The credit cards TPG staff members are asking for now

There are many credit cards you can apply for. A lot. Sifting through the myriad of credit cards available on the market to figure out which credit card you should apply for next can be daunting.

We get a constant stream of questions about credit cards that people should ask next. And while we can’t provide custom strategies for everyone, it’s worth pointing out our own approaches in case it helps you decide which card or cards you should ask for at this time.

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AAdvantage® Aviator® World Elite Business Mastercard®

Andrew Kunesh, Points and Miles Editor

I applied for the Barclays AAdvantage Aviator business card earlier this month. The increased bonus offer was tempting as I am currently running out of American Airlines Miles, and the $95 statement credit to offset the annual fee sealed the deal. The offer is 80,000 American Airlines miles plus a $95 statement credit after spending $2,000 on the card in the first 90 days.

some great AAdvantage Program Sweet Zones include first class to Japan on Japan Airlines for 80,000 miles one-way or to Europe business class on American Airlines for 57,500 miles one-way. Also, this card will not count towards my Status 5/24 because it’s a business card, and it will be my last card of the year while waiting to go under 5/24 in early 2023.

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Aeroplan® Credit Card

Ehsan Haque, points and miles reporter

I requested this card for several reasons. First, I prefer the points bonus available now to the previous bonus which had multiple tiers and higher spending requirements. Now cardholders can earn 70,000 bonus points just for spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening.

Since I have family in Canada, I fly Air Canada often enough. Thereby, Aeroplan the points help me a lot, but so will the other benefits of the card. Cardholders get Aeroplan 25K Status for the rest of the year during which they open the card plus all the following year. And you can maintain that status by spending $15,000 on the card in a calendar year. Additionally, cardholders receive 20 eUpgrade Credits to upgrade from an economy cabin to a superior cabin on Air Canada operated flights.

Official application link: Aeroplan credit card

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Alaska Airlines Visa® Business Card

Ryan Smith, Credit Card Author

I asked for this card — with other TPG employees – due to the best public welcome offer of 70,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 on purchases within 90 days of account opening.

Alaska Airlines miles are extremely valuable. For instance, this bonus provides enough miles to a one-way business class flight from the continental United States to Australia on Cathay Pacific or to the South Pacific with Fiji Airlines; these are also enough miles for a round-trip economy class flight from the continental United States to Europe with most of Alaska Air Partners.

In addition to this, the companion rate from $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22) included in the offer is extremely valuable to me. My wife and I have already booked return flights to Fairbanks, Alaska in March 2023 for see the northern lights. With this companion fare, we saved over $400 on our economy class return flights.

Official application link: Alaska Airlines Visa Business Card

American Express® Gold Card

Christina Ly, SEO Content Writer

I entered the American Express Membership Rewards ecosystem earlier this year with The Platinum Card® from American Express because I had a lot of trips and flights on hold. After a busy year of travel, things are stabilizing and my major expenses are changing.

I hope to fill the void with the Amex Gold to maximize my Amex points game. The Amex Gold has a great bonus with an achievable spending requirement, which will allow me to earn quite easily. New applicants can earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first six months of card membership.

Plus, the Amex Gold card is truly one of the best cards on the market if you’re a foodie: it earns 4 points per dollar at Restaurants and with us supermarkets. Moreover, the Uber eats and Grubhub Credits make the card nearly free for me, with up to $240 in credits on a card with a $250 annual fee (see rates and fees).

Official application link: American Express Gold Card


Hunting Freedom Flex

Emily Thompson, Credit Card Writer

I like the versatility of Chase the Ultimate Rewardsthat I earn with my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and my Chase unlimited freedom.

I went back under 5/24 in September, and when Chase announced the quarterly bonus categories for the Hunting Freedom Flex would be Walmart and PayPal from October to December 2022, I knew I wanted this to be my next card. I get most of my groceries and gas at a Walmart neighborhood market near me, and I know I’ll be using PayPal a lot for my vacation shopping in the coming months. It was a no-brainer for me to take advantage of the chance to maximize my points where I already spend the most right now, earning 5 points per dollar on the first $1,500 spent in those categories during the quarter.

Official application link: Hunting Freedom Flex

Citi Premier® Card

Kyle Olsen, Points and Miles Reporter

For 2022, I went all-in transferable points.

The current welcome bonus of 80,000 points (after spending $4,000 on the card in the first three months) on the Citi Premier Card is very attractive, as it would help me to create an even more diversified points and miles portfolio with Thank you points. There are several hidden gems on Citi’s list of transfer partners, including Turkish Airlines Miles&Smileswhich has nice places like San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to South Asia in Business Class for 52,500 miles one way or from anywhere in the United States to Hawaii for 7,500 miles one-way economy class on United Airlines.

Also, if I open the Citi Premier card, the ThankYou points on my Citi® Dual Charge Card would be cumulative with the points of the Citi Premier card. I currently hold the Double Cash Card, my transfer partner choices are limited; Currently, I cannot transfer ThankYou points to Turkish Airlines. With the Citi Premier card, my ThankYou points from the Double Cash card would become much more valuable overnight. And with 80,000 bonus points, I would probably open the floodgates to maximize redemptions through Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles.

Official application link: Citi Premier Card

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IHG® Rewards Premier Business Credit Card

Katie Genter, Senior Points and Miles Reporter

Frequent TPG readers know that I think there’s a ton of value to be found in the new IHG One Rewards Program and in redeem IHG points. Although TPG’s valuations fix the value of IHG points at only 0.5 cents each, I can usually get more than 1 cent per point in value when redeeming IHG points.

Although I already have two personal IHG cards, the IHG Rewards Premier Credit CardI always look forward to applying for the IHG Rewards Premier Business Credit Card soon. Many of the benefits of the card overlap with those I already have with the IHG Rewards Premier Cardso I mainly add the card to my wallet for its sign-up bonus of 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening the account.

In addition, one of the benefits of the card is a birthday night worth up to 40,000 points after each account anniversary year. I’ll probably get more than the $99 annual fee from the card, so I’ll probably keep the card long-term once I get it.

Official application link: IHG Rewards Premier Business Credit Card

At the end of the line

As you can see, TPG staff members request different cards for different reasons. Consider your current situation and what can add value to your card portfolio, especially with a big sign up bonus.

See also our list of best credit cards for each spending category. If you’re not earning bonus points and miles on your typical purchases, that could be an angle for your next credit card application.

For Amex Gold Card rates and fees, click here.