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As I mentioned in a previous post a few weeks ago, I was disappointed that I was rejected on my application for a business credit card I thought would bypass 5/24 in my Chase “Just For You” section of my online account. I am happy to report that since then, I was approved for a different Chase credit card. It’s my first new credit card in 11 months!
While none of my “Just For You” offers had static interest rates in the fine print (that’s the sign the offer will bypass 5/24), one offer in my “Credit Cards” section did.
The Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card was one of my offers. The current offer (subject to change) is 40,000 miles after spending $2000 in the first three months. There is also a limited-time offer of an additional 25,000 miles after spending a total of $10,000 in the first six months. The annual fee is waived the first year. Perks of the card include priority boarding, free baggage for the card holder and a guest and two United Club passes per year.
While I really would have preferred to apply for the Chase Ink Business Preferred card due to the flexible points, I do have a use for United miles. I’m tentatively planning a family trip to Europe or Asia in the summer of 2021. Getting the card would set me back just one month on my 5/24 eligibility, which will be this summer.
I decided to apply, and I was approved instantly. Yay! I do plan to switch my monthly spending to this card to earn the extra 25k miles for a total of 65k bonus miles (75k with the spending included).
You Snooze, You Lose
My husband also had the same offer for the Chaes United MilagePlus Explorer Card. We were hemming and hawing about the decision for him to apply. Our first choice for him would have been one of the Southwest cards, since we still travel domestically a few times a year.
We thought about it for too long. The next time we looked, his offer was gone. Well, the card offer was there, but the static interest rate turned into a variable interest rate, which means he would not bypass 5/24 for the offer.
That’s ok. He will be out of 5/24 restrictions in just three months. Yippee!
Between Chase’s 5/24 limitations and Amex’s Pop-up boxes, this has been a very slow year for me with new credit card bonuses. I’m excited to be back to earning miles and points to help pay for my family’s travel.
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.