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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.
IHG Rewards Club Premier [Expired]
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is offering a gorgeous new MasterCard with an exceptional signing bonus. Earn 100,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 within the first three months and 10 points per dollar spent at thousands of hotels worldwide. The card also gives you two points on purchases at gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores. 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 an 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
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 [Expired]
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 40,000 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 four points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels. 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
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 Card
Frequent Southwest Airlines travelers will love the perks that come with the new 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. You receive 40,000 points when you spend $1,000 during the first three months, but you can also receive an additional 25,000 points if you spend $15,000 within the first year of having the account. 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 Plus Card. For the Plus, you receive 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 during your first three months after opening the account. You also get two points per dollar spent on Southwest plane tickets and amenities, Rapid Rewards hotel partners, and select car rental purchases.
You get one point per dollar spent on other purchases and 3,000-anniversary points each year. The annual fee for the Plus is $69, putting it on the lower end of the spectrum of new credit cards for late summer that gives you two points per dollar on select travel purchases.
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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