01-21-2013 06:26 PM - edited 01-21-2013 06:28 PM
Really trying to bank miles for a long summer overseas vacation this summer so I decided to go for Chase United. I decided it'd be a good diea to apply tonight since I just got the PRG a few weeks ago and they pulled TU--thus best to apply for this before the new account hit my reports since Chase likely won't see the Amex inquiry. I was somewhat shockingly approved instantly for $9 k (by far my highest starting limit ever--Citi was 4k). Credit score is low-mid 700s, no baddies, but only 1 year AAoA (with longest account being around 2.5 years. Revolving history is around 2 years.
Anyway, the published offer for this card on Chase's website (30k miles) is not the best offer available. I was able to get 50k miles after $1,000 spend in 3 months + a $50 statement credit after first purchase offer pretty easily. What you need to do is 1) have/open a United FF acount. I didn't have one before and it only takes around 1 minute. 2) Get miles into your account. The best way to do this quickly (have to thank FlyerTalk for most of this) is to go to bckstgr.com, create an account (this is quick and it links your United account) and then link your FB/Twitter/Foursquare account to your bckstgr accounrt. You get 200 miles for each linking (you only need to do it once to open up the offer). This is key because the 50k offer only shows up if you have miles in your account. I'm honestly not sure what that site exactly is, but the process is very simple and it doesn't mess with your social networking accounts and people elsewhere haven't reported any problems. To be extra safe you could just create a dummy twitter account. Anyway, the 200 miles show up instantly on United once you do this. 3) Go to United.com and search for a flight. After this, you can click on a link in the upper right hand corner for this offer. You also get 5,000 more miles for adding an authorized user and 10,000 more for spending 25k in a year for a total possible 65k miles.
Anyway though I should probably stop applying for so many cards, I really want to bank more miles for this summer. I will probably try for the CSP sometime soon with the goal of transferring to United.
01-21-2013 07:31 PM
Also, if the backstgr site seems too shady to some you can get initial miles through the United Dining program
01-22-2013 09:16 PM
Well, turns out Chase pulled TU, rendering my plans of apping before the new Amex account showed up moot. Have now had both Amex and Chase unexpectedly pull TU in the last two weeks when I was expecting EX.
01-22-2013 09:50 PM
It's good to know that Chase checks TU. It will be my highest score once my dispute is done. Since Amex turned me down for a Delta Gold, Chase United is the next best thing for me!
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