Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card - $85 annual fee.
Update: This offer has expired as of early March.
The Merrill+ Visa Signature Credit Card is one of the best no annual fee cards around, and best of all it’s available for anyone to apply – you don’t need to be a wealthy investor to get the card.
In this article we’ll go into details about the signup bonus offer, details about the credit card, how you can use your points and what the best redemptions are, whether or not the credit card is a good deal, and specifics applicable to applying for credit cards with Bank of America.
The current signup offer available for the Merrill+ Visa Signature Credit Card is a 50,000 point bonus after spending $3,000 within the first 90 days of opening your account.
There’s no annual fee.
When you use it for airfare, you can get up to $1,000 in value from this signon bonus, making it one of the best no annual fee cards around.
The Merrill+ Visa Signature Credit Card earns 1 point per dollar spent on all purchases and does not charge an annual fee. You can use the points for airfare (up to 2 cents per point in value), other travel, cash back, and gift cards, but there aren’t any transfer partners to convert the points into real airline miles.
If you spend $50,000 or more within a calendar year on the card, you will reach ‘Plus’ level and can choose between the two following benefits:
This probably isn’t a card you want to load up all your everyday spending on, especially if you value points you can turn into real airline miles, like Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards.
But if you really value full Delta SkyClub access with guest privileges, it’s a cheap way to earn it. $745 in value for $50,000 in spending, plus 50,000 points from the spending that are worth up to 2 cents each gets $1,745 in value from $50,000 in spending, or you 3.5 cents per dollar you spend on the card in reward value .
The Merrill+ Visa Signature Credit Card does come with a handful of travel protections (see the guide here) that you may find beneficial for peace of mind when planning your next trip.
These aren’t as generous as some of the travel protections on cards with an annual fee, but for a no annual fee card it’s a pretty solid lineup.
Points earned through your Merrill+ Visa Signature Credit Card can be redeemed in a number of ways.
Based on the above, it should be clear that redeeming your points for airfare will probably give you the best value for your points, but you have to pay attention to how the airfare redemption works.
When redeeming for airfare, you must redeem a minimum of 25,000 points that can be used for airfare up to $500 in value, including taxes and fees.
This price is applicable to redemptions on American Airlines, British Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines. If you hit that $500 right on the nose, you will be getting the full two cents per point of value for your redemption. Above $500 you will pay a fixed value of one cent per point.
If you are looking to redeem on another airline, the maximum redemption value you will be able to achieve is 1.67 cents per point.
Redemptions start at 30,000 miles for up to $500 in flights and cost a fixed price of one cent per point beyond that.
You will also earn frequent flyer miles and elite qualifying miles on the flights booked with your Merrill+ points.
Let’s look at a few examples to see how many cents per point in value you’ll get:
Bank of America is generally pretty easy to get approved for new cards with. It used to be possible to pretty easily get two or three personal cards with Bank of America and a business card at the same time, and repeat every three months.
It’s now a bit more challenging than that, but you should be able to get one personal credit card and one business credit card every six to 12 months.
It is a good deal, at least for the signup bonus. The Merrill+ Visa Signature Card won’t give you the most rewarding return on your spending nor are there any benefits from the card that are not offered by other cards, but it’s one of the best no annual fee cards you can hold.
After your first year, you could keep the card open because it doesn’t have an annual fee, but it is probably best to put your spending on other credit cards after meeting the minimum spending requirement to earn the 50,000 signup bonus.
The 50,000 point bonus can be worth up to $1,000 toward booking airfare. Even if you redeem for cash, the signup bonus is still worth $500, but using points for airfare is where the action is with this card.
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