March App-O-Rama Thoughts: Hawaiian Airlines (35,000 Miles), Discover It ($150 Cash Back), Barclays Arrival ($440 Cash Back), Chase Ink Bold Visa (50,000 UR Points), Citi AA Executive (100,000 Miles), and US Bank Olympics Flex Points ($400+ Travel Credit)
Wow, what a title. I expect my Google Search traffic to go through the roof now. Anyways, my last app-o-rama was in early November (post), how I upgraded an AMEX Hilton HHonors to an AMEX Hilton HHonors Surpass (post), and my surprise approval of an AMEX Mercedes Benz Platinum card (post). If you want to see which 19 cards I currently have open, check out this list.
Since I typically wait at least 3 months between App-O-Ramas, I am starting to plan for my next round of credit card applications. Here is what is on my mind:
1 – Barclays Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card – 35,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles after spending $1,000 in 3 months
I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or if they were reading my mind, but I literally got this email 2 hours ago. Unfortunately (for me), this card is no longer issued by Bank of America. Barclays is now the credit card issuer. Barclays has never approved me for a card, so I have approximately a 1% chance of be approved.
2 – Discover It Credit Card – $150 cash back after spending $750 in 3 months
I have been waiting for a decent sign up bonus of this card and I finally have a chance to get it. $750 in 3 months is so easy, I don’t even have to get out of bed to do that. This card will complete my trifecta of rotating cash back cards. I already have the Chase Freedom and Citi Dividend credit cards, so now all I need is the Discover It. Learn about all 3 cards here.
3 – Barclays Arrival Credit Card – $440 cash back (for travel) after spending $1,000 in 3 months
Another easy minimum spending requirement with a huge pay off. Too bad it is from Barclays so I have a 1% chance of getting this :(
4 – Chase Ink Bold Visa Business Charge Card – 50,000 Chase Ultimate Reward Points after spending $5,000 in 3 months
I currently have 1 Chase Ink Bold but it is a MasterCard. The new ones are issued by Visa. I feel like I have a great chance to get approved for a Visa card since I have had the MasterCard since April 2012. If Chase won’t approve me for a new card, I will ask to close my MasterCard to be approved for the Visa. Actually, that would be ideal since I wouldn’t have to pay the annual fee coming up in a few months.
5 – Citi Executive AAdvantage Credit Card – 100,000 American Airlines miles after spending $10,000 in 3 months
This would be my biggest sign up bonus ever and the largest minimum spending ever. I currently have around 150,000 American Airlines miles, so why not add 100,000 to that? After the $200 statement credit, you are getting 110,000 AA miles + AA lounge access all for $250, that’s a crazy good deal!
6 – US Bank Flex Points Olympics Credit Card – $400 Travel Credit after spending $3,500 in 4 months
(Hat Tip to Mommy Points). Last but not least, US Bank has their usual Olympic promo where you can receive more Flex Points the more medals US Olympians win.
I don’t recommend applying for all of these cards at one time. It really depends which cards you really want to get, which sign up bonus is truly “once in a lifetime”, and how much you can “spend” on credit cards each month.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below. Go US Olympians!