A warm welcome to DeltaPoints.com Christopher Elliott readers! I hope I can help you travel around the globe like you never dreamed possible and share helpful tips I have learned over the years as an Elite traveler with Delta Air Lines. Here are some examples of trips I have made either for FREE, or almost free, just the past few months:
Golf Trip to Florida click HERE
I got PAID to enjoy Florida click HERE
1st Class trip to Sweden Click HERE
How do I collect so many points? Many are via credit cards offers (about every 3-4 months) and I did just such a round yesterday and here is what happened. I have had almost all the points cards that are out there as you can see below.
Now what, over the years, will applying for and always always always paying on time each and every payment do to my credit score? Well I checked with the FREE credit score Credit Sesame and here was my current score pre-round.
I also each year check, not just my credit score, but also my credit report for FREE as you can pull from all 3 once each year. If you spread them out you can pull 3 times a year to make sure your credit report is accurate. I do this and you should too!
So what did I go for this time? I have almost all of the Chase cards including the INK BOLD or I would have, without question, gone for the 50,000 INK BOLD! I would have gone for the Chase British Airways Avios Bonus Points card, but I had that card last year! I would love to go for another DELTA AMEX Reserve card but will have to wait till next year to get that one. So I did these:
Citi 40,000 Hilton Honors card – result instant approval
Hawaiian Airlines 35,000 card – result instant approval
Alaska Airlines 35,000 card – result instant approval
(I do get referral credit btw for most cards but not Hawaiian or Alaska – as always I thank you for supporting the blog)
The Hawaiian points I will convert to 70,000 Hilton points as I am working on building up my point balance again with Hilton and between these and the 40,000 from Citi I have just added 110,00 to my account. Sweet.
My wife’s round is on the horizon soon and she has NOT had the INK BOLD so I may have to see about adjusting the date to sooner than later. She, at this point, will also get the Alaska and Citi cards.
As the Frugal Travel Guy tells us over and over and over, your credit is one of you most important assets, I understand this and you should too. I also know I would NOT be applying for credit cards if I was going to apply for a home loan or a car loan over the next two years!- René
How about a fun giveaway today to celebrate “yeah me day”! All I want to know is YES or NO if you have ever done a round, that is, more than one card application in one day. Neither answer will improve your chance to win this Samsung Bundle with WEP490 Bluetooth Headset, Belt clip, S phone stand and Micro USB car charger. I will use Random.org and pick a winner from all the comments: [EDIT: we have a winner #38 Bruce]