February App partay update. US Airways Barclays 40,000 card success.
I wanted to give y’all a quick update on my first credit card app fest of 2012.
I went pretty conservative on the apps this time around since I’ve already taken advantage of the best offers out there. I currently hold in my wallet the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Southwest, Priority Club, Starwood Preferred Guest, US Airways, and a few others. My wallet is fat!
Anywho, last night I applied for the New Ink Bold, Citi AA Business, and US Airways Barclays cards. I was going to do an Amex, but decided I was going to wait. Mainly because Amex, Citi, and Chase all pull Experian where I live. Bummer.
The Chase Ink Bold and Cita AA business cards are both still being processed. I am optimistic I’ll be getting approved for both of those in no time. I plan on calling the reconsideration numbers and working through those today. I will update you on those applications soon.
In the past, I have blogged about the possibilities of a true “churn” with the US Airways card. Well, it is churnable because I did it. CHURN success!
After playing US Airway’s Grand Slam last year, I applied for the US Airways 40,000 card in November. I received my 40,000 miles bonus in December. Because I was in the middle of an app partay in November, I received the US Airways PLATINUM (lower level) card with a credit limit of only $2,500. Not cool.
When I applied last night, I was not instantly approved. I didn’t think I would be because I’m still holding my US Airways card. However, when I called the reconsideration line, the rep couldn’t understand why I wasn’t instantly approved. He said, “your credit is great and I’m going to approve you for this card.” He didn’t one time mention that I’m already holding the US Airways card which shocked me. I was prepped and ready to answer his questions but they never came. Churn success complete.
I was approved for the US Airways PREMIER (higher level) card with a credit limit of $7,500. I guess this is technically a different version of the same card, but Barclays may view these as different cards because they have different credit requirements and limits. There are still many people getting two PREMIER cards.
If you applied and received the lower level US Airways PLATINUM card and your credit has bounced back, I would suggest thinking about adding this app to your next churn party. Of course, YMMV.
Sum it UP…
As always, only apply for cards if your credit is in good enough condition to handle the hard inquiry.
I love this card because:
- 40,000 miles on first swipe
- US Airways is in the Star Alliance
- Barclays pull Transunion in my area
- Free lounge pass
- 10,000 bonus miles every anniversary
- Adding 40,000 (now 80,000) to my Grand Slam earnings is HUGE.
You can read my full review of the US Airways 40,000 card in my previous post.
I’m very happy so far with my 2012 churn results and I’m hoping to have more positive info to blog about soon.
— Noob Master