Just over a month ago my wife successfully completed a four card app-o-rama going 4-4. Now that we are in May I am due for a proper app-o-rama!! Now I mentioned prior that I have in fact applied for a Citi Executive card in late January and another one in mid February. I hit the spends on those and received the 220,000 AA miles that come along with it. This is my first multi-application day since early November 2013.
What did I apply for???
- Citi American Airlines Executive card: Yes!!! I applied for this card for the third time!! I cannot believe the offer is still alive this long and that some people on Flyertalk are on their 4th cards plus!! I submitted the application and did not get an instant decision just like the past two times I applied for the card. I was asked to call to speak to a live Citi rep to get the application reviewed. I called and spoke to a nice Citi employee and after exchanging pleasantries he put me on hold and advised he could approve me for $5000 or I could move credit from one of my other Citi cards if I wanted a larger limit. I decided to take $10,000 of credit from my first AA Executive card to open this card. He put me back on hold for 2-3 minutes and I was all set! The card should arrive any day now and another 110,000 miles will be mine!
- American Express Hilton Honors Surpass card: I always need more hotel points and Hilton points are fairly easy to grab and I need them for trips this year. The offer I applied for expired on May 5th so this was the last day I could apply for it. The offer was for 75,000 Hilton points after spending $3000 in 90 days. Now if you click on the offer it is only for 60,000 points. I applied just in time and did not get an instant approval but I got an email a few hours later letting me know my card was approved and is being rush mailed to me! After hitting my spending requirement I will have 84,000 Hilton points for this offer (you receive 3 Hilton points per normal dollar spent). That is enough points for just about any Hilton property in the world except for a small handful of them.
- Bank of America Alaska Airlines card: My wife applied for this card last month so I want to stay mile-for-mile with her so when its time to redeem for a flight we have about the same number of miles. This offer is slightly different as you get the 25,000 miles after $1000 spent but you get a $100 statement credit which negates the $75 annual fee and puts $25 in my pocket. I was instantly approved for this card after hitting the submit button! These miles will hopefully eventually be redeemed for an Emirates or Cathay First class flight some day.
All in all this was a successful round of credit card applications! I am debating throwing in a Barclays US Airways card or the Lufthansa card that is now up to 50,000 miles but Barclays is so dang fickle with approving credit apps. One positive is that they always pull Transunion for me and I am certain the three applications I just did are Experian pulls so they won’t see these new applications. My only credit card denial came last year when applying for a Barclays Arrival card which I ended up getting six months later. I am going to debate a few more days to see if I really want those cards though. I will be redeeming these points for Thousands of dollars worth of travel!!! Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for reading!