Or, consider other cards for 50,000 or more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$750 for air / hotel / car bookings. Or transfer points to United, Southwest, Hyatt, and more.
No annual fee.
U.S. Bank and Visa are back with a re-run of a successful bonus offer for the FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® and FlexPerks Business Travel Rewards Visa cards.
There’s already a 20,000 point intro bonus that offers you up to $400 in travel rewards after you spend $3,500 within 4 months. But for the Olympics they are sweetening the deal.
You’ll get extra bonus points every time Team USA wins a medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
You can track the official medal count at TeamUSA.org.
U.S. Bank ran this promotion before, and to give you a sense of the possibilities, here are the medal counts for the last 3 Winter Olympics and what they would mean in points for for this promotion. Based on these a total bonus value of $500, or even $600+ is possible if the U.S. beats its past totals when you combine the Olympic bonus with the 20,000 base intro offer.
Total possible bonus: 20,000 intro + 9,550 Olympic points = 29,550, up to $591 in flight value.
Total possible bonus: 20,000 intro + 6,950 Olympic points = 26,950, up to $539 in flight value.
Total possible bonus: 20,000 intro + 9,350 Olympic points = 29,350, up to $587 in flight value
The promo is valid if you make a purchase on a new card by March 31, 2014, and is open to new applications until March 7. The Olympics end on February 23, so you can actually wait and see how Team USA does before deciding to apply for the offer.
You can redeem FlexPoints for flights as follows:
and so on…
Which means if you get flights that are exactly at those thresholds your points are worth 2 cents each. Buying 2 tickets in one purchase counts as a full flight, so you could for example buy 2 $300 tickets worth $600 total for 30,000 points.
You should avoid using your points for small redemptions like a $200 single flight, as in that case your points are only worth 1 cent each. The same goes for hotel and car rental redemptions where your points are all only worth 1 cent each.
You can book flights online at FlexPerks’ member website, which uses Travelocity to search for flights. That will give you most airlines as an option, but a big exception is Southwest, which is not bookable using FlexPerks as they don’t participate in outside travel reservation systems.
The FlexPerks card is a decent choice for ‘set it and forget it’ card users who want good no hassle reward value. It ranks well in our CardFinder if you have a lot of gas, grocery, or airline spending. You also get a $25 credit for each reward flight you book that can be used for baggage fees.
For big spenders, note there is a $120,000 cap on earning at the full rate. After that threshold you will earn one point for every $2 you spend unless you select Auto Pay for the first available payment date after your statement date.
Also, if your credit quality is not sufficient, U.S. Bank may approve you for a ‘Select’ version of the card that only earns at half the rate and doesn’t qualify for this bonus deal.
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