You might remember that I publicized my intent to take a break from applying for any new credit cards for a while. Frankly, I’m never going to be a person who has 75 or more credit cards in his wallet, or sock drawer, and you don’t have to be “that guy” to achieve some compelling benefits and mileage bonuses from the right kind of card(s). Since my February stand down, I have actually applied for three cards.
Delta Reserve Card – I covered this in its own post. This was purely an Medallion Qualification Mile (MQM) play for me. It is a near-requirement for the regular Delta flyer with its Sky Club access MQM boosts.
MileagePlus Explorer Card – United made a little more sense when I lived in DC, and now that I lead a Delta-centric life, I rarely fly them. That said, I still love MileagePlus. A couple months ago, I was signing into united.com to take a look at my MileagePlus balance, and found that I had been targeted for a 50,000 bonus mile offer after spending $2,000 in the first 2 months. I have a plan for our MileagePlus balances, and this was an ideal topoff for my account. I decided to bite. If you are in the market for a United card product, be sure to sign into your united.com account and see if you are targeted for something better than the standard offer.
Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard (affiliate link) – If you are redeeming for travel, this is a really nice product. With its 10 percent miles rebate for travel redemptions, you are effectively earning 2.2 miles per dollar spent. I have presented this card as a viable alternative to the various cruise line credit card products out there, and I thought it was time that I put my money where my words are. This is currently my go-to card for most spend, and is offering a 40,000 mile bonus after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.
There was a time when it seemed that big bonus opportunities were popping up all the time. Now, it seems that things have quietened down a bit, but there are still some good deals out there. Unless something really good pops up, I’m probably back into card application retirement for the time being. I am pretty happy with where I am with mileage balances at the moment, each of these cards offered specific benefits that made them perfect for my travel needs. The mileage bonuses with each of them were icing on the cake.
-MJ, October 8, 2013