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Re: Which card should I choose? CSP or ??

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Re: Which card should I choose? CSP or ??

Naturally, I'd be a proponent of getting both!  In my view, I see two options:

 

1.  If one, CSP.  Larger bonus, points transfer to UA, SW, Hyatt, etc...has a cash equivalent value with more pts earning potential. 

 

2.  If two, then Explorer first.  Then, CSP afterwards.  Accrue points for both, cancel UA then next year and consolidate CL into the CSP for a larger CL.  After consoldation, if fee isn't worth it, downgrade to no fee Sapphire, but with large CL intact.

 

I'd say go for both!  Smiley Wink

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dodfire wrote:

Well well well Smiley Happy

I go to sleep a few hours and look what happens..


LOL!

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Open123 wrote:

Naturally, I'd be a proponent of getting both!  In my view, I see two options:

 

1.  If one, CSP.  Larger bonus, points transfer to UA, SW, Hyatt, etc...has a cash equivalent value with more pts earning potential. 

 

2.  If two, then Explorer first.  Then, CSP afterwards.  Accrue points for both, cancel UA then next year and consolidate CL into the CSP for a larger CL.  After consoldation, if fee isn't worth it, downgrade to no fee Sapphire, but with large CL intact.

 

I'd say go for both!  Smiley Wink


+1 Smiley Very Happy

 

Oh, you could try get the United Club 1st year AF waived too so that's also a viable option.

 

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Re: Which card should I choose? CSP or ??

@Open123

Use the 'pre-approval for CSP and then app for Explorer.....hmm
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I'd go with the CSP.

 

If you've got the Freedom already, then the combo will generate you a ton of UR points.

 

The CSP has more versatility, and when you're not flying you can still use the points other ways.



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Re: Which card should I choose? CSP or ??

If you app for both same day, there's a chance it will be only 1 HP on each bureau! 

Chase been double / triple pulling quite a bit, so 2 apps for total of 2 HPs sounds like a great deal Smiley Happy

 

Or you could it dodfire-style and app for 3-4 cards Smiley Tongue

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Re: Which card should I choose? CSP or ??


09Lexie wrote:
@Open123

Use the 'pre-approval for CSP and then app for Explorer.....hmm

When it comes to points, more is well...more.

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You know my thoughts were CSP but open has a very good point about both and then canceling one after the year.

That being said I'm changing my opinion to both...Blame Open Lexie Lol

Before you app think...
Have you done your research of the CC?
Does it fit your spending?
Do you have a plan for the bonus w/o going into debt?
Can you afford the AF?
Do you know the cards benefits? Is it worth the HP?
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