Posted by Chuck on August 17, 2015
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Published on August 17th, 2015 | by Chuck

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Bank Americard Travel Rewards Signup Bonus Now $200

The Offer

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  • Get the Bank of America Travel Rewards card and receive a 20,000 point/$200 signup bonus after spending $1,000 within 90 days.

Typically, this card comes with a $100 bonus after $500 in spend. The bonus is now doubled, along with the spend requirement.

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The Fine Print

  • No annual fee and no foreign transaction fees
  • Earn unlimited 1.5 points for every $1 spent on all purchases
  • 20,000 online bonus points if you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days – which can be redeemed for a $200 statement credit toward travel purchases
  • Redeem points for a statement credit to pay for flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, rental cars or baggage fees

Our Verdict

This signup bonus is almost as good as cash similar to the Barclay Arrival reward points which are redeemed for travel. A $200 cash signup bonus is pretty good on the scale of cash signup bonuses.

See also, Bank of America Preferred Rewards Program: 5.25% Cash Back On Gas, 3.75% Travel, 2.625% All Purchases. See also our comprehensive post on World Points. 

I’m considering this one, mostly because I don’t have a single Bank of America credit card. Maybe I’ll go for a couple BoA cards at once with the expectation that the inquiries will be combined. You can even mix personal cards and business cards and it should be combined, which is useful if you plan on applying for the $2000 checking account bonus which requires opening a business credit card.

HT: physixfan on Reddit

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Alex
Alex

Any idea if they’ll match a lesser offer? I plan on calling but want to know if they have matched in the past. If so, I can bring it up during the calls. Thanks!

HORACE
HORACE

It appears so, Alex — Look above, he mentioned that fact.

Alex
Alex

Indeed! I stopped reading after the HT part …

HORACE
HORACE

Thanks, Chuck, like you I don’t have a single BofA credit card either, and I do like the fact that they have the semi-annual free museums perk for BofA card holders, as well!

The Masked Poster
The Masked Poster

Horace, the B/A museum free admission perk is monthly, not just semi-annually. Admission to many museums on the first FULL weekend in a month is free to all B/A customers. See the list below.
http://museums.bankofamerica.com/pdf/MOU_Participant_Roster.pdf

HORACE
HORACE

Wow! Thanks Masked Poster!

Gotta get a little culture in after trying to save some dough!!

LOL!

tony manzi
tony manzi

Do you know if the Preferred Rewards Platinum 75% bonus applies? Would $200 turn into $350?

Stampman
Stampman

No. I am eligible for the Platinum rewards and only got 10000 points when I spent $500. I got the card in May.

Adam
Adam

hold up, arent the pts earned via the FIA Fido AMEX also called WorldPoints? … if they are somehow connected/can be linked or even happen to actually be the same thing (since presumably they are on the same backend platform), can they be combined and thus redeemed to your brokerage acct for full value without the need to only cash in for travel related purchases?

not a big deal in the grand scheme of things since we arent talking about that much money. also its cool that this card happens to be a visa sig yet offers 1.5x on every purchase. just like the FIA Fido Visa & the BoA Virgin Atlantic MC… wonder if BofA just opts to take a smaller cut of the transaction fees or has agreements in place to charge higher fees, thus offer 50% higher rewards/points per $$$ spent, compared to other products.

Fiby

I could’ve have sworn I saw a blog post (not sure on this blog) a while back about exactly this – transferring these BoA points to Fidelity to redeem for straight up cash. I can’t find it at the moment though

J T
J T

I have transferred WPs from BankAmericard to Fido AmEx.

mike
mike

Can the $200 be redeemed as straight cashback?

Christopher Miller
Christopher Miller

What does it mean by $200 in travel credit? Can I purchase a gift card from an airline company and use the $200 credit after my $1000 spend? Or do I have to go through the BOA site and use the $200 through their travel site? If I can use it for cashback or a gift card, I’m all over this. When you mention applying for multiple cards counting as one inquiry, how does that work? Do I just apply for each individually on the same day and it will only have 1 pull on my credit?

Thanks?

Ken
Ken

BOA has been denying people who have multiple inquiries left and right lately, they appear to have changed their policy like Chase recently has as well. Read up on the Alaska CC thread on FT for more info.

HORACE
HORACE

Thanks for the information, but those of us who do not churn credit cards probably have nothing to fear.

Fiby

Just one data point, but I have 9 inquiries on my TU report (which I’m pretty sure is the one they pulled because they pulled that in the past) and they denied me. I eventually asked to move a credit line, they said they’d take 3 days to process it.

Fiby

Looks like I got approved after moving some of my credit line from my other BoA card.

J T
J T

10 inquiries on TU, including 2 within the last month. Just approved for both Travel Rewards and Amtrak Guest Rewards (no AF version) using 2B method.

Jonathan
Jonathan

Thank you for your notification. I got back additional $100 bonus.

I got approved my second travel card two weeks ago to replace my two Arrival+, and Alaska card at the same within 15 minutes. I just chatted with the representative online and he agreed to match the $200 signon bonus offer in 2 minutes. I have a preferred platinum status

Alice
Alice

I went through preferred rewards live chat and asked if they’d match the increased bonus. The rep put in a request and said I’d get notified by mail in 7-10 days. I got the card just over a month ago, so guess we’ll see.

Alice
Alice

Update: 10,000 point “adjustment” appeared in account this morning. Very pleased. Wish the bonus got the pref rewards bump though!

I have found preferred rewards chat generally very responsive whenever I’ve had an issue e.g., a cashback deal that didn’t post.

Akshay
Akshay

Applied 7 days back with an old offer. Received card yesterday.
could not find CS for chat, so I called over phone.
no go with CS and Sales team. The only option both suggested was to close 1 day old account (that has 0 transaction) and reapply again with new offer.
Tomorrow, I will try CS via Chat.
In general my experience with BOA is; very hard to deal with compared to Chase.

Akshay
Akshay

After two unsuccessful try, finally I got CR who was ready to submit office match request.
I received credit of 10k to match with 20k offer.

Carrie
Carrie

Do I have to close my current BOA Travel card that I’ve had for years in order to receive a new card with this offer?

satej99
satej99

Hello everybody,
I am proud to share that BoFA did approve me for travel rewards credit card $500 spend for 10k travel rewards points online and a day later to my surprise, I saw that the 20k travel rewards for $1000 was online available!! So I knew calling will put me in circles. I just chatted online this sunday that I was upset about the 20k travelrewards online offer and wanted them to match it. He opened a ticket and said they would revert in 14 days. Guess what today, I see 20k travelrewards in my rewards section! Good job BoFA!

William Charles

Thanks for the data point, Sate.

mike
mike

Can we re-apply for this card again for another $200 bonus if we already have a travel rewards that’s 1 month old?

William Charles

Usually you can with bank of america

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