Long overdue I decided to apply for a round of credit cards to earn some extra miles and points. More recently I’ve actually been spacing out my applications more and more, although I can’t say if it’s because I’m more conservative with my applications or just more busy.

I decided to pull the trigger and apply for new cards, so let’s take a look at what I applied for…

Barclaycard Arrival Plus MasterCard

Bonus: 40,000 bonus miles

Link: Baclarycard Arrival Plus MasterCard

I really like the simplicity of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus MasterCard and the 40,000 mile sign-up bonus is incredibly easy to use. The sign-up bonus is worth $400 in free travel and you can simply redeem miles to receive a statement credit when you charge travel purchases on you card.

What I particularly like about this card is that the Arrival miles earned on this card can be redeemed for any type of travel and I love cashing them in for non-chain hotel stays such as AirBnB or train travel in Europe.

Data point: I closed my previous card approximately one week before reapplying.

Result: Approved!

Alaska Airlines Business Credit Card

Bonus: 25,000 miles after 1st purchase

I love Alaska Airlines miles and find them to be incredibly valuable with their nice mix of partner airlines. Not to mention Alaska’s award charts and stopover rules are incredibly generous.

Giving this card another go around was a no brainier, especially with no spending requirement.

Data point: I closed my previous card approximately one week before reapplying.

Result: Approved!

Alaska Airlines Credit Card

Bonus: 25,000 miles upon approval + $100 statement credit after spending $1,000 in 90 days

In the past I have been approved for both the personal and business version of the Alaska Airlines Visa on the same day. This time around it was not different, except I had to call in and confirm some information to be approved for the personal card.

Data point: I closed my previous card approximately one week before reapplying.

Result: Approved!

Chase Fairmont Visa Signature Card

Bonus: 2 free nights + breakfast for 2 after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months

With the recent news that Accor is acquiring Fairmont now is the ideal time to grab this card and earn the 2 free night bonus. It’s only a matter of time before it disappears and you’ll want to be sure to redeem the 2 free nights before the conversion.

There are a handful of nice looking Fairmont properties around the world, with many costing ~$500/night. However, I have yet to narrow down which hotel will make the most since for my travels. Any advice and input would be greatly appreciated!

Note: The card gives you automatic Premier status upon approval and this comes with 1 room upgrade and 1 suite upgrade, both of which can be applied on award stays! This means that the 2 free nights earned from the sign-up bonus are equal to 2 free nights in a suite at any Fairmont property.

Result: Approved!

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard

Bonus: 60,000 American Airlines miles

The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard consistently offers 50,000 bonus miles as a publicly offered sign-up bonus. I have alternated applying for the personal and business version of this card over past few years and since I have been receiving targeted 60,000 mile offers almost weekly I decided to apply.

I also just redeemed some AA miles on a First Class trip I figured I figured now was a good time to refill my AA mile account balance.

Tip: Even if you applied for the 50,000 or 30,000 mile offer for this card you can almost always get Citi to match the current 60,000 mile offer. All you need to do is send a private message to Citi requesting that your offer be matched.

Result: Approved!

CitiGold Checking Acount

Bonus: 50,000 American Airlines miles

I decided to apply for the 50,000 AA mile offer on the CitiGold Checking Account when Citi was still allowing credit card funding. It paired perfect with meeting a cards minimum spend requirement plus it was a great way to earn extra miles with the extra spending if you maxed out the credit limit. However I just missed the window to use credit card funding of the account as Citi just shut that down around a week ago

To get the 50,000 AA mile offer you can apply online using offer code WD3QFS2Y4C when you select to apply for a CitiGold account.

Although not a huge setback and I’ll be able to meet the minimum spends it would have be ultra nice to earn the extra ~10,000+ by funding the account with a credit card.

Result: Approved!

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Bonus: 25,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.

Benefits:
-- 2X Starpoints per dollar spent at SPG properties
-- 1X Starpoints per dollar spent on all other purchases.
-- No foreign transaction fee.
-- Free in-room internet & unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi.
-- 2 stay credits and 5 night credits towards elite status with Starwood each year.
-- Starwood Gold status when you spend $30,000 on the card annually.

Annual fee: $0 the first year, then $95

Quick review: Starpoints are incredibly valuable when redeemed for free nights and flexible since you can transfer them to numerous airline programs. When Starpoints are transferred to an airline program in increments of 20,000 points you get 5,000 extra miles. This means that for every dollar you spend on the card you are essentially earning 1.25 miles of the airline of your choice.

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