round-trip award flight to Hawaii, Europe or the Caribbean!
  • Cardholders receive a Companion Ticket annually
  • Enjoy 2 award miles per $1 on Miles & More integrated airline ticket purchases and 1 award mile per $1 spent everywhere else
  • No mileage expiration with monthly qualifying purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees

2. US Airways Premier World MasterCard® with 30,000 US Airways miles after first purchase

Full offer details:

  • Earn up to 40,000 bonus miles on qualifying transactions
  • EXCLUSIVE: Redeem flights for 5,000 fewer miles
  • Zone 2 boarding on every flight
  • Enjoy 2 miles per $1 spent on US Airways purchases
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 spent everywhere else
  • Annual companion certificate good for round-trip travel for up to 2 companions at $99 each, plus taxes and fees
  • First Class check-in
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details

 

3a and 3b. and 3c and 3d. Southwest cards with 50k Rapid Rewards after spending $2k in three months

  • No end date known for the 50k offers
  • The offer for the cards has alternated between 50k and 25k
  • As long as you can earn a companion pass from 110k points earned from credit cards, you may be better off getting these cards late 2013 to earn the bonuses in 2014 and have a companion pass until the end of 2015

Full offer details and links are in the FlyerTalk thread and at the individual applications.

4. Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – Earn 2x on All Purchases with 40,000 miles after spending $1k in the first three months

  • No end date known for 40k offer
  • Normal offer is 20k miles
  • Missing out on the 40k offer and getting the 20k offer later would mean $222 less free travel
  • My full analysis of the card

Full offer details:

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles if you make $1,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. 40,000 bonus miles equates to $400 off your next trip!
  • 0% introductory APR on purchases for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%, based upon your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases
  • No mileage caps
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Exclusive Carry-on Miles – earn 10% of your miles back when you redeem for travel
  • Use miles for a statement credit toward any airline purchase to any destination with no seat restrictions and no blackout dates
  • Easily redeem your miles for statement credits toward flights, cruises, car rentals, hotels and more
  • Complimentary subscription to TripIt Pro mobile travel organizer – a $49 annual value!

5. Dead

6. Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® with 30,000 American Airlines miles after spending $3k in three months (as predicted, the 40k offer ended)

  • Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership*
  • Your first eligible checked bag is free*
  • Group 1 boarding and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases*
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*

Full offer details:

  • For a limited time, Earn 40,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership*
  • Your first eligible checked bag is free*
  • Priority Boarding with Group 1 privileges* and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases*
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*
  • *See full terms and conditions

7a and 7b. Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus with 60k Ultimate Rewards after spending $5k in three months

  • 60k offer ends June 22
  • Normal offer has been 50k for months

See Sunday’s post on the offer with link to Chase’s public landing page.

8. Frontier World MasterCard with 40k EarlyReturns miles after spending $500 in 90 days

Full offer details:

 

9. Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN with 50k Membership Rewards after $5k in spending in three months

  • No information on when 50k offer ends
  • The offer has bounced between nothing, 50k, and 75k this year a few times
  • Waiting could mean the offer drops 50k, stays the same, increases 25k, or something else entirely

Full offer details and application link at this landing page.

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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