• Wed. Jun 23rd, 2021

7 Credit Cards Offering Rare 100K Point Sign-up Bonuses Now

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Not so long ago, 100,000-point credit card offers were a novelty that might come around only every few years. But these days some of the best travel credit cards are regularly posting bonuses that high. While such deals might not be for everyone, if you are thinking of getting into the points game, or want to stock up on rewards for your next trip, you should seriously consider your next moves now. That’s because these promotions are bound not to last forever, and they might not come around again.

While the value of travel rewards varies widely from program to program, if a credit card is offering more than 100,000 points or miles as part of its introductory offer, you should at least give it a second look. Here are seven of the best travel credit cards currently offering welcome bonuses of 100,000 points or more and why you might want to apply for each.

Business credit cards might not have been on your radar, but it would be a mistake to miss out on this one.

Current welcome offer

Earn 100,000 Amex Membership Rewards points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with your card in the first three months (terms apply). That’s 25,000 more points than the personal Platinum Card® from American Express is currently offering (though you only have to spend $5,000 in the first six months for that card – terms apply).

Annual fee

$595 (see rates and fees)

Earning

This card accrues:

  • Five points per dollar on flights and prepaid hotels booked through Amex Travel
  • 1.5 points per dollar on purchases of $5,000 or more, up to 1 million extra points per calendar year
  • One point per dollar on everything else

Why apply now?

The Business Platinum Amex usually only offers around 60,000–75,000 bonus points, so this is a substantial premium. It comes with a similar array of perks as the personal version, including access to Amex Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs and Priority Pass lounges at airports around the world (enrollment required), and the ability to register for both Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy Gold elite status (enrollment required) so you can enjoy perks like room upgrades on stays. If you regularly make expensive purchases for work, this card’s $5,000-plus purchase bonus can send your earning into the stratosphere.

Another point of difference from the personal Platinum Amex? If you carry this card, you get a 35 percent rebate on Pay With Points redemptions through Amex for business- and first-class flights or any class of service on a specific U.S. airline that you designate each year (the same one for which you receive up to $200 in incidental fee statement credits for things like checked bags – enrollment required). That bumps your per-point value on flight redemptions up from one cent to 1.54 cents, which can save you tens of thousands of points even on a single flight.

>> Read More: How to Earn and Redeem American Express Membership Rewards Points for Travel

This all-new credit card from Chase and United launched with an attention-grabbing bonus.

Current welcome offer

Earn up to 100,000 bonus miles: 80,000 after spending $5,000 in the first three months and an additional 20,000 miles after spending a total of $10,000 in the first six months.

Annual fee

$250 

Earning

The card’s earning rates are as follows:

  • Three miles per dollar spent on United purchases
  • Two miles per dollar spent on all other travel, including tickets purchased on other airlines, hotels, car rentals, and more
  • Two miles per dollar on dining
  • Two miles per dollar on select streaming services like Netflix and Hulu
  • One mile per dollar on all other purchases

Why apply now?

The United Quest is offering significantly more miles as part of its introductory bonus than either the United℠ Explorer Card and the more premium United Club℠ Infinite Card, but only for a limited time. (We do not yet know the promotion’s end date.) Thanks to all those bonus earning categories, you can keep on racking up United miles after scoring its bonus, which should put free flights within reach faster. 

The $250 annual fee is something to keep in mind, but cardholders receive up to $125 in United purchases statement credits per year, and up to $100 toward a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application once every four years, plus money-saving day-of-travel perks like two free checked bags on United flights and 25 percent back on United in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and Wi-Fi paid for with the card.

>> Read More: United Just Launched a New Credit Card With up to 100,000 Bonus Miles

This card just launched one of its best-ever welcome offers – time to apply!

Current welcome offer

Earn up to 180,000 bonus points. Earn 130,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months, and an additional 50,000 bonus points after spending $10,000 total on purchases in the first six months (terms apply).

Annual fee

$95 (see rates and fees)

Earning

Gain Hilton points thanks to the following earning rates: 

  • 12 points per dollar on purchases at Hilton portfolio resorts and hotels
  • Six points per dollar on dining at U.S. restaurants, including takeout and delivery
  • Six points per dollar at U.S. supermarkets
  • Six points per dollar at U.S. gas stations
  • Three points per dollar on all other purchases

Why apply now?

This card’s welcome offer is relatively easy to earn, with just a $2,000 spending requirement in the first three months. For that, cardholders can expect automatic Hilton Honors Gold elite status, with perks like room upgrades and complimentary breakfast at most Hilton properties. Plus, those who spend $15,000 or more in a calendar year get a free weekend night reward that can be redeemed at nearly any Hilton hotel around the world, including ultra-luxurious hotels like the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam.

All information about the Hilton Honors Surpass American Express Card has been collected independently by AFAR. The Hilton Honors Surpass is no longer available through AFAR.

>> Read More: New Hilton Credit Card Offers Could Lead to Free Nights at Waldorfs and Conrads

More bonus points than usual plus hundreds of dollars in statement credits make now the time to apply for this high-end hotel card.

Current welcome offer

Now through May 12, 2021, earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership (terms apply). You’ll also earn up to $200 in statement credits on charges at U.S. restaurants within the first six months.

Annual fee

$450 (see rates and fees)

Earning

Keep the points coming with these earning rates:

  • Six points per dollar at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
  • Three points per dollar at U.S. restaurants, including takeout and delivery
  • Three points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines
  • Two points per dollar on everything else

Why apply now?

This is the best introductory offer the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant has ever extended, and it’s only available for less than another month. Worried about that high annual fee? Don’t forget that cardholders get up to $300 in statement credits each year toward purchase at Marriott hotels, which offsets a lot of the annual fee. The card also confers a free night award each year worth up to 50,000 points, which can save you hundreds of dollars at hotels like the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort on the Island of Hawaii. Among the other perks are the ability to register for Priority Pass Select airport lounge access (enrollment required) and a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application statement credit every four years (4.5 for PreCheck).

Keep in mind, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, with a $125 annual fee (see rates and fees), is currently offering 100,000 points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months, plus up to $150 back in statement credits on purchases within the same time, which might be a better option for some (terms apply).

>> Read More: The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Benefits That Make It Among the Best Travel Credit Cards

This third hotel card qualifies for our list on points alone, but an added perk included with the introductory offer makes it even better.

Current welcome offer

Earn 125,000 bonus points plus a reward night worth up to 40,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. Taken together, the two introductory perks can be worth up to 165,000 points.

Annual fee

$89

Earning

This card earns bonus points in the following categories:

  • 10 points per dollar at IHG hotels and resorts (in effect, this is really 25 points per dollar since you earn 10 points for being a member and an additional 5 for Platinum status, which the card confers)
  • Two points per dollar at gas stations
  • Two points per dollar at grocery stores
  • Two points per dollar at restaurants
  • One point per dollar on everything else

Why apply now?

Although this card has offered more points outright before, the fact that you can earn both bonus points plus a reward night that’s worth up to 40,000 more points is rare. Cardholders receive another free reward night each year that’s also worth up to 40,000 points. The card bestows automatic IHG Rewards Platinum status, too, with perks like room upgrades and late checkout priority.

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

We’ve only seen a bonus this high once before—late in 2020.

Current welcome offer

Earn 100,000 bonus miles when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months.

Annual fee

$95

Earning

This card earns two miles per dollar on all purchases, with no caps.

Why apply now?

The Capital One Venture’s current welcome offer is about twice as high as usual right now, and if last time this happened is anything to judge by, it won’t be available for more than a few months. The 100,000 Capital One miles are worth $1,000 toward travel, though you can also transfer them to airline partners like JetBlue and Air Canada as well as hotel programs like Wyndham Rewards. The card includes a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application statement credit worth up to $100 once every four years, which can come in handy for when you’re ready to start speeding through airport security again.

>> Read More: Capital One Venture Raises Its Sign-Up Bonus to 100,000 Miles

Chase Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® tend to get more attention, but their business counterpart is offering a much higher bonus.

Current welcome offer

Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases within the first three months. That’s 20,000 more points than the Chase Sapphire Preferred is currently offering, and a whopping 40,000 more points than the Chase Sapphire Reserve (although their spending requirements are just $4,000 within three months).

Annual fee

$95

Earning

This card is a great all-round earner, especially on work-related purchases. It accumulates three points per dollar on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases in the following categories each account anniversary year:

  • Travel (covering a broad range of possibilities including flights and hotels, but also things like parking and rideshares)
  • Shipping purchases
  • Internet, cable, and phone services
  • Advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines

It earns one point per dollar on everything else.

Why apply now?

If you already have either the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve, opening the Ink Business Preferred is a great way to keep accumulating valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards points, not just with that outsize sign-up offer, but also thanks to its many bonus purchase categories. The initial 100,000 points alone are worth $1,250 toward travel, though you can also transfer them to 10 airlines and three hotels, including Southwest, United, Hyatt, and Marriott.

Getting a business card is also a good idea for folks who want to keep personal and work purchases separate. This card is one of only a handful that extends cell phone protection when you use it to pay your monthly bill. You can file claims of up to $600 against theft or damage, with a maximum of three claims per 12-month period, and a $100 deductible per occurrence. 

Travel bookings within the U.S. and to nearby international destinations are already picking up due to a quickening vaccine rollout, and things are only going to get busier. By signing up for a new travel rewards credit card now and taking full advantage of limited-time bonus offers, you can start saving up points you will need for any trips you might be planning in the rest of 2021 and beyond . . . before these promotions disappear.

While the offers mentioned above are accurate at the time of publication, they are subject to change at any time, and may have changed or may no longer be available.