Credit Card Updates: Lufthansa 50,000 Mile Card Ending, American Express Hilton, and Chase Freedom

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1.   Barclaycard Miles & More World Elite MasterCard – 50,000 Miles

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

You can get 2 roundtrip coach awards within the US on United or US Air, 1.5 roundtrip 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.

Lufthansa miles are also great for Swiss and Lufthansa First Class awards, but you’ll pay 85,000 miles for a 1-way award and $250 to $400 in taxes and fees.

2.   American Express Hilton – 50,000 Points

Thanks to a reader for sending me a link to a 50,000 point American Express Hilton card after spending $750 within 3 months.  This is better than the usual offer for 40,000 Hilton points and is valid until August 31, 2013.

Note that you can’t get the bonus on BOTH this card as well as the American Express Surpass card.  But American Express does sometimes give you an incentive to upgrade the regular no-fee Hilton card to the American Express Surpass card.

That said, I still prefer the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card to the American Express Surpass card because the Citi Hilton Reserve gets you Hilton’s Gold elite status (free breakfast and internet!) for as long as you have the card and also has no foreign transaction fees.

3.   Chase Freedom Bonus Categories

The 5X or 5% cash back category bonus on the Chase Freedom ends on June 30, 2013 for Restaurants, Movie Theaters, and Lowe’s.

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@Kalboz Yes, my comment to you was undeservedly harsh. Sorry….

I didn’t comment to brag. I would prefer not to mention all my apps here, even though I doubt the banks can trace my comments back to my accounts with them. I commented to counteract some of the bad advice going around, like Sam’s statement: “STAY AWAY IF YOU HAVE MANY INQUIRIES IN LAST 12 MONTHS”. That will discourage people from even trying to get a very good cc. I had to mention my own experience to disprove that.

IMHO: Apply for Barclays cards. If you get turned down once, don’t think that means you will never get one. Barclays is totally irrational in it’s approvals, and you may be turned down one time, and approved the next. Wait 3 or 4 months and try again. They have approved me for 3 cards, and denied my apps 3 times.

I don’t think hard inquiries count as much as everyone seems to think. Barclays is the only bank to ever deny one of my apps, and I have lots of inquiries. I think keeping your credit usage as low as possible is much more important. I don’t try to take advantage of the credit float. I consider all of my cards as charge cards, not credit cards. In fact, I don’t just pay off all of my cc bills each month, I pay all of my cc bills off early. Sometimes even before the charges get officially billed. And of course, the more cards you get, the lower your credit usage score will be anyway.

If you do get one Barclays card, put some regular spend on it. When I read about the LH card, I quickly started putting more spend on my Frontier card than the benefits of that card deserved, so that when I applied for the LH card Barclays would view me as a desirable client.

When you do a churn, make the Barclays app your first one of the day. I know they are supposed to only check with one little used credit agency, but I don’t think anyone knows for sure that they always limit themselves this way.

Put some at least a small amount of spend on all of your cards every month. And a more substantial amount on at least one card from every bank you have a card from. No telling who will issue the next “fabulous” card, and you want to be viewed by them as a good customer, not a churner.

Good Luck on your next churn….

@Robert Hanson, attaboy for getting the card on the first try! Your comment, however, does come off rather condescending and rude. I am trying to get others to understand that this is not an easy card to get, and MMS agreed with me. I too can brag about my A-O-R successes, the many cards/miles/points I hold, and my FICO score … but offering a realistic input here or elsewhere is more helpful to others in avoiding unnecessary hard credit inquiries.

The LH app is indeed still active, with 20K after first purchase. But the additional 30K after spending $5k in 3 months is gone. I’m glad we got ours last month. 😀

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@Kalboz – That’s correct about US bank, but the business card gives you the same bonus. In general, US Bank is tough to get approved from, but there are ways…

@Robert Hanson – That is nice to know, but I also get emails from readers on how they didn’t get the bonus on the Surpass card, so perhaps it is a ymmv situation.

Looks like the Lufthansa deal is still active, or at least the page is.

@sam – In response to points 2 and 3: TU was the only bureau pulled for me, and when I called reconsideration there was no additional hard pull. Not saying those two things don’t happen, but it’s not guaranteed.

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