Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for a full list of cards, but since the best credit card offers are always changing–increased offers, terms, annual fee–this post will review what I think are the 10 best currently available offers.

Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers For April 2015

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10 Best Travel Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses For April 2015

Earning airline miles and hotel points from credit cards that offer lucrative airline miles and hotel points is among the easiest ways to see the world for pennies on the dollar. These credit cards listed below are the best current sign-up bonus offers to earn A LOT of free travel through award flights and hotel stays. Important reminder: you should only apply for credit cards if you responsibly manage your credit score and pay off your balance in full every month.

Here are the top 10 best credit card sign-up bonus offers for April 2015. If you’re interested in these cards or looking for other top offers, check out my credit card bonus offer spreadsheet.

1. Chase Ink Plus Business Card

Current bonus offer: 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months
Annual fee: Waived the first year, then $95 per year

 

Why I dig it: The Chase Ink Plus card is an all-around great business credit card that offers high earning 5x bonus categories. Consistently it offers a great sign-up bonus of 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points which are among the most valuable and flexible transferrable bank-points.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to any of Chase’s valuable 1:1 airline and hotel transfer partners that include United, Hyatt, British Airways, and many others.

With this flexibility it opens up the possibility for you to redeem points for exactly the travel you want. In my opinion this factor makes them my personal favorite transferrable bank-points to earn for free travel.

With the Chase Ink Plus you’ll earn 5x points on office supply stores, internet, cell phone, and cable, 2x points on gas and hotels, and 1x on all other purchases. An additional benefit worth mentioning are the two free Lounge Club visits per year that you get from having the card.

2. Hyatt Visa

Current bonus offer: 2 free nights after spending $1,000 within the first three months
Annual fee: Waived the first year, then $75 per year

 

Why I dig it: The Hyatt Visa offers one of the highest value hotel credit card sign-up offers. After meeting the minimum spending requirement you will receive two free nights that can be used at any Hyatt property worldwide—including Park Hyatts that run $1,000 per night! I recently used my two free nights at the Park Hyatt Vienna which is an incredible hotel and runs $500+ per night.

Relative to the value you can get from this offer the minimum spending is low and the $75 annual fee is also a good value considering you received a free night at a category 1-4 hotel every year you keep the card.

If you frequent Hyatt hotels this card is also a great option and it does not have foreign transaction fees, which makes it a good option for international travel. The card earns 3 points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels, 2 points per dollar spent at restaurants, and on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline and at car rental agencies, and 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else.

If you don’t have status with Hyatt you’ll also get automatic Platinum status and maintain it as long as you are a Hyatt Visa cardholder.

Tip: You can get a better offer with an additional $50 statement credit through the booking process on Hyatt.com. Read this post for more info.

3. Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Current bonus offer: 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 within three months plus 5,000 points for adding an additional authorized user that makes a purchase within three months
Annual fee: Waived the first year, then $95

 

Why I dig it: You’ll earn 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within the first three months. The 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points can be of incredible value when transferred at a 1:1 ratio to Korean Air, United, Hyatt, and many other valuable partners to redeem points for exactly the type of travel you want.

The Sapphire Preferred card earns 2x points on dining and travel purchases making it a great option for everyday purchases within these categories.

If you pair this personal card with Chase’s Ink business credit card you could be on your way to earning close to 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points.

4. Citi American AAdvantage Credit Cards (personal and business versions)

Current bonus offer: 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within three months
Annual fee: Waived the first year, then $95 per year

Why I dig it: With the American Airline and US Airways merger these miles are among the most valuable airlines miles to earn for travel on Oneworld alliance airlines. The current 50,000 mile bonus offers on both the personal and business version of this card is an incredible value for international award flights.

American Airlines miles can be used on any of the Oneworld partner airlines, which include some of the top first and business class cabin flights in the world—including Cathay Pacific which you can book for only 67,500 miles one-way from the US to Asia.

5. Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Current bonus offer: 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 within 90 days
Annual fee: Waived the first year, then $89 per year

 

Why I dig it: The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® is one of my all-time favorite flexible rewards credit cards. The card is currently offering a 40,000 sign-up bonus miles after spending $3,000 within the first 90 days.

This 40,000 mile sign-up bonus is worth $440 when redeemed for travel, plus you’ll have one of the top earning cards on the market. The Arrival Plus Card earns 2.2% back on every $1 spent and it’s one of the easiest travel credit cards when it comes to redeeming miles.

Arrival miles can be redeemed for a statement credit for any flight or hotel you purchase using your card at a value of 1.0 cent per mile. When you redeem miles for travel you earn a 10% mile rebate, that means you’re earning at 2.28% cash back on every dollar spent.

You can read my full review of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus here.

6. Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card

Current bonus offer: 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 within three months.
Annual fee: Waived the first year, then $95

 

Why I dig it: The current 50,000 bonus mile offer on the United Explorer Business card is one of the highest ever offered for this card. Periodically this increased offer comes around and is a great time to apply. You’ll earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months.

Card benefits of the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card are similar to the personal version of the card and include:

  • A free first checked bag for yourself and one traveling companion on United flights purchased with your card
  • Priority boarding
  • Two complimentary United Club lounge passes each year
  • Access to extra Standard Award space.

United miles remain among some of the most valuable airline miles out there are their generous stopover rules that all the flexibility to add stopovers and free one ways. This allows you to book amazing international award trips that include multiple destinations.

7. British Airways Visa Signature® Card

Current bonus offer: 50,000 Avios after spending $2,000 within three months
Annual fee: Waived the first year, then $95

 

Why I dig it: British Airways’ distance based award chart is super valuable for booking short-haul award flights. Each one-way flight starts at just 4,500 Avios and by booking one-way short-haul flights you can connect open-jaws and create short round trips or creative multi-leg trips without using many more miles.

However, note that in some cases high fuel surcharges will be passed on to you, making Avios not the best option for most long haul international flights. Instead plan on using them for short direct flights and saving American or United miles for bigger international trips.

8. Chase IHG Rewards Club Select MasterCard

Current bonus offer: 80,000 points after spending $1,000 within three months
Annual fee: Waived the first year, then $49 per year

 

Why I dig it: The IHG Rewards Club Select MasterCard is currently offering a 70,000 point sign-up bonus after spending $1,000 in 3 months.

This is one of my favorite hotel credit cards and offers one of the BEST sign-up bonuses among all hotel credit cards. The IHG MasterCard’s low $49 annual fee is easily worth paying after the first year since you’ll earn a free night certificate every card anniversary that can be used at ANY IHG hotel!

The card also gives you automatic Platinum elite status which gives you free room upgrades upon availability. If you’re considering applying for this card be sure to read my IHG Reward Club series to learn how to maximize IHG points.

9. Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card

Current bonus offer: 50,000 points after the first purchase, and an additional 35,000 points after spending $2,500 on the card within 90 days
Annual fee: $75

 

Why I dig it: The Club Carlson Visa is currently offering 85,000 bonus points after spending $2,500 within the first 90 days.

The Club Carlson Visa comes with the incredible benefit of a second night free when you book stays of 2 or more award nights. This benefit will be going away starting June 1, 2015, so now is the best and possibly the last time to redeem Club Carlson points with the 2-for-1 award night benefit.

If you have both the personal and business version of this card, you’ll be able to book consecutive 2-for-1 bonus award night stays (4-for-2 award nights) because each card requires a unique rewards account.

Europe is the best region to use Club Carlson points with many great redemptions at their top-tier Radisson Blu properties, however if you are looking for hotel stays in other regions you may be better off going with a different hotel brand.

Several perks of the card include:

  • Automatic Gold elite status which gives you complimentary room upgrades
  • 40,000 anniversary points bonus each year that you keep the card after the first year ($75 annual fee).
  • Second night free on award stays of 2 nights or more.

10. Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

Current bonus offer: Two free weekend nights after spending $2,500 within four months (+ $100 statement credit)
Annual fee: $95

 

Why I dig it: You can two free weekend nights at any Hilton property after spending $2,500 within the first four months on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card. That fact that you can use the free weekend nights at any category Hilton hotel makes this one of the most valuable credit cards for top-tier hotel stays.

When you use the card you will earn 10x points on Hilton hotels, 5x on airlines and car rentals, and 3x on all other purchases. You’ll also get automatic Hilton HHonors Gold status with the card which gets you free internet and breakfast.

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    • justthebest, the card will still offer the benefit until June 1, 2015 so there is still time to book 2-for-1 award nights. I’ll bold the info making it more clear that the benefit will be going away starting in June.