These Elevated Credit Card Offers Just Ended. Why You Might Want to Apply for One Anyway

These hotel cards are still offering compelling bonuses that can help you earn points toward your next trip.

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Earlier this week, we featured a handful of high-value hotel credit card offers that just ended. If you didn’t apply in time, these cards may still be worth a second look. All of these cards still have competitive welcome bonuses that can help you earn free night stays for your next vacation.

Here’s what to know about the current bonuses available for each card and what makes them worth getting.

Top hotel credit cards with welcome bonuses

Although these welcome bonuses are slightly lower than what they were a few days ago, they’re still a great deal. If you frequently travel with IHG, Hilton or Marriott, it could still be worthwhile to get one of these cards if you’re planning a vacation in the near future. It’s impossible to predict when credit card welcome bonuses will increase or decrease, so the best thing to do is apply for a credit card when it fits your needs and goals, rather than waiting for an elevated offer to come around.

If you’re not looking for a hotel-specific card, you can still earn valuable rewards to put towards hotel stays, airfare and other vacation expenses with a generic travel card. General travel cards typically offer more flexibility, as you can transfer points to multiple airlines and hotels instead of being locked into one particular loyalty program. 

And it’s important to remember that while welcome bonuses can provide a lot of value, they’re not the only thing you should look at when choosing a card. A card’s rewards rates and redemption options should complement your existing spending habits and goals, and a worthwhile card will offer benefits you’ll actually use. Ultimately, you’ll want the value of the welcome bonus and perks to outweigh the cost of an annual fee (if there is one).

Other top credit card bonuses

If you’re looking for more general travel benefits, here are some of our favorite travel credit cards that earn high rewards and also come with substantial welcome bonuses:

  • American Express® Gold Card: The Amex Gold card offers new cardholders 60,000 points for spending $4,000 on eligible purchases within the first 6 months of account opening. It’s a good option for travelers who love experiencing local cuisines.
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve®: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. The Reserve is better suited to regular travelers who can take advantage of its annual travel credit. It has a high annual fee, so be sure it fits into your budget.
  • Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card*: 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. It’s a flexible choice for general spenders. Despite its lower annual fee, it still has plenty to offer.

*All information about the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by CNET and has not been reviewed by the issuer.

**Eligibility and Benefit level varies by Card. Terms, Conditions, and Limitations Apply. Please visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for more details. Underwritten by Amex Assurance Company.

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Raina He is a contributor to CNET Money. She previously worked as an editor at CNET, focusing on credit cards, banking and loans. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Media and Journalism. Before coming to CNET Money, she was an editor at NextAdvisor, a personal finance news site that shared a parent company with CNET Money.
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