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Last week I posted on a potential way of getting the Southwest Airlines Companion pass by signing up for both the personal and business credit card. I figured I would try it out for myself and applied for both Chase Southwest credit cards – 1 business and 1 personal. I got approved right away for the 1st application submitted (the personal card) and then a pending notification for my 2nd application (the business card). Today, I received that dreadful notice in that mail that my application was denied.
I went ahead and called the reconsideration line. They told me that they would be happy to re-submit my application, but to note that I would not receive any bonus points since I already was approved for the personal card. I explained that these are two different card types, but there really was nothing the customer service agent could/would do. I do have a request in for a manager to call me within the next 48 business hours, so hopefully that will help! The agent informed me that one can only get the bonus once every 6 months regardless of the card type. The good news is that it seems as though the application was never even submitted thus a credit check never being pulled – they knew the bonus points would not apply so denied all applicants with two applications submitted (as least that is what I was told).
While I am pretty bummed about this, I am already thinking of Plan B if this does not work out. Always have to have a Plan B, right?! If ultimately I cannot get both bonuses, I will still keep my personal card and get the 50K bonus points at the beginning of 2012. Aside from the companion pass benefit, $833 of free travel minus a $69 annual fee is still a decent offer for domestic travel. After 6 months from the application of my personal card, I will then go ahead and apply for the credit card. Of course there is no way of knowing what the card offer will be at that time. Either way I will still be losing out on 6 months of using the companion pass.
Anyone have any success stories with getting the points for both credit card offers?!