I highly recommend checking flyertalk forums such as the top offers thread as well as the sites listed in Helpful Resources on my site before applying for any offers. Make sure you are getting the best offer you can – there are often better offers than what is advertised! Here is more information on some of the cards I have mentioned.
Citibank American Airlines Visa and American Express Cards – No more:
I applied for these cards using the 2-browser trick (see my inital post here). This trick is no longer working. You can read more on the Flyer Talk forums: Flyertalk Forum on the Citibank American Airlines cards. The recent offers I have seen offer 50,000 American Airlines miles after $3000 spent in 4 months. It has an $85 annual fee that is waived for the first year. Earn 2X miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases, 1X everything else. The offers have changed, but it seems to still be possible to get one personal card and one business card for a significant amount of miles. See more at Million Mile Secrets.
The current offers seem to be either a 50,000 mile Mastercard or a 100,000 Mastercard with a $450 annual fee but also lounge access. See Flyertalk for more information.
Hilton Honors American Express:
I applied for an expired offer of 65,000 points on this card, 40,000 after $750 in the first 3 months and 25,000 more after first $3000 in first 6 months. The current offers are in this Flyertalk Forum on the Hilton Honors American Express and Surpass and are currently for 50,000 points on the no fee and 60,000 points on the Surpass with a $75 annual fee and Hilton Gold for the first year. AXON awards that these cards gave you access towards are not as valuable now. I’m not sure I’d apply for them again at this point.
Chase Hyatt Visa:
The standard offer is for 2 free nights after $2000 spend, $75 annual fee not waived and category 1-4 free night on card anniversary. 3X points on Hyatt purchases, 2X on restaurants and travel and 1X elsewhere. Smart chip and no foreign transaction fee. There is sometimes an offer with no first year fee, and if you attempt to make a Hyatt reservation and apply from the offer shown there even a possible $50 statement credit.
Citibank Hilton Reserve:
This card provides Hilton Gold status, as well as 2 free weekend nights after $2500 spend in 4 months. There is a $95 annual fee that is not waived for the first year. More info in Flyertalk Forum on the Citi Hilton Reserve. You also earn 1 free weekend night anniversary gift after $10,000 spending. Note: there are some limitations on these free nights. They are only valid Fri-Sat-Sun and only where there are Standard rooms. Please make sure the redemption options work for you before applying. I used these two free nights for the Conrad Tokyo in Japan. There is sometimes an offer for a $100 statement credit as well.
Chase Sapphire Preferred:
See the Flyertalk Forum on the Chase Sapphire Preferred. 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points after $3000 spent in first three months. Ultimate Reward points redeem 1:1 to United, Hyatt and many other transfer partners! First year free, then $95 annual fee. No foreign transactions fees, 7% annual dividend.
United Mileage Plus Explorer:
See my mention of how I got to the 50,000 mile and $50 statement credit offer that The Frequent Miler explains. I used this and the Ink Bold to book a business class award flight to Japan. This offer can sometimes be found in Chase bank branches.
US Airways Dividends Mastercard:
See my mention of how I got the 35,000 mile no first year fee offer that View from the Wing explains.
Just a note – don’t apply for the standard offers on this card. They email me 30,000 or 50,000 point offers frequently but there is a 70,000 point offer on Flyertalk. Always make sure you’re getting the best offer!