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My 8 Credit Card App-O-Rama Results (Mostly Bad News)

Good morning everyone, I hope you all has a great weekend.  A few weeks ago, I applied for 8 new credit cards during my App-O-Rama.  Here are the 8 credit cards and sign up bonuses that I applied for (not in this particular order).  Unfortunately, my App-O-Rama skills are not as good as they used to be and I was (ultimately) declined for most of these credit cards.

  • Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card: 30,000 AS Miles + $100 statement credit after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($75 annual fee)
  • Bank of America Virgin Atlantic Credit Card: 75,000 VA Miles after spending $12,000 in 6 months ($90 annual fee)
  • Bank of America Amtrak Rewards Credit Card: 30,000 Amtrak Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($79 annual fee)
  • US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card: 50,000 FlexPoints ($750 in travel credit) after spending $4,500 in 3 months ($400 annual fee)
  • Wells Fargo Visa Signature Credit Card: 20,000 Go Far Reward Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($0 annual fee)
  • First Bankcard Best Western Credit Card: 50,000 Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months ($59 annual fee, first year waived)
  • Synchrony Bank Cathay Pacific Credit Card: 50,000 CX Miles after spending $2,500 in 3 months ($95 annual fee)
  • Barclays Wyndham Rewards Credit Card: 45,000 Wyndham Points (3 free nights) after spending $2,000 in 3 months ($75 annual fee)

Long story short, I applied for 3 Bank of America credit cards, starting with the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card.  I recently closed my previous Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card a few weeks ago, so I was ready to apply again and earn more Alaska Airlines miles.  Unfortunately, my application went to pending.  Since I was not immediately declined, I decided to apply for a Bank of America Virgin Atlantic Credit Card.  Surprisingly, I was instantly approved for that credit card with a pretty small credit limit.  With that success, I decided to apply for a Bank of America Amtrak Rewards Credit Card.  Unfortunately, that application went to pending as well. 1 out of 3 instant approvals was not bad.  I was hopeful that the 2 pending applications could be approved with a short reconsideration call.

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American Express Membership Reward Point Transfers to Best Western Ending December 31, 2015

Good evening everyone, I hope your Labor Day Weekend is going great.  Here is a quick post from the Holiday Inn Express in Springdale, Utah, home to Zion National Park (trip report coming soon as soon as my blisters heal).  On my recent American Express Platinum Charge Card statement, I noticed a few new announcements/changes.  The first change is that American Express Membership Reward Points will no longer be transferable to Best Western starting January 1, 2016.  Granted that Best Western is not a very good transfer option, this is still another devaluation (if ever so slightly) to the American Express Membership Reward Points program.  A few months ago, I discovered that American Express Changes: 250 Membership Reward Points = 200 British Airways / Iberia Avios starting on October 1, 2015.

AMEX Membership Reward Change Best Western

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Random News: Barclays AA Aviator Chip & PIN Credit Card, $20 Target College Registry Gift Cards, and Best Western Promo

(Hat Tip to my friend Bill for the Barclays credit card update and Target gift card update)

Good evening everyone, I have a few random news items to share with you.  First off, it looks like Barclays is sending out new Chip and PIN cards to Barclays American Airlines Aviator Red Credit Card holders.  When you activate your new credit card online, you are given the option to set up a 4 digit PIN (please don’t pick 1234).  This is the first time I have heard of this feature and I wonder if Barclays will send out other replacement credit cards with Chip and PIN technology.  To request the new credit card technology, call up Barclays and ask them to send you a new card.  If they refuse or tell you to wait patiently, you can tell them your current card is damaged and ask for a replacement card.

Barclays AA Aviator Red Set PIN

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Receive a $35 Best Western GC or $25 Amazon GC after 2 Stays at Best Western

Good afternoon everyone, Best Western has a new offer available: Stay 2 Separate Times and Choose Your Reward.  You can choose a $35 Best Western gift card or a $25 gift card from Amazon, Best Buy, iTunes, or Dunkin’ Donuts.  All you need to do is register for the offer and complete both stays before March 15 (sign up link).

Best Western Stay 2 Earn Gift Card

I haven’t stayed at a Best Western in many, many years, but apparently, there are Best Western properties all over the world.  If you travel internationally, there might be a few Best Western locations that are very affordable.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!