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.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49