November Credit Card Updates

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It has been a while since I updated my HOT credit card deals page.  November seems like a good month for credit card sign-ups.  Here are some November credit card updates:

1. Chase British Airways – 100,000 Avios sign-up bonus (non affiliate-link)

Chase British Airways - Now 100K Offer!

Chase British Airways – Now 100K Offer!

I mentioned that the 50,000 Avios sign up bonus with $0 annual fee for the Chase British Airways card offer would be changed by the end of October.  There is now an annual fee on the credit card, but it’s possible to earn up to 100,000 Avios for big spenders.  However, it does required $10K spend for the additional 25,000 points and another $10k spend on the last 25,000 points in a years span.  This is probably the highest and best offer out at the moment.  I am a little sad that I applied when it was 50K with no annual fee, but life goes on :).

2. Chase Ink Bold and Plus are now Visa cards (CreditKarma sign-up link)

It is very possible to get a 2nd Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus because they are now issued as Visa credit cards instead of Mastercards.  This is great to know because Simon was able to get a 2nd Chase Ink Plus card.  He is holding a Chase Ink Plus Mastercard and a Chase Ink Plus Visa now.  It is also good to note that Chase is tightening up a little and it may be harder to be approved for Chase Ink cards back to back.  There have been a few reports that Chase Ink Plus got denied 6 months after Chase Ink Bold. However, if you can get approved for both cards again, that’s another 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points!

3. Barclaycard Arrival Introduces Free FICO Score

Along with the awesome 40,000 sign up bonus, you can now see your FICO score for free on the Barclaycard website.  Click here, log into your account, and check your FICO score.  It is pretty self explanatory so I won’t put a tutorial up.  I’m surprised my FICO score is so high! Although, I’m not sure why it shows my score from 9/24/13.  Hopefully it will be updated next time I check it.

FICO Score as of 9/24/13

FICO Score as of 9/24/13

Check FICO Under Tools Section

Check FICO Under Tools Section

4. Chase Southwest Premier Credit Card – 50,000 Sign up Bonus and Eligible Towards Companion Pass (CreditKarma sign-up link)

I’ve signed up for this credit card in the past to take a few Southwest flights within California.  Southwest definitely beats other airlines consistently in price and flies from smaller airports.  50,000 Southwest points can last me a long time flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  I’ve gotten round trip tickets for only about 6,000 SW points.

To earn the Southwest Companion pass until December 2015, I would sign up for the card now and wait until January 1 to start spending on the credit card.  I would then sign up for the business version of the credit card to get another 50,000 SW points.  I would then need to “spend” $10,000 total between both cards to get the companion pass.  This is very tempting to me, but I don’t actually fly too often locally. I’m still on the fence about pursuing this, but it could make lots of sense for you though.

Let me know if you have any questions about these November credit card updates.  Offers seem to be either stable or rising, despite rumors of credit card sign up bonuses dropping.  I suspect that credit card companies want people to sign up for credit cards right before the holidays!  Good thing we are responsible with our credit!

6 comments for “November Credit Card Updates

  1. Maury
    November 7, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Is it a coincidence that my score is the same as yours? I am also on the fence also whether to sign up my wife for the SWA card. My Companion Pass expires at the end of this year. If she signs up, do you recommend not activating it till Jan 1?

    • November 7, 2013 at 5:27 am

      Maybe it’s not working now because I got an email saying it will take 3 months to get my score again. Doesn’t hurt to sign up though. I think activating it early is fine, but if you want to be extra safe then activate on Jan 1.

  2. medellinfein
    January 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    If you SM Chase, you can get bumped-up to BA 100k offer for NO annual fee 🙂

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