According to CardTrak, Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Bank of America have just launched a new affinity card, allowing cardholders to earn 2,000 bonus points for each stay at a Carlson hotel. The standard rate of earning is 3 points per dollar spent. These points can be redeemed for free hotel nights, which start at 15,000 points per night, or airline miles, merchandise and gift cards.
If you make your first purchase before July 31, 2006, you’ll earn a bonus of 20,000 points. If you wait until August 1, 2006 or later to make your first purchase, your bonus is 10,000 points. For further details, see http://www.goldpointsplus.com/.
I personally find this offer very interesting. Well, not so much the offer itself, but the manner in which to get it. This thread at FW points out that for the Citi Business card, you can get an extra 5000 bonus Thank You points (for a total of 15000) when you signup if you pretend you don’t really want the card at first. As the poster states:
went to apply for citi business (the one with 10000 bonus) hit back button on my browser, and got a popup offering another 5000 if i don’t back out and go apply, as in 15000 total bonus points to sign up just because i almost didn’t
More accurately, if you apply on Citi’s web site itself (http://www.citicards.com), click on the Small Business Credit Cards link, then click the “Apply Now” button for the CitiBusiness Card with ThankYou Network, it will create another window with the application. If you then close that window, another popup will appear, offering you another 5000 points for completing the application. Such is the world of marketing that we live in today.
On a side note, when I first tried to test this, I was using Firefox with my pop up blocker automatically turned on, so the popup didn’t show. You’ll need to disable any popup blockers you have in order to see this offer.
Courtesy of FW, here’s another Citi signup offer with a bonus:
- 2 Thank You points per dollar on everything for 12 months.
- 0% APR on balance transfers until 8/1/07 with no balance transfer fees
- 10,000 Thank you bonus points after first purchase — redeemable for a $100 gift card
The promo code is F1G7. You can apply online at http://apply.citicards.com using this promo code or by calling 1-800-491-0848.
No, that is not a typo. This innovative offer lets you make purchases at gas stations, supermarkets and drugstores and pay no interest until December 31, 2011.
This offer is for new Cardmembers only and you must apply by 9/15/06. It doesn’t appear that there’s any associated promo code. To apply, call 1-800-479-1183.
This thread at FW presents the offer and also discusses the potentially interesting trade-offs between this offer and the gold-standard of 5% cash back on these types of purchases. Among the variables that need to be considered are the probability of 5% cards still being available in the future, what interest rates will be like for the next 5 years, as well as tax considerations. There is also the hassle factor, as you will need to be especially careful to not charge non-qualifying purchases on the card, as they will accrue interest at the standard APR. Because of these complications, I don’t think this offer is for everyone, but it will certainly appeal to many.
This offer was reported at FW. Card benefits include:
- Receive a $50 Statement Credit after qualifying transactions
- 0% introductory Annual Percentage Rate (APR) on balance transfers and cash advance checks for your first 12 billing cycles†
- Redeem your points for travel, merchandise, gift certificates, and cash
- Earn 1 point for every net retail purchase dollar
- Redemption levels start as low as 2,500 Points
- No annual fee
The offer may be available after you log out of your Bank of America online account. Alternatively, you can use this link.
The noteworthy aspect of this offer is the $50 statement credit. According to the fine print, the qualifying transaction you need for the $50 is simply any transaction within the first 45 days of opening the account.
The other benefits are standard for the card. The 0% balance transfer offer is not that attractive since it comes with a 3% fee that is uncapped. As such, this offer is primarily useful for someone who was already in the market for this card.
As usual, not every card will be eligible for these bonuses:
Check out the links above to see if your charge card is eligible. If so, virtually every dollar spent between July 1, 2006 – August 31, 2006 will earn you double points. See the terms and conditions at AMEX’s website for full details.
A card with a 20% rebate is bound to attract some attention. Before you rush out and get one, though, you should be aware of the details. According to CardTrak, CITGO and CitiBank are teaming up to offer a new gas rebate card that is launching on August 1st. During the first 60 days, you’ll receive a 20% rebate on CITGO purchases; after the introductory period is over, you’ll receive a 4% rebate. The fine print includes:
The 20% rebate offer is part of the 90-day launch period which ends October 31st. Once the launch promotion ends, cardholders earn 4% on CITGO purchases and up to 1% on other qualified purchases. Cardholders may earn up to $50 in rebates each month. All rebates are automatically credited on the cardholder’s statement against future CITGO purchases made with the card.
The limitation of $50 in monthly rebates obviously limits the maximum reward you can earn during the introductory period to $100, so you can think of this as a signup bonus of something less than $100. After the introductory period, there are better paying gas rebate alternatives.
I didn’t see anything on either CITGO’s or Citi’s web site about this card yet, but I would expect that to change as the launch date of August 1 nears.
Got this offer in the mail the other day and it does not look targeted:
…From now until July 31, 2006, you’ll enjoy Five Times the rewards on all your qualifying restaurant and grocery store purchases… of course, you’ll still enjoy 3% rebates on qualified gas purchases and 1% on all other eligible purchaes as a valued Chase PerfectCard cardmember.
Best of all, this special “thank you” offer is automatic — there’s no need to activate it.
One major downside is that the fine print stipulates that the maximum rebate accumulation is $15 monthly, excluding purchases that earn 1%. This means that the limit will be reached after only $300 of restaurant/grocery spending, which is something to keep in mind.
Here’s the latest installment of this recurring Citi signup offer, sighted by SD:
- Apply online at http://www.apply.citicards.com or call 1-800-541-1910 by 8/15/06
- Use offer code: F2F9
- This offer entitles you to receive 10,000 bonus Thank You Points after your first purchase made within 3 months of account opening. These points are then redeemable for a $100 gift card.
- 0% APR on balance transfers until 7/1/07
- No balance transfer fees with this offer and no annual fee
If you own an American Express IN:NYC card, you may be eligible to receive double INSIDE reward points for the next two months:
Enroll now and you can earn Double INSIDE Rewards points on virtually every purchase you make with your IN:NYC® Credit Card from June 1 through July 31, 2006. This offer is available to solicited Cardmembers only.
The number of bonus points awarded is limited to 5,000. To sign up, see this link. Credit for this find goes to FW.