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  1. In addition to the sign on bonus, I would also consider the ongoing benefits.

    I have the following cards:
    Chase Sapphire Preferred – combined with the Chase Freedom I can build up Ultimate Rewards points faster and transfer to other programs.

    Hyatt Signature – beyond the sing on bonus, the Platinum status (free internet) and a free night each year at a category 1-4 hotel more than offsets the annual fee

    Citi AAdvantage Bronze – the no annual fee AAdvantage card. I’m thinking of upgrading to the AAdvantage Platinum Select card, if I stay with AA

  2. You missed the current Ritz Carlton offer (70k points + $300 in airline credits with no annual fee the first year or an additional 70k points for paying the annual fee) and the nicely churnable Alaska cards from BOA. The offer codes for the Ritz Carlton card can be found in the Flyertalk thread.

  3. Aren’t there any cards out there that will also give me a break on luggage fee’s when we fly on Alaska Airlines? You have alerted me on how great it is to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Avios and then use to fly on Alaska (easy to redeem from San Diego to Hawaii, Monterey, SLC). Now that I have done that, I am paying lots for luggage (can’t figure out a way to carry on the man’s gold clubs).

    Thanks for all your great ideas.

  4. I am disappointed because I signed up for 3 rewards credit cards with Chase and then less that 2 weeks later the higher – special rewards were made 10K or 20 K more Bonus sign up points. I guess someone should not sign up and wait for the increased special offers are made.

  5. Babs, eek yeah that’s a tough one. I don’t know of any cards that would do that since that isn’t a perk of the Alaska card.
    John, I would reach out to Chase and see if that is something that can help you out with as they are pretty good in situations like you describe.

  6. Data point. Used your link to apply for the Club Carlson card 2-3 weeks ago. Got the pending message initially but was approved about 2 weeks later. Did not call. Applied for 2 cards in the past 3 months. Credit score is 750+.

  7. How many of these can be churned? Do you just simply cancel right before the first year is up, right before you have to pay the annual fee? I’m trying to decide whether or not to do just that with my Alaska card, or should I just apply for another one and get the companion pass on both?

    • Leah, yes to book AA operated flights with US Airways miles. No to being able to book AA operated flights for the Companion Pass.

  8. I had barclay US airway card last year, canceled early this year, do you think it is churnable? so I can get another round?

    • liang, if you decided you wanted the card again history says it might work. It also might not, but you wouldn’t be the first to have gotten rid of that card only to decide you want it again.

  9. Mommy, what is the best US Bank card to apply for? I already have the Club Carlson card. Any others you would recommend? Thanks.

  10. To anyone asking if you can get a card a second time that you had in the past, you are best served by reading the terms and conditions as they will give you a clue. Chase cards are increasingly saying 24 months. Amex Business cards often say 12 months. Amex Personal cards have started to say once ever on the sign-up bonus. Bank of America seem the most generous on welcoming back old customers.

    The banks get that your needs change over time so just check the terms and/or Flyertalk threads for examples.

  11. Thanks for the reply, MommyP! I already have the flex perks card (got that Olympics sign up bonus you blogged about in 2012). Any others you can refer me to?

  12. I MommyPoints,

    Just wondering how much longer you think the 85000 Club Carlson offer will be around? I know Chase will sometimes give a heads-up when their offers are ending. Do you know if Barclay’s does this? I know it’s been out there for a while, but I’d like to wait until the end of September to apply (when another inquiry drops off my credit report), since I know Barclay’s can be picky sometimes. Thanks for any info you might have. 🙂

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