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The “best” credit card is not the same for everyone. You need perks that are meaningful to the way that you live. The most popular cards offer big sign-up bonuses ($500 or more) and/or great rewards for spending, particularly in high-volume categories, like travel or dining. But your needs may differ: Some cards offer zero interest or no annual fees, while others get you primary rental insurance,

Whatever benefit you’re looking for, we’ve got a great card to fit the bill. The cards below are listed in the order of their total bonus offer values.

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Chase Ink Preferred

Annual Fee: $95

Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,750

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Annual Fee: $95

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,750

Offer: Get 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points as a bonus when you spend $15,000 in your first 3 months.

The Chase Ink Preferred credit card earns 3x Ultimate Rewards points on all travel, advertising, and shipping, as well on Internet, cable and phone services, up to $150,000 a year.

If your business spends a lot in any of these categories, you can earn a ton of points.

It also earns 5X Ultimate Rewards points on Lyft rides.

You'll get complimentary cell phone insurance when you pay your cell phone bill with this card. (See Chase website for details). No foreign transaction fees.

Offer: Get 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points as a bonus when you spend $15,000 in your first 3 months.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,400

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Annual Fee: $95

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,400

Offer: 80,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months

Perhaps the best "starting out card" in miles and points.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred has a low annual fee, unlocks transfers from this and any linked Chase Ultimate Rewards-earning card to airline and hotel partners, comes with excellent built-in trip delay insurance, primary car rental CDW coverage and earns 2x points on travel and dining.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Earn Rate:

  • 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on Lyft rides
  • 2X Ultimate Rewards points on travel and dining
  • 1X Ultimate Rewards on all other purchases

Limited Time Chase Sapphire Preferred Bonus Categories - July 1st - September 30, 2020 Only

  • Earn 5X Ultimate Rewards points for Streaming Services
  • Earn 3X Ultimate Rewards points at Gas Stations
  • Earn 3X Ultimate Rewards points for Instacart
  • Get up to $50 in Instacart Express credits
  • Qualifying Streaming Services are listed as: Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube TV.

 

Chase Will Let you “Pay Yourself Back”

Chase Sapphire Preferred cardmembers can always use their points to book travel via the travel portal where they get 1.25 cents per point.

Now, you can redeem in the same manner for grocery stores, home improvement stores and dining, including restaurants, takeout and eligible delivery services. Instead of using a “portal” to make the purchases, you just pay as you normally would and then go into the Chase website to “pay” for that purchase with points. You will get the same 1.25 cents per point in value as you get booking travel. The feature is branded “Pay Yourself BackSM“. 

The only requirement is that the merchant category be in one of the specified categories and you must “Pay yourself back” within 90 days of purchase.

Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers get the same opportunity, but at a higher 1.5 cents per point cash-out rate.

Offer: 80,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,275

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Annual Fee: $595

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,275

Offer: 75,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months

A great card for flights and prepaid hotels earning 5x points, and for large expenses over $5,000 for 1.5x points.

Get a suite of benefits that include Gold Hilton status, Gold Marriott status, the American Express Global Lounge Collection which includes Centurion, Delta, and Priority Pass Lounge access, Fine Hotels and Resorts benefits, and a $200 annual incidental airfare credit. You'll also get $100 in free Dell credits twice annually (Jan-June and July-Dec).

In 2020, the Dell credit is doubled to $200 Jan-June and $200 July-Dec!)

Note: When displaying Estimated Rewards Values and calculations, this card is factoring in airline and hotels at 5x. This requires booking at AmexTravel.com and, if you do not, your earned rewards will change. Hotel bookings made via AmexTravel will generally not earn points or elite benefits.

Offer: 75,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,020

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Annual Fee: $550

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,020

Offer: 60,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in your first three months.

The Platinum Card is full of caché and its heavy metal design will catch more than a few looks. While the fee isn't small, you get a lot back in the form of monthly credits.

The benefits include a $200 in yearly Uber credits and Uber VIP status as well as $200 in annual incidental airline credits for your chosen airline, $100 in annual Saks Fifth Ave credits, access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection, which includes the Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass, and Delta SkyClubs when you are flying Delta.

NOTE: This card earns 5x on airfare and hotels, however, the airfare must be booked direct with the airline or at Amex Travel and the hotels must be prepaid at Amex Travel to earn 5x. This site's Estimated Rewards Values will calculate all airfare and hotels at 5x points, so if your hotels are booked directly (which you generally need to do to earn hotel points and status/benefits) please note that they will not earn 5x and your actual rewards value will vary accordingly.

Offer: 60,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in your first three months.
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Chase Ink Business Cash

Annual Fee: $0

Estimated Bonus Value :

$875

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Annual Fee: $0

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$875

Offer: Get $500 in the form of 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $3,000 in your first 3 months

This card generously offers an excellent 5x on up to $25,000 annually at office supply stores and on internet, cable, and phone services as well as 5X on Lyft rides. It also offers 2x on up to $25,000 annually at gas stations and restaurants.

Businesses with a lot of spend at office supply stores like Staples and Office Depot can really clean up.

Please note: The Estimated Rewards Value of an Ultimate Rewards point earned from this card assumes that you have a Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, or Chase Sapphire Reserve as well, which allows portal redemptions worth 1.25 - 1.5 cents per point and the opportunity for even greater value with airline and hotel transfer partners. If you do not have one of these other Chase cards, points would be worth a flat 1 cent per point and this bonus would be worth exactly $500.

Offer: Get $500 in the form of 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $3,000 in your first 3 months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$595

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Annual Fee: $295

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$595

Offer: Get 35,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $5,000 within 3 months

You will earn 4 points per dollar on any 2 out of 6 categories, automatically selected each calendar month based on which ones you spent the most on, up to $150,000 per year.

Categories include airfare purchased directly with airlines, US advertising and media, US gas stations, US hardware/software/cloud computing services, US restaurants, and US shipping.

Also, get a 25% rebate on airfare paid on points with your card.

Offer: Get 35,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $5,000 within 3 months
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American Express Gold Card

Annual Fee: $250

Estimated Bonus Value :

$595

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Annual Fee: $250

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$595

Offer: 35,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months

This game-changing card offers 4x Membership Rewards points on restaurants and supermarkets, as well as 3x on flights. It also offers $10 in monthly dining credits (see card details for more information) and $100 in annual airline incidental credits.

American Express defines a supermarket as offering a wide variety of food and household products such as meat, fresh produce, dairy, canned and packaged goods, household cleaners, pharmacy products and pet supplies. (Superstores, convenience stores and warehouse clubs are NOT considered supermarkets.)

Offer: 35,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$0

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Annual Fee: $0

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$0

Offer: Up to $300 in statement credits. After your first purchase with the card, you'll earn $100 to spend at: Dell, DocuSign, and FedEx

The American Express Blue Business Cash credit card allows you to earn a simple 2% in cash back (on up to $50,000 a year of purchases) without paying an annual fee. 

Offer: Up to $300 in statement credits. After your first purchase with the card, you'll earn $100 to spend at: Dell, DocuSign, and FedEx

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