These Credit Cards Offer $800 in Sign-Up Bonuses — Plus No Annual Fees
I’ll be the first to tell you I have many irrational fears.
First: Roaches. I get shivers just typing that word.
Second: Heights — like anything higher than six feet off the ground.
Third: Credit cards.
I didn’t get my first credit card until I was 21 — and only for emergencies.
I garnered zero joy from signing up and using it. The thought of having to pay it off — or not having the money to pay it off — made me uneasy. And those collections people really scared me.
But after starting my job at The Penny Hoarder, I realized credit cards can be kind of fun, especially with a stable salary to pay them off at the end of each month.
How? Sign-up bonuses and cash rewards — lots of ’em. Free money can always ease some fear, right?
4 Awesome Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses With No Annual Fees
One thing that always made me uneasy about credit cards were those annual fees.
I never had the money to pay any of those fees to begin with. Second, I didn’t really want to pay to use my own money — even if rewards were involved.
Luckily, plenty of cards don’t have annual fees — and still offer awesome sign-up bonuses and cash rewards.
1. Earn $150 With Chase Freedom Unlimited
If you’re not using a rewards credit card for everyday purchases, you’re missing out on free money.
You just have to be sure you don’t get too carried away with those purchases — and that the card is paid off at the end of each billing period.
Here’s an option we like: It’s the Chase Freedom Unlimited card*. Its claim to fame? You’ll earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all your purchases. Plus, if you spend $500 in your first three months of opening the card (hi, groceries), you’ll pocket a $150 bonus.
There’s no annual fee, and the cash-back rewards don’t expire.
Get signed up — and 0% intro APR for 15 months — here.
2. Earn $200 with Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express
I can dig this card.
Similar to the other offers, you’ll have to spend $1,000 in the first three months to get $200 back.
But in terms of rewards, you’ll get 3% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (basically where I’m at every night) and 2% cash back at U.S. gas stations. This could be your errand-only credit card.
The Blue Cash Everyday Card also offers 1% cash back on all other purchases.
Again, there’s no annual fee.
3. Earn $200 with Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Card
Scandals aside, Wells Fargo offers a pretty good deal with its Cash Wise Visa Card.
Sign up, spend $1,000 in the first three months and get rewarded $200. You’ll also earn cash rewards: 1.5% for every $1 spent.
Since there’s no annual fee, the rewards will add up faster than you think!
4. Earn $150 with BankAmericard Cash Rewards
BankAmericard Cash Rewards is the first credit card I had — the one I didn’t get any pleasure from. But if you actually use it, I imagine you can accumulate a good chunk of cash.
If you purchase at least $500 worth of whatever your heart so desires or needs within 90 days, you’ll get a $150 bonus.
In the meantime, you’ll also collect cash back — 1% on every purchase, 2% at grocery stores (and wholesale stores) and 3% on gas for the first $2,500 with no annual fee.
So if you’re like me and wary of credit cards, don’t be — as long as you can pay those bills off.
As you can see, there are a variety of credit card sign-up bonus opportunities.
If credit cards don’t intimidate you, why not make some free cash?
*Annual Rewards amounts will change based on the amounts you enter. The monthly spending category names and definitions may vary among issuers, and categories may not align one-to-one.
*The information for the Chase Freedom Unlimited card has been collected independently by The Penny Hoarder. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. The Penny Hoarder is a partner of Credible.
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.