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”.
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