Most people know that the easiest way to earn a large sum of miles in a short amount of time is to sign-up for a credit card that is offering a huge sign-up bonus. That’s exactly what I did with the Citi Executive AAdvantage! I used this link (please note, this link will eventually expire once the offer goes away) to get 100,000 miles after spending $10,000 in 3 months. Now I know what your’e thinking, most people don’t spend that amount of money in 3 months. So how in the heck did I do it twice in only 2 weeks?
I signed up for the credit card on Monday, March 3, 2014 and I received my card in the mail that Friday. I immediately drove to my local CVS to pick up Vanilla Reload card cards. A Vanilla Reload card allows you to load money on it up to $500. It’s not a pre-paid credit card, because it doesn’t have a Visa or Mastercard logo on it. Once you purchase the Vanilla Reload card, you can fund certain accounts with it. I always fund my BlueBird.com account with my Vanilla Reload cards and then I send a bill payment into Citi.
Here’s how it works: Visit CVS store >> Buy Vanilla Reload cards >> visit VanillaReload.com and enter your pin # >> Load funds to your BlueBird card >> Login to your BlueBird.com account and send BillPay to your credit card company.
My local CVS only allows me to buy up to $2,000 a day in Vanilla Reload cards. Some people are reporting up to $5,000 while others are reporting only $1,000 a day. Your mileage may very depending on your location. Also note that if you buy more than $1,000 in Vanilla Reload cards, CVS will ask for your ID and scan it. This prevents you from hopping around to different CVS locations within a 24 hour period.
Another thing to note is that if you’re going to use your Vanilla Reload cards to solely fund your BlueBird account, you’re only allowed to load $1,000 a day into your BlueBird account per day, and allowed up to $5,000 per month.
So how did I earn the other 100,000 AAdvantage miles? I signed up for the same card again 9 days later! This card is churnable which means Citi allows you to get the same card twice and receive the same signup bonus! Many people report that you have to wait at least 8 days in between applications. Therefore, I waited 9 days to be on the safe side. I followed the same procedures as mentioned above. Keep in mind that if you are going to get 2 Citi cards in this short amount of time, you will not be able to get another Citi card for at least 65 days. I learned this the hard way as I tried to apply for the Citi HHonors card and was declined because of my 2 recently approved accounts.
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