News You Can Use – Barclaycard NFL $400 Cash Back & 20,000 Points Virgin America, Citi American Airlines 50,000 Miles + $150 Statement Credit, 70,000 Point Marriott, & Accor Platinum Status

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News You Can Use – Barclaycard NFL $400 Cash Back & 20,000 Points Virgin America, Citi American Airlines 50,000 Miles + $150 Statement Credit, 70,000 Point Marriott, & Accor Platinum Status

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Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

1.   $400 Cash Back Barclaycard NFL Card.   Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader dhammer53 for tweeting me a link to Fat Wallet which discusses a $400 Cash Back Barclaycard NFL card after spending $2,500 within 3 months.

A Fat Wallet member also posted links to get the $400 statement credit after spending $1,000 within 3 months, but it is unclear if Barclaycard (unlike the other banks) will honor an expired offer/link.  I didn’t see any mention of an offer expiry date in the links for spending $1,000 within 3 months.

We do know that Barclaycard currently honors the US Air card targeted to Chairman’s Preferred members even if you’re not a Chairman’s Preferred member.

The card doesn’t have an annual fee and you can redeem 40,000 points for $400 in statement credits.  However, only  transactions above $25 qualify for statement credits.

Barclaycard usually uses the TransUnion credit bureau, so is often a good choice for folks who have lots of credit inquires with Experian and Equifax because of many credit card applications from Chase, American Express, and Bank of America.

You earn 2X points for NFL purchases, but 1 points for everything else, so this isn’t as good as other cash back cards which offer 2% to 3%, but the $400 sign-up bonus could be useful for unrestricted airfare, hotels, car rentals etc.

If you do apply for a Barclaycard, you *may* be able to get approved for a 2nd & 3rd Barclaycard (different card such as Virgin America, Frontier, etc.).  See this post by Rapid Travel Chai for more information.

2.   Barclaycard Virgin America 20,000 Points.   Million Mile Secrets reader Pat (thanks!) emailed me with a link to a Barclaycard Virgin America link for 20,000 points after your 1st purchase.  This is better than my affiliate link for 10,000 points, so I updated the link in the Airline Credit Card tab to the better offer.

However, the $49 annual fee is not waived for the 1st year and the offer ends on Monday, February 4, 2013.

3.   Citi American Airlines 50,000 Points + $150 Statement Credit.   A few days ago, Flyer Talk member pianistat found working links to a better American Airlines Visa and AMEX offer for 50,000 miles AND a $150 statement credit after any eligible American Airlines purchase AND 2 lounge passes.  I updated the link in the Airline Credit Card tab to the better offer.

This is better than the previous offer which also earned 50,000 bonus miles (and much better than my affiliate link for only 30,000 miles), but didn’t have the $150 statement credit.  Usually any purchases directly from American Airlines (such as a drink or baggage fee or buying a gift card from American Airlines) will trigger the statement credit.

I updated the links on the blog to go to this better offer.  Note that the landing page has expired, but the offer has worked and continues to work and is perhaps the best sign-up bonus available today!

If you do apply for 1 Visa and 1 AMEX at the same time, don’t call to get approved since calling in seems to trigger denials.  Some readers are still getting approved for both at the same time, and I’m trying to find out the secret!

Please email me (or comment) if you recently applied for 2 Citi cards and were denied for the second one.

4.   70,000 Point Marriott.   Million Mile Secrets reader (Wes!) forwarded an email from Marriott with a link to a 70,000 point Marriott Premier offer after spending $1,000 within 3 months. This is better than the regular offer for 50,000 points or the offer for 50,000 points and a $75 statement credit, which I wrote about previously.

Note that the link doesn’t have the 70,000 points mentioned in the application page, but should almost certainly work (like previous offers).

Marriott 70,000-001

That said, this isn’t my link, so your miles may vary.  The offer ends on February 28, 2013.  As always, I updated the Hotel Credit Card tab with the link.

5.   Instant Accor Platinum Status.  View from the Wing posts about an offer for instant Accor Hotel Platinum status.  Accor platinum status isn’t great, but as Gary points out you can ask Best Western and Club Carlson to match your status.

In my experience 1 year ago, both Best Western and Club Carlson didn’t ask to see proof of actually staying in the hotel – they just wanted proof of my existing elite status.  But readers have been emailing that Hyatt sometimes asks for proof of staying in the hotel, but your miles may vary.

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Bigtime Packers fan here – I want this NFL Barclays Credit Card – but at 40,000 points, not 10,000 points. Is there any way to get an exception or find a hidden link or something? 10,000 points for $500 spend is a joke, a waste of time. I just can’t bring myself to screwing around with it when there are so many other lucrative offers out there.

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@Milwaukee Nick – I’d wait until the offer is higher.

Will the NFL 400 card be returning?

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@Greg – I’ve never had a Marriott card, but folks say that you can’t get the bonus for a 2nd time.

@Art – I’d guess that it should, but I have no inside information.

I noticed that the T&C of the Marriott card says that you can only get the card once to get the 50k points — have you tried this on other occasions to see if you can get the 50k more than one time?

Here’s some recent feedback regarding trying to get multiple personal Citi AA cards. On 3/10/13, I applied for the Citi AA Platinum Visa (50K bonus) and the Citi Gold Mastercard (30K bonus)–I did not read your post carefully regarding the recommendation to apply for the second card a few days later (dunno if this matters). I was immediately approved for the Platinum Visa, but not for the Gold Mastercard. A week later, I received a letter stating that I was denied the Gold Mastercard for too many credit applications. I wrote a nice letter to the Citi Executive reconsideration department stating I needed to keep expenses separate, I had 8 years of banking with Citi with a Citigold account, etc. I was called by the department today and told they were still denying the Citi Gold Mastercard application for the same reason. Interestingly, they recommended waiting 60 days to re-apply.

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@blueflower – You can’t get both the cards again, so you’d have to pick 1 50K card. Also it is 18+ months so 18 months may or may not work. Good luck!

@Li – Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Citi no longer approves 2 application on the same day, so waiting a few days for the Gold card usually helps. I’d try again in 65 days and hopefully you should get it then!

I had applied for 2 citi AA cards last year (2browser trick) and earned 100k. I closed the Citi Select Amex a few months ago but I still have the Citi Platinum Select AA visa card. It will be 18 months by the end of april. I want to apply for the card again. I guess I can go ahead an apply for the amex as I have closed the old one. but how abt if i want to apply for the visa too. Do i have to cancel my existing visa? Also applying as soon as i hit 18 months sound ok? I am LONG overdue to do another churn and I can’t wait any longer 🙂

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