Today was a productive day!  Many of you who know us, know that one of the main reasons that we travel is because we usually fly for free (well….nearly free).  We do this by using air miles, typically derived from credit card signup bonuses.

We’ve gotten so many target credit card offers this month, and I’ve just been piling them up in the corner of the office.  After taking a look at my depleted mileage accounts this week, I decided that it was time to jump on a few of these offers.  We decided to apply for three offers on the same day, which will ultimately lead to 4 round trip flights to Europe.

At the time of application, our awards accounts looked something like:

  • Chase (United) – 40,000 miles
  • American – 30,000 miles

The cards that we signed up for are:

  • Chase Ink Business Preferred – We used our travel business’ tax ID to sign up for this card, which offers a whopping 80,000 bonus points for spending $5,000 in 3 months.  This will boost our Chase points balance up to 120,000 points, which we will likely transfer to United to use for two round trip flights to Europe.
  • Barclays Aviator Red World Elite (AAdvantage) – This great little card was offering 60,000 signup points on FIRST PURCHASE!  That’s right, no spend requirement on this card.  Stephanie and I each signed up for this card, which will boost our American miles balance in total up to 150,000 miles.  That’s another two round trip flights to Europe.

In just a few minutes (and a couple months worth of spending), these cards will get us back to Europe twice, and all we pay are the $95 annual fees for each card and a few dollars in taxes on the flights themselves.  Not bad for a day’s work!

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