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As summer comes to an end, people are either on vacation or planning a last-minute getaway. Many of them are likely using points, miles, or other perks to spend less on travel. In addition to savoring the last few weeks of summer, it isn’t too early to start planning for next year – especially with some fantastic credit cards recently released. From amazing signing bonuses to great points-earning structures, here’s a rundown on recently released credit cards.
Editor’s Note: Some of the offers below may have expired or are no longer available on our site.
IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is offering the ability to earn 140,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. Cardholders can also earn 25x points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel.
Additionally, you will earn 2x points at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants and 1x point per $1 on everything else. The rewards definitely add up when you use the card for both travel purchases and your everyday expenses.
Cardholders also get a reward night stay in a hotel in their network on the anniversary of the account opening. Additionally, they can enjoy a reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights. With a moderate annual fee at $89, this IHG credit card is definitely one to consider adding to your (well-traveled) wallet.
Check out our detailed Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card review for more details.
The World of Hyatt
This hotel credit card makes it much easier to earn points, especially if you plan to put the card to work within the first few months. Earn 25,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months, and an additional 25,000 points if you spend a total of $6,000 within six months of opening the account.
With The World of Hyatt Credit Card, you earn nine points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels when you are also a World of Hyatt member. You also earn two points per dollar spent on a variety of purchases. Best of all, free nights at Hyatt hotels start at just 5,000 points. This is one of the credit cards for late summer that can easily offset the $95 annual fee.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card (Expired)
Frequent Southwest Airlines travelers will love the perks that come with the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card. Deciding whether or not it’s worth getting really comes down to how much you’ll be using it, how often you plan on cashing in on the rewards for purchasing Southwest tickets, and calculating your approximate benefits compared to the card’s annual fee.
The Priority definitely has more perks attached to it, including an opportunity to earn more bonus points.
New cardholders can earn 40,000 points by spending $1,000 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Plus, earn an additional 35,000 points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening.
You’ll earn two points per dollar spent on Southwest plane tickets and amenities, Rapid Rewards hotel partners, and select car rental purchases. You’ll earn one point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
You also get 7,500-anniversary points and an annual $75 Southwest travel credit, a handful of upgraded boardings per year, 20% back on Southwest in-flight purchases (except for food), and no foreign transaction fees. Even though the annual fee is steeper at $149, the extra perks make the Priority card an excellent option.
Alternate Southwest Options
If you’re not sure that you’ll get enough value out of the Southwest Priority Card, there’s always the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card.
As you can see, each card has it’s own unique strengths and weaknesses. The key is to find the one that suits you most and build up those points and miles to use towards fall and winter travel adventures.
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