I was long overdue for a round of credit card applications. My last round was back in October 2014, so I decided to pull the trigger on some new cards this last week.
I was anticipating the Amex Starwood Preferred Guest card to offer an increased 30,000 point bonus in August and when that went live I lined up a few other offers I was interested in.
All things considered was approved for four cards and earned 130,000 miles/points. I applied for a total of five cards and did have one denial (more on that later).
Here’s a look at the cards I went after:
Amex Starwood Preferred Guest – 30,000 SPG Points
I have yet to grab the Amex Starwood Preferred Guest and periodically Amex releases a increased bonus offer for 30,000 SPG points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months. This is 5,000 points higher than the standard offer of 25,000 point, so it was a no brainer to grab the card now. I jumped on this offer as soon as it came out and look forward to burning through the points at some SPG properties over the next year.
Chase United Explorer Business – 50,000 United Miles
Having had the personal version of the Chase United Explorer card I decided to give the business version of the card a go and grab the 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months. The 50,000 mile offer on this card was a great way to replenish my United MileagePlus account after redeeming a few major international award flights over this last year.
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card – 25,000 Alaska Miles + $50 Statement Credit
I personally love Alaska Airline miles and find them to be some of the most valuable airline miles out there. Not only do they offer incredibly valuable and flexible award ticket routing rules which include stopovers on one-ways, but they have considerably low taxes and fees (no close-in booking fee) and a great list of partner airlines including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, American Airlines, among others.
The 25,000 mile + $50 statement credit bonus on this card is given upon account approval and the card does have a $75 annual fee, which I consider a great value considering at minimum the sign-up bonus is worth $250+.
I did apply for a second Alaska Airlines personal credit card, but was denied and received a letter stating that it my second application was considered to be a “duplicate application.” Some people have reported being approved for multiple new cards on the same day, but it appears that Bank of American has changed their rules on this and are cracking down.
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Business Credit Card – 25,000 Alaska Miles
Again, the business version of the Alaska Airlines Visa is a great way to earn an easy 25,000 bonus miles. The sign-up bonus is awarded upon the first purchase and paying the $75 annual fee.
130,000 Miles/Points + $50 in Statement credits
In total it was a nice small round of credit card applications to replenish some of my airline mileage accounts.
The $5,000 total minimum spend is easily reachable and the Alaska Airline Visa cards add a great way to net some extra miles without a minimum spend, even if you have to pay the $75 annual fee.