I applied for a few credit cards since my last credit card application round in December and wanted to share my results.  The first card I actually applied for a couple of months ago and the remaining two cards I just applied for this week.

Following are the cards I applied for and my results:

1) AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard

Sign Up Bonus: 50,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 in 3 months.  Annual fee waived the first year.

Results:  Pending then approved.

Strategy:  I applied for a personal AA card in late December when a link without the 24 month language appeared and was approved automatically.  Weeks later, the link was still around or reappeared so I applied for a second card just to see if I could earn another 50,000 sign up bonus.  I received a message to call in for more information.  I was super busy and never called but eventually was approved anyway.

2) Alaska Airlines Visa Signature 

Results:  Pending then denied. I checked my application status online so I know my application was denied but I am still waiting for the letter with the reason.

Strategy:   I used to apply and be approved for a new Alaska Airlines Visa Signature every 3-4 months but lately Bank of America has been making it more difficult to be approved for this card.  I recently cancelled my last open Alaska credit card and reapplied a few days later.  Depending on the reason for the denial, I may call the reconsideration line or just reapply again in a few months.

3) Barclaycard CashForward MasterCard 

Sign Up Bonus:  $200 after spending $1,000 in 3 months.  No annual fee.

Results:  Instantly approved.

Strategy:  This card has not been on my radar but when I read about the increased bonus I thought I could make an easy $200 dollars. I wanted to try to apply for another Alaska Airlines personal card so I decided to add this application on the same day.

Final Tally

This was a fairly small application round for me.  I will earn 50,000 miles and $200 with no annual fees.  My minimum spending requirements are small so I won’t need to do too much manufactured spending (mostly Plastiq).

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