If you're a regular traveller, you likely spend a lot of time searching for the best deals to maximize your travel budget. Travel rewards cards are a popular way to earn travel miles, but it can take some time to earn enough miles for a free flight. That's where bonus offers come in. Most cards will offer an enticing bonus reward to encourage you to sign up.
American Express has one of the best welcome offers out there – 30,000 Aeroplan miles, enough to fly from Vancouver to anywhere in Canada on points. (Or, of course, to fly to Vancouver from anywhere in Canada.) The card's fee of $120/year is waived for the first year, and you only have to spend $500 on the card to get the bonus miles. You also earn one Aeroplan mile for every dollar you spend on the card (1.25 per dollar on purchases over $10,000).
What makes this a true four-star offer is that you can refer your friends to Amex and earn 10,000 extra bonus miles for each one of them that signs up. Refer just a couple of friends (starting, perhaps, with your spouse) and you're well on the way to a second free flight.
Use this link to get the full 30,000 Aeroplan miles bonus.
(Disclosure: The author of this post receives bonus point when you sign up through the links in this post. You can go straight to the Amex page to sign up instead, but you will get 25,000 bonus miles instead of 30,000.)