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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 Nov 3, 2013, 4:24 pm
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Originally Posted by ambivalent
Is this really a nice card to get when you're starting to apply for cards or is it better to go for points like Citi AA or United Explorer? $400 off flights isn't the same as like 50k points but it's more immediate usage with travel purchase
I wondered the same thing even after I had mine in my wallet. But three months later - I like the card. I have used it for taxi's, car service, wifi on airplanes, and drinks at a hotel bar (where I wasn't staying). Got all that money back from Barclays.
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Old Nov 3, 2013, 6:09 pm
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So this card is good for vacation rentals too ? small private business owners?
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Old Nov 3, 2013, 6:31 pm
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Originally Posted by duranza
So this card is good for vacation rentals too ? small private business owners?
Depends. The merchant must be coded as being in the travel industry.
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Old Nov 4, 2013, 6:50 am
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What do you think about me applying for this card right now? In Dec? I know I should wait 5-6 mo from Sep, but I am feeling impatient after cooling my jets since Sept! :-)

Here's my inquiry history (all cards still open); I probably am at about 750 or so:

- 3/13 USAir approved [my 1st toe-dip into this world of bonus cards]
- 6/13-9/13 8 Citi, Chase, & Amex approved
- 9/13 USAir approved
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Old Nov 4, 2013, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by kitkatft
What do you think about me applying for this card right now? In Dec? I know I should wait 5-6 mo from Sep, but I am feeling impatient after cooling my jets since Sept! :-)

Here's my inquiry history (all cards still open); I probably am at about 750 or so:

- 3/13 USAir approved [my 1st toe-dip into this world of bonus cards]
- 6/13-9/13 8 Citi, Chase, & Amex approved
- 9/13 USAir approved
Barclay's is strange and YMMV but I applied after receiving four cards over the previous two weeks and got approved.

Good luck.
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Old Nov 4, 2013, 11:55 am
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Starting today, Barclaycard Arrival, Rewards, and Ring cardmembers can access their credit score at no charge with FICO Score Open Access. This complementary tool gives customers the top two factors affecting their score, a graphical chart showing historical changes in their score and alert emails any time we learn their score has changed. Stay tuned for 2014 when we plan to roll out this offer to other cardmembers. Login to your account and accept the terms to get started:

https://www.facebook.com/BarclaycardUS
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Old Nov 4, 2013, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by AlamoYankee
Starting today, Barclaycard Arrival, Rewards, and Ring cardmembers can access their credit score at no charge with FICO Score Open Access. This complementary tool gives customers the top two factors affecting their score, a graphical chart showing historical changes in their score and alert emails any time we learn their score has changed. Stay tuned for 2014 when we plan to roll out this offer to other cardmembers. Login to your account and accept the terms to get started:

https://www.facebook.com/BarclaycardUS
Good news! Thanks for the post.

My FICO was 805 before my last app-o-rama three months ago. Six new credit cards later, they show it at 819. Don't understand but not complaining.
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Old Nov 4, 2013, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by AlamoYankee
Starting today, Barclaycard Arrival, Rewards, and Ring cardmembers can access their credit score at no charge with FICO Score Open Access. This complementary tool gives customers the top two factors affecting their score, a graphical chart showing historical changes in their score and alert emails any time we learn their score has changed. Stay tuned for 2014 when we plan to roll out this offer to other cardmembers. Login to your account and accept the terms to get started:

https://www.facebook.com/BarclaycardUS
Note, per a statement made to Gary Leff, that this isn't a real-time FICO query:
Cardmembers can view their score online as often as they like, but to be clear, cardmembers arent pulling their own score. We receive a new score from Transunion, at a minimum, every 60 days. So, when the cardmembers log-in what they are seeing is the latest score we have on file. However, score updates could happen more frequently, depending upon certain changes to the cardmembers credit report; like applying for new credit or refinancing a mortgage. Cardmembers will then receive an email alert notifying them that their score has changed.
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Old Nov 4, 2013, 3:35 pm
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Originally Posted by beltway
Note, per a statement made to Gary Leff, that this isn't a real-time FICO query:
Good to know. Thanks
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Old Nov 4, 2013, 7:35 pm
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Originally Posted by duranza
Last cards opened and used
Citi HH- March, 2013
USAir- March, 2013
HH Amex- April 2013

Received card today
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Old Nov 4, 2013, 7:36 pm
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Oct. 28th husband got instant approval

Originally Posted by duranza
Last cards opened and used
Citi HH- March, 2013
USAir- March, 2013
HH Amex- April 2013

Received card today
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Old Nov 5, 2013, 9:37 am
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Just applied this morning, even though I was scared I would be downgraded to the Plat. Thankfully, not the case! Instant approval with a 7500 credit line. This is my very first miles card so pretty excited. Thanks all for the tips in this thread. Made my decision easier.
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Old Nov 5, 2013, 1:37 pm
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Looks like there is a new, worse offer on the main page. You can still find the old offer if you poke arround, better hop on it if you want it!

Earn 30,000 bonus miles if you make $5,000 or more in
purchases the first 180 days of account opening. Earn an
additional 20,000 bonus miles if you make $20,000 or
more in purchases in the first 365 days of account opening.
50,000 bonus miles equates to $500 off your next travel
reward trip2
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Old Nov 6, 2013, 1:49 am
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Any hints/tips on when to apply for this card?

Data points - 4-5 card AoR in June or July, of which US Airways card was one. Prior to that hadn't gotten any new cards in 9-12 months.

Sock drawered US Airways card after $100 spend for bonus, and was hoping for 3 month spend bonus, but never did get the offer. This is only Barclays card.

Thoughts?
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 7:20 am
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Just applied today along with two other applications at other banks. Have 6-7 applications in the last 12 months with none in the last 100 days. Applied for a USAir card in June 2012, cancelled in February 2013, applied and received another one in May.

Got the application under review page. Gave them a call. After a short call with the analyst, no dice. She asked me to explain previous cards and especially why I had closed USAir card and applied again. My FICO score on their site is 766. She commended me on the responsible use of my cards, but didn't seem even close to approving it. I was really hoping to get this card to offset a one month car rental next year.

I had put 3K spending on the USAir card in the last two months to prepare for this app.

Any use to call again? I probably should have offered to move credit line, but doubt it would have done anything.
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