Thanks to the guidance, help and patience of everyone here I completed my first app-o-rama today. Haven't applied for cards in years so wasn't sure what to expect. Here was my results
Chase Sapphire Preferred - Instant - 40k Miles / $2k spend required
Barclaycard Arrival - Instant - 40k Miles / $1k spend required
AMEX Starwood Preferred (SPG) - Instant - 30k miles /$5k spend required
Chase United Mileage Explorer - Instant (but more on this in a minute) - 50k Miles $2k spend (going to work on reducing this spend requirement)
AMEX Blue Cash Preferred
The Chase cards applied in branch and what I am a little concerned about is the banker showed approval for both but then could not bring the screens back up (screen crashed). When I call Chase they show the Sapphire but even though we saw approved and credit line in the branch they are showing the United as pending. They think this could just be slow system update but anyone know whether I should be concerned or not ? I mean I got the printed disclosures and the banker supposedly saw the approval and credit line before closing the window.
To say I felt completely out of my comfort zone is an understatement, this is all new to me and thanks again for all the help here. Will let you know about my experiences with the cards once they finally show up (Chase branches by the way will rush you the cards at no cost, bonus !).
Now to meet the spend and enjoy the bonuses
Also want to wait for better bonuses on the PRG or Plat to come, if not will look at MB Plat in future.
Thanks again all