Everyone in the travel space knows, hands down, one of the best ways to earn huge amounts of points is with travel cards. The only thing better than working to maintain a HIGH credit score and ALWAYS paying our card off in full each month, to aid in getting 100% approvals, is to be married to someone who also works to maintain a HIGH credit score so they can get a bunch of points to spend as a family!
My wife this round went for and was approved for:
- AMEX SPG Business card (25,000 bonus points after $5,000 spend)
- Chase British Air card (50,000 bonus points after $2,000 spend)
- US Bank Club Carlson (85,000 total bonus points after $2500 spend)
- Barclays Arrival card (20,000 bonus points after $1000 spend)
So why did “we” pick these cards and why all on one day? If you are new to this way of earning points, simply look at the “Rookie Tab” on the blog to get up to speed. Next, we have four different banks. Let’s look at why.
AMEX now is very picky on consumer cards. For so many you are talking once ever for a new card bonus. However, the business cards are under the old rules. That is, you can only get the new card bonus if it has been 365+ days since you got the new card bonus before. Our supply of SPG points is low and after spend we are adding 30,000 more.
Chase now has once every 24 months for new card bonus points. It had been longer than that since she both got the bonus and held that card. With the shared family account her Avios points are my Avios points. This works great for our coming plans.
US Bank Club Carlson card Lisa had downgraded not all too long ago to the no-fee version. So it was time to add a new one that does have a fee but will add 85,000+ points after spend to her Club Carlson account and bump her back up to Gold again.
Barclay’s bank you have to be careful with. They are somewhat crazy and mean. In the past MANY years of applying for cards they are the only bank to tell my Lisa NO for a card. Even with a perfect credit score they are harsh with folks. If you are going to go for more cards with them you have to show use on other cards with them. Lisa does have an Arrival PLUS card and does spend on that so it helped get the no annual fee version of the Arrival card. $210 free from Barclay’s – we will take it! BTW e-Mail me please if you need Barclay’s links.
As you can see from my latest round of cards, my Club Carlson points have posted this month after just one trip to my local Kroger and one day of loading to BB. I will have GOLD status for another year for the fee for the card. That works.
But this is also SWAG Saturday! After this long intro I have to say the rules are HERE for this giveaway and by commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them. Then to what I need from you for a shot at this week winning $50 in AMAZON e-Gift credits
All I need from you is will you be going for any travel cards before the end of the year? Yes or NO will do but if you have a card (or cards) you can feel free to include that in the comments. Then, next Friday some time, I will, via Random.org, pick a winner – René
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