A few weeks ago, I wrote that Emily was able to get a second US Air credit card as part of her February App-O-Rama.
Well, I wasn’t so lucky.
I applied for a few cards a few weeks ago, but my US Air MasterCard application wasn’t immediately processed. I chose the US Air card because folks have been able to get the bonus again for the same card, and because it also had no minimum spending requirements to get the 40,000 mile sign-on bonus.
“No Problem,” I thought, “I’ll just call the reconsideration line and explain to them why I need another card and that will be that.”
It wasn’t so easy. The first time I called, the rep asked me why I wanted another US Air Card when I already had one. I explained that I wanted it to separate expenses and better track them. He put me on hold, but came back and said that he could not approve me for a second US Air card.
Contrast this to the nice rep who closed Emily’s existing US Air Card and opened a new one for her – just a few weeks ago!
So of course, I called back and got a different rep. She put me on hold and came back and told me the same thing. “You can’t get a new US Air personal card.“ And I called back again the same day, and got the same reply.
I then called back early in the morning and later in the afternoon on different days. Their best suggestion was to open a business version of the US Air card. After 8 calls, I finally threw in the towel.
I’m going to chalk this up to YMMV, or Your Miles May Vary, which means that what happens to others usually, but not always, could happen to you. But there are no guarantees that it will!
Travel and Credit wasn’t able to get the US Air MasterCard when he applied for a 2nd card late last year, but was able to get it again recently. Some folks on this FlyerTalk thread have got the card for a second time, and some have not. And The Frugal Travel Guy didn’t get the card for a 2nd time as well.
So I’ll cancel my existing US Air card and will try applying for it again. Or should I keep my existing card open and try applying for another one?
Bottom Line: Sometimes things which work out for others, don’t work out for you. But that’s the sometimes unpredictable nature of our hobby!
What’s been your Barclay’s US Air MasterCard experience?
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