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Good morning everyone, happy
Friday Thursday! I’ve had a pretty busy week this week: Monday I was watching NCAA March Madness Final (bummer the Zags lost); Tuesday I went to see Bassem Youssef (the Egyptian Jon Stewart) speak at UC Berkeley; Wednesday I got $202 loge/mezzanine tickets to see Hamilton in SF; and tonight I am flying to Tucson for a wedding this weekend. Even though I haven’t had much time to write this week, I have a few blog posts brewing in my mind. Before I get to what’s on my mind, I wanted to share some travel plans for the rest of April.
- Tucson, AZ (Friday-Sunday April 7-9) for a wedding. Anyone have any recommendations for restaurants, bars, hikes, or other activities that are close to Tucson?
- Orange County, CA (Friday-Sunday April 14-16) for Easter weekend. I will do an OC miles and points meetup on Saturday afternoon, stay tuned for more details.
- San Diego, CA (Saturday-Sunday April 29-30) for fun. I am seeing my friend/writer Shelli and organizing a SD miles and points meetup on Saturday or Sunday, stay tuned for more details.
A few weeks ago, I wrote Which 10 Credit Cards am I Considering for my March App-O-Rama? In that post, I shared the credit cards I was considering and you guys gave me some good feedback. I don’t have all the credit cards in the mail, but I have a good idea of which credit cards were approved and which ones were denied.
I started my App-O-Rama by calling Wells Fargo and applied for the Wells Fargo Propel World AMEX Credit Card (40,000 points after spending $3,000 in 90 days). I was instantly approved on the phone.
I then applied for the American Express SPG Business Credit Card (25,000 SPG points after spending $5,000 in 90 days and an additional 10,000 SPG points after spending $3,000 in 120 days) using my Travel with Grant EIN and was instantly approved.
After that, I called Bank of American and applied for the Bank of America MERRILL+ Credit Card (50,000 points after spending $3,000 in 90 days). I thought I was approved for that credit card, so I then applied for a few more Bank of America credit cards. Alaska Airlines personal (30,000 miles after spending $1,000 in 90 days) instantly approved. Alaska Airlines business (30,000 miles after spending $1,000 in 90 days) instantly approved. Better Balance Rewards (no real sign up bonus, but $25 bonus per quarter) instantly approved. I was 3 for 3, so I wanted to keep going, so I applied for another Better Balance Rewards and was denied. A few days later, the Bank of America credit cards started to arrive, along with the approval letters, and a denial letter for the MERRILL+ credit card, what?? I don’t want to call Bank of America to overturn the denial for fear that they will close the 3 other Bank of America credit cards I was approved for.
I then applied for the TD Bank Aeroplan Credit Card (25,000 miles after spending $1,000 in 90 days). The website was not working properly, so I applied 2-3 times before the application was successfully submitted. I called the reconsideration department and was approved for the credit card. I asked if they could expedite the new credit card and they sent it via FedEx Next Day Air.
I then applied for the US Bank FlexPerks Gold AMEX Credit Card (30,000 FlexPoints after spending $2,000 in 120 days) and got a pending decision. A few days ago, I received the denial letter and called the reconsideration department to see if there was anything I could do to get approved for that credit card. The rep said I had too many open credit cards and unused credit lines, so she transferred me to the credit card customer service department and I closed my US Bank Korean Air Visa Signature Credit Card that I opened last year for 40,000 miles. I then called back to the reconsideration department and the rep resubmitted my application for review. I am cautiously optimistic about the approval.
I then applied for the Barclays Arrival Plus Credit Card (50,000 points after spending $3,000 in 90 days). I got a pending decision and waited for a letter in the mail. A few days ago, I got a call from the reconsideration department and they asked if I would be willing to move credit from existing Barclays credit cards and I said yes. The credit card was approved over the phone. I asked if I could have the credit card expedited to me, but she said that was only possible if I paid the $15 shipping fee. No way!
Last but not least, I applied for the Banco Popular Avianca Vuela Credit Card (60,000 Avianca LifeMiles on your first purchase with code AVSPWE). I already have this credit card and got the 60,000 miles so I was trying to see if it were possible to get the same credit card (and sign up bonus again) but I got a denial letter in the mail. I haven’t tried calling to get the credit card approved, but I think that is a long shot. Has anyone gotten 2 of these credit cards?
It’s going to be a busy time for me to juggle these credit card sign up bonuses, targeted spending offers (10,000 JetBlue TrueBlue Points) and spending $10,000 on my 2 Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Cards for the 2 free weekend nights. My annual fees posted recently, so I am expecting the 2 free weekend nights to post to my account so I can use them at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica in September. I also have a post on using my AMEX Business Platinum Charge Card to book my Icelandair tickets going through the AMEX Travel website. I also booked an award ticket from San Francisco to La Paz, Bolivia using 45,000 Avianca LifeMiles for business class. I have a post on that coming out soon. So much to write but so little free time. If you have any questions about anything written above, please leave a comment below. Have a great day and weekend everyone!