Even with a SSN and US residency, its the no US-based credit history that will stop this. I have a collegue who has moved from the UK to USA, has a green card and SSN, and has even purchased a house there. The bank was willing to lend him money to purchase the house since he had a significant deposit after selling his place in the UK.Lindsay Wilson said:The easiest option (to be able to arrange the transfer) is being able to access a US-based card - but if you are Australian, then no luck there, as no US-Bank would issue you with a CC (as you have no Social Security number, being a non-US resident, no credit history, etc).
This ain't all bad, depending on intended flight. Take a UA flight to east coast US in J class - requires 90,000 pts or a spend of $180,000 AUD. After May 05 - on a certain Australian airline - it will require 256,000 pts - a spend of $256,000 AUD.NM said:An Australian Diners Club card can redeem points for UA MP points at 2:1. But earning is 1 point per A$.
Too true. And by this, I can only assume that the certain Australian you reference is trying to put such rewards out of the reach of CC points earners and only in the domain of their own loyal customers (read: big spenders).dajop said:This ain't all bad, depending on intended flight. Take a UA flight to east coast US in J class - requires 90,000 pts or a spend of $180,000 AUD. After May 05 - on a certain Australian airline - it will require 256,000 pts - a spend of $256,000 AUD.
Off topic?? Mio?? Nevercssaus said:Thanks to all those who have so far responded to this topic but it seems to be drifting a little off-subject.
Ok, if you insist ....cssaus said:What I'm trying to determine is the most effective way to get points into a UA MP account with Australian credit cards either directly or indirectly.
Yes, it was BoM that eventually gave him a CC with $500 limit - after he held an account for 12 months showing significant savings ability. But that meant that for his first 12 months in the USA, the only CC's he was able to use were his UK cards and after he was married he got a secondary card on his wife's acconut. But none of those were able to earn him AA miles on his spending (see, there had to a FF/points/mile link here somewhere :wink: ).d00t said:on a side note NM, 2 banks I know of will issue credit cards if you have a history of banking with them.
bank of america: i had a significant balance with them for over 12 months straight and enquired many many times about credit cards - i managed to get a platinum check visa debit card which is OKAY (no points), - was told by the bank manager if I had a SSN, then based on previous banking it would "most likely" be approved.
AKL also has "dayrooms" with a TV and Bed, catch up on the 4 hour time zone change from Perth. Check their website.yanknperth said:Here's a question for you travelers.. My flight to SFO via ANZ involves a 13 HOUR layover in Aukland. Guess that's the payback for the $117 flight. Anyway, can anyone who is familiar with Aukland airport and surrounding city please give me some recommendations as to how to kill half a day? I considered joining their 'Lounge', but $250 was a bit much for the trip. The Aukland airport website offers showers, but not much in the way of places to 'park' for an extended period. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Replies here or email@example.com. Thanks very much. Cheers