My Wanderlusting Round-trip Journey
There’s an old saying about dancing with the girl who brought you… well today I’m going to dance with the girl who brought me.
Almost a year ago, with a ferocious wanderlust, cheapness in my veins, and a diligent-researcher-brother egging me on, I took the plunge into the world of travel credit card rewards. My first date was the Citi AAdvantage Amex.
Almost 12 months and about 505,000 miles/points later, here I am, thirsting for more.
Today I’m applying for the Citi Business Amex for 75,000 more AAdvantage miles , and my only regret is that I’m already a cardholder and I can’t also apply for the AAdvantage Visa to round my winnings up to 150k. Several of our readers logged the 225,000 mile homerun by applying for all three at a time. If you’re wanting to do the same thing, read the instructions on the flyertalk post diligently and don’t go off half-cocked. As long as you use your cards cautiously and follow our Before You Apply rules, I don’t think you’ll have any regrets.
I’ve tracked my credit score with CreditSesame.com and I figure that my score has dropped about 18 points over this timeframe. Much of that might be due to the fact that I was too tempted by 3.6% interest rates in the meantime and refinanced my house. My wife’s score has remained relatively unchanged. I’ve never missed a payment, and never paid a dime in interest.
I keep track of all my expenses and spending with the beautiful tool that is Mint.com. That way I’m never late with my payments and I can always be sure that I have tabs on each and every one of my accounts without having to login to each one individually.
To hoard my points and count them like Ebenezer Scrooge, I use Awardwallet.com. As if the wind and relentless allergies weren’t enough to spur my wanderlust, I can always spend some time looking at my stack to get the juices flowing.
Wanderlust: It’s a healthy addiction, if there is such a thing.