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I supplement earning points and miles through credit card sign up promotions. As I approach my application cycle, mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve narrowed down my options to just three cards and have ruled out one that I previously considered.
I started by reviewing my aspiration award goals and then reviewing available bonuses that match my goals. For my next credit card applications I’m looking to continue to build United and American Airlines mile balances with an added focus to have flexible miles and points where possible. Below are the three options I’m honing in on and the one that I have ruled out.
Ruled Out Delta Offer For 55,000 Delta Sky Miles
American Express mailed me with a Delta Gold Business card offer for 55,000 miles. While the 55,000 Delta SkyMiles offer was attractive, the $10,000 spend requirement made me rule this one out.
- Earn 25,000 Delta miles miles after first purchase
- Earn 30,000 Delta miles after you spend $10,000 on card within first 6 months
- Bonus miles do not count towards Medallion status
- Two miles per dollar spent on Delta tickets
- One mile per dollar on other spend
Will Apply For Continental OnePass Plus Card For 60,000 Miles (expired)
Since the Continental card will go away very soon this is a great way for me to rack up an additional 50,000 United miles. I’ll earn the Continental miles through this card and then the miles will transfer to my united account once the two accounts are merged.
- Apply for the OnePass Plus card by February 15, 2012
- number received in mail offer
- Earn 50,000 Continental miles after first purchase
- Earn 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $25,000 on card in a calendar year
- Two miles per dollar spent on Continental / United tickets
- One mile per dollar on other spend
- Two United Club passes each year
- Free first checked bag for you and companion
Will Apply For AA Citi Platinum Select Visa For 50,000 Miles (expired)
The Citi Platinum Select Visa added an additional 50,000 miles to my American Airlines account. I already have the business card so I don’t think I will qualify for the sign up bonus with the business card. The current Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® Visa Signature® Card offers 30,000 mile bonus.
Will Apply For The Chase Ink Bold 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Offer
The Ink Bold offer will add 50,000 points to my already bursting Ultimate Rewards account. The thing I like about this program is that I’ll be able to transfer these points to British Airways if I want to take advantage of great one way coach awards like I described in this post.
- Apply For the Card Here
- Transfer points you’ve earned to participating frequent travel programs at a 1:1 value
Total Potential Miles & Points
__50,000 Continental Miles
+_50,000 American Airlines Miles
+_50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points (good for a number of transfer partners)
=_150,000 Total Points and Miles
*Points, Miles and Martinis will receive a referral fee for successful Chase Ink Bold applications and the $2,500 spend AA card option through the links in this post. All deals mentioned are ones that I considered applying for myself.
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