|Helping ‘Hands’ photo by Andrew Ingersoll|
Latest Application Results: I called yesterday after my application on the pended United Explorer personal and business applications. I was approved for the personal card by dropping my Continental One Pass card to a $5000 limit from $15K. They gave me $10K on the Explorer card. The original offer was to cut my Priority Club limit, but I’ve got big expenses end of the month on that card at the Chicago Seminars.
The Explorer Business card took more time as the original rep told me they denied it because I had applied for a card within the last six months. That’s BS and I got it approved on the phone for $15K.
My application day was perfect with all approvals. Now we wait for the Katybug and her pending approvals.
A couple of striking yet simple examples of the value of this community have happened to me in the last couple weeks. It’s time they get a mention in hopes that others will follow the lead.
I’m new to this US Airways Grand Slam deal and, quite frankly, it seemed a big project for me at first with somewhat minimal return. But with the help of my friends, the larger bonuses are coming my way.
About 10 days ago I sent a comment into the Mommy Points blog about the hotel stays requirements. I questioned her understanding of the rules. I was flat out wrong and she graciously pointed me back on the right track. My gain: another four “hits.” She took the time to straighten out the old guy, and I appreciate it.
A reader also showed me I was interpreting the car rental rules incorrectly. I thought I was stuck at two when, in actuality, six were within easy reach. Add four more “hits” to my game total.
Another reader actually offered to get me the E-miles “hit” if I gave him my Dividend miles number. Now I couldn’t do that for security reasons, but I believe he honestly would have.
And Gary from the View From The Wing blog posted a week ago about the Sharebuilder “hit,” I had actually attempted to score this hit but when the screen posted that I already had an account, I gave up without continuing on to complete the process. Gary’s direction and encouragement led me to try again and hopefully my free “hit” will post.
This is a great group of caring, sharing people, readers and fellow bloggers alike. On behalf of Mommy Points, Gary, and all my helpful readers, I’m donating another $100 to Kiva.org today to help someone in a developing nation less fortunate than all of us. So I received 10 extra “hits” with your help and somebody may get the “leg up” they need to improve their life and that of their family with my Kiva donation.
Thank you all. Keep Sharing and Keeping Caring!
First Year Fee Waived: 50,000 Points Transferable to Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Continental and British Airways
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