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Today I’m continuing with a series of pertinent articles I’ve written for our new readers from the National Car Rental Facebook page…
Applying for credit cards is one of the easiest ways to increase your frequent flier account balances with big sign-up bonuses. It affects your credit minimally if you continue to pay on time. We quite often forget the “Bump your Bonus” follow-up technique that can put even more points and miles in your accounts.
When you sign up for a new credit card for the sign-up bonus, you typically meet the minimum spend and wait for your points to post then move on to the next big sign up bonus.
You should not forget the cards you already have open. Many times the card issuers will increase or up the sign-up bonus offered to the general public or, put out a targeted offer that gives more frequent flier miles or points than when you recently signed up. In many cases, if you contact the card issuers by email, secure email, or phone, they will gladly increase your sign-up bonus to match their current best offer. I call it “Bump the Bonus,” and I’ve received hundreds of thousands of frequent flier miles and points by following up with my existing cards and keeping my eyes open for new, larger bonuses.
This technique will not always bring results, but all it takes is a call or email to find out: If you don’t ask for Bump the Bonus, I can assure you, you won’t get the Bonus Bump.
Take a minute to review your current credit cards and scour the Internet for the card issuers’ current best offers. There just may be more points in your account for doing so!