We’ve curated a list of the best welcome bonus rewards for credit cards.
I remember a time when the best welcome bonuses were 50,000 points. Whether it was miles, points, or some other reward – fifty thousand was the gold standard.
The regular cards offered like twenty or thirty, while the best ones offered fifty.
Nowadays, the best have outdone themselves by offering six-figure bonuses. There’s something magical about getting a 100,000 influx into your account and seeing how much that can get you in hotel stays and flights. Heck, turn it into cash or gift cards and enjoy a staycation.
These are some of the best offers because they are from companies and cards that are useful. These aren’t 100,000 points to some obscure hotel chain or an airline that services a limited market, these are Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Hilton, and others – you know these names and you visit places where you can save money by using points.
Some of these offers are for a limited time only, so snatch them up and bank the points if you want them. (also peek the perks that come with the card, which often include complimentary status upgrades, travel credits, and more)
Cards change up their offers from time to time and some of the cards on this list do not have 100,000 point bonuses anymore. I keep them on the list, with updated information, because they might come back. It never hurts to keep an eye out!
Table of Contents
- British Airways Visa Signature Card – up to 100,000 Avios
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card – 95,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
- The Capital One Venture X Rewards Card – 75,000 miles
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card – 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points
- Hilton Honors American Express Card – 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points
- IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card – 175,000 bonus points
- The Business Platinum® Card from American Express – 120,000 Membership Rewards points
- The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card – 165,000 Hilton Honors Bonus points
British Airways Visa Signature Card – up to 100,000 Avios
The British Airways Visa Signature Card offers up to 100,000 Avios. . Earn 75,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening and earn an additional 25,000 Avios after you spend $20,000 in the first 12 months of account opening.. That’s a pretty sizable bonus!
This travel card lets you earn Earn 3 Avios per $1 spent on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and LEVEL. Earn 2 Avios per $1 spent on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel. Plus earn 1 Avios per $1 spent on all other purchases..
There are no foreign transaction fees and you get a Travel Together Ticket if you spend $30,000 each calendar year. The Travel Together Ticket is good for two years and it lets someone fly with you (they just pay taxes, fees, and carrier charges) when you redeem Avios for a flight on British Airways.
This card has an annual fee of $95 and no foreign transaction fees.
👉 Learn more about the British Airways Visa Signature® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card – 95,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
If you are comfortable with a $650 annual fee, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card will give you the opportunity to earn up to 95,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after you spend $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months.. Terms Apply.
The annual fee may seem steep but it comes with lots of benefits, including $300 in Dining Statement Credits each year and a $100 Marriott Bonvoy Property Credit. You also receive 1 free Night Award every year after the anniversary too.
This is on top of the point-earning structure of 6 points for each dollar spent at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy(TM) program, 3 points for each dollar spent at Worldwide Restaurants and on flights booked directly from an airline, and 2 points on all other eligible purchases. No foreign transaction fees. (See Rates and Fees)
👉 Learn more about this card and others
The Capital One Venture X Rewards Card – 75,000 miles
This card briefly joined the list in a promotion effort but has since returned to a less than 100k tier. That said, we keep them on the list in case the offer comes back – but here are the current terms.
The Capital One Venture X Rewards Card offering a 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
On top of the fresh bonus, you can also you earn 2X miles on all other purchases plus 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
The card has an annual fee of $395 but you also get:
- $200 vacation rental credit in the first year
- $300 annual travel credit when booking through Capital One Travel, plus,
- A $100 credit towards TSA PreCheck and Global Entry’s application fee.
👉 Learn more about the Capital One Venture X Rewards Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card – 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points
The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card was named the Best Travel Credit Card by Money Magazine in part because they will give you 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first three months. It’s not only a six-figure bonus but Chase Ultimate Rewards points – one of the most versatile points out there and consistently rated as one of the most valuable by experts. You can convert to cash, gift cards, or get a bonus for booking travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
You earn 5x points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 3x points on dining, 2x on all other travel purchases, 1x on everything else (plus a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit). There are no foreign transaction fees and the annual fee is $95.
👉 Learn more about the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
Hilton Honors American Express Card – 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points
The Hilton Honors American Express Card offers 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 4/5/2023. Terms Apply.
The reward structure is a little different than the Hilton Honors Surpass Card:
- 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points per dollar for each eligible purchase on your Card made directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio.
- 5X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for eligible purchases on U.S. supermarkets, U.S. gas stations, and at U.S. restaurants.
- 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
You get complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status with the card plus you get Gold if you spend $20,000 on eligible purchases in a calendar year. $0 annual fee. (See Rates and Fees)
👉 Learn more about the Hilton Honors American Express Card
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card – 175,000 bonus points
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Club Premier Credit card is a Chase branded card that offers 175,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.
There’s also a Free Night perk after each account anniversary at an eligible IHG hotel as well as a free reward night when you redeem points for any consecutive stay of 4+ nights. The card gives you 10 points per $1 spent when you stay at an IGH hotel as well as 2 points per $1 spent at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. 1 point per dollar spent elsewhere.
Cardmembers are given Platinum Elite status too as well as a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee credit of up to $100 every four years. $99 annual fee.
👉 Learn more about the IHG Rewards Club Premier Card
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express – 120,000 Membership Rewards points
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express has an offer of 120,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $15,000 within the first 3 months Terms Apply.
(it’s worth noting that the Business Platinum® Card from American Express is not a typical credit card, it allows you to carry a balance for certain charges but not all)
This card also offers 5X Membership Rewards points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com as well as 50% more points on Purchases of $5,000 or more and 1X points for each dollar spent on eligible purchases. Cap applies.
This card offers a lot of travel perks:
- You get access to more than 1,300 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting with The American Express Global Lounge Collection(R). More lounge options than any other credit card on the market as of 8/2020.
- CLEAR credit
- Unlock over $1,000 in value per year for statement credits on select purchases, including tech, recruiting and wireless with the Business Platinum Card.
- No foreign transaction fees
- Fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck (every four years, which is when they are renewed)
- $200 Airline Fee Credit: Select one qualifying airline and then receive up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year when incidental fees are charged by the airline to your Card or any of the Additional Cards on your Platinum Card account.
This card has an annual fee of $695. (See Rates and Fees)
👉 Learn more about the Business Platinum® Card from American Express
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card – 165,000 Hilton Honors Bonus points
This card offers one of the higher numerical welcome bonus – 165,000 Hilton Honors Bonus points after $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 4/5/23.. Terms Apply. We don’t list it first because these are Hilton Honors points, rather than more broadly useful Membership Rewards, but you can’t beat this offer.
The rewards structure is a fairly standard 12X at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio, 6X at US gas stations, on US purchases for shipping, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service providers, on flights booked directly with airlines or with Amex Travel, on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies, and at US restaurants, 3X on all other eligible purchases
In addition to the bonus, you get complimentary Gold status, a Free Night Reward after you spend $15,000 in purchases in a calendar year (a second Free Night Reward when you spend an additional $45,000), plus 10 free airport lounge visits each year once you enroll in Priority Pass Select (1,000 lounges in over 120 countries).
This card has a $95 annual fee. (See Rates and Fees)
👉 Learn more about the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
So where will you go with your points today? 🙂
To see the rates and fees for the American Express cards featured, please visit the following links: Hilton Honors American Express Business Card: See Rates and Fees. The Business Platinum Card(R) from American Express: See Rates and Fees. Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card: See Rates and Fees. Hilton Honors American Express Card: See Rates and Fees. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card: See Rates and Fees.
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Jay @ 5to9 Living says
Thank you for compiling. I was just in the market for a travel bonus card. We ended up going with the Uber credit card. There isn’t a major sign up bonus, but the cashback rewards are better than any other card or point equivalent I’ve seen. We will sign up for another at some point and I’ll keep this post handy for reference.
I’ve got strong considerations for the BA card. I really like the point pooling for families, however, BA doesn’t fly out of my airport and would have to drive 7 hrs to ORD to take advantage of the companion ticket.
Jim Wang says
Yeah that would be a bummer, it’s not a benefit if you’ll never use it (and 7 hours is way too far!).
Man I wish we had such lucrative bonuses in Canada!!
I met someone who lived in the US for a while and racked up some major points and flew to Maldives for their honeymoon. And recently took a business class trip to New Zealand with their baby. Awesome…