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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
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is offering the ability to earn 125,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. For the first 12 months, new cardholders can also earn 40x points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel. After that, you will earn 25x points per $1.
Additionally, you can earn 4x points on all other purchases for the first 12 months. After that, you will earn 2x points at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants and 1 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 free one night stay in a hotel in their network on the anniversary of your account open date. Additionally, they get the fourth night for free when using rewards to book your first three nights at any eligible hotel. With a moderate annual fee at $89, this IHG credit card is definitely one to consider adding to your (well-traveled) wallet.
Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card [Expired]
Editor’s Note: The new Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card has replaced the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card. You can read more about the new cards here.
Marriott is delivering with the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card catered to travelers who also want to earn a decent amount of points on everyday purchases. You can earn 2 Free Night Awards (each valued up to 35,000 points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You earn six points per dollar spent at participating Marriott Rewards and SPG hotels. You also earn two points per dollar on all other purchases. This card is well rounded in terms of making sure you make the most of it.
You also get a free night’s stay at a Marriott or SPG hotel on the anniversary of opening your account, as long as the redemption value is 35,000 points or less. Marriott’s recent restructuring means that there are many ways to earn extra rewards with tier statuses. With the $95 annual fee, the rewards certainly outweigh the benefits with this card, especially if you frequently stay at Marriott and SPG hotels.
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 new credit cards for late summer that can easily offset the $95 annual fee.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Luxury Credit Card [Expired]
Editor’s Note: The new Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card from American Express has replaced the SPG Luxury Credit Card. You can read more about the new cards here.
The new SPG Luxury Credit Card from American Express was released in late August. It will have a hefty $450 annual fee, but has the perks to back it up. You’ll earn 6 Rewards Points per dollar spent on Marriott and Starwood hotel purchases, 3 points per dollar spent at US restaurants and flights booked directly with the airline, and 2 points per dollar spent on all other purchases.
One of the more anticipated new credit cards for late summer, the Luxury Card will also offer a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck fee reimbursement, $300 in hotel travel credit every year, Gold Elite status, and Priority Pass airport lounge access. Each year when you renew your card account, you’ll receive a free night certificate worth up to 50,000 points.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card
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.
The current bonus offer is the ability to earn up to 60,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points. New cardholders can earn 40,000 points by spending $1,000 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Then, they can earn 20,000 points after spending $12,000 in the first 12 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
Final Thoughts On New Credit Cards For Late Summer To Consider
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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