Multiple Credit Card Application Suggestions

In addition to listing my top credit card picks, I put together a package for newbies that highlights what I think are the best options for multiple same day credit card applications.  This involves applying for a personal card from Chase, American Express, Citi, Barclay’s, and Bank of America.

Why apply for multiple cards on the same day?

  1. It’s the fastest way to super size your frequent flyer mileage account balances and the fastest way to get the miles you need to get your free flights.
  2. You’re more likely to get approved for each card if you apply for all of them at once instead of spreading them out over several weeks.  The reason for this is that since you’re applying on the same day they won’t ‘see’ the other applications as they won’t all post until later.
  3. For logistical reasons, it can be easier to track since after you’ve had them for a year you can also cancel multiple credit cards on the same day.
Below I’ve highlighted the cards I’d apply for today if I were to do multiple applications from each issuing bank.  In the case of Chase and American Express, there are a couple of cards to consider depending on your travel preferences.  You might choose different cards, but for the sake of simplicity, I’ll suggest my favorites.
When you’re ready, you can click on the credit card name below and apply for one card from each issuing bank, and you should be able to get up to 225,000 miles/points in a half hour of work.  Be sure to submit all your applications on the same day!
If you have any questions, you can email me at htcheap [at] gmail.com.
Credit CardIssuing BankSign Up BonusMinimum SpendNotes:
Sapphire PreferredChase40,000 Ultimate Rewards $3,000 in the first 90 days$95 annual fee waived for the first year. Points can be transfered to British Airways, United, Southwest, and more.
American Express® Premier Rewards Gold CardAmerican Express25,000 American Express Rewards Points$2,000 in the first 90 days$175 annual fee waived for the first year. Points transfer to programs like British Airways and Delta (often with an extra bonus!). 3x points on airfare and 2x points on groceries.
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American ExpressAmerican Express30,000 Delta Miles$500 in the first 90 days$95 annual fee waived for the first year. Free checked baggage on Delta flights
Citi AAdvantageCiti 30,000 AAdvantage $1,000 in the first 90 days $95 annual fee waived the first year. There may be a 50,000 mile link here.
Alaska AirlinesBank of America25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles25,000 miles post after first purchase$75 annual fee (not waived the first year), $99 all fare class companion travel pass, miles can be used on American, Delta, and other airlines.
US AirwaysBarclay's30,000 US Airways Miles40,000 miles post after first purchase$89 annual fee waived the first year. 10,000 mile bonus each year you keep the card. 5,000 mile discount on award tickets.