Barclays is a credit card issuer that doesn’t get much attention. There are several reasons for this, such as being notoriously stingy on approvals if you have no credit history with them and have recently applied for other cards. Once you’re a customer, it’s often easier to get a second card from them, but they make you wait a while before applications (6 months to a year, from what I’ve read).
Even though they offer many different co-brand credit cards, they’ll only let you have two or three (maybe four) cards open at any one time.
We currently have the Arrival+ (which is not available for new applications) and American Airlines Aviator Red cards and it’s been several years since our last application.
The current 60,000 points sign-up bonus for the JetBlue Plus card was too tempting to pass up. I knew there was a chance for rejection but I had to give it a try.
It was while filling out the application I noticed Barclay’s attempt to capture a very specific market segment.
Don’t believe me? It’s right there on the application.
Some of the choices on this drop-down menu are extremely specific like “ATM Owner/Operator” or “Convenience Store Mgr/Owner.” Are there that many people who fall into those categories that they deserve their own headings?
I can imagine the meeting where they were narrowing down occupations to include and who was the one who said: “Shouldn’t we include arms dealers?”
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