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Mrs. Weekly Flyer and I have criteria we look for when considering the addition of new credit cards to our wallet. First, the benefits have to align with our travel goals, and second the bonuses and benefits have to be good.
But we always keep in mind common mistakes to avoid when applying for new credit cards, you can read our thoughts on that by clicking this link. So when I set out on adding a few needed credit cards to my wallet, I took those guidelines into consideration, and tried to one-up Mrs. Weekly Flyer on her latest credit cards.
She recently earned a total of 50,000 points from the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, a new option to use Bluebird® by American Express to pay everyday bills, and an ability to earn up to 5% cash back and a $100 statement credit with the (expired) Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Visa® Card card offer.
I had a little help this time though. In that a great 100,000 offer came along and I went for cards overall with higher bonuses. I’ve outlined my approach below to earning 140,000 miles and points by applying and getting approved for 3 separate credit cards.
Card 1: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
The Barclaycard comes with 40,000 points after spending only $1,000 on the card in the first 3 months. The card also comes with ability to earn 2x points on all spending. But when you redeem your points for travel you’ll earn 2.2% back.
So the points from this card will be great for me to use for routine travel purchases. Fitting nicely within my guidelines.
Card 2: Citi Executive Card
I picked up this card because of the huge bonus and the ability to continue to access the American Airlines lounge after the latest policy change. I’ll earn 100,000 miles with this card plus great benefits.
Card 3: SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express
Link: Offer Expired.
My third and final card so far this year was to apply for the SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express. This offer is no longer available.
Pulling It All Together
By picking up a few credit cards I’ve been able to add 140,000 points and miles from signup bonuses to my balances, 40,000 bonus points from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® and 100,000 bonus miles from the Citi Executive Card.
How and where do you anticipate growing your point and mile balances this year?
- Avoiding Mistakes With Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses
- First Time Reloading Bluebird – Mrs. Weekly Flyer’s First Time Using Vanilla Reloadable Cards
- Mrs. Weekly Flyer’s Latest Application(s)–Cash Back, New Points, And A Must Have For Every Wallet
- Mrs Weekly Flyer’s Next Credit Card And Reasoning
- How To Get It In & Keep It In – In A Wallet That Is
- My Next Three Travel Award Credit Cards
- Update On My Next Credit Card Application Cycle
- What Happens When You Signup For Travel Credit Cards Too Fast
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