They never go the way you expect them to. Application day that is. Here is what’s happened so far.It took one hour to get my computer up and running this morning. It is so old that some of the keys are missing and I have so much junk on it, it is very temperamental. Once we got going things were ok but a few surprises.I started with my Chase United Explorer app as a United 1K and all went well. I got the “we are reviewing you stuff” page which I expected. I decided to add the Business version for another easy 25K but the application would not load, so I had to go to another computer and it would not load there either? Finally I Googled United Explorer Business card and got an application completed. (pending as well)The Amex Business Gold card went easy and just took a five minute phone call to verify my info. I was approved and will reveived 50,000 Membership Rewards points after completing the spend.Next I jumped over to the Citi Thank You Preferred Card and got an instant approval. Hooray for Hollywood. 50,000 Thank You pointsI then did my US Airways Debit card application for the 3000 miles and Grand Slam hit. That was a “we’ll let you know” as well? For a debit card???
Katy was next with surprising results. The Citi Premier Card pended her application as did the INK Bold card. The surprising change was that the United Explorer card no longer offered her a bigger bonus for having Premier status. She’ll have to wait and do the Explorer card in November when the increased promo comes back, we hope.
In place of the Explorer card we slipped in a Hawaiian Airlines Visa card from Bank of America for 35,000 Hawaiian miles which we will convert to 70K Hilton Honors points. It cost $79 but we had the room for the card application. It took a phone call to B of A but we got an approval on that one as well.
Total for sure haul this morning was 135,000 points putting us 5000 points or miles short of 1 MILLION for the year again. I have no doubt we’ll score that we need to reach our goal.
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Rick Ingersoll is one of the world’s experts on frugal travel and flying free and the author of The Frugal Travel Guy Handbook. A retired mortgage banker from Traverse City, Michigan, he has retired to Hilton Head Island,... All Articles
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