Firstly, I do want to say I did get a lot of benefit from flyertalk but I see that it was sold in 2007 to a public company. I hope Milepoint doesn't sell out! Last fall I started reading up on all these offers and I feel for the most part I prudently have selected and signed up for the various different card offers out there. This is not a fully comprehensive list but I did want to offer my suggestions and if anyone has any feedback please do add to this thread. This might be a starter list of offers for a newbie to take advantage of. 1. I signed up for the Hyatt Card (Chase). I paid the annual fee, but the two free nights will have a value potentially in excess of $1,000 (wife and I are going to Tokyo, Grand Hyatt Tokyo is over $500 per night.) I understand you can even use these nights at the Park Hyatt Paris, which can run $800+ per night. 2. I also signed up for a Discover Card. I principally signed up for this because Discover appears to have the best discounts at a lot of online merchants (you can comparison shop for the best rebates at www.evreward.com). Discover now appears to be running two types of promotions - A) seasonal promotions of 5% cash back on categories of purchasing (groceries, restaurants, travel) and B) at the time I signed up Discover offered $150 back for $1500 of purchases in the first couple of months of card ownership. I browsed around and they still seem to be offering various permutations of this offer ($100 cash back for $1000 of spend). 3. Citi AA Visa and Citi AA Amex Card: 75,000 miles for $1,500 of spend in the first 6 months of card ownership. I just tried signing my wife up and we had to call in for the Amex card sign up - no instant approvals but I'm crossing my fingers even if she is rejected we can call back in and I can offer to be a "guarantor" for her. 4. Chase Continental Card: I originally signed up for this at the end of December, worrying that the offer would disappear in 2011 (only to find out it was enhanced to 50,000 miles). I received 30,000 miles (25,000 plus 5,000 for authorized user - my wife) and a $50 statement credit. I sent in an inquiry through Chase for the extra 25,000 miles and it appears I will be offered it (but will have the $50 statement credit deducted from my bill). Also if I did this again I would've applied RIGHT NOW vs. back in December, so that I could get a boost from the Mileathon that is running currently. 5. Fidelity 50,000 mile brokerage account sign up offer (American or United or Delta). This actually serves two purposes for me. I have had the Schwab (now FIA Card Services) 2% cash back card for a little over a year now - it's fantastic and no hassle (but unfortunately no longer available for new applicants) - but it has been made clear to me that at some point the 2% rebate level will be reduced. Signing up for a Fidelity brokerage account allows me to also sign up for the Investment Rewards American Express that pays 2% cash back. 6. Delta American Express: I signed up for the card under an initial 30,000 mile bonus program. I see now under Slickdeals (google Delta American Express 50000 slickdeals) that I could've signed up under a 25,000 miles + 25,000 miles after $1,000 in first 3 months program. I plan on calling to see if I can change the program under which I signed up (since I just signed up a few weeks ago). Will let you know if I have any success. The other benefit of this card is the first bag checked for free. UPDATE: I emailed American Express and asked them to change the promotion under which I signed up to POID S8370001. I received an email back confirming that I have signed up under the 25,000 miles after first purchase plus 25,000 miles after $1,000 spend in 3 months. Yes! A couple of pointers: 1) I was originally denied the Chase Continental Card BECAUSE I had already applied for and been approved for the Chase Hyatt Card. I called in and suggested they split my credit limit between the two cards and I was then approved. 2) Sign up for the Citi Visa and Amex ON THE SAME DAY. If you wait, I understand you bear the risk of being rejected for one (for already having applied for one). Actually, what I WISH I had done was try to apply for multiple Visa and multiple Amex cards on the same day. I've read enough cases of people having received multiple cards, activating them, and receiving multiple 75,000 mile bonuses. (Can you imagine? 225,000 miles for $4,500 of spending or 300,000 miles for $6,000 of spending?) 3) As a side point: through all this research I came across www.evreward.com which I now use before I purchase anything online. It's a way to potentially get another 2-7% rebate on online purchases (this site aggregates all the reward sites out there like EBates (referral) , MrRebates (referral) ), etc.) Any other offers that anyone in the community thinks I might have missed out on? Anything else anyone would add as a suggestion?