My First Official Churn!

This is just a small post to commemorate my first official credit card churn!

As you might have seen, I recently opened a Barclaycard Arrival+, and was aiming to hit the $3,000 spend much sooner than the obligatory 90 day period.  Well, I just did!  Over 42,000 Barclay miles posted to my account today, only 33 days after I received my card, and 39 days after I opened the account.  40,000 miles were from the promotion, and the rest was from regular spending.  I should mention that the miles were added to my account the day before the transaction even posted to my account.  I hit the spend so early in part due to a new job, where I’m able to purchase things for work personally, and then get reimbursed.

I’ll be redeeming these miles toward some Southwest flights I purchased on the card, for an upcoming trip to Disney World.  Those flights totaled $810, 3 people, roundtrip, PVD-MCO, Saturday-Thursday.

You can redeem Barclay miles for travel statement credits starting at 10,000 miles for $100.  Essentially, my flight costs will be cut in half!

If you’re looking for a general travel card (as opposed to a co-branded airline or hotel card), my top three picks are the Barclaycard Arrival+, Chase Sapphire Preferred (if you can get it/plan on using their booking service), and the Discover it Miles card (especially with the current doubling offer).

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