Credit Card Churning – Quarter 1 Update

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Credit Card Churning – Quarter 1 Update

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Quarter 1 of 2016 will be coming to a close and I wanted to provide my lovely readers with an update on where I am with card churning this year.

Here’s my results from the first three months of 2015:

2015
Bank Card Bonus
Chase Southwest Plus 50,000
Chase Southwest Premier 50,000
Chase Marriott 80,000
AMEX Delta Gold 50,000
AMEX Business Gold 75,000
BofA Alaska 25,000
BofA Alaska 25,000
Chase United Mileage Plus 50,000
Citi AAdvantage Gold 25,000
Barclays U.S. Airways 50,000
Totals 10 Cards 480,000

And the results from the past three months of 2016:

2016
Bank Card Bonus
AMEX Business Platinum 100,000
AMEX EveryDay Preferred 15,000
AMEX Hilton Surpass 80,000
BOFA Alaska 25,000
Citi AA Business 50,000
Chase British 100,000
Citi Hilton 75,000
Chase Fairmont  2 nights
Chase British 100,000
Chase IHG 80,000
AMEX SPG 35,000
AMEX BRG 80,000
Citi Hilton 75,000
Totals 14 Cards 815,000, 2 nights

Where’s the Difference?

335,000 points, 2 nights and 4 credit cards.

What attributed to the substantial gain this first quarter over Q1 2015? Three, 100,000 sign-up bonuses.

The British Airways bonus is:

  • Tiered bonus: 50,000 points after spending $2000 within three months; 25,000 more points after hitting $10,000 spent; then 25,000 more points after hitting 20,000 spent.
  • Public
  • High spend

The American Express Business Platinum

  • High spend
  • Targeted

What Cards To Get Now?

Remember, there are some limited time offers that include the SPG, Marriott and Hilton cards (all those have been applied for in either or both years) and some others that I applied for because of anticipated use.

Other cards, like AMEX cards which earn Membership Rewards are always valuable because they can be transferred to multiple partners.

Some of these points and spend are still pending or in the process, but Q2 and Q3 for me this year (yes I’ve planned them out) will be slow for me for a variety of reasons, but I’ll certainly pick it back up in the end of Q3 and throughout Q4 to probably come to the same amount as last year.

Want to how to churn? Concerned about credit score? Read these informative articles:

What are your churning plans for this year? This month?

-The Miner


2 Comments

Mike

April 4, 2016 at 6:48 pm

That’s a great quarter! I wish I had the bandwidth to hit those BA and Business Platinum spends! Couple questions:

I’m assuming that these results are for 2 people?

What was your logic settling for the EDP at 15k? That’s hard for me to justify with the $95 annual fee not waived first year and $20 in opportunity cost for the min spend ($1000 * 2%).

I too got the 80k Surpass this quarter and am thinking of trying to get it matched to the current 100k offer (didn’t bother trying to match to 85k). Are you going to try to get it matched? What has been your experience?

    M. Czarka

    April 4, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Good questions. And yes, the hurdles for the BA cards will be difficult but o have a year to earn them both.

    Re: EDP: having a AMEX card that can be downgraded to a no fee AMEX next year for transfer purposes is useful. Also, the ability to earn 50% bonus if 30 purchases are made has worked out for me every month so far.

    For surpass (sorry I’m behind posts!!), I will be calling AMEX and I’ll post an article by Doctor of Credit on how to be matched.

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