Here’s another offer for the AMEX Business Gold, this time offering a cash incentive and a low spending threshold, as reported by FW:
- Get a $50 statement credit when you spend $100 until August 31, 2006*
- Fee-free for your first year — a savings of $125
- Bonus $50.00 applies to any purchase over $100.00 made between 4/24/06 and 8/31/06, and will appear as a statement credit on your Card account. The maximum credit available is $50.00 per account.
In addition, you can earn bonus points during your first year:
- 5,000 bonus points with your first purchase, to welcome you as a Cardmember
- 5,000 bonus points as a thank-you for reaching $20,000 in spending
- 20,000 more bonus points for reaching $50,000 in spending
- 10,000 additional bonus points for your one-year Card renewal
The direct link to this offer is here. AMEX have been sending out some targeted invitations in the recent past to people offering up to 50,000 points for making only three charges on this card, so this offer pales in comparison to that, but has the advantage of not being targeted.
The latest Citi offer code that gives you a 0% APR balance transfer for 12 months and $100 gift card is F5D5, as reported by FW:
0% BT until 5/1/07. There is no balance transfer fee with this offer.
No Annual Fee.
You also receive 10,000 bonus ThankYou Points after first purchase made within 3 months of becoming a cardmember. Redeem for your choice of a $100 gift card.
Apply online or call by 6/30/06
Offer Code: F5D5
If you sign up for a new Shell Card by June 19, 2006, you’ll be eligible to receive a $25 gift card. New cardholders need to make three purchases within the first 60 days to receive their $25 gift card from their choice of one of the following five retailers: Shell, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Amazon.com or iTunes.
More details can be found at http://www.shellcreditcard.com or you can find this promotion directly here.
As discussed on FW:
Call 800-975-0463, mention invitation #FASZ, get approved by 6/15/06, make one purchase each month during the first 12 months, get 1,000 bonus miles credited to your account each month for a total of 12,000 bonus miles.
According to Discover, this card allows you to:
Redeem your Miles for tickets on any major U.S. airline. Plus, there are no blackout dates on flights when you use your Miles. You can get air travel rewards starting at only 10,000 Miles.*
You can also redeem your Miles for:
- Cruise and vacation packages
- Hotel and car rental certificates
- Gift cards for your favorite stores and restaurants
- Brand-name merchandise
While this all sounds good on the surface, I would actually recommend staying away from this card. Miles cards are best when they can be used to purchase tickets that would otherwise be too expensive, such as first class or business seats, or last minute flights. In contrast, most general miles cards that allow you redemption on a number of airlines, like this one, have significant restrictions on award redemptions. In fact, this card from Discover requires that all round trip coach tickets be purchased at least 21 days in advance and have a Saturday night stay, among other restrictions.
And if you look at the other redemption options, you’re getting less than a cent of value per point. At that point, you’re better off going with a standard 1% cash back card. (Did this just turn into a mini-review of the Discover Miles Card?)
This is an offer that has been around for a while, but since I was on the subject of 20,000 AA bonus miles the other day, it seemed appropriate to point out this thread on Flyertalk. The essentials of the deal are as follows:
- 20,000 bonus UA miles after your first purchase
- First year annual fee waived, $60 afterwards
- 1 mile for every $1 spent on purchases
- Free One-way, 1,000 mile, One-class Upgrade Certificate
- $25 United Discount Travel Certificate
The standard deal for this card is 17,500 miles and no waiver of the annual fee at all. So this offer represents a slight premium over that. Where the Flyertalk thread gets more interesting is when the discussion turns towards applying for the card repeatedly in order to accumulate the bonus miles each time. This is actually an approach that works for many cards, though you do run the risk of the card issuers actually enforcing their terms and conditions in which case they reserve the right to deduct the miles from your account.
It’s also important to note that churning through applications isn’t particularly healthy for your credit score. While your score will recover in the long term, if you’re looking for other credit at favorable terms in the near future, it probably isn’t the best idea to be repeatedly making these sorts of applications.
The most complete description of this offer is located in this thread at FW. Note, however, that this deal is no longer available online. You will have to call in with the invitation codes specified in this thread at FT. In short:
- Apply for the Platinum Business Premium Cash Rebate Card at 866-764-2177, using one of the following RSVP codes (Note: It’s unclear whether these codes still work):
- Receive $250 statement credit after your first purchase
- If, 6-8 weeks after your first purchase, you haven’t received your $250 statement credit, call AMEX Open Customer Service mentioning the following “Promotional Code Offer ID” you applied for:
- Promotional Code Offer ID: E341-0001
- Phone #: 1-800-492-3344
- You may need to mention the RSVP # as well.
Due to the high levels of interest in this promotion, AMEX may attempt to validate that you indeed have a small business.
If you are eligible and can get this promotion, it is definitely one of the best credit card signup deals of all time.
This current SonyCard offer can be viewed off of the Sony Style home page or when you click through to the “Special Offers” sections at SonyStyle under any of the product categories:
Transform your ordinary purchases into extraordinary Sony Rewards – the latest electronics and the hottest CDs, DVDs and games. Complete the online application for the Sony CardSM, get instant approval and start using your card immediately to enjoy these benefits:
- $50 card credit after your first purchase.
- Sony Reward points on all your eligible purchases
- Introductory 0% fixed APR for up to 12 months.
- No annual fee.
- Earn up to 250,000 points per year.
Sony Card makes it easy for you to maximize your Sony Reward points1 :
- 5 Reward Points for every $1 – on Sony products purchased exclusively at www.sonystyle.com.
- 3 Reward Points for every $1 – on Sony products purchased anywhere.
- 1 Reward Point for every $1 – on any purchase, anywhere.
- Your Reward points are automatically credited to your Sony Card account on purchases made at SonyStyle.com.
Note that the only special part of this deal is the $50 credit. In the past, there have been promotions available for this card that issued a $100 credit, so this is a good deal if you want the SonyCard now, but if you are willing to wait, there’s probably a good chance we’ll see the $100 credit promotion reappear at some time.
The direct link to this promotion is available here. According to the terms and conditions, the offer expires April 30, 2006.
This thread at FatWallet points out the following offer for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Card:
- No annual fee for the first year, $85/year afterwards
- Earn 20,000 bonus miles after your first purchase
- An AAdvantage(R) mile for every $1 spent on purchases
- Reduced Mileage Awards on American Airlines
The standard offer for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage® card is for 15,000 miles on first purchase with no waiver of the first year’s annual fee, so this seems like a good deal if you’re in the market for this card.
The direct link to this offer is here.