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The Bilt Mastercard has no annual fee, lets you earn up to 50,000 points per year paying rent on your card without a fee, and earns double points on travel and triple points on dining. If you rent an apartment or house this card is a no-brainer, but it’s a great travel card period and arguably the best no annual fee card even if you don’t rent.
The problem has been that this new program wasn’t able to keep up with demand, so there was a wait list to join. For awhile readers of this blog had access to an invite code that allowed skipping that list. Recently though there’s been just no way to get the card.
Fortunately that’s changed. Bilt is now issued by Wells Fargo. There are no changes to the program, but they’re able to handle the volume.
Several readers have asked me how to get the card. I used to have a code that would skip the wait list, but even that was no longer available. It’s been the most in demand card that no one could get. But you can finally get it.
Renters earn points paying rent, but even without that you can think of their cobrand as a Sapphire Preferred without the annual fee. In my most recent valuation Bilt points were worth 1.7 cents apiece.
It’s the first transferable points program in more than a decade to offer transfers to two of the three largest U.S. airlines:
- Star Alliance Airlines: Air Canada Aeroplan, Turkish Miles & Smiles, United Airlines MileagePlus
- oneworld Airlines: American AAdvantage, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles (starting mid-April)
- SkyTeam Airlines: Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Non-alliance Airlines: Emirates Skywards, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- Hotels: Hyatt, IHG Rewards
To earn points with the card you need to use it at least 5 times in a month, which is easy – split up your gas fill up into 5 transactions if you must. The point is they want you to use the card, which makes sense to do. Even if your landlord doesn’t take credit cards, you can pay rent through the app and they’ll mail a check for you. And this doesn’t cost you anything. How much is that worth? If you were doing that through Plastiq.com, paying $50,000 in rent would cost $1425 in fees.
And when you earn 25,000 points a year and you earn interest on your unredeemed balance in the program, which is fairly unique. At today’s low interest rates that doesn’t get you a lot of points, but it’s a built-in way to generate trust – your point balances grow rather than being devalued.
Now that the Bilt Mastercard is available for new applicants, they’ve launched a referral program Links in this post are my referral links. Cardmembers will find theirs in the Bilt app – a link in the upper right corner to click through to:
For every 5 successful referrals Bilt awards 25,000 points. You can earn up to 1 million points for 200 successful referrals (approved for and use the card once) under this program.
This isn’t a big up front bonus card. It’s the card that lets you earn points for what may be your single biggest expense, that you probably do not earn points for at all any other way. And once you have it for that, it’s the best all-around no annual fee consumer rewards card out there.