Another $10,000 Spend Requirement

Can I Do It?

I think so.  I hope so.  There has been a lot of talk in the blogs lately about people getting 2 (and sometimes even 3) Citi AA Executive cards with the 100,000 AAdvantage miles sign-up bonus.  My husband and I each got one earlier this year, but with people getting multiples, I had to try again.  So I had my husband apply last week.  He got “pending” status, but did not call in to push it.  Frankly he was busy at home with installing hardwood floors and taking care of Parker while I was in Europe.  But even without calling, the card arrived by UPS a few days ago.  He called to verify the 100,000 miles after spending $10,000 in 3 months and the $200 statement credit.  The Citi rep verified that this was indeed the offer he will receive.


Fortunately I have a couple big expenses in the next couple months that will take a chunk out of the 10K.  The second half of the installation charge for the hardwood floors mentioned above and the final payment on our Beaches vacation.  I’m pretty sure I can cover the rest with bill paying through Bluebird and every day spending.  I may have to throw in an Amazon payment or two as well.

Only One Card This Summer

This Citi Executive card will be the only card we apply for this summer.  I am going to give it a rest for a few months and let our credit scores rise by a few points.  We are both still well over 800, but I don’t want to take any chances.  If some great bonus comes along I will go for it, but otherwise I will do my next round of applications in the fall.

Happy Travels!


Laura’s May 2014 App-O-Rama

App-O-Rama Results: 170,000 points

If I haven’t mentioned this before, I am a very conservative App-O-Rama’er.  (is that a new word?) If you are unfamiliar with what an App-O-Rama is, see this post.

Most people do five or six cards at one time, I usually do three or maybe four depending on how good the offers are.  At this time, we seem to be in sort of a drought of good offers so I only applied for three. Continue reading

How I spent $20,000 in 3 months…Without Going Broke!

I did it all for 200,000 American Airlines Miles!

Earlier this year, Citibank began offering their Citi Executive / AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard with a sign up bonus of 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles! That was too good to pass up.  There were a couple obstacles that made me pause though.  The spend requirement: $10,000 in 3 months.  And the annual fee: $450 not waived for the first year.  Although they do give you a $200 statement credit, so you can actually say the annual fee is only $250.  Still very high, but if you were to purchase miles from the American Airlines website, it would cost you $2,200 for 80,000 miles (the highest amount they sell) and $250 would only get you about 9,000 miles. Continue reading

BOGO Movie Tickets!

A quick non-travel related post!

I love going to movies (and now P does too) , but it is getting so expensive! Here’s a great way to save some money on movie tickets this summer.

If you have a valid, U.S. issued VISA Signature card, you can get a buy-one-get-one-free movie ticket on Fandango on Fridays from April 25-August 8.


Visit this site and enter your ZIP code for a theatre near you.  For my Northern Kentucky friends, Fandango issues tickets for Florence, Wilder and Newport! Select 2 or more tickets to a Friday showing and get the lowest priced ticket free! (up to $19.50)  You have to purchase the ticket on Friday as well as go to the Friday showing. Continue reading