Using the information from yesterday’s blog post, let’s try to find two good credit cards that will be reported to the card issuer by each of the three credit reporting agencies. Let’s try South Carolina and Colorado for samples.
South Carolina Citi uses Equifax, Chase uses Equifax, Barclays -Transunion, Bank of America- Experian, American Express -Experian, US Bank- limited data but Equifax, Juniper- Transunion.
Colorado Citi uses a hodgepodge, Chase uses Experian, Barclays- limited data, Bank of America- Equifax, American Express- Experian but limited data, US Bank- two primary agencies, Juniper- Transunion
If you are following what I am proposing, if you live in the state of South Carolina, you want to find a total of two cards from either Citi or Chase (Equifax), two cards from Barclays or Juniper (Transunion) and two from Bank of America or American Express (Experian)
So what ones do you want? Do the research.
I know for me I’ll investigate the Asiana card from Bank of America (Experian) as it is a Star Alliance carrier and gives two miles per $ as one of my options. The other Experian card would be an American Express card like the SPG card (the best) or the new Premier Rewards charge card (See Ad Below) offering 15,000 Membership Rewards point on $1000 spend and no fee first year. A third choice would be the Alaska Airlines card from Bank of America that has a limited offer for 25K.
I have not had all the United cards so that will be one of my Equifax cards. My Airtran card is so old, I’ll give that one another try for a Transunion card unless I find a better offer somewhere else that will use Transunion to check my credit.
Colorado British Airways card (big promo is over) from Chase for one (Experian) pull and an American Express card the SPG or Premier Rewards Card for the other. Asiana for (Equifax) from Bank of America and the Alaska card, with maybe a US Airways card from Barclays for the risky play at Transunion.
This method will not always yield six ready contenders for your credit inquiries, but it will keep you diversified enough that your scores stay strong, you always have something to apply for, and are always travelling on somebody else’s dime. We ahve no tlooked at available hotel cards in these examples, but you can occassionally find a nice sign up bonus there as well.
Give it some thought, and please let me know of worthwhile offers you see.
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Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases