Credit Card Updates: American Express Delta 70,000 Miles, Chase Southwest 50,000 Points, Barclays Virgin America 20,000 Points, Bank of America Virgin Atlantic 50,000 Miles, & American Express Hilton 50,000 Points

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Credit Card Updates:  American Express Delta 70,000 Miles, Chase Southwest 50,000 Points, Barclays Virgin America 20,000 Points, Bank of America Virgin Atlantic 50,000 Miles, & American Express Hilton 50,000 Points

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1.   American Express Delta 70,000 Miles.   Online Travel Review shares an easier way to get the Delta 70,000 mile offer.

As I wrote yesterday, some readers have had issues with getting matched to targeted American Express offers even when there has been a working landing page – for example, the American Express Hilton card with 50,000 points (instead of the regular 40,000 points), so your miles can vary.

Some of you will feel uncomfortable with changing the URL to this offer, while some won’t.  As always, do what you feel comfortable with.

I’ll be sitting this out because I feel uncomfortable with changing the URL to get the better offer.  However, I wouldn’t mind applying if I could get the 70,000 mile offer to show up while searching for a ticket.

2.   Chase Southwest.  The Chase Southwest Plus and Premier cards now offer only a 25,000 point sign-up bonus instead of 50,000 points.  I’ve updated the links on the Airline Credit Card tab to the lower offer.

However, the 50,000 point offer has run ~4 times last year and every few months in 2012, so I fully expect it to be back soon.

The Southwest Companion pass is my favorite airline perk, and Emily and I have used our Companion Pass more than we intended to this year!

3.   Barclay’s Virgin America.   The 20,000 point offer on the Barclays Virgin America credit card has been extended indefinitely.  20,000 Virgin America points should get you ~$350 to $450 worth of tickets on Virgin America.

I’m not applying for the card because Virgin America doesn’t fly to Kansas City and because I’d rather save my Barclays application for their US Air credit card.  But the card could be useful for some folks who don’t have many Barclays’ inquiries and fly (or want to fly) on Virgin America.

4.   Bank of America Virgin Atlantic.   Readers have commented that the link to the 50,000 mile offer for the Virgin Atlantic card no longer works.  I like this card because you may be able to get it more than once and because you can transfer Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton hotels at a 1:2 ratio.

The link to the 50,000 mile offer usually dies every 2 or 3 months, but I get an updated link via a marketing email from Virgin Atlantic.  However, I still haven’t got one as yet!

I’ll give it another week before updating the link to the lower 25,000 mile offer.  Please comment or email if you know of a link to the 50,000 mile offer!

5.   American Express Hilton 50,000 points.  A reader emailed me a link to an American Express Hilton credit card which offered 50,000 points (expiring in October) instead of the regular 40,000 points. I like this card because it is a fee free card from American Express so you can keep it for a long time. It also gets you access to discounted AXON awards from Hilton, which is great when paired with the free Gold status from the Citi Hilton Reserve card.

But I can’t find that email and the link!  If you’re reading this, could you please send me the link again?  I don’t like posting links to lower offers when I know of a higher offer.

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Hello, just curious to see if I can apply for the Virgin America Credit card with an annual fee despite having a no annual fee VA card already?

I applied for this no annual fee card when the other one wasn’t available but I would love to get the perks of the annual fee one. I can close my current credit card account, before applying for the annual fee one, if that helps? Any info is much appreciated.

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@Daniel – You may be able to get approved for it especially since you can call the reconsideration line and justify why you want the 2nd card.

Any news on the Virgin Atlantic BofA card? Or the Amex Card? I am planning a trip to Africa and I need those bonuses!! Please let us know. Thank you!

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@Talimee – No update on the BOA Virgin Atlantic card. I don’t think it is coming back soon.

Thanks Darius.

I have both Plus cards for Personal and Business ($69).

What it be advisable to open the Premier Personal and Business in Nov./Dec. and qualify for the bonus in January 2013 which would then make the pass good for all of 2013 an 2014? I would of course open a separate Rapid Reward Number.

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@Michael – Only you can decide what to do, but waiting until 2013 could mean a Companion Pass for 2 years. Or you could not get approved or the points may not count.

Hi Darius,

I have just under the 110k points needed for the companion pass. If i wait until January to apply for the pass will it be usable for all of 2013 and 2014?

Thanks!

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@Michael – If you wait until January you will have to earn 110K points before December 2013. If you earn the remaining points in 2012, your companion pass will be valid until the end of 2013.

Thanks Daraius!!!

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