Over $500 in credit card sign up bonuses

Credit card sign up bonus offers are the kind of deals I rarely pass on. They are usually easy to get on, and just as easy to get off when you no longer need the card. I have participated in most of the promotions below and still use one of these credit cards because of its good daily cash rewards.

All of the cards below have no annual fee, or have it waived for the first year. Should you apply just because of the sign up bonus? You will have to decide it for yourself. My answer to this question tends to vary depending on the bonus amount and on how badly I am in a need of cash at the time I see the offer.

Credit cards with sign up bonuses

citi professional credit card Citi Professional with Thank You network - (offer page)

10,000 ThankYou points ($100 equivalent) after $250 in purchases. The card also offers decent rewards when you use it at restaurants, gas stations, on auto rentals and certain office supply merchants. (this promotion has expired)

citi business credit card Citi Business with Thank You network (offer page)

10,000 ThankYou points ($100 equivalent) after $250 in purchases. The card also offers decent rewards when you use it at office supply merchants and on professional services (this promotion has expired)

amex rewards gold card American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (offer page)

10,000 membership rewards bonus points after your first purchase (redeemable for a $100 gift card). The membership program tied with this card also offers certain travel and entertainment related perks.

discover business card Discover Business (offer page)

$100 cashback bonus after $1000 in purchases. This card also offers 5% on your first $2000 in office supply purchases and 2% on your first $2000 in gas purchases in a year, plus other benefits

amex business freedom card American Express Platinum Business FreedomPass (offer page)

5000 bonus points with first purchase (redeem for $100 when you accumulate a total 7500 points). This card offers one point for each dollar spent on travel. 7500 points are redeemable for $100 (effective cashback rate 1.33%). (this promotion has expired)

chase freedom card Chase Freedom (offer page)

$50 in bonus rebates after your first purchase. 3% cashback in 3 top categories by spending (capped at $18 per month) and 1% in the rest. Also check out Chase Freedom Plus card, my primary credit card at the moment (this promotion has expired)

amex one card American Express One (offer page)

$50 bonus is deposited into a linked savings account after first purchase. This card also offers 1% cashback on eligible purchases - this is a norm for most cash rewards credit cards. The distinct part is the FDIC-insured savings account that comes with the card. (this promotion has expired)

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3 Responses to “Over $500 in credit card sign up bonuses”

  1. 1 Alex May 15th, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I am still waiting for $250 sign up bonus like Chase Freedom had last yead. Was that sweet or what? ;)

  2. 2 Yan May 15th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Yeah, that was sweet. I got myself an outdoor BBQ grill from that promotion. Check it out!

  3. 3 Alex May 15th, 2008 at 11:21 am

    yeah… very fancy. Every Azeri shashlyk vendor in the former Soviet Union should have one of these ;)

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