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AARP Travel Card?

wingennis
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AARP Travel Card?

I hadn't seen this before although I remember a thread earlier in the year about the gas/drugstore card.  It might be a good travel card for cashback enthusiasts.  If I wasn't invested in MR's, I would be interested myself.

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4sallypat
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AARP changed bank to Barclays and offered 2 cards.

 

I was thinking of this one since I am a Barclay's customer (3 card accounts) and AARP member.

 

But they HP for their products as well as CLI so I will wait and see if they loosen up....

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Save-n-Invest
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I closed my Chase AARP card to avoid this. Credit limit was transferred to Freedom. Minimum cash back redemption is $25. I don't buy that much gas in a pandemic. Too restrictive not to mention downgrading from Chase to Barclay.

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wingennis
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@Save-n-Invest wrote:

I closed my Chase AARP card to avoid this. Credit limit was transferred to Freedom. Minimum cash back redemption is $25. I don't buy that much gas in a pandemic. Too restrictive not to mention downgrading from Chase to Barclay.


This isn't the card that gives cashback on gas.  It is the travel card.  If you are buying a $500 plane ticket and have hotel charges, $25 minimum is no problem.

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SunriseEarth
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@wingennis wrote:

I hadn't seen this before although I remember a thread earlier in the year about the gas/drugstore card.  It might be a good travel card for cashback enthusiasts.  If I wasn't invested in MR's, I would be interested myself.

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That SUB is definitely low-hanging fruit and might even be worth the app.  I'd go for it, but I feel like my TU has already taken a beating.  Barclay does have its positives, like their website and rewards that post quickly.  The restaurant rewards are a bit underwhelming, and travel is decent, but I think I'd have a lot of cards already in my lineup that would meet or beat this.  



Start: 619 (TU08, 9/2013) | Current: 788 (TU08, 10/6/21)
AMEX Cash Magnet $64000 | Discover IT $46000 | BofA BBR #1 $43900 | BoA BBR #2 $31100 | Venmo VS $30000 | NFCU More Rewards AMEX $25000 | Macy's AMEX $25000 Store $25000 | Cash+ VS $25000 | Altitude Go VS $25000 | Sony Card VS $23750 | GS Apple Card WEMC $20000 | Freedom Flex WEMC $20000 | Cap 1 QS WMC $17250 | Disney VS $15000 | FNBO Evergreen VS $15000 | Target MC $14000 | WF Active Cash VS $12,000 | Citi Custom Cash MC $11600 | Jared Gold Card $11000 | Amazon VS $10000 | AARP VS $8800 | Belk MC $3800 | ~~
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wingennis
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@SunriseEarth wrote:

@wingennis wrote:

I hadn't seen this before although I remember a thread earlier in the year about the gas/drugstore card.  It might be a good travel card for cashback enthusiasts.  If I wasn't invested in MR's, I would be interested myself.

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That SUB is definitely low-hanging fruit and might even be worth the app.  I'd go for it, but I feel like my TU has already taken a beating.  Barclay does have its positives, like their website and rewards that post quickly.  The restaurant rewards are a bit underwhelming, and travel is decent, but I think I'd have a lot of cards already in my lineup that would meet or beat this.  


That is certainly understandable.  That is exactly where I am.  With travel reduced, I wonder if some people cancelled their AF travel cards and might see this as a way to get some rewards for travel without the uncertainty of points.  Cash is king for a lot of people.

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Save-n-Invest
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@wingennis wrote:

@Save-n-Invest wrote:

I closed my Chase AARP card to avoid this. Credit limit was transferred to Freedom. Minimum cash back redemption is $25. I don't buy that much gas in a pandemic. Too restrictive not to mention downgrading from Chase to Barclay.


This isn't the card that gives cashback on gas.  It is the travel card.  If you are buying a $500 plane ticket and have hotel charges, $25 minimum is no problem.


It's still Barclay. If I wanted one of their cards I would not have applied at Chase. 

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SunriseEarth
Moderator Emeritus

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@Save-n-Invest wrote:

 

It's still Barclay. If I wanted one of their cards I would not have applied at Chase. 

If you want a card with a specific lender, apply for one of their core products.  Co-branded portfolios can and will change lenders based on business needs, and it may even happen several times in a product's history.

 

That said, I don't want to pull too far off-topic, as the AARP Travel Card was not the product received by those who had an AARP card with Chase.  AFAIK, Barclay doesn't PC, so this particular product would only be available for new applicants



Start: 619 (TU08, 9/2013) | Current: 788 (TU08, 10/6/21)
AMEX Cash Magnet $64000 | Discover IT $46000 | BofA BBR #1 $43900 | BoA BBR #2 $31100 | Venmo VS $30000 | NFCU More Rewards AMEX $25000 | Macy's AMEX $25000 Store $25000 | Cash+ VS $25000 | Altitude Go VS $25000 | Sony Card VS $23750 | GS Apple Card WEMC $20000 | Freedom Flex WEMC $20000 | Cap 1 QS WMC $17250 | Disney VS $15000 | FNBO Evergreen VS $15000 | Target MC $14000 | WF Active Cash VS $12,000 | Citi Custom Cash MC $11600 | Jared Gold Card $11000 | Amazon VS $10000 | AARP VS $8800 | Belk MC $3800 | ~~
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