Before I get to the point, I wanted to share something funny that just happened to me this morning. I was at the dentist office and the receptionist was asking me where I work. I told her about my website, and she was curious as to how I make money. I said I’m an affiliate for certain bank offers. She goes: “So, you turn a profit by enticing people to sign up for credit cards?” I told her it’s more than that but basically, yes.
She wasn’t being passive-aggressive or anything, and in fact, wrote down the name of my website. My filthy way of making money didn’t offend her one bit. If you think I’m politically incorrect, you should meet this lady. Talk about a straight shooter! My kind of person.
Anyway, as I’ve mentioned in my yesterday’s post, my plan was to apply for Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier credit card within the next few weeks. However, I changed my mind and pulled the trigger now. The reason? According to this post on Milevalue, the increased offer on Citi AAdvantage card (personal and business version) is supposed to end on February 29th (read about this bonus here). What in this world does it have to do with Southwest offer, you may ask?
For you, probably not much. The truth is, 50K mile bonus on AA co-branded card will most likely live on in some zombie form somewhere, as it always does. In fact, I just got an offer in the mail for this identical bonus which won’t expire for a whole month. Some even got an offer of 60K miles, so watch your mailbox or try to make a dummy flight booking on AA.com
Get it now! Commission ends soon!
So, why did I pull the trigger? As of Monday, it won’t pay me affiliate commission, and this is a consideration when I select offers. The “carrot” is enticing to me too. I actually planned on applying for AA offer at the end of March. The reason? My sister-in-law wants to go to Europe with us next year. Since she will be helping me take care of kids, I offered to cover her expenses.
Unfortunately, I’m 7,500 miles’ short of amount needed for 5 one-way economy tickets to Europe. I could transfer them from SPG 1:1, but would rather save my super duper valuable Starpoints. Plus, if I get extra 50K AAdvantage miles, my husband might get to fly in business class (a gal can dream!)
Since Southwest bonus is a priority for all the reasons I’ve mentioned in this post, I had to apply for it first. Unfortunately, it went to pending status. I’m not that surprised because I had a lot of recent credit card applications. At least, it wasn’t denial. I don’t plan on calling and recommend you sit tight as well, in case you are in the same spot. Recent data suggests that calling Chase will do more harm than good. Of course, I’m not talking about normal people, but crazy hobbyists such as myself.
On to Citi card app. Pending again… But this time, it actually said for me to call and verify some info, which I did. I was prepared to answer questions as to why I want this card, but they were never asked. The rep just wanted my cell phone number, verified some personal information and issued me credit of $9,500. She asked me if it’s sufficient and I said it was just what I was hoping for. Success!
So, it’s one out of two so far, which isn’t bad. While I would love to get more Southwest points, this is a speculative move on my part. AA miles, on the other hand, may come in handy in a few months. I really want to treat my husband to business class, so this will be my new challenge. I will get my unicorn, darn it!
Should you consider either of these cards?
It really depends. If you have specific need for AA miles, by all means, go for Citi AAdvantage offer. If you do it before Monday, please, consider supporting the blog. Hopefully, I made it enticing enough. Be aware, as of March 22nd, there will be chart devaluation for some routes. Not all, though, and some award tickets will actually become cheaper.
If I had to pick between Southwest and AAdvantage bonuses and could only suggest one to a regular family who mostly travels in lower 48 States and Caribbean, I would go with the first one, hands down. I really hope my app gets approved, I’d love me some more Rapid Rewards points. Pretty please, Chase!
As always, be careful not to take on too much minimum spending. I will have to invest some of our savings in various gift cards in order to hit the spend. For me, it’s worth it, but your situation might be totally different. Never follow others in this hobby (myself included), but do what works for you.
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.