Old Jul 22, 13, 6:56 am
  #1247  
Tiki
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Programs: AA, UA, SQ, VA, QF, AF, BA
Posts: 2,770
I'm due for another AOR next week or maybe by Friday. I want to leave 6 months since the last one to hopefully get more instant approvals.

Last AOR in Jan 2013 I got:
Chase United - approved on recon an hour later
SPG Amex - instant approval
Citi AA Amex - approved after a few days
US Bank Club Carlson - instant approval

Denied: Citi AA Visa (tried 2BM in Jan) and Barclay's Wyndham Visa 30k - claimed I have sufficient credit with them and they could see all my other apps.

This AOR I want in order of importance:

Chase Ink Bold or Plus
Chase Freedom (for 5x)
Amex PRG 25k unless something better comes along. I need MR for Flying Blue.
Citi Visa or MC, probably the 35k with $1500 spend as I can't manufacture spend easily.
Barclays Arrival


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Total cards I have:

Chase - Priority Club, CSP Visa, BA, United. Plenty of credit to spare, willing to close BA Visa to gain Ink card.
Citi - AA Amex
Barclays - USDM. Had BW from Grand Slam days, cancelled it because last denial with Barclays was "sufficient credit exists".
Amex - SPG
B of A - regular Visa since over 25 years ago.
US Bank - LifeMiles Visa, Club Carlson Visa.

Special requirements: US Expat lives in Australia, non US spouse so can't do most manufactured spending. I can pre-pay regular bills like electricity, internet, phone, etc and will have some natural expenses with upcoming travel and shopping in the USA. I prefer to keep minimum spends down.

I prefer to avoid high fees so that lets out Amex Plt or Mercedes Benz card.

Goals: Maximize Ultimate Rewards for United & Avios; need about 50k AAdvantage & 35K Flying Blue for specific award. Barclays Arrival would go towards cruise.

Any advice? This is probably my last AOR as family situation in USA is getting complicated.
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