These two sign-up bonuses are out-of-the-ordinary enough to deserve their own post. We’ll keep it brief.
The Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles card is offering 60,000 SkyMiles: enough to get you a round-trip ticket to Europe from anywhere in the USA. You’ll have to spend $3,000 in four months, and you’ll also earn a $50 statement credit after making a purchase of any amount from Delta during that time.
If you’re frugal, meeting the minimum spending requirements can often be tough. A new service, Plastiq, allows you to pay rent, mortgage, and pretty much anything else with a credit card for a 2.5% fee. That’s often a great value specifically when earning a sign-up bonus. Use code 724005 to get $500 “fee-free dollars.” This expires on 7/5/2017, or 7/26 if you use our link.
In addition, Citibank is offering 60,000 American AAdvantage miles on the Platinum Select card. Again, you’ll have to spend $3,000 in the first three months. American runs a pretty frustrating awards system. Award travel across the Atlantic is virtually always on British Airways, which imposes about $700 in “fuel surcharges” that defeat the purpose of paying with points. AA miles go a long way domestically, though. Look out for upcoming articles describing this author’s free first-class travel from South Carolina to California to New York all on American.
There are some unique perks of being with Citibank. Card-specific, you’ll get 10% back on all points redemptions. My favorite Citi benefit is the “Price Rewind” feature. After you make a purchase, enter the item name and price through Citi’s portal and upload an image of the receipt. Citi will spend 60 days scouring the web for a cheaper price. If they find the same item listed for $75 when you’ve paid $100, for example, they’ll send you a check for the difference: $25. This benefit and more are also available through the free, 2% cashback card, Citi Double Cash.
Both of these cards carry a $95 annual fee after the first 12 months. It’ll be up to you whether that’s worth it: check out our article on canceling cards before making any drastic moves, though.
Featured photo from the ever-inspirational Miles to Memories.