Update: The Ink Bold is now 50k again, and the Lufthansa card is at 35k again.
Bonuses come and go and therefore I base applying during the comes and not after the go’s. Well, not after the go’s when they are before the comes. Anyways…
As far as I’m concerned the first bonus far out-shadows the second bonus I’ll mention.
The Ink Bold/Plus 50,000
The Ink Bold (and Ink Plus) have increased their bonus to 50,000 points. Rumor is that the deal is a deal for May. Not sure, so I’ve no idea how long it will last. And ultimately, it’s not new but it is the highest I’ve ever seen the bonus. So now’s the time, I suppose.
But Chase points are still my favorite because United miles are still my favorite. I published the New United Stopover and Routing Secrets, recently. This program is still full of magic and so it’s hard to justify transferring to other programs (too often) when United suits my needs.
The Lufthansa 35,000
This one is a getting to feel a little more routine. It’s a little obvious, no one wants a Lufthansa card unless we’re talking 50k+.
Click here to view the 35,000 miles Lufthansa offer.
The fuel surcharges are astronomical, so I would only ever use Lufthansa miles on flights within the Americas, on TAM, Avianca, Taca or Air New Zealand. That being said, if you are in need of two domestic roundtrips, or a flight on any of those airlines, it’s a decent bonus.
The other bummer is that the card has a $79 annual fee, not waived. Soooo… it’s not a free two domestic roundtrips, but it’s under $100 and would include Alaska.
It’s a good deal, I wish some of the other cards would revitalize their love for bonuses. Ultimately it sells more. It certainly sells for the credit card salesmen. Think about it, it’s typical salesman gimmick stuff. “A limited time offer.” Push the indecisive off the fence, and it leaves you saying “I was going to get the other card, but that’s available anytime!”
After hearing about exclusive tours (timeshare pitches) for days in Puerto Vallarta, we went up to the timeshare-tour-arranging ladies and my friend threw some softballs at them.
Daniel: Now is their a tour?
Timeshare lady: We do tours every morning.
Daniel: Is it private?
Timeshare lady: Yes, just you.
Daniel: Is it exclusive?
Timeshare lady: Yes, it’s an exclusive tour!
Think about how ridiculous that is. Is it exclusive? It’s like; can just anyone get this, or just me? Resorts are funny about this.
But unlike resorts, good salesmen figure out a deadline. But honestly, I don’t think this second bonus isn’t something that we’ll see later this year.
So instead of thinking, “is 50k better than the regular bonus?”, try to compare the current bonus to any other bonus. What are your needs? And what card meets them the best?
That being said, I have both cards (and I got them both with these bonuses). If not, I wouldn’t have written about it.
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