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World The best credit card bonuses and deals this week, including new offers on the Marriott Bonvoy Business and Blue Cash Preferred card

21:03  22 february  2021
21:03  22 february  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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  • A new offer for the Marriott Bonvoy Businessâ"¢ American Express® Card includes a $US150 statement credit.
  • The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express is also now offering an increased welcome bonus.
  • Chase Sapphire cardholders can earn 10x points on Chase Dining through the end of June 2021.
  • Read Insider's guide to the best rewards credit cards for more top picks.

February continues to be a goldmine of increased credit card bonuses, and the past week brought new offers for the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express and Marriott Bonvoy Businessâ"¢ American Express® Card. If you're trying to decide on which credit cards are best for you, an elevated welcome bonus can certainly make your decision a bit easier.

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If you're a Chase Sapphire cardholder, be sure to check out a new limited-time promotion to earn bonus points on Chase Dining purchases. Until June 30, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders can earn 10x points on up to $US500 in spending on Tock takeout, delivery, and restaurant reservations, and Virtual Dining Experiences booked through Chase's dining platform. You'll find all your options in the "Earn/Use" section of your Ultimate Rewards account.

Don't forget about ongoing elevated offers that aren't expiring yet, including impressive bonuses on The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, Southwest personal cards, and Chase Ink Business cards.

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Best new credit card offers

Last week brought new offers on these cards:

  • Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express
  • Marriott Bonvoy Businessâ"¢ American Express® Card

Read more about these offers below:

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

Amex Blue Cash Preferred Card: Earn a $US300 bonus

If you like earning cash back and spend a lot on groceries and streaming services, the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express is tough to beat. It's now offering up to a Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express, and earns 6% back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $US6,000 in spending per calendar year (then 1%).

You'll also earn 6% cash back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions, 3% cash back at US gas stations and on transit (including taxis, rideshares, parking, tolls, trains, and buses), and 1% cash back on everything else. If you max out the $US6,000 limit at US supermarkets, you could earn $US360 in cash back each year just from that category alone â€" that's more than enough to offset the annual fee of Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American ExpressBlue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express - Rates & Fees.

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Marriott Bonvoy Businessâ"¢ American Express® Card

Amex Marriott Bonvoy Business card: Earn 75,000 points and a $US150 statement credit

There's a new welcome offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Businessâ"¢ American Express® Card: Marriott Bonvoy Businessâ"¢ American Express® Card It's worth considering if you're a small-business owner who likes staying at Marriott Bonvoy hotels, especially because the statement credit more than offsets the Marriott Bonvoy Businessâ"¢ American Express® Card annual fee Marriott Bonvoy Businessâ"¢ American Express® Card - Rates & Fees.

This isn't the highest offer we've seen for the card (it was up to 100,000 points earlier this year), but the statement credit could make a difference for those who want to minimise their out-of-pocket costs. Cardholders receive an annual free night each card anniversary, valid at Marriott hotels that cost up to 35,000 points per night.

Best ongoing increased credit card bonuses

These cards have improved welcome offers for a limited time:

  • Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card, and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card
  • American Express® Business Gold Card
  • American Express® Gold Card
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  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Ink Business Unlimitedâ" Credit Card
  • Ink Business Cashâ" Credit Card
  • Hilton Honours American Express Surpass® Card
  • Hilton Honours American Express Card
  • The Hilton Honours American Express Business Card
  • The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

Read more details on these offers below:

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Chase Southwest personal card: Earn a Companion Pass and 30,000 points

If you missed the last limited-time bonus on the Chase Southwest personal cards, you've got another opportunity â€" and this time you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass outright, without the usual points requirement.

All three cards are offering the same bonus through March 10, 2021. You'll 80,000 points (50,000 points after you spend $US2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months ,and an additional 30,000 points after you spend $US10,000 on purchases in the first 9 months).

Normally, you'd need to earn 125,000 qualifying points in a calendar year (or fly 100 one-way flights) to unlock the Companion Pass, and points earned from Southwest credit cards count toward the requirement. For 2021, Rapid Rewards members with active accounts as of December 31, 2020, have been credited 25,000 out of the required 125,000 points (and 25 qualifying flights) automatically â€" effectively reducing the Companion Pass requirement to just 100,000 points or 75 flights this year.

With the limited-time offers on the Southwest personal cards, you'll bypass the qualifying points (or flights) requirement, and receive a Companion Pass that's valid until February 28, 2022, once you meet the minimum spending. That's a shorter validity period than if you earned the Companion Pass the old-fashioned way â€" but if you have a lot of Southwest flying planned in the next year, these offers are definitely worth considering.

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Amex Business Gold card: Earn 70,000 points and up to $US300 in credits

The American Express® Business Gold Card usually doesn't get as much attention as other Amex cards, because its bonus isn't normally something to get excited about. However, through April 7, 2021, the card is offering double its regular bonus: 35,000 points after you spend $US5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening.

In the first three months of account opening, new cardholders can receive up to $US150 back as a statement credit toward both US advertising in select media and US shipping purchases (a total of up to $US300 back). US advertising in select media includes expenses like promoting your business through Google and Facebook ads or television and radio spots, and shipping can include USPS, FedEx, and UPS purchases.

This is an excellent deal if your business spends a lot in those categories, because if you max out both credits, you can offset the card's entire Product Card 5e823ee2487c2251324de161 annual fee Product Card 600886e8e838ae05d6783f06.

American Express® Gold Card

American Express Gold Card: Earn 60,000 points, new Uber Cash credits and design

The increased welcome bonus on the American Express® Gold Card has stuck around for a while, but there's a new reason to consider this offer. Amex added up to $US120 in Uber Cash credits ($US10 per month) per calendar year for new and existing cardholders (the Gold Card needs to be added to the Uber app to receive the Uber Cash benefit, and is only applicable to US Eats and Rides), and brought back the immensely popular rose gold card design as a permanent option.

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Along with 60,000 points after you spend at least $US4,000 in your first 6 months of account opening, the American Express® Gold Card earns 4x Membership Rewards points on up to $US25,000 spent at US supermarkets each calendar year (then 1x). This perk alone puts the card high on our list of top credit cards for buying groceries.

It's also a good card for dining because it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide (including takeout and delivery) with no cap, and also offers up to $US120 a year in dining credit at participating restaurants and food-delivery services like Cheesecake Factory, GrubHub, and Seamless.

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Chase British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia cards: New bonuses and earning

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Plus, the cards have added elevated earning rates in certain categories as part of their welcome bonuses. New cardholders can earn 5 Avios per dollar on British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Iberia purchases and 3 Avios per dollar on accommodations booked directly with hotels in the first year of account opening (then 3x and 2x, respectively).

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Chase Sapphire Preferred card: Earn 60,000 points plus up to $US50 in grocery credits

Chase has sweetened the offer on the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card by adding up to $US50 in statement credits toward grocery store purchases in the first year of account opening. That's on top of earning 60,000 points after you spend $US4,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your account, and effectively offsets more than half the card's $US95 annual fee.

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Only new applicants qualify for up to $US50 in grocery store credits, but all Chase Sapphire cardholders can still earn bonus points on groceries, on up to $US1,000 in spending per month, through April 30, 2021.

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

Amex Business Platinum card: Earn 85,000 Membership Rewards points

The newest offer on the Amex Business Platinum Card is especially appealing to small-business owners who spend a lot in common categories.

In addition to a welcome bonus of 75,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $US15,000 within your first 3 months of account opening, you can earn 5x points on eligible U.S. purchases on shipping, wireless telephone services, advertising in select media, office supplies, and gas stations in the first three months of account opening, up to 80,000 bonus points per category.

The card also comes with a ton of valuable benefits, including up to $US200 per calendar year in U.S. Dell credits, up to $US200 per calendar year in airline incidental fee credits, and a 35% rebate when you redeem Amex Membership Rewards points for flights on your selected airline (or any business- or first-class ticket) through the Amex Travel Portal.

Many Amex Business Platinum Card perks can also be found on the personal Platinum Card. If you're not sure which card is right for you, have a look at our comparison of the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum for a full breakdown.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

Amex Platinum card: Earn 75,000 Membership Rewards points

The elevated welcome offer on The Platinum Card® from American Express is still active, but it won't be around forever. In addition to the welcome bonus of 60,000 points after your spend at least $US5,000 in your first 3 months of account opening, new cardholders can earn 10 points per dollar spent at U.S. gas stations and U.S. supermarkets, on up to $US15,000 in combined spending (then 1x) in the first six months of account opening.

Even if you're not travelling right now, the Amex Platinum 75k bonus is worth considering: Between up to $US200 in Uber credits (including Uber Eats) and up to $US100 in Saks credits each calendar year, plus the ability to use Membership Rewards points for a wide variety of redemptions (including many that don't involve travel), it's easy to get a ton of value from Platinum Card.

New for 2021, cardholders will also receive up to $US30 per month in statement credits for PayPal purchases. Lots of popular retailers and services accept PayPal, so this is an incredibly easy way to get even more value from the card.

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Chase Ink Business Unlimited and Ink Business Cash: Earn $US750 cash back

The Ink Business Unlimitedâ" Credit Card and Ink Business Cashâ" Credit Card increased welcome offers to earn $US750 bonus cash back after you spend $US7,500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening are still active this week.

Small-business owners who want to earn lots of rewards in the new year can benefit from these all-time-high offers. Keep in mind the Chase Ultimate Rewards points you'll earn from these cards aren't just good for cash back â€" you've got options to redeem for travel, and even more flexibility (like transferring to Chase airline and hotel partners) if you also have the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, or Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card in your wallet.

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Amex Hilton cards: Earn up to 150,000 points and a $US150 statement credit

Three American Express Hilton Honours credit cards have gotten a welcome bonus boost, including new statement credits after you make your first purchase.

  • Hilton Honours American Express Surpass® Card: Earn 130,000 points after you spend at least $US2,000 in your first 3 months of account opening, plus a $US150 statement credit after your first purchase in the first three months of account opening.
  • Hilton Honours American Express Card: Earn 80,000 points after you spend at least $US1,000 in your first 3 months of account opening, plus a $US100 statement credit after your first purchase in the first three months.
  • The Hilton Honours American Express Business Card: Earn a 125,000 points after you spend at least $US3,000 in your first 3 months of account opening.

These are some of the highest bonus-points offers we've seen on these Amex Hilton cards, and the statement credits make these deals even more compelling. Because Amex limits cardholders to earning one welcome bonus per card, per lifetime, it's best to apply when the offers are higher than usual.

Chase The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

The World of Hyatt Credit Card: Earn up to 60,000 points

We haven't seen changes to The World Of Hyatt Credit Card in a long time, so this new bonus to earn up to 60,000 Hyatt points could be welcome news â€" if you're a big spender.

You'll earn 30,000 points after you spend $US3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening, and up to 30,000 more points by earning 2 points total per dollar on purchases that normally earn 1x points, on up to $US15,000 in the first six months of account opening. The previous offer was for up to 50,000 points but the spending requirement was much lower.

There's also a new promotion for all The World Of Hyatt Credit Card holders in the month of February to earn up to 5,000 Hyatt points after you register by February 28. You'll earn bonus points for making a certain number of eligible transactions (which must be at least 1 dollar), as follows:

  • 10 transactions = 1,000 bonus points
  • 25 transactions = 2,500 bonus points
  • 50 or more transactions = 5,000 bonus points

Jasmin Baron is an associate editor at Personal Finance Insider, where she helps readers maximise rewards and find the best credit cards to fit their lifestyles.

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