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- DENIED! No 3rd Discover it® Cashback Match™ Card for Me 😿
- Yes! Just Got My $1,100+ Discover it® Cashback Match™ (The Dublin)!
- Get an Easy $600 with the Discover it® Cashback Match™ Card
When last we spoke of my beloved Discover it® Cashback Match™ card, I’d been rejected from getting my 3rd card for a 3rd year in a row. And encouraged to apply again “at a later time.” 🙄
On a hot October morning, and on a lark, I rang Discover to reconsider me one more time. The phone agent explained the application had expired even though it had been under a month. Then repeated that ingratiating little line: “You are welcome to apply again any time.”
I noticed Discover did NOT pull my credit last time I applied. So reasoned even if they did, it was hit I was planning to take anyway. I asked if I could apply with her on the phone, just in case.
I selected the rainbow design again. Entered all in my info. Pressed “Submit Application,” and got my little high. And then…
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Discover’s new application rules
I had it in my head I could apply for a 3rd Discover card if it had been over a year since my last application (Discover will let you have 2 cards at once).
I got my 2nd card on September 8th, 2016. So I was a little surprised when my application was rejected on September 14th, 2017.
I asked the phone agent about this. She said applications are on a rolling 12-month period now. Meaning if I last applied in September 2016, I had to wait until after September 2017. AKA October 2017. And next year, I have to wait until November 2018, based on this new information.
That was the tidbit of information that really convinced me to apply again. And I’m glad I did, because I received my trusty new card in the mail on Friday!
I LOVE the Discover it® Cashback Match™ Card
This card is criminally underrated. If it’s not in your stable, I’d recommend another look.
For one, if you make the most of the rotating quarterly bonus categories, you can get an easy $600 the 1st year you have the card.
I wouldn’t start with this card if you’re new – Chase cards come first – but if you’re looking for a solid card, Discover generally has easy approvals and nice credit lines.
Last year, I got $2,200 in cash back and this year, I’ll get over $1,900. So the idea of getting several hundred dollars – or over $1,000 – from a card with NO annual fee and no foreign transaction fees is really dang appealing.
Plus, the Discover Deals shopping portal has excellent payouts – and it’s all matched after your 12th billing cycle, too.
When you sign-up with my link, you’ll also get $50 after your 1st purchase – that’s matched too. ALL the cash back you earn from this card – from the sign-up offer, shopping portal, bonus categories, promotions throughout the year, and regular spending – is matched after your 12th billing cycle. Kind of incredible, even if you have to wait a full year for the payoff.
Just remember to activate the bonus before you start shopping. And nope, I don’t have issues with card acceptance – maybe once or twice in the past couple of years and only because the places only took Visa or MasterCard. If you shop online with it, you won’t have any issues at all.
Why I like “It” Vs. “It Miles”
Quite simply: I prefer having bonus categories.
Peeps ask me why I don’t go for the “It Miles” version of the card, which matches 1.5% cashback after the 1st year (essentially making it a 3% cashback card for a year).
I love the idea of getting the cashback match on 5% – which makes it a 10% cashback card in the bonus categories. They’re quite good, too. This quarter, I plan to spend a lot with Amazon (as I assume lots of peeps will because of Christmas shopping).
But if you want a 3% cashback card for a year, it’s hard to beat the Discover it® Miles card.
But they’re both excellent cards. Some peeps like simplicity while others like a big return on certain purchases. Just depends if you like bonus categories or not, really.
Or if you can do well with both, get one then the other – just wait a year between applications. 😉
So yeah. If you wanna hop on the Discover train, mid-quarter is a great time to sign-up. Because you can get the cashback match for Q4 categories 2 years in a row if you time it right.
I’ll prolly write about this card again soon because my second Dublin is coming up on October 27th, 2017 (another $963 going to my bank account!). This card has become an expected gem and to say I love it is an understatement. I also like the new card designs – and am thrilled they have a rainbow flag option. How cool is that?
A card with no annual fee, no forex fee, great bonus categories, and access to a fantastic shopping portal makes this card a no-brainer. Just remember you can now only apply for one card per rolling 12-month period. And can only have 2 cards at the same time.
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