Free Hotel Nights, a Companion Pass, and Big Points Bonuses: Here are Some of the Best Travel Rewards Cards Offers Available Right Now!

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Summer is off to a blistering start.

The weather is very warm almost everywhere — and a bunch of travel rewards credit cards feature some hot welcome offers.

Keep in mind you might be able to see your approval odds for some of the personal/consumer cards by using the free CardMatch™ tool without having your credit score impacted. (Not all offers may be available to all users.)

Let’s take a peek at what’s out there!

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 (tail number N8704Q) awaits passengers at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) in Burbank, California.

Biggest-Ever Offers — and Possible Southwest Companion Pass!

Southwest Airlines’ two business credit cards feature their biggest-ever welcome offers right now. And if you time your spending just right, you can come away with the legendary Southwest Companion Pass.

You can earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases within three (3) months of being approved for Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card membership. Then, earn an additional 40,000 points when you spend $15,000 within the first nine (9) months of being approved.

Meanwhile, with the Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card you can earn 60,000 bonus points if you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within three (3) months of being approved. Then, earn an additional 60,000 points when you spend $15,000 within the first nine (9) months of being approved.

Here’s where things get interesting.

You can earn the famous Southwest Companion Pass after you accrue 135,000 Rapid Rewards points within a calendar year. If you have a Southwest Companion Pass, you can designate someone to travel for “free” with you whenever you fly Southwest — even on award travel! (I say “free” because the companion is charged any taxes and fees.)

When you earn the Companion Pass, it’s yours for the rest of that calendar year and all of the following calendar year.

How does all that relate to this promotion? You’ll earn at least one point per eligible dollar spent reaching the $15,000 threshold. So, 15,000 points + 120,000 bonus points = 135,000 points. That gives you the Southwest Companion Pass — but again, all that spending needs to be done in a calendar year.

So, you have a couple of options.

You could get one of the cards now, and try to meet the minimum spending requirement ASAP. If you do, the Companion Pass is yours for the rest of 2024 and all of 2025.

Or if you’re approved for the card during the promotion, wait until January 2025 to start spending. Then knock out the $15k quick like a bunny. If you can reach the $15,000 by March, you’ll have about 22 months of Companion Pass enjoyment.

I much prefer the Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card over the Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card. Granted, it’s $199 is higher than the Premier’s $99. But the perks are much better.

Check out this more in-depth post about the two cards.


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A Free Night AND 130,000 Points: Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

Hilton Free Night Reward can be used at almost every property in the Hilton portfolio. (These are the rare exceptions — most are Hilton timeshare Grand Vacations properties.) That makes them very valuable.

So, those alone being part of a welcome offer are pretty good. (Consider that other hotel chain cards generally cap their Free Night Awards at certain point redemptions.)

But on top of that, you can earn a bunch of bonus points, too.

New applicants of the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card can earn that great Free Night Reward plus 130,000 bonus points after spending just $3,000 in eligible purchases within SIX (6) months of being approved. Terms apply. This offer expires on July 31, 2024. Learn here how to apply.

The card has a $150 annual fee (See Rates and Fees.) However, cardmembers can earn $50 each calendar quarter for purchases made directly with Hilton portfolio properties (up to $200 per calendar year).

If a $0 annual fee card is more your thing, we have an answer a little further down in the post.

Read more here about the Hilton Surpass Amex.

All information about the Hilton Surpass Amex was independently gathered by Frequent Floaters. It was neither provided nor has it been reviewed by the card issuer.

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Next is a card my Frequent Floaters cohort René de Lambert and I hold—and probably will for a long, long, long time.

At Least $750 Cash Back (75,000 Points): Ink Business Cash® Credit Card

If you have a cell phone and enjoy traveling but don’t have the no-annual-fee Ink Business Cash® Credit Card, then you really need to consider getting one.

It earns 5% cash back/5X on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases each account anniversary year on internet, cable, and phone service and at office supply stores

Plus, you also earn 2% cash back/2X on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases each account anniversary year at gas stations and restaurants.
Ink Business Cash® Credit CardAnd check out this welcome offer: Earn $350 when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months and an additional $400 when you spend $6,000 on purchases in the first six months after account opening. That’s up to $750 bonus cash back (awarded as 75,000 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards® points).

But wait, we’re not done yet.

If you have the Ink Cash card and a Chase Business Checking account on your first card anniversary, you’ll earn a one-time 10% bonus of all eligible cash back (again, points) earned during your first year. This offer is only available for Ink Business Cash cards opened between March and November 2024!

We’ll keep rolling with the Chase promotions because the Ultimate Rewards program offers such great redemption opportunities.a cup of orange liquid on a railing with boats in the background

120,000 Points: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card

The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card recently upped its welcome offer!

New cardholders can earn 120,000 points after spending $8,000 on eligible purchases within three (3) months of being approved for the card. It was only last year the card required $15,000 of spending to earn 100k points!

The minimum spending requirement slashing literally happened overnight and with no warning.

Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card

We don’t know if or when that $8,000 will increase (or decrease — but we seriously doubt that). Could that happen overnight? It’s possible. Stranger things have happened. Plus, we’ve heard that people who are well over Chase’s (in)famous 5/24 rule are getting approved. So, if you’re concerned about either, now might be the time to learn how to apply.

The card’s annual fee is $95. It earns:

  • 3X per eligible $1 on the first combined $150,000 spent on these categories each anniversary year:
    • Travel
    • Internet, cable, and phone services
    • Advertising purchases with social media sites and search engines
    • Shipping purchases
  • 1X all other purchases

Read more here about the Ink Preferred Card from Chase.

Moving on to one of my favorite cards:

150,000 Points: The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a fanboy of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express.

There are a ton of great travel features (e.g., a rebate on eligible flights booked with points through Amex Travel, airport lounge access, gold status with two major hotel chains, and more), plus plenty of statement credit opportunities.

Amex Business Platinum Card

The Amex Business Platinum currently offers 150,000 bonus Membership Rewards® points when you spend $20,000 in eligible purchases within three (3) months of being approved for the card. (Learn here how to apply.)

The card carries a $695 annual fee — but here’s how I earn it back (and then some) every year. (See Rates and Fees.)

Read more here about the Amex Platinum Business Card.

All information about the Amex Business Platinum Card was independently gathered by Frequent Floaters. It was neither provided nor has it been reviewed by the card issuer.

70,000 Points: The Aeroplan® Credit Card

The Aeroplan® Credit Card offers new applicants 70,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three (3) months of being approved for the card. The previous offer was 60,000 bonus points for $3k.

Aeroplan® Credit Card

This card is valuable because Aeroplan points can be redeemed across dozens of codeshare partners such as Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore, United, and Turkish. If you need to get somewhere, Aeroplan can probably do it — and maybe even with good premium class redemptions.

As I recently wrote, this card is particularly valuable for people getting to/from ports when taking crossing cruises.

Read more here about the Aeroplan Card.

A Free Night and 70,000 Points: Hilton Honors American Express Card

The no-annual-fee Hilton Honors American Express Card is offering that wonderful Free Night Reward plus 70,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in eligible purchases within six (6) months of being approved. (See Rates and Fees. Terms apply. Offer expires July 31, 2024.)

That requires spending about $334 a month to reach that $2,000. Peanuts.

175,000 Points (But Just a Great Card Anyway!): Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

Amex won’t let me have any more of their cards. I’m too loyal of a member and reached the maximum amount of Amex credit cards I can hold. So, I wasn’t approved for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card when I applied.

But I wish they’d approve me.

Why?

Frankly, I think it is the best card to hold. (By the way, this isn’t an affiliate link, so we’re not paid a commission. We might get a few Amex points.)

First of all, this card comes with an annual Free Night Reward — starting the first year you hold the card. You can earn another Free Night Award after you spend $30,000 during a calendar year, and then another if you rack up $60,000 in spending. Again, these Free Night Awards are redeemable at a ton of premium properties.

Next, the primary cardholder receives complimentary Hilton Diamond status.

Here’s a new feature: a $400 Hilton resort credit. Earn up to $200 in statement credits semi-annually for eligible purchases made directly with participating Hilton Resorts.

Another new perk? Earn up to $50 in statement credits each quarter (up to $200 a year) for flight purchases made directly with an airline or through amextravel.com.

Finally, you get up to $189 in statement credit for a CLEAR Plus membership.

Now, how about that huge welcome promotion?

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card offers 175,000 bonus Hilton Honors points after you spend $6,000 in eligible purchases on the card within the first six (6) months of card membership. This offer expires on July 31, 2024. (Terms apply.) Read more here on American Express’ website.

The free nights and statement credits can easily offset the card’s $550 annual fee. (See Rates and Fees.)

All information related to the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card was collected independently by Frequent Floaters and was neither reviewed nor provided by the card issuer.

For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Card, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Business Platinum American Express Card, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, please visit this link.
For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, please visit this link.

 

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