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Let's crowd source things that have counted towards travel redemptions that are not so obvious

Successful
  • NS Hispeed Train Tickets (nshispeed.com)
  • Capitaine Train Tickets (capitaine.com)
  • Eurostar Train Tickets (eurostar.com)
  • DB Bahn Trains Germany (bahn.de)
  • Super Shuttle (mixed, worked in SF when (billed SUPERSHUTTLE EXECUCARS), worked in Boston (SUPERSHUTTLE BOSTON), failed in LA (SUPERSHUTTLE)
  • rail europe on travelocity
  • New York City MTA Subway Cards
  • Boston MBTA Charlie Card reload & Commuter Rail passes & tickets
  • San Francisco Clipper Card public transit (autoload from website)
  • Norwegian Cruise Line purchase made from telephone order from vacationstogo.com
  • rail JR Rail in Japan, load as tourist attraction, call in to get it credit (Post#938)
  • Alaska Airlines checked baggage fee $25 charge
  • Southwest Early Bird Check-in (billed separately from airfare charges)
  • cheaptickets.com hotel
  • Amtrak train ticket >$25 (ALB-NYP)
  • Amtrak train ticket >$25 (unknown destinations)
  • Buying Lifemiles from Avianca
  • Primetime Shuttle (Worked from LAX-SNA)
  • Orbitz.com purchase
  • Priceline
  • Las Vegas Show Booked through hotel
  • Hotels.com
  • WMATA (Washington DC Metro) Weekly pass

Successful - Plus Only
  • Uber
  • NYC Taxi
  • Empire State Building tickets
  • SF Taxi (coded as "YELLOW CARD SERVICES I")

Unsuccessful (please mention the amount redeemed - important as anything under $25 cannot be reimbursed)

  • Amtrak (possibly due <$25 charge)
  • IHG points and cash hotel redemption
  • www.b-europe.com (SNCB rail)
  • Description: ZERVE *CA WHALES Merchant Category: THEATRICAL PRODUCERS (EXCEPT MOTION PICTURES), TICKET AGENCIES...Tickets to whale watching tour purchased over the phone.
  • Car2go
  • Hostelbookers.com deposit (maybe the charge which is >$25 will count?)
  • Thello train (France-Italy night train, codes as rail-freight)
  • Trenitalia (both online and in stations, posts as rail-freight)
  • Brazil airline GOL booked online codes as DIRECT MARKETING/DIRECT MARKETERS--NOT ELESWH ..
  • Blue Water Rafting. Merchant category "Recreation Services -- Not elsewhere classified"
  • Parking at IAH (Houston Intercontinental - on airport) -$76 (PARKING LOTS AND GARAGES)
  • Parking at SNA (John Wayne Airport)
  • Skyjump at Stratosphere Hotel LV $150 (01/14) - not charged by hotel.
  • Gotobus.com Long Distance Buses, ~$100
  • Global Entry

Don't forget travel purchase needs to be > $25 charge for 2,500 mile redemption
Partial redemptions are possible - however you cannot redeem against that charge again. So if you have a $500 charge and you spend 40K points against it, you cannot redeem 10K points for the remaining $100 of that charge.
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Barclays Arrival/Arrival Cards (1.1%/2.2% travel credits)

Old Sep 4, 13, 4:31 pm
  #241  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
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@ romsdeals I was actually able to get 2 Barclay's cards within 4 months. It's a very unusual bank, no pattern IMO But I guess better safe, than sorry. The problem is, you risk the bonus being reduced, if you wait.
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Old Sep 4, 13, 5:12 pm
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FYI. My app kept generating the "We apologize for the inconvenience, but our website is experiencing technical issues" error in 2 different browsers. I called and they said they could only take an application over the phone for a 20k points offer. I declined. I eventually realized that I had a comma in the number in the income field and when I removed it the app went through fine.
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Old Sep 4, 13, 5:24 pm
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2/4/13 - US Air - Auto approved.
4/8/13 - Arrival - Approved after a few days without calling .
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Old Sep 6, 13, 3:10 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Diego
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My wife applied two weeks ago and received a 'pending' status. Received a snail mail asking her to call. Phone call to Barclay's took two minutes and after answering basic questions (that were all answered on the app), she was approved.
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Old Sep 6, 13, 4:53 pm
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met spending easily with AP + some regular spending.
Easy card to get and meet spending. now to figure out how to spend the miles..
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Old Sep 9, 13, 11:02 am
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is the 40k sign up offer on this one the best available? (with the $89 annual fee)
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Old Sep 11, 13, 6:50 am
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Join Date: May 2000
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I have been trying to apply using the link in the 1st post for 2 days and no luck getting it to go through. When I hit submit the processing application pop up appears for about 1 second then it goes back to the application. It is as if there are errors on the application but everything is filled in.

I tried the check application status and it says no record of the application.

Hopefully I have not applied about 8 times over 2 days.

Has anyone else had this issue?
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Old Sep 11, 13, 7:24 am
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Join Date: Apr 2013
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Originally Posted by mileshound View Post
I have been trying to apply using the link in the 1st post for 2 days and no luck getting it to go through. When I hit submit the processing application pop up appears for about 1 second then it goes back to the application. It is as if there are errors on the application but everything is filled in.

I tried the check application status and it says no record of the application.

Hopefully I have not applied about 8 times over 2 days.

Has anyone else had this issue?
I would give Barclay's a call and provide your SSN. I had this issue with their US Air card recently. Apparently, it did go through the first time. After that, I was just flooding their computer with multiple applications.
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Old Sep 11, 13, 8:11 am
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They say they have no applications.
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Old Sep 11, 13, 9:05 am
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Originally Posted by pinguy View Post
My wife applied two weeks ago and received a 'pending' status. Received a snail mail asking her to call. Phone call to Barclay's took two minutes and after answering basic questions (that were all answered on the app), she was approved.
They grilled my wife. Sounded more like a witch hunt. Glad my wife kept her cool.
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Old Sep 12, 13, 2:52 pm
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My wife got the "pending further review" on her app for arrival card also. Finally got acceptance email after 15 days. With Barclays, we've never had any luck with recon so choose to wait it out. As a data point, my wife and I both applied for this card six months after receiving our respective u.s.airways cards. Very similar credit profiles. She was approved. I was denied. Only difference was she used her U.S air card for 3 month spend promotion and mine was never used after receiving bonus. Apparently very important to USE EXISTING BARCLAYS CARD IF YOU HOPE TO GET ANOTHER.
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Old Sep 12, 13, 3:27 pm
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Join Date: Jul 2003
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I checked the online status link and it looks like I have been denied..
I will be calling tomorrow morning..
I have US Air since Feb. and my husband has it too.
I also have 2 other Barclay cards.. Choice Privileges and Princess.
Any strategy for getting this card?
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Old Sep 12, 13, 7:27 pm
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Join Date: Jun 2012
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Wife applied 8/27, received denial letter 9/2. Our online status said we were denied within hours of applying. Called reconsideration line today (a whole 9 days later) and received approval, albeit with a paltry credit line.

The only number in the denial letter is the same one mentioned earlier: 866-408-4064. Hours are 8 AM through 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
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Old Sep 13, 13, 6:56 am
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Does anybody remember when the bonus 40K points post ? Right after you meet the spending or after the statement closes for the cycle in which you meet the spending requirement ? Thanks.
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Old Sep 13, 13, 7:01 am
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My points posted the same day, I met 1000 dollar requirement.
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