Last week I mentioned that Dmitriy has been calling to cancel his Citi AA cards right after receiving his sign up bonus with some fairly decent results. I thought it may be a worthwhile project for some of us that recently loaded up with AA cards on our multi card application experiment. And any others that have recently got their sign up bonuses are welcome to try this technique as well.
A call to the phone number on the back of your new Citi AA card may net you some additional miles. I have never personally been this aggressive, but I have assurances it works in varying degrees.
Assuming you call after getting your sign up bonus, I can see a conversation going something like this:
” I want to cancel my Citi AA card as I found a card I like better”
“Hold on, let me connect you to a specialist in that department”
“I want to cancel my Citi AA card as I found a card I like better”
“I see you just got the card, why do you want to cancel?” (they very seldom listen)
” I’m going to try a card from Chase Bank that is part of their rewards program”
“I’m sorry to hear that Mr./Mrs/Ms frugal travel type person. Can I offer you:
- a. double miles for the next 4 months?
- b. 5K bonus if you spend $2500 in the next three months?
- c. a statement credit of $50 to retain the card?”
You won’t get all three, but I’m guessing you’ll get an offer to retain the card. Citi just bought several billion dollars of AA miles. They will not be looking to lose customers.
Of course I’ll post the results, and I’ll try one or two myself and report in. As I posted yesterday, I have plenty of cards to try it on.
If you have your bonus already, what do you have to lose? I have never heard of them taking back the miles you just got.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Annual Fee: $95 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The Sapphire Preferred offers 2x points on dining and travel, and no foreign transaction fees, making this the go-to card for travelers.
This card accumulates Ultimate Rewards points, which are very valuable for transfer to United and Hyatt. Overall, this card is a great choice for maximizing earnings on dining, travel, and every day spend.
- Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
- 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
- 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
- Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95