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Big Virgin Atlantic “90K” offer returns

The “90,000” mile signup bonus has returned on the Virgin Atlantic Mastercard. We have “90K” in quotation marks because this signup bonus is really only 75K (See: An analysis of the Virgin Atlantic 90K offer for more on that) The Offer Earn 20,000 Flying Club bonus miles after your first retail purchase Earn 50,000 additional Flying Club bonus miles after you spend at least $12,000 in qualifying purchases within 6 months of your account open date Earn up to 15,000 additional bonus miles upon anniversary: 7500…

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[Expired] Merrill+ application may still be available by phone

We had recently reported that upon launch of the new Bank of America Premium Rewards card, the Merrill+ card would cease to be available. However, reader tinytavosa commented that he applied this morning and was approved after a recon call (he had frozen his Experian credit report, which necessitated a phone call to the recon department). He further reported that on recon, he had to verify personal information from his credit report and was then…

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Which BOA cards earn bonus points via Preferred Rewards?

Bank of America’s new Premium Rewards Card (details here) is expected to be released any day now.  The card is most interesting to those who have enough money managed by Bank of America / Merrill Lynch / Merrill Edge to qualify for Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors.  Those with $100K or more in investments and deposits earn 75% more points with select Bank of America credit cards (including this new one).  That means that those $100K+…

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How I messed up my 75K application (BOA 5 card limit?)

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Every now and then, in my pursuit of points and miles and/or great deals, I mess up.  And, usually there’s a lesson or two to be learned.  That’s why I like to share these stories with readers like I did recently when I bought a new grill (see: 3 lessons from my f-ed up extreme stack).  Today’s story is about my botched Virgin Atlantic credit card application… Since writing the post “Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard…

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Results of my end of year application spree

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A couple of weeks ago I reported my end of year application spree.  With a single card issuer, I started with one application, then did another, and another, etc.  In total, I applied for all of the following cards: Instantly Approved: 147K In total, four cards were instantly approved: Amtrak 30K after $1K spend Virgin Atlantic 75K after $12K spend + add 2 authorized users Amtrak 12K after $1K spend Alaska Business card 30K after…

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