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.
Citi and AA have come up with another variation on their standard credit card offer:
- 20,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after $250 in purchases
- 5,000 additional AAdvantage bonus miles after your one-year anniversary
- No annual fee for the first 12 months
As usual, this offer is only good for new accounts. It is very similar to the one-day only deal offered during AA’s 25th anniversary, except that this deal requires that you keep the card a year (and pay the annual fee) to earn the last 5,000 miles.
This offer expires Nov 20, 2006. To learn more, visit www.miles5.citicards.com or call 1-888-FLY-4924.
Credit for this find goes to FT.
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.
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 $100. After the introductory period, there are better paying gas rebate alternatives.
I didn’t see anything on either CITGO’s or Citi’s web site about this card yet, but I would expect that to change as the launch date of August 1 nears.
This might be useful to a few people. B$ points out this offer where you’ll earn a $30 Savings Certificate redeemable at Pathmark® stores when you sign up for an American Express Blue Cash card. This offer can also currently be seen by visiting Pathmark’s web site at http://www.pathmark.com and visiting the American Express $30 Free Groceries link on the home page.
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
When you apply for a Bank of America or MBNA credit card online between now and July 28, 2006, you’ll have the opportunity to enter into a drawing to choose from one of four vacation packages:
- America’s Cup Racing Experience
6-day/5-night adventure for two in St. Maarten, including air, hotel and a half-day sail on a former America’s Cup boat
- Viva Las Vegas
6-day/5-night New Year’s Eve celebration for two in Las Vegas, including air, accommodations, $5,000 spending money and more.
- Sandals Resort Getaway
7-day/6-night getaway for two to any Sandals Signature All-Inclusive Resort, including air, a 50-minute couples massage and more.
- Greek Island Cruise Experience
8-day/7-night charter for two in the Greek Islands, including air, cabin accommodations, exclusive use of yacht and more.
You’ll also be entered in an instant win game where 1,000 Canon PowerShot A530 Digital Cameras and 1,000 Travel World Clock/Calculators will be given away.
For more information, see the official rules.
This offer highlighted by FW gives you the chance to earn up to 25,000 bonus miles with a new Delta Skymiles application, compared to the normal 10-15,000 bonus miles:
- 10,000 bonus miles with your first purchase
- 10,000 miles for spending $5,000 within your first 6 months of Cardmembership
- 5,000 bonus miles by adding two Additional Cards to your account. Fee-Free
- No annual fee for the first year
- Always Double Miles® on eligible everyday purchases and one mile for every other eligible dollar spent
Applicable for Business card as well. New applicants only.
The annual fee of $85 is also waived for the first year with this offer. To find out more or to apply online, visit http://www.americanexpress.com/delta45.