Credit Cards Update, Chase Churning, Breaking



Well, first off, I have reorganized and fully updated all my credit card links in these two sections:

Best Credit Cards for Free Flights

Best Credit Cards for Free Stays

I’d like to thank everyone who sent me suggestions and critique. I agree these sections were kind of disorganized. Please take a look and tell me if you think it’s gotten better and more user-friendly.

Great News!

There are two. The very best news is the return of the Chase United Mileage Plus 55,000-mile Offer. First it died, then it was available with a trick, then another trick, then all tricks died too, and now it’s back. No tricks.

Another great news is that Chase changed the language of their credit card T&C. Not that it’s been a complete surprise: we’ve long suspected that it took Chase on average two years to forget you and give you another bonus, but it was never official. Well, now it is and with a twist, too.

This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this consumer credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this consumer credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months.

What exactly does it mean? It might mean two things. First, you must have your card closed if you want the bonus again. And second, it doesn’t matter when you have closed the card, as long as you received the sign-in bonus at least 24 months ago. Do you keep your records? You might regret if you don’t.

From what I can tell, the new language applies to all Chase credit cards awarding miles and points, such as United, Marriott, Sapphire and British Airways, but not Fairmont or Hyatt. That sucks actually, because I am going to close my Fairmont card due to the upcoming annual fee. I love Fairmont hotels and the perks of the Premier status, but come on, those insane rates, resort fees and mandatory gratuities take their toll. When it’s too much even with the third night free and food credits, you are kind of forced to make hard choices.

Did I Break the United Website?

I have been playing with the United website trying to trigger the business credit card 50K bonus, too. And I finally got not only that, but also:

Free United Club Personal Page (no $395 Annual Fee) and

Free United Club Business Page (no $395 Annual Fee either).

But then I got this:

not available

WTF? And no, it is not working in IE either.

I still can’t get to the credit card page. I have to say it’s kind of creepy. Did I break their site? Was it their way of telling me to stay away? Yeah, yeah, don’t worry, I do know how it sounds…

Anyway, if you want to try to replicate this, there is an easy way and a hard way. Here is the easy way. Log on to your account and paste one of these links.

Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card 50,000-Mile Offer

Chase United MileagePlus Club Business Card No AF Offer

Chase United MileagePlus Club Card No AF Offer

If the easy way doesn’t work, you might try the following. After getting to the credit card page look at the two links on the lower right side. It doesn’t matter if the regular page shows you $395 for the Club card or 30,000 miles for the MileagePlus. Just toggle between these two links, and the right screen will come up. Well, hopefully… I did it for both my and my wife’s accounts, so there is no harm to see if it works for you.

Or is it? 🙂

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