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If you’re looking to build your balance of Membership Rewards points or build up some flexible cash back credits, you’ll want to check out these two new updated offers from our partners American Express and BarclayCard—each currently offering an increased signup bonus of 50,000 points!
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express: Get 50,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $5,000 on purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Learn more.
What makes these cards great?
One of the top reasons we like the Business Gold Rewards card from American Express (other than the 50k MR signup bonus) is that this card allows you to prioritize category bonuses to earn the most points on the thing you actually spend your money on. You can choose to receive 3x points on one of the following categories: Airfare purchased directly from airlines; U.S. purchases from gas stations; advertising in select media; shipping; and specified computer hardware, software, and cloud computer purchases. You’ll earn 2x points on the remaining categories and 1x point on all other purchases. We also love that this card has no annual fee for the first year, and that there are never any foreign transaction fees.
The Arrival Plus WorldElite MasterCard from Barclaycard, in our opinion, is a great card for travelers who value the true flexibility to spend your rewards on whatever kind of travel you like. You earn 2x points on everything you buy, and each point translates into a cash-back value that you can use to reimburse yourself for any travel expenses made on your Arrival Plus card. If you love shopping for budget travel, booking through a travel agent, or taking tours or cruises that aren’t covered under most credit card travel programs, this card is a great option. In addition, the Arrival Plus card also has the annual fee waived for the first year, and there are never any foreign transaction fees.
Combine cards to maximize benefits
If you’re the kind of traveler who uses more than one credit card, you may want to consider marrying these two types of cards to cover the expenses of a whole trip.
Want to take an African Safari? Transfer your points from your flexible bank program like Membership Rewards to an airline to get you there, then use your travel cash-back credits from a card like the Barclay Arrival card to book your actual safari and camp lodging through a tour operator.