Vattené wrote:Depending on how close you are to bridging that gap, maybe gift cards toward the end would let you hit the bonuses? GCs to frequent supermarkets, restaurants, etc. could let you effectively stretch out that intro period without spending money unnecessarily (over time). You could get prepaid Amex/Visa/MC cards, too. There would be a fee, but like CarefulBuilder's suggestion it would be worth if it means the difference between a big fat bonus and nothing.
On V/MC/Amex gift cards, there will generally be fees...but some merchants don't even allow customers to buy them with anything other than cash or debit.
Even if merchants allow it, Chase may not like it. Inefficient MS is still MS.
I'd suggest supermarket/restaurant/warehouse club/Amazon gift cards, if you're going to go the gift card route.