Like last year, I just left Mexico City for a long international trip over the holidays – this time to Asia instead of Europe. This time the trip wasn’t built around a mistake fare, but rather a desire to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha and the Chengdu Panda Base, both in western China.
I started planning the trip in mid-September, and found that Asiana Airlines had pretty good business class availability across the Pacific for the dates we were looking at. I tacked on United economy flights between Mexico City and LAX (though this resulted in an overnight layover in each direction, since United only has one flight per day between those two cities), and added a domestic Air China economy flight from Shanghai to Chengdu after a one-week stopover.
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.
Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. 2 weeks ago, I did an App-O-Rama where I applied for a bunch of credit cards, mostly with mixed results. I will share more details of the App-O-Rama and reconsideration calls in another post, but today, I wanted to share my process of getting the new Cathay Pacific Visa Signature Credit Card (direct credit card link). The credit card is issued by Synchrony, the same bank that issues the Ebates Visa Signature Credit Card and many other store credit cards. The credit card currently offers 50,000 Cathay Pacific Asia Miles after you spend $2,500 in 3 months. Even though I don’t have concrete plans for the 50,000 Asia Miles, I am sure I can find a good use for them. In this post, I will tell you about the application process and show you the card design and welcome kit.
I’m a bit late on this, but I wanted to let you know that we started a round-the-world trip earlier this week and will be sharing some updates along the way.
After spending the weekend with some friends in Austin, we took off for Madrid in business class on an American 787-9 – booked with Citi Thank You Points and upgraded with AA System Wide Upgrades. (Four other friends were on our same flight, but we left them behind in Premium Economy…and then they left us behind at the Madrid airport!)
AA business class on the 787 Dreamliner. Image from aa.com
Let me start off by saying that British Airways Avios are awesome. If you fly short, non-stop flights, British Airways Avios cannot be beat. I’ve written a few posts about British Airways Avios in the past: