AirTran Airways A+ Rewards from Chase is now offering a limited-time bonus of 32 credits after a $2,000 spend within three months. This bonus has been floating around as a targeted offer, but it’s now been expanded to everyone. The previous AirTran card offered 16 credits after a $1,000 spend.
32 credits can take you far with AirTran. For 8 credits you can get a one-way ticket in coach and for 16 you can get a one-way business ticket. So this card gets you two round-trip tickets in coach, or one round-trip in business.
Additionally, and perhaps more exciting to some, AirTran credits can be transferred to Southwest in increments of 0.5. When you send over 16, you can get one award ticket.
Southwest flyers now have several credit cards to choose from, though they’re all from Chase. Yesterday, Chase released the Southwest Premier card which has a limited-time bonus of 50,000 points (depending on the fare, that’s enough for three round-trip tickets). As that card and the AirTran cards are both limited offers, these would be the ones to get while you hold off on the regular Southwest card, as that offer is not expected to expire.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49