I had 19 open credit cards, no installment loans or mortgages. My Credit Sesame score was 754 on the FICO style scale. From Truecredit I found I had scores and inquiries within the last two years of 862 with with 7 inquiries on Transunion, 892 with 18 inquiries on Experian and 857 with 10 inquiries with Equifax. Most credit issuers pull from Experian in South Carolina.
My proposed cards were the Chase Marriott card, Ink Plus business card, Citibusiness AA card, and the Barclays US Airways Mastercard. I since decided to hold off on the Marriott card as I have not been staying at Marriott’s, I have 18 inquiries with Experian and I flat out have plenty of miles and points to get me by. I’ll save that inquiry for a later date and hopefully a bigger offer. It is an easy three card application process for me. Here are my results:
CitiBusiness AA card – Denial and I can’t change it. I used the info on the Flyertalk thread regarding applying at least 65 days after getting approved for the two personal cards. It has been more than 18 months since I have had this card but I was denied for having this card previously. I don’t know why it happened based on others past successes with this technique, but it is what it is. No sense crying over spilled milk.
US Airways Mastercard for 40,000 miles – Instant Approval.
Chase Ink Plus took a phone call to Business reconsideration as it seems to always take. I was granted a nice line of credit
All in all, I’m satisfied with the two cards I was approved for. Valuing the 40,000 US Airways miles at 1.6 cents each and the 50K Ultimate Rewards points at 1.9 cents each, the applications are all worth about $1590 in travel rewards minimum with minimal if any impact on my credit score. The 50K Ultimate Rewards points takes $10K in minimum spend so I’ll be busy with that one for a few months.
Your credit is one of your most important assets
And the Band Plays On
Deal of the Day
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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