11 Miles & Points Credit Card Updates You May Not Know About

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Update: The current sign-up bonus has reduced to 35,000 miles

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There have been updates to miles and points credit cards in the past weeks, so I thought I’d summarize them in a separate post.  I’ve updated the Airlines, Hotels and Bank Points credit card tabs with these changes.

1.   60,000 Points With Ink Bold® & Ink Plus® [Expired]

Update:  This offer is no longer available.

In case you missed it (tongue firmly in cheek!) you can get 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points with the Chase Ink Plus® and the Chase Ink Bold® after spending $5,000 within 3 months.

This offer is available for only 5 more days and ends on Saturday, June 22, 2013.  This is one of the best offers which I’ve seen on the Chase Ink Bold® and Ink Plus®.

60,000 points on the Chase Ink Plus® or Ink Bold® will get you:

  • Gift cards or Cash Back – $600 value
  • Travel through the Ultimate Rewards Portal – $750 value
  • Transfer to Southwest - $1,000 value
  • Transfer to hotel and airline partners – $750+ value

You can read more about the limited time offer for the Chase Ink cards in this post.

2.   Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Cards

All 4 versions of the Southwest card have a 50,000 point sign up bonus after spending $2,000 within 3 months.  I wrote about this earlier and updated the links on the Airline credit card tab.  The 50,000 point offer has been around every 3 to 4 months for the last 2 years.

The points from the credit card currently count towards the 110,000 points needed (within 1 calendar year) for the Southwest Companion Pass.  The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best airline perks available!

3.   CHase United 50,000 Miles

I’ve written that I received a targeted offer for a 50,000 mile United personal card after spending $2,000 within 3 months and an additional 5,000 miles for adding an authorized user.  You can also get this offer at Chase branches.  My referral link is for only 30,000 miles and isn’t the better offer.

A few days ago, I wrote that I also got a targeted offer on the United business card for 50,000 miles after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months.

The United cards gets you 1 free bag on United flights, priority boarding, and has no foreign transaction fees.

But unlike the personal version of the United card, you earn 2 points per $1 for dining, gas, and shopping at Office Supply stores with the United business card.

Amol writes more on how to see these offers complete with screenshots and boxes.

4.   40,000 American Airlines Miles

The links to the 50,000 miles American Airlines cards have expired, but the best current offer is for 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 within 3 months on the Platinum Select American Airlines World MasterCard or the Platinum Select Visa.

The best offer for the Gold version of the Citi American Airlines card is 25,000 miles from this FlyerTalk link.

5.   Alaska Airlines 30,000 Miles

View From the Wing found a 30,000 mile offer for the Alaska Air card.  You get 25,000 miles after the 1st purchase and another 5,000 miles for being a Bank of America customer (which you will be after being approved for the card)!

The Airline credit card tab also has another offer for 25,000 miles AND a $100 statement credit which is the better offer to me because I wouldn’t pay 2 cents for an Alaska Airlines mile.  By giving up the $100 statement credit for an extra 5,000 miles with the 30,000 mile offer, you are in effect paying 2 cents ($100 / 5,000 miles) for 1 Alaska Air mile.

6.   Bank of America Hawaiian Airlines – 35,000 Miles

The links to both the Bank of America and Bank of Hawaii personal cards for Hawaiian airlines have expired.  This usually happens every 3 to 4 months with Bank of America links and it is just a matter of finding new links.  Except that there are no new links this time!

I called Bank of America to apply for the card on the phone, and the rep told me that they weren’t processing any more applications for the card.  She didn’t know (or wasn’t telling!) if this was temporary or permanent.

But the Hawaiian Airlines business card for 35,000 miles after your 1st purchase is still working on the Business Credit Card tab.  There is a $75 fee – $50 for the company and $25 for each card.

You can also transfer Hawaiian Airlines miles to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio, so 35,000 Hawaiian Air miles becomes 70,000 Hilton miles.

7.   Barclays Lufthansa card – 50,000 Miles

The 50,000 mile offer on the Barclays card is ending on June 30, 2013.  Read my post on 18 Ways to Use Lufthansa Miles for all you need to know about Lufthansa miles.

50,000 Miles Up To June 30, 2013 With the Barclays Lufthansa Card

50,000 Miles Up To June 30, 2013 With the Barclays Lufthansa Card

You can get 2 roundtrip coach awards within the US on United or US Air, 1.5 business class trips within the US on United, or a 1-way business class award from the US to Europe with ~50,000 Lufthansa miles.

8.   Chase Hyatt Card – 2 Free Nights

I wrote about how to get a $50 statement credit when you make a reservation and then apply for the Hyatt card.  This is better than the regular offer which doesn’t have the $50 statement credit.

I like the Hyatt credit card because of the two free nights at any Hyatt hotel after spending $1,000 within 3 months and because you get a free night at any category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel every year after your first year.  The card also has no foreign transaction fees and earns 5X points at Hyatt hotels.

9.   Bank of America Virgin Atlantic – 50,000 Miles

This isn’t new, but readers have been asking if the offer has changed because they received emails with this offer.

You get 20,000 Virgin Atlantic miles after your 1st purchase and 25,000 extra miles after spending $2,500 within 3 months.  And you can get 5,000 extra miles for adding 2 authorized users to your account.

You can also transfer Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio, so 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles becomes 100,000 Hilton points.  This is more points than you get with either the Citi or American Express official co-branded Hilton cards!

10.   Barclays Virgin America

The links to the Barclays Virgin America airline card have died, and I removed them from the Airline credit card tab.   Word on the street is that the contract between Barclays and Virgin America ended and is being renegotiated.

Since Virgin America is likely going to make more money from their credit card than from actually flying planes, I suspect they are playing hardball.

11.   Chase Fairmont

Rom’s Deals wrote about an offer for the Fairmont hotel card which waives the first year annual fee.

The Fairmont card has no foreign transaction fees, and gets you Fairmont Premier status (room and suite upgrades on paid stays) in addition to two free nights for 2 (includes breakfast) after spending $1,000 within 3 months.  You also get 1 free night after spending $12,000 within one calendar year.

However, there aren’t that many Fairmont hotels and some hotels don’t have very good award availability.

PS:  I will be in meetings today, so I won’t get to the comments until the evening!


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27 Responses to 11 Miles & Points Credit Card Updates You May Not Know About

  1. WinniePug'sMom

    Hi, I was wondering about the citi AA cards. I applied for the citi AA visa last year, and was approved. Could I be approved for a mastercard this year? Would they give me a hard time for this?

  2. Just FYI regarding #6 BoA Hawaiian Airlines card. I noticed the link was down recently as well and not sure if it’s related or not, but my recent experience has been frustrating. I’ve churned these many times in the past but this most recent time, I put 1K on both the BoA and the BoH Hawaiian Airlines, received my miles as usual for the BoH one at statement date, but did not get ANY miles for the BoA one; I didn’t even get the 1k miles for my spending not just the 35k bonus miles. My BoA statement shows that they sent the 36k miles to Hawaiian Airlines.

    At first, I thought it was a systems issue on Hawaiian Airlines end thinking it was a duplicate since it came the same time as the BoH miles but now I’m starting to wonder if a deeper issue is at hand related to the pulling of the credit card link. After numerous phone calls and plenty of three way conference calls with BoA and Hawaiian Airlines to no avail, I’ve basically given up after 7 weeks of waiting and am probably just going to write this one off as a lost cause.

  3. “Since Virgin America is likely going to make more money from their credit card than from actually flying planes, I suspect they are playing hardball.” LOL

  4. Are the sign-up 2 night certs dependent on award availability?

  5. @weddingspend i had the same problem… i called HA after 2 months of not getting the miles, they looked into it and i finally got the miles. the bank was completley useless on multiple calls. Try HA.

  6. Any chance of getting the extra 10K UR points if you signed up under the 50K offer?

  7. @Mike, just send Chase a secure message referencing the new (higher) sign-up offer. Depending on how recently you applied, they may/may not give you the higher sign-up offer.

    @Rapid Travel Chai, yes, all Hyatt Gold Passport point redemptions and award nights are based on availability. Generally, if you can book a hotel on Hyatt Gold Passport points, you can redeem your free night certificates for the same room/night.

  8. LOL, one post about these chase ink offers was not enough?, you had to pimp out the rest of your portfolio as well?

    I was so looking forward to Emily holding some more stuff in this post. What a let down.

  9. I just got approved for the Chase Ink Plus the week before the 60k bonus came out. I haven’t even received my card yet. Is there something I can do to upgrade the 50k bonus to the current 60k bonus?

  10. I was accepted last week for Ink Bold. Shall I call this week and ask for additional 10K points accordingly to this week deal? Thanks!

  11. Hey, First time commenter here…

    It says in the small print that current or previous Chase card holders can not apply for the Chase 60,000 point cards. (only new peeps) That true or an oversight? Thanks

  12. Have you heard anything about people who had the old Continental Mastercard that converted to the United Explorer Mastercard being able to get the Explorer Visa too?

  13. My Transunion credit score is 812. My home is paid off and no car loans either. I have never carried a balance over on my credit card. I pay in full each month. My income is six figures. I was recently denied by Barclays due to 9 hard credit hits since December when I began playing the points and miles game. I called Barclays reconsideration line twice over a two-week period but still denied due to the hard hits. How long should I wait before I can get back into the points and miles game?

  14. @Gary, people who play the “points and miles game” have a really hard time getting approved for Barclays cards. You are not alone. The only strategy would be to not apply for any cards for 9-12 months, apply for a Barclays card, and hope you get approve. You will miss all the other good offers that come and go if you are on the sideline waiting.

  15. Just applied for the Chase Ink Bold and got a pending email. Called the business reconsideration line twice and they won’t “reconsider” due to the volume of applications and calls. They said I could call back but it is unlikely that my application will be looked at before a week. They said this was a decision from upper management that was made recently. Is this common or am I just really bad at getting them to reconsider?

  16. @Gary, this is also why many people do an app-o-rama (applying for multiple cards in one day) every 3-4 months. Usually all credit inquiries in a single day are combined into one hard credit inquiry.

  17. Robert Hanson

    @Gary There is no good answer to questions about getting approved by Barclays. When Daraius and Emily applied for their second US Air cards last year, Emily was approved and D was not. Go Figure…

    I have similar credit to yours, except I have had more hard credit pulls than I can remember over the past 2 years. Yet I was instantly approved for a Barclays Lufthansa card less than a week ago. The minimum spend on the LH card is $5K, does that make them more eager to approve it than some of their other cards? I have no idea…

    I agree with Grant, don’t stop doing apps hoping to hit the sweet spot with Barclays. You will miss out on too many good offers, and may still not get approved by Barclays. Besides, the LH card is going away this month, and the US Air card is on life support just until the AA merger kills it outright.

    All I can say is apply for the ccs you want, wait at least 91 days between apps, and always make the apps for the banks with reputations as being hard to get approval the first apps you do when you churn. If you get turned down for a specific card, wait 3 to 6 months and apply again. With your credit rating a few extra hard pulls won’t hurt that much, and you might get approved next time for a cc you got turned down for last time. Yes, we would all like to think there is some logical explanation for how to get approved, but to a large extent, there isn’t one. :(

  18. Do ALL 4 SouthWest cards help toward the companion pass? I thought online they told me only two of them did……I have 60k points in my account now, but I don’t know from which of the 2 cards I was approved on. I want to sign-up for the right one and earn the companion pass…………

    How long should i wait after canceling a SouthWest card to reapply?

    thanks,

    scott

  19. @Rachel,

    Only Inquiries for loans (Auto, Mortgage…) gets combined into one as people shop for better rates for these loans and hence the bureaus are required to report them into one to allow rate shopping. The window for that is 14 days for Auto and 30 for Mortgage.

    All credit card (infact all types of revolving credit) inquiries are considered separate and WILL appear on your file individually. The reason ppl do more than 1 card at the same time is to use the window before the new inquiries are reported to the bureau. Say, you apply 1 card on the first day, this inquiry shows up for your next card if you apply on the next day. Whereas, if you apply them all together, the banks only see the older inquiries and you have a better chance of being approved.

  20. Thanks for the info. How will moving my spending to a business card effect my overall credit? I have the United Explorer card now and put all spend on it. I am considering getting the Bold or the Plus. I would cancel the Explorer and move all spend to the Ink card. Would that negatively effect my personal credit as card issuers would see one line of personal credit and all most spend on it go away? Effectively my personal credit utilization would go up since I have less personal credit available. Is there any difference in effect on credit in this scenario if I get Bold vs. Plus? Thanks!!!

  21. @Rapid Travel Chai – Yes, and it usually mirrors award availability.

    @Mike @Ava – If you applied recently, you could call or ask to be matched. Chase has great customer service so it doesn’t hurt to ask.

    @Ganta – Most of the links are to non-affiliate cards. Out of the 11, only 3 have affiliate links.

    @Leo – I’d wait until you get the card and then ask.

    @Steven – It means that if you already have, say, the Ink Bold card, you can’t get the bonus again.

    @Mausibaer – I don’t have personal experience, but it may be possible. Or you can switch to the Visa if you prefer the Visa benefits.

    @em – They’ve been overwhelmed with applications, so best to wait a bit.

    @Scott Wells – Currently the sign-up bonus from all 4 Southwest cards counts towards the Companion Pass.

    @newbiz – See this post on business cards.

  22. Messages Chase customer service and pleased to announced that they honored the current 60k promotion. Applied for bold a month back and met spending requirement before this new promotion announced.

  23. em – I have had the exact same response from Chase as you. I was told just to “wait for the mail”. I was “instantly” approved for the United MileagePlus Explorer card (personal version) on Friday. I wish I had waited till yesterday to make my “Chase decisions”. The United card is my first from Chase, so I am not sure if that is good or bad??

  24. Daraius…. I Spoke to Chase customer service today and I was told that since it has been less than 90 days since i applied and received the Chase Ink Bold card 2 months ago that I would automatically be qualifed for the high signup bonus of $60K. I have not fulfilled the $5K yet but very close. The same would apply for the Chase Ink Plus which I applied and received one month ago as well and that I would received the higher signup bonus of 60K because it has been less than 90 days…..Does this sound right?

  25. @Artemio - Congrats! Chase terrifc customer service.

    @ChadnNC – They are likely getting swamped with the applications for the card, so perhaps best to wait until the Small Business Promotion ends.

    @Donald – Chase has terrific customer service and matches you to the best offer, but I’d send a secure message to confirm as well.

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