I’ve been getting enough emails indicating that nothing seems set in stone regarding the first time cardholder restriction for the Citi AA 75K and 100K offers. Some people are telling me they have had the cards previously and are being approved again. I have not heard yet of anyone that has had the exact cards in the past, have their miles actually post, but I’m willing to take the plunge for a 75K promo. Katy did the Citibiz card and it appears they are going to approve her again, as they are now asking for additional information on our address.
I just checked my scores again and it seems that I’m still a good credit risk with scores of 857 and 6 inquiries on Transunion, 865 and 16 inquiries on Experian and 844 and 8 inquiries on Equifax. Citicard should pull Equifax with my South Carolina address. Remember my scores are VantageScores. They need to be converted to FICO scores for you to be familiar with my recommendation only apply for credit cards if your scores are over 700 on the FICO scale. I look for 800 on the VantageScore scale.
Compare the two scores to find where you stand. If you take a FICO score and multiply it by 1.165 you’ll have an approximate Vantage Score. If you have a VantageScore, then if my math is right, divide by 1.165 to find your FICO score. My Equifax 844 divided by 1.165= 724. That works for me as an acceptable good score.
Here is a comparison between the way the two credit scoring systems look at your credit, to determine your credit score.
Payment history 32%
Depth of credit 13%
Recent credit 10%
Available credit 07%
Payment history 35%
Length of credit history 15%
Amounts owed 30%
Types of credit uses 10%
New credit 10%
I’ll keep you advised on my success with the CitiAA Business card. I think I’ll try the Visa version.
A Bumpertunity Later Today
The Chicago to Traverse City afternoon flight is all zeros according to the seat map. You can’t buy a ticket and I’m #1 on the volunteer list. The ticket agent at LGA did not know how to put me on the volunteer list and told me he was too busy. I stood my ground and asked him to have someone help him. Let’s see if it pays??
The Perfect Labor Day Gift?
A copy of the Frugal Travel Guy Handbook for your friends that just “don’t get it”.
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