Here’s What Sign-up Bonuses Can Get You

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What Sign-up Bonuses Can Get YouSign-up bonuses are one of the fastest ways to get a large amount of points with very little spend, however, not all points are created equal. For example, a 50,000 point sign-up bonus may not be as valuable as a 40,000 mile sign-up bonus or vice versa. It all depends on what program those points and miles are attached to.

I commonly hear statements and questions like, “I just signed up for a XXX card to get a $100 statement credit after I spend $500 in three months!” or “Can you find me a credit card with a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus and a low spending requirement?” Normally, these types of statements and questions are found outside of the travel world, but the point is the same: You should think twice before signing up for a credit card, especially if you plan to carry a balance (please don’t).

Anyway, here is what that sign-up bonus can get you!

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45,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

Flights

  • Any flight costing $540 or less.
  • 5 round trip tickets from Los Angeles to Hawaii in economy.
  • Almost two round trip economy saver awards anywhere in the US.
  • Almost one round trip business saver award anywhere in the US and Canada.

Hotels

  • Any hotel costing $540 or less.
  • 9 free nights in a standard room at a category 1 Hyatt.
  • 5.5 free nights in a suite at a category 1 Hyatt.
  • 1.5 free nights in a standard room at a category 7 Hyatt.
  • 7 free nights in a standard room at a category 1 Marriott hotel.
  • 1 free night in a standard room at a category 9 Marriott hotel.
  • 9 free nights in a PointBreak IHG hotel.

Other

  • $450 worth of statement credits or gift cards.
  • $540 towards a car rental or cruise.

50,000 Membership Rewards Points

Flights

  • A round trip ticket in economy to northern South America.
  • A round trip business class ticket in the US or Canada.
  • A round trip ticket to Mexico in economy.

Hotels

  • 10 nights in a standard room at a category 1 Hilton hotel.
  • 5 nights in a standard room at a category 2 Hilton.
  • 8 nights in a standard room at a category 1 Starwood hotel.

Other

  • Pay for $350 worth of product on Amazon with “Pay with Points”.
  • Redeem for $500 worth of Farmville credit or other gift cards.
  • $250 worth of cash back
  • Redeem for 25,000 Starpoints.

50,000 ThankYou Points

Flights

  • One way flight from the US to Singapore in economy.
  • One way flight from the US to Hong Kong in economy.

Hotels

  • 15 nights in a standard room at a category 1 Hilton hotel.
  • 7.5 nights in a standard room at a category 2 Hilton.

Other

  • $500 in gift cards.

40,000 Arrival Miles

Flights

  • Any flight costing $400 or less. You would earn 4,000 miles from this redemption.

Hotels

  • Any hotel costing $400 or less. You would earn 4,000 miles from this redemption.

Other

  • $200 in gift cards or a statement credit.

This is not a comprehensive list by any means. It’s more of a, “look what you can do with points/miles” type of post. The possibilities are endless when it comes to points, so they’re a great thing to have and collect!


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