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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.

Learn more, read: Credit Card Bonus – Two Big Deals – Up To $1000 Bonus (or more, with our  “Southwest Loophole”)

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Capital One Spark Cash Plus

Annual Fee: $150

Estimated Bonus Value :

$3,000

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Annual Fee: $150

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$3,000

Offer: Earn up to up to $3,000: $500 once you spend $5,000 in the first three months, and an additional $2,500 once you spend $50,000 in the first six months

The new Capital One Spark Cash Plus replaces the older Spark Cash card and earns 2% cash back on everything. The primary difference is that the new Spark Cash Plus is a charge card with no preset spending limit, making it ideal for companies that spend a lot on their cards and tend to run into issues with credit limits. 

Offer: Earn up to up to $3,000: $500 once you spend $5,000 in the first three months, and an additional $2,500 once you spend $50,000 in the first six months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$2,040

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Annual Fee: $695

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$2,040

Offer: 120,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees).

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

  • 5X Membership Rewards points on flights and prepaid hotels booked via AmexTravel
  • 1.5X Membership Rewards points on any single purchase that is over $5,000
  • 1.5X Membership Rewards at Construction material and hardware suppliers, Electronic goods retailers and software & at cloud system providers, and with Shipping providers
  • 1X Membership Rewards points on other purchases

(1.5X purchases are capped at $2,000,000 in spend per calendar year.)

Card Benefits

  • Hilton Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Marriott Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Receive up to $100 as a statement credit every 4 years after you apply for Global Entry or every 4.5 years for TSA Pre✔®
  • Access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection which includes Centurion, Delta, and Priority Pass Lounge access (enrollment required)
  • Fine Hotels and Resorts benefits
  • $200 airfare credit for incidentals like luggage fees on your chosen airline. (enrollment required). Terms apply.
  • $200 in Dell statement credits twice annually, up to $400 total (Jan-June and July-Dec; Enrollment required / terms apply).
  • Up to $120 a year in wireless credits; up to $10 per month, Enrollment required / terms apply.
  • Up to $360 in Indeed credits ($90 per quarter; enrollment required, Terms Apply)
  • Up to $150 in credits with Adobe on annual prepaid plans for eligible Creative Cloud for teams and Acrobat Pro DC with e-sign, enrollment required, Terms Apply.
  • Up to $179 in fee credits for a CLEAR® airport security service plan. (Enrollment required; credit is a statement credit.)

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: 120,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees).
Credit card
Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,600

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Annual Fee: $395

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,600

Offer: Earn 100,000 bonus miles when you spend $10,000 within your first 6 months plus you can earn up to $200 in statement credits for vacation rental purchases like Airbnb and VRBO.

Capital One Venture X Credit Card Earn Rate

  • 10X Capital One Miles on hotels and car rentals when booked via Capital One Travel
  • 5X Capital One Miles on airfare booked via Capital One Travel - which utilizes Hopper.
  • 2X Capital One Miles on everything else

Capital One Venture X Credit Card Benefits

Capital One launched this card with a laundry list of benefits which are very impressive. You'll quickly see that the annual fee is wiped out and then some by the benefits.

  • Up to a $300 credit annually for bookings made on Capital One Travel
  • 10,000 bonus miles every account anniversary (equal to $100 towards travel)
  • Unlimited access to Capital One Lounges and also to 1,300+ Priority Pass lounges internationally + two guest passes (Notably, I verified with Capital One that this is “full” Priority Pass access, meaning that it includes airport restaurant locations.
  • Up to $100 in statement credits for either TSA PreCheck or Global Entry
  • Complimentary Hertz President’s Circle status (top tier!) for primary cardholders, authorized users and account managers
  • Primary Car Rental Collision/Damage Coverage
  • Authorized Users can be added for no fee and they also get their own Priority Pass membership.
  • Cardholders can earn up to 100,000 miles per year for referring friends, who can then experience the unparalleled benefits Venture X has to offer (up to 4 referrals per year; 25,000 miles awarded per referral)
  • No foreign transaction fees

You can transfer to several airline and hotel partners. See the full list of Capital One Miles transfer partners and transfer times.

If you used our Credit Cards Optimization Tool to find this card, please remember that the 10X and 5X bonus rates only apply to travel booked through the Capital One Travel Portal.

Offer: Earn 100,000 bonus miles when you spend $10,000 within your first 6 months plus you can earn up to $200 in statement credits for vacation rental purchases like Airbnb and VRBO.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,500

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Annual Fee: $95

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,500

Offer: Earn two Welcome Flight Reward Certificates valid for up to 50,000 points each (up to 100,000 total points) after spending $4,000 on the card in the first three months.

Earn Rate

  • 3X points for every dollar spent on dining, takeout, and eligible delivery services
  • 3X points for every dollar spent at grocery stores
  • 3X points for each dollar spent directly with Air Canada
  • 1 point for each dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Plus, 500 bonus points for every $2,000 spent in a calendar month (up to a maximum of 1,500 points per calendar month)

Card Benefits

  • Status Boost: Automatically receive Aeroplan 25K Elite Status for the remainder of the first calendar year, plus the following calendar year, allowing primary cardmembers to enjoy benefits such as priority check-in, early boarding, upgrades and more on Air Canada flights. Cardmembers can requalify as follows:
    • Earn 25K Status through the next year after spending $15,000 in a calendar year
    • Existing status holders earn a one-level status boost to 35K Status or higher for the next year after spending $50,000 in a calendar year
    • Additional spend thresholds starting at $100,000 of spend in a calendar year will unlock unprecedented Aeroplan redemption benefits, including 50% off Priority Rewards and companion benefits
    • (If you apply in December 2021, you will still have status until Dec 31, 2023 - more than two full years.)
  • Pay Yourself Back: The Aeroplan Credit Card is the first co-branded card to do this (starting soon, not right at launch) and you will be able to Pay Yourself Back with up to 50,000 Aeroplan points annually. This will be good for any all travel from Ubers to flights and will be at 1.25 cents per point in value, so $625 a year max.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Global Entry / PreCheck / Nexus reimbursement once every four years (This is the only credit card in the US that reimburses Nexus, which is like a Canadian Global Entry and is available to US citizens as well)
  • Free checked bag for you and up to 8 companions on the same itinerary
  • Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance
  • Baggage Delay Insurance
  • Trip Delay Reimbursement
  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver
  • Roadside Assistance
  • The card is a World Elite Mastercard, so you’ll get all of those benefits.

Spend Threshold Bonuses

  • At $100,000, $250,000, $500,000 and at $750,000 spend in a calendar year you get a 50% off reward certificate. These vary in utility based on your tier but if you have top tier Air Canada status, they are good for 50% off any award you can find.  In fact, you can even use them to book an Aeroplan-metal economy award (if that is what your status allows) and then use eUpgrade credits to get into Business Class.
  • At $1,000,000 in spend, you het a GLOBAL +1 Award, which grants you 100% of your points back for all redemptions in all cabins on any metal for a designated companion.

NOTE: If you used our Credit Cards Optimization Tool to find this card, please remember that the 3X bonus rate for Air Canada flights only applies to paid flights booked via Air Canada. Other flights would earn 1X.

Offer: Earn two Welcome Flight Reward Certificates valid for up to 50,000 points each (up to 100,000 total points) after spending $4,000 on the card in the first three months.