Results of my Latest Credit Card App-O-Rama

First of all, Happy New Year!

The results are in! Well, not entirely, but I do know what I’ve been approved for and what I did not get approved for. This is my first actual app-o-rama since getting into the points and miles game early last year. I think it went well and I’m pleased with the results. Keep in mind, unlike last year where Joann participated, this time around it was only me. I won’t go into detail about the perks of these cards as most of them are solely used for their sign-up bonuses.

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Planning My Next Card Churn / App-O-Rama

It’s about that time, folks. I don’t have a specific day for my next round of credit card applications, but I know that time will come soon (and before the holidays). I’m looking to do a few apps for myself, but not for Joann this time around. We’re keeping her credit untouched in case we need to apply for a car loan in the near future.

I know there are a lot of good cards out there, but I want to focus on a few key programs – United/Continental, American Airlines, US Airways, and Starwood. To clarify, I have already used the following cards for their bonuses:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred
  • Chase United [old] Mileage Plus
  • Chase British Airways Visa Signature
  • American Express Platinum
  • Citi Platinum Select Visa Signature
  • Citi Select American Express

Here are the top 4 cards that I’m looking to churn next:

Chase United MileagePlus Explorer: I am a United Elite and have been targeted for the 50k offer after first purchase. I will probably end up keeping this card as we mainly fly UA/CO and Star Alliance has, in my opinion, the best partner availability for redeeming awards. I have the majority of our eggs in this basket. Link

CitiBusiness American Airlines Visa: Gone are the days of the 75k offers that were easily churnable, but we still have this offer for 50k miles after $2,500 spent in 4 months. I have about 160k AA miles that I want to get up to 270k so we can be set for a First Class award to Asia on Cathay Pacific. Link

US Airways Premier World MasterCard: After the Grand Slam promo comes to a close, I will have about 95k Dividend Miles. I want to add to that total and this cards offers 40k miles after first purchase along with 10k miles every anniversary. Not bad for an $89 annual fee that is waived the first year! Link

American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Business: This is exactly like the current Amex SPG card I currently have and use for my daily, non-bonus expenses. The only difference is that this is the Business version and you are allowed to have both a Personal and Business version of the same card. It will yield 10k Starpoints after first purchase and 15k Starpoints after $5,000 spent within 6 months. I value the Starpoints for their Starwood hotel redemptions and also for their transfers to both AA and US at 20k Starpoints = 25k AA or US miles.

Those are the 4 main cards I want to pursue. I’m also considering the 2 Citi ThankYou cards for 50k each, Chase Hyatt, the 30k Chase Freedom, but am unsure if I should do a HUGE churn like many of you do.

Do you have any advice for me? What’s up next for your big, app-o-rama??? Help me out here, guys!

Note: I don’t get any referral bonuses for those links. I think most of them are generic, but it’s a possibility that someone else could get paid for them. Just wanted to let you all know.

Aloha! Hawaiian to Start JFK-HNL Service June 2012

Great news! According to Seth at The Wandering Aramean, Hawaiian Airlines will be launching their service from Honolulu to New York City’s JFK Airport in June 2012. This is awesome news as currently, only United/Continental offers nonstop service to Hawaii from the East Coast.

Even better, to celebrate this, they are having an introductory fare sale in the month of June. One-way fares start at $212 (for NYC’s area code) in Economy and $808 (Hawaii’s area code). The Economy fares are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Throw in the fact that it’s a nonstop and what’s stopping you from hitting up Hawaii next summer??? Don’t forget this fare sale ends on November 20, 2011!

If you do go, don’t forget about Starwood’s sale that goes until June 30, 2012.

Joann and I love going to Hawaii. We’ve been 3 times and we’re going again in February 2012 to get married! If I hadn’t booked all my vacation days for next year, I’d probably get in on that fare sale.


Vancouver: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

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After a good night’s sleep, we woke up [late] and meandered around Richmond, where Joann’s cousins live, and then headed in Vancouver to our next destination, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. It’s located inside One Wall Centre, a pretty amazing building in the center of Vancouver. As per Wikipedia:

One Wall Centre is 48 storeys tall with a total height of 491 feet[1] (150 m). The first 27 floors of the building are the 4 Diamond Sheraton Hotel. Floors 28, 29, and 30 are the Club Intrawest Resort floors; which are operated independent of Sheraton. The remaining 17 floors are residential condominiums. The One Wall Centre tower part of the Wall Centre complex owned by Wall Financial Corporation and was largely the vision of Peter Wall.

Sheraton Wall Centre

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