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A few weeks ago, my husband broke free from being under Chase’s 5/24 rule. Our handy online tool from Travel Freely reminded us that he is free to apply for a new Chase credit card without being rejected for the 5/24 rule.
We’ve dreamed about this day and the joy of applying for a new Chase card to get the miles/points for more free travel. Admittedly, because of the current pandemic circumstances, our joy was seriously tempered. However, we know that we will fly again someday, so we decided to seize the moment.
Choosing the Card
We had a somewhat difficult time choosing the credit card. Why? Because most or all of our travel plans for the upcoming months are being canceled or postponed. We will have some airline credits and miles refunded for trips we’re not taking. Our plans for next summer might need to be pushed another year since our plans for this summer will be rescheduled for next summer. What a mess.
However, we decided to have him apply for the Chase United Explorer MileagePlus card. It currently has a bonus of 60,000 miles after spending $3000 in the first three months. The annual fee of $95 is waived the first year. This offer expires today! (Note: a few other Chase offers are set to expire today, including the Chase IHG 140k offer and the Chase United Business 100k offer).
I chose this card because we could use the miles to fly to Europe. We’d like to travel to Paris and the Swiss Alps, and United generally has good award availability.
Also, the card’s spending amount to trigger the sign-up bonus is relatively low. With the quarantine in place and our upcoming travel postponed, we don’t have a ton of expenses to charge on a new credit card.
He was instantly approved for the card!
Why Our Vacation Planning Hasn’t Stopped
With all that’s going on the world right now, some people might wonder why we’re even thinking about credit card miles and vacations right now. I’ll tell you why: My family needs some normalcy and hope.
Family vacations are such a huge part of our life. It’s hard to let it go. With all the stress of worrying about the health of loved ones, I need a small piece of my pre-pandemic life to focus on. Miles and points and trip planning are providing me with an outlet right now.
Readers, are you still working on miles, points and trip planning during this pandemic?
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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.