04-25-2014 02:35 PM
I couldn't bring myself to try for the Arrival, even though the pre-approval link gave me the congratulations message for it. I just don't think I would have been approved, all of my research indicated it required excellent credit. Anyway, I DID apply for the Barclay Rewards card - and was instantly approved! $1300 limit.
You guys, this is the first cc I have had on my own in something like....over a decade! When I was young I really screwed up my credit. I've been an AU on the DH's card since we got married, but that's it! It was kind of an empowering moment to see that approval come through. Anyway, um question is - what now?? Should I apply for something else while the HP is fresh? People seem to do this in groups, and I know 1 cc is not enough for a solid portfolio. And if I do apply for something else, what should it be? I don't want to put a bunch of HP on my CRs if I can help it, so I want to be really careful and considered about how I proceed. So, what next? Help a girl out!
04-25-2014 02:57 PM
Congrats! You could give the Discover IT a shot or wait 6 months and try then after showing some history.
04-25-2014 03:06 PM
04-25-2014 03:30 PM
Thank you everyone! And based on advice I received in a previous thread, I also went ahead and had the DH apply for the same card (his own, instead of adding him as an AU to mine), and he was just approved for a $1500 CL. So now we will each have access to our TU CR each month, which was the real draw for me with this card. I am super excited.
I have heard of people reconning right after approval for higher CL immediately...is it worth it to try this? What do they typically look for?
Our goal is to get into an AMEX Skymiles card as soon as possible. (We would actually use the miles, husband flies Delta exclusively for an international business trip every year). We aren't there yet, but I feel like this is a solid step down the road to get there.
04-25-2014 03:54 PM
Ha ha! Okay. So, the husband already has a Chase card, on which I am an AU. (Rewards card from 2005). It's the card we JUST paid the balance down on, from 90% utilization down to less than 20%. But I looked at the cards people typically recommend alongside the Barclays, because I want at least 2 cc of my very own to garden with. Between the Discover IT and the Chase Freedom, I liked the Freedom best, so I checked their pre-qualification, and it did give me the pre-approved message. (To my surprise). I waffled, but went ahead and pulled the trigger. APPROVED! But the CL is only a measly $500. No problem. I can grow that, and it's still a lot better than a declined, right? What would you all recommend to make that CL grow quickest? And should I stop now that I have two cards? The plan is to garden for a year, and then apply for the AMEX card next May.
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