Two Credit Card Offers You Shouldn’t Ignore + Giveaway!

Last year was an amazing year for credit cards and so far, 2017 is starting out with a punch. Currently, there are two offers I would not ignore if you are looking to pick up a new credit card – or two.  The Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card is currently offering 50,000 miles, and is available to everyone.  After meeting the $3,000 spend, you get 50,000 miles which is enough for 2 round trip coach saver award tickets in the U.S. or Canada.  They can be redeemed for first class travel in the U.S. or Canada.  United has a handy chart here, to see what’s possible with your miles. Check it out.

The second card I wouldn’t ignore is the Citibank AAdvantage Mastercard, which also nets you 50,000 miles, to use on American Airlines, or its partners. Although American Airlines recently devalued its miles, I still think you can get some pretty good deals to Europe and even South America, on partners such as Air Berlin, and LAN.  They are also great to use with British Airways on short haul flights, or intra-Europe.  With stellar service on both carriers, you will have no problem traveling smoothly.  The other aspect of this offer, is Citibank cards are relatively easy to get, and you can receive the bonus more than once, so racking up tons of AAdvantage miles will be no problem.

Both cards come with a ton of perks, such as free baggage allowance, anniversary miles, priority boarding, and no annual fee the first year. Both offers wont last, and I suspect will go away soon, so I would get them now.  Of course, keep in mind with Chase, the infamous 5/24 rule applies, which means if you have applied for more than 5 credit cards, from any bank, within the past 24 months, the likelihood of approval is zero. If you haven’t, then you’ll be lucky enough to score this card. Just make sure you have a travel goal in mind, so you can use these miles, or you can just bank them for future travels on United and its partners.

I actually applied for both of these cards last year, and was approved. The Chase United MileagePlus card came with two United Club passes, which I won’t be using this year, so I’d like to give you a chance to take ’em off my hands! Please comment on how best you would use these miles, and I’ll pick someone randomly. I’ll announce a winner at the end of the week. The Hogan A319 model is not included, in case you were wondering. Happy Travels!

 

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Why the Citibank 100,000 Miles offer makes sense!!

The universe is ringing like crazy over the chatter of the offer for the Citibank 100,000 miles + 200 statement credit card offer!  So big, the NSA can’t even keep up with the chatter.  Let me tell you why this offer should NOT go unnoticed.  Here is the reason why: because it’s awesome!! That’s all that needs to be said. 100,000 miles is enough for 4 round-trip domestic tickets, which alone could cost you way over $250 easily!  This is also enough for a round trip ticket to Europe, Asia, and even Australia!  Granted, there are fees associated with this card, but here’s my breakdown on the costs.  There is an annual fee of $450 which is non-negotiable. You have to pay this, and usually they charge this upfront, or sometimes at your anniversary date of getting the card.  Okay.., no problem.  Take notice, you get a $200 statement credit, so that brings the cost down to $250 for 100,000 points!! That’s an awesome deal.  If you were to purchase 100,000 points, it would cost you way over $1000, so I don’t need to give you an economics lesson here.

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Okay, so you are asking how the hell am I going to put 10,000 spend on the card within 3 months??  IF you use this card for your everyday purchases, you could possibly do this.  You will have to get creative and figure out the best way, as I can’t possibly note here every way to put spend on a card.  You must learn young grasshopper how to manage your finances, then surely you will be rewarded.  I think I heard that in a Bruce Lee movie once, but don’t quote me on it.  There is a quick way to do this, with minimal costs.  You could do Amazon Payments, which will give you $1,000 spend. Then you could also do US Bank VisaBuxx, as that will give you $2,000 spend (with a $10 fee).  You’re up to $3,000 already x 3 mths  = $9,000.  You are $1,000 short of the target spend, which I am pretty sure gas, utilities, the cable bill, and Billy’s softball mitt, and Sally’s girl scout uniform, and those morning lattes, should cover it to $1,000. Oh, and don’t forget food, and gas for the Volvo!  Voila! You just scored 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles + $200 statement credit, for a mere $280!!  Here is the link below, in case you missed it above. Happy Travels.

Citi Executive℠ / AAdvantage® World Elite™ MasterCard®

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