I hate annual fees as much as I hate losing a ball on the golf course. I also haven’t had much luck getting retention offers for keeping cards open. My Aviator card’s annual fee came due, and I called Barclays to cancel. Since this card is churnable, it wouldn’t make sense to keep it open and pay $95 unless there was an absurd retention offer. There was not, so I closed the card. Common wisdom, i.e. DoC, says that one should wait a few months before applying for the same card. I ignored that and applied the same day for the 60k offer. I wasn’t immediately approved and have not called recon. The strategy of not waiting has worked with Barclays in the past (see Approved! JetBlue Card, Second Time Around). Will it work this time? Tune in next time for As the World Churns.