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My Wife’s Application Spree Results – Round 2
I decided to go on another mini application spree for my wife since we have pretty much wrapped up the spend on her last application spree. I have been trying to hoard Delta miles, hub captive here, for an upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Brussels so that was one focus. My other objective was to beef up on my flexible points and cash like points position.
Capital One Venture Card
I have been trying to get this elusive beast for myself or my wife for a little while now. I had it once many years ago but she has never had it. The increased bonus of 50,000 points worth $500 would have been nice. We both currently have the Arrival+ so this was the next option. I was planning on using it for international award ticket taxes and fees or some on property charges for our family trip to the Florida Keys in February. Capital One still doesn’t like us and gave her the immediate denial.
Citibank ThankYou Premier Card
There are currently no public links for this card with a sign up bonus. My wife’s 24 month Citibank clock had just ended a few days earlier. I was able to find a link on Doctor of Credit’s page that had a 50,000 point offer after $4,000 in spend within the first three months. My plan was to use the points to book a non chain hotel in northern Michigan at 1.25 cents per point when going through their travel portal. If not that then I will probably transfer the points to Virgin Atlantic, which have been moving up the list of my favorite miles. She was instantly approved for the card with a $10,000 limit.
Gold Delta Skymiles Business Card by American Express
This one was strategically placed as the final application because American Express always seems to approve us. I currently have the card so I referred her (better than the current public offer) which got me a 10,000 Skymiles bonus too! The offer is for 50,000 miles after $2,000 in spend within the first 3 months. Then another 10,000 miles after $1,000 in additional spend over the first 6 months. The annual fee is waived the first year. She will also get a $50 statement credit with any Delta purchase, hello $3 Pringles!
Her application went into pending, which I found interesting since she only had 3 credit cards with American Express at the time. That put her under the maximum of 4 credit cards at one time (even though many are able to get 5 or 6). After a few days I checked the Amex application status page and she had been approved!
Not too bad overall. For this spree she is going to earn 110,000 points after $7,000 in spend worth at least $1300. Not a bad days work!
I would still love to be able to get the $500 bonus from Capital One but I may need to wait until we have an application cooling off period. It has been tough sledding with them since we both got Spark Cash cards about a year ago. The denials always say that we have too many recent applications/new accounts.
I was pretty confident she would get approved for the Amex Delta card since they seem to be the most lax of all of the banks right now. Probably because of the amount of business they have been losing lately.
Citibank was another one I felt good about since she hasn’t gotten anything from them in about a year. With their 24 month language they will be a one card per year bank for us. American Airlines card one year, Thank You card the next.
Have you done any recent application sprees? Let me know of your results in the comments section!
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