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Which card(s) to use for high spend or large purchases? [Consolidated]

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Ways to get high rewards or bonus on credit card spending:

1. sign-on bonus, miles, UR or MR points, free nights and cash rewards
2. on-going rewards, points or cashback
3. spending bonus for extra points/$ or status, like spending $10,000 to get extra 20k points etc.

Cards with large spending bonus: (alphabetical)

AmEx Delta Skymiles Gold: $25,000 MQD waived for elite status
AmEx HH Ascend: $40,000 to Diamond
Barclay Aviator Red: $25,000 for $3,000 EQD
BofA Merrill +: $50,000 for additional $200 travel credit
Chase Ritz Carlton: $10,000 to renew Gold status. Subject to change from 8/1/2018
Chase United MileagePlus Explorer: $25,000 for 10,000 United miles
A lot more to list...

Cards that earn better than 1 airline mile (or points convertible 1:1 to airline miles) per dollar: (alphabetical)

Amex Blue Business Plus - 2x MRs on up to $50k per year. No AF, FTF.
Amex Blue for Business - 1.3x MRs (Another card needed in order to transfer, such as Amex ED/EDP/PRG/BGR/Plat etc). No AF, FTF. Discontinued, replaced by BBP.
Amex Business Platinum - 1.5x for charges over $5,000 up to 1M extra points ($2M spend) AF $450, no FTF. Many other perks.
Amex EveryDay - 1.2x if you make 20+ charges per cycle. No AF, FTF.
Amex EveryDay Preferred - 1.5x if you make 30+ charges per cycle. AF $95, FTF.
Bank of America Virgin Atlantic MasterCard - 1.5x VS miles, 2x if you spend $15k per year, 2.1x if you spend $25k per year. AF $90, no FTF.
Barclaycard Arrival Premier - 1.43x for all partners except JAL, AC (1.18x). You will get 2.14x on all partners except JAL, AC (1.76x), if you spend $15k or $25k per year. AF $150, FYF, no FTF. Discontinued.
Capital One Spark Miles Business Visa - 1.5x on all partners, except SQ and EK. AF $95, FYF, no FTF.
Capital One Venture Visa - 1.5x on all partners, except SQ and EK. 7.5x (all partners, except SQ and EK) on hotels.com until 01/31/2020. AF $95, FYF, no FTF.
Capital One Spark Miles Select Business Visa - 1.125x on all partners, except SQ and EK. No AF, no FTF.
Chase Freedom Unlimited Visa - 1.5x URs (Another card needed in order to transfer, such as CSR/CSP/Ink Plus/Ink Bold/Ink Preferred). No AF, FTF.
Chase Ink Unlimited Business Visa - 1.5x URs, Same as Freedom Unlimited
Chase United Club Card Visa - 1.5x United miles. AF $450, no FTF, some other perks.
Citi Double Cash MC - 2x TYP. Cashback can be converted to TYP at 1:1 ratio. You need a premium Citi card, (Premier, Prestige or Chairman) to transfer to partners other than JetBlue at 1:1 ratio. No AF, FTF.


Cards that earn hotel points

Amex Hilton Honors - 3x HH points, no AF, no FTF
Amex Hilton Honors Ascend - 3x HH points, AF $95, no FTF, some perks
Amex Hilton Honors Business - 3x HH points, AF $95, no FTF, some perks
Amex Hilton Honors Aspire - 3x HH points, AF $450, no FTF, lots of perks.
Amex SPG - 2x Marriott points. AF $95, FYF, no FTF.
Amex SPG Business - same as Amex SPG.
Amex SPG Luxury - same as Amex SPG. AF $450
Barclaycard Choice Privileges Visa - 2x on everything. No AF, FTF.
Barclaycard Wyndham Rewards Visa - 2x (grandfathered versions 2x on everything, still obtainable). AF $69/$0, FTF.
Chase Marriott Premier Plus Visa - same as Amex SPG
FNBO Best Western Rewards Premium MC - 2x BW points. AF $59, no FTF
FNBO Best Western Rewards MC - 2x BW points. No AF, no FTF
US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature - 5x RR points. AF $75, FTF
US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Visa - 5x RR points. AF $60, FTF
US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Signature - 3x RR points. AF $50, FTF

2%+ Cashback Cards: (by % amount)

US Bank Altitude Reserve Visa - 4.5% towards travel (cashout possible), if you use Android Pay, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay or Microsoft Wallet for in-person, in-app or online purchases. AF $400, no FTF, many other perks.
Barclaycard Priceline Rewards Visa (grandfathered 2x/5x version) - 3.33% if redeemed against Priceline or travel purchases, 2% if redeemed for everything else. No AF, no FTF.
Barclaycard Arrival Premier MC - 3% if you spend exactly $15k or $25k, 2%, if you spend less than $15k. AF $150, FYF, no FTF, some perks. Discontinued.
Bank of America Travel Rewards Visa (with Platinum (Honors) Preferred Rewards) - 2.25/2.625%. No AF, no FTF.
Bank of America Premium Rewards Visa (with Platinum (Honors) Preferred Rewards) - 2.25/2.625%. AF $95, no FTF, some perks.
USAA Limitless Cashback Rewards Visa - 2.5% (must be USAA member, with $1k direct deposit per month). no AF. Discontinued.
Alliant Cashback Visa Signature - 3% first year, after that 2.5%. AF $59, FYF, no FTF.
Barclaycard Arrival Plus MasterCard - 2.1% if you redeem for travel purchases. AF $89, no FTF.
Discover it Miles - 3% (first year only, 1.5% after that). No AF, no FTF.

Exactly 2% Cashback Cards: (alphabetical)

Amex Blue Business Cash - 2% on up to $50k per year. No AF, FTF.
BBVA Compass Rewards Visa - 2%, if you receive $1000 in direct deposits per month to checking account. No AF.
Blispay Visa - 2%. No AF.
Citi Double Cash MasterCard - 2%. No AF.
Capital One Spark Cash Business Visa - 2%. AF $95, FYF, no FTF.
Capital One Spark Miles Business Visa - 2% if redeemed for travel. AF $95, FYF, no FTF.
Capital One Venture Visa - 2% if you redeem for travel purchases. 10% cashback on hotels.com until 01/31/2020. AF $95, FYF, no FTF.
Fidelity Rewards Visa - 2%. No AF.
PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa (with Honors Advantage) - 2%. No AF, no FTF.
PNC Premier Traveler Visa - 2% if you redeem for travel purchases. AF $85, FYF, no FTF.
State Department Federal CU Premium Cashback+ Visa - 2%, no AF, no FTF.
Synchrony Paypal Cashback MC - 2%, no AF, no FTF.
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Old Sep 19, 18, 8:20 am
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Old Oct 28, 18, 12:30 pm
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Need your help—how to maximize sign up bonus on $28k spend!!

Hi all so I need to spend $28k by 2/15/19 & need your help in figuring out which cards to sign up to maximize sign up bonuses!


Will be under 5/24 on 12/01/18 and again on 2/10/19.

Here’s the cards I currently have:
1) CSR
2) Chase Inks Business Cash
3) C.Freedom
4) C.Freedom Unlimited
5) Amex Business Gold
6) Amex SPG
7) Amex SPG business
8) Amex Hilton Honors
9) Amex Hilton Business
10) Citi TY Premier

These are the cards I’ve planned so far:
1) Citi AAbusiness - $4k
2) Chase Ink Business Preferred in 12/01/18 - $5k
3) Chase Ink Business Unlimited in 01/01/19 - $3k
4) Amex Gold 1/05/19 - $2k
5) Amex Blue Business Plus 2/01/19 - $3k

Would you suggest something else? What cards would you sign up for if you were me?

thanks!

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Old Nov 10, 18, 2:30 pm
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Looking for a new CC to apply with travel bonus. We already have CSR and AMEX Gold. Also I need the new CC number instantly as I have to pay the charges online and cannot wait for card to arrive.. TIA
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Old Nov 10, 18, 8:11 pm
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Looking for a new CC to apply with travel bonus. We already have CSR and AMEX Gold. Also I need the new CC number instantly as I have to pay the charges online and cannot wait for card to arrive.. TIA
What kind of bonus? Hotel pts? Airline miles? Not sure if any bank will give you a number over the ph. Pick a card and then call the bank before you apply. Sorry, not much help.
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Old Nov 10, 18, 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by MNSWEEps View Post
Looking for a new CC to apply with travel bonus. We already have CSR and AMEX Gold. Also I need the new CC number instantly as I have to pay the charges online and cannot wait for card to arrive.. TIA
Just noticed this part.

Somewhat recently applied for a Citi card, but was going out of town for 10 days and knew the physical card would arrive just after I left, and I also knew I was about to book a relatively expensive flight.

Short story short, called Citi, and no dice. Card was waiting when I returned from my trip.

I have not tried with anyone else but my Credit Union, but suspect that that will be a MAJOR hurdle. Perhaps other members can chime in if they had luck as I do seem to recall someone posting that the bank disclosed their number to them prior to arrival of card.
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Originally Posted by EmailKid View Post
Just noticed this part.

Somewhat recently applied for a Citi card, but was going out of town for 10 days and knew the physical card would arrive just after I left, and I also knew I was about to book a relatively expensive flight.

Short story short, called Citi, and no dice. Card was waiting when I returned from my trip.

I have not tried with anyone else but my Credit Union, but suspect that that will be a MAJOR hurdle. Perhaps other members can chime in if they had luck as I do seem to recall someone posting that the bank disclosed their number to them prior to arrival of card.
The only CC I remember getting instant card info is AmEx SPG card. After card approval, AmEx gave you the entire card number, Exp date and temp CID. It is good for 15 days. The credit limit is also lower for 15 days.

Not sure if this is still in practice.
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The only CC I remember getting instant card info is AmEx SPG card. After card approval, AmEx gave you the entire card number, Exp date and temp CID. It is good for 15 days. The credit limit is also lower for 15 days.

Not sure if this is still in practice.
They still do that - I applied for an Amex card two weeks ago and they gave me a number - still don't have the card.
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They still do that - I applied for an Amex card two weeks ago and they gave me a number - still don't have the card.
I've never had that happen for me, unfortunately. I wonder if there's a set of criteria they go by to determine who gets an instant card number.
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I've never had that happen for me, unfortunately. I wonder if there's a set of criteria they go by to determine who gets an instant card number.
We got two SPG cards, the same temp cards.
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I had the option of requesting an instant card # on my Hilton Ascend AMEX as soon as I was approved. I believe it was good to use for 10-15 days, or until you activate your real card. The numbers were not the same, so if you booked something like a hotel with the instant card, you would need to update to the real card # with the hotel when you checked in.
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I rarely have single large purchases but will have a tax payment of around 10k due in April. Assuming a minimum 1.87% fee ($187), I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to use cc. I've got two options for non-bonused spend: Amex Blue Biz Plus 2x MR points and Chase Ink Unlimited 1.5x UR. (Would a tax payment be considered a cash equivalent, thus ineligible for Amex 2x?)

I'm wondering if I'm missing a better option. If there's a card that x amount of annual spending will get me better status (and I'd make a point of reaching that spend). My organic spend is around 5k/month but spread around across my and spouse's ccs. Does anything in this list strike anyone as a better cc for big purchase or for targeting annual spend for perk?

Hotel cc: Marriott Bonvoy Biz Amex (Gold), Hyatt (Explorist)
Airline cc: DL Gold, DL Biz, AA Aviator, Possible UA biz (considering applying)
Chase: CSR, Freedom Unlimited, Freedom, Ink Cash, Ink Pref
Amex: Amex Plat, Amex Gold
Citi: Prestige

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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis View Post
I rarely have single large purchases but will have a tax payment of around 10k due in April. Assuming a minimum 1.87% fee ($187), I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to use cc. I've got two options for non-bonused spend: Amex Blue Biz Plus 2x MR points and Chase Ink Unlimited 1.5x UR. (Would a tax payment be considered a cash equivalent, thus ineligible for Amex 2x?)

I'm wondering if I'm missing a better option. If there's a card that x amount of annual spending will get me better status (and I'd make a point of reaching that spend). My organic spend is around 5k/month but spread around across my and spouse's ccs. Does anything in this list strike anyone as a better cc for big purchase or for targeting annual spend for perk?

Hotel cc: Marriott Bonvoy Biz Amex (Gold), Hyatt (Explorist)
Airline cc: DL Gold, DL Biz, AA Aviator, Possible UA biz (considering applying)
Chase: CSR, Freedom Unlimited, Freedom, Ink Cash, Ink Pref
Amex: Amex Plat, Amex Gold
Citi: Prestige
You need to do research on all the individual CC. In general, It is good to use Tax payment and Plastiq for payments to meet welcome bonus spending, or to reach certain status spending, such as $10k for Radisson free room or $15k for Hyatt free room. AmEx runs a point promotion to spend $25k etc.

If not for those, then you need to find a CC which can pay you more than the fees paid. So you need to get to 2% level. A 2% cash back card can do the trick, such as Citi Double Cash or Fidelity Visa. There are more cards like that.
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You need to do research on all the individual CC. In general, It is good to use Tax payment and Plastiq for payments to meet welcome bonus spending, or to reach certain status spending, such as $10k for Radisson free room or $15k for Hyatt free room. AmEx runs a point promotion to spend $25k etc.

If not for those, then you need to find a CC which can pay you more than the fees paid. So you need to get to 2% level. A 2% cash back card can do the trick, such as Citi Double Cash or Fidelity Visa. There are more cards like that.
Thanks for the info. Didn't know about Radisson room. Yes, I've done some research on individual cards but the promos are often temporary (like the current bonus for Marriott of 7500 per $5k or Freedom quarterly bonuses). I did see the Hyatt free room for 15k, but I'm having a hard time using the free 1-4 cat certs I already have. Our travels always seem to take us to properties 5+ cat. Ugh!

My Amex earns at 2x (or 2% level), so that's my back up plan. I'd rather have the points than the cash back b/c I value them more. Just was thinking there might be some other perk out there that I'm not seeing. If Freedom Q2 includes mobile payments/paypal/chase pay, then I'll do that for a portion of the taxes.
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Old Mar 10, 19, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis View Post
....tax payment of around 10k due in April. ....
Typically I would open a new card to pay income taxes, because the bonus will easily justify the fee. However, if that doesn't work out in a particular year I would use Blue Business Plus. Taxes are not cash equivalents for rewards purposes.
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Old Mar 16, 19, 8:01 pm
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Best credit card to furnish house

Hello. Moving into a new home. Will plan on some large item purchases for furniture and electronics.
Any suggestions for credit cards with large signup bonuses? Ideally they would have downgrade path
after first year.

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