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Not too long ago, I’ve met the minimum spending requirements on my husband’s Capital One Venture X card. It actually happened way ahead of schedule thanks to all the expenses we had due to upcoming trip to Europe.
Anyway, it was time to pick my new victims, aka credit cards. That’s actually tougher than it sounds. We are either not eligible for some products, or meeting minimum spending is harder than I would like it to be. I’ve said many times that I prefer to keep things simple, so I don’t mess with manufactured spending or any other sketchy methods. So it basically comes down to organic spending or Plastiq.com
Applying for Alaska Air Visa credit card
As a general rule, Alaska miles are considered to be the most valuable currency in the hobby. In theory I agree, except it hasn’t been the case for me so far. But you never know, and there are no worthless miles as far as I’m concerned.
Since I had this card four years ago, I knew there was an excellent chance I could get the sign-up bonus again. There is never a guarantee, of course, but many things in this hobby require a leap of faith. Since the bonus is currently 60k miles after spending $3k in 90 days, I figured now is as good a time as any to apply. Approved! Application link (does not pay us commission).
One of the reasons I’ve decided to go for it is the recently announced partnership between Alaska Air and Air Tahiti Nui. Supposedly, Mileage Plan members should be able to redeem Alaska miles towards flights to Tahiti in a near future.
As some of you may know, my husband and I are planning to go on a Tahiti cruise next year, barring unforeseen occurrence (like poverty). So, these miles may come in handy. And even if we don’t end up going, I’ll use them somewhere eventually.
I really hope we do go back!
Applying for Chase United Explorer card
It’s been over 24 months since my husband got the sign-up bonus on Chase United Explorer card (our affiliate link). Even though he is over 5/24, there have been reports of some people getting approved for this product regardless. Out of all mileage currencies, United miles are probably the most useful (to me).
This program is not a good fit if you are looking to fly upfront, but for complicated Europe itineraries, it’s tough to beat. For example, I was able to book flights from Tampa to tiny Tivat airport in Montenegro for 33k miles per person. No fuel surcharges, just $22 in taxes. That’s an incredible deal.
And of course, nothing beats booking last-minute tickets from US to Belarus for my parents before the border was shut due to Covid pandemic. I literally used United miles on the very last flight to Minsk.
My dad is smiling because he didn’t have to live in Frankfurt airport for many months
Anyway, we applied, and it went to pending. I figured it would mean an eventual rejection. But! It’s been three weeks and no letter, nothing. When I call the automated line, it says the application is still being reviewed. My husband absolutely refuses to call Chase and check on it. So, we wait.
I would love to find out soon because then I would go ahead and apply for another card before our trip to Europe. We will be spending a lot of money regardless, and it would be the perfect opportunity to take advantage of new bonuses. I’ve said many times that sign-up offers is how you get ahead in this game if you are lazy like me.
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Leana is the 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.