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Updated April 2019
- Platinum Card from American Express 60,000 points ($900) Available here.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve 50,000 points ($750) Available here.
Signing up for credit card bonuses is the fastest way to earn cash back rewards, travel and hotel points, and airline miles. I earn $1000+ worth of bonuses every year and my credit score never varies by more than 20 points. American Express and Chase offer US military members no annual fees on many of their credit cards.
Here are the best credit card offers available. I always earn at least $100 on a credit card welcome bonus and usually $500+.
The Platinum Card from American Express (open one here) is the Holy Grail of luxury travel cards. It carries a $550 annual fee that is completely waived for US active duty servicemembers and their spouses. You pay $0 in annual fees if you are active military or married to a servicemember.
The benefits of this card are fantastic:
- 60,000 Membership Rewards Points after $5000 spend in first 3 months after opening (terms apply)
- $200 credit for Uber rides (or Uber Eats!) annually
- $200 airline fee credit
- Centurion Lounge and Priority Pass Airport Lounge Access
- NO foreign transaction fees
- $550 Annual Fee WAIVED for US Military (and spouses)!
This is a must have card for every military servicemember. Get it in your wallet today!
Chase Sapphire Reserve
The Chase Sapphire Reserve is my favorite travel credit card. The bonus is 50,000 Ultimate Reward points worth $750 after spending $4,000 in 3 months. No foreign transaction fees and 3x the points on travel and dining, my two favorite luxuries. You also get a $300 annual travel credit, which effectively reduces the $450 annual fee to $150. Your UR points can also be spent in the UR travel portal for a 50% bonus, making your UR points even more valuable.
This is my most commonly used card, especially since it has no foreign transaction fees and I'm on an overseas assignment. The 3% back on travel, whether it's hotels or airlines, means this card is always in my wallet. I also make sure I pay for all of my dining out on this card. The travel partners you can transfer to, like Singapore Airlines and United, make this a powerful card to combine with the Freedom cards below. You can consolidate all the points you earn across all of your Chase cards on this card for the most bang for your buck.
Chase Freedom Unlimited
The Chase Freedom Unlimited is my go to card when I'm CONUS.
The card offers a simple 1.5% cash back on every purchase and no annual fee. Great to use for online purchases or anything other than travel and dining which you should get 3% back on with your Sapphire Reserve.
This is my default card when I'm back in the States.