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AMEX Credit card question

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Re: AMEX Credit card question


myjourney wrote:

TJNDND wrote:

Only about 2 months for the Capital One card.  I tried applying for a Citi Simplicity card like my wife has, but was declined.  I'm trying to get at least one more card to A. increase my available credit, and B. find one with a low interest rate since the Capital One card is like 24.99% or something.

 

Suggestions for any other cards that might be within my reach would be appreciated as well as I know that the AMEX cards are not revolving.  Had I known this forum was here I probably would have asked before wasting my time with the Citi application....

 

Thanks again - this forum is great!

 

TJ


When you start to see declines it's time to stop applying and let your accounts age a bit.

 


I agree with this......

You might look at Discover but......

Since your CapOne card is only 2 months old I would suggest you wait another 4 months and then apply for something.

And, when you apply make sure that your utilization is between 1%-9%

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Re: AMEX Credit card question

It's a CL of $1000, I have about $180 on it currently.  I pay it off in full every month. 

 

The decline I received was on a Citi simplicity card with 0% intro rate for a year.  I'm just wondering if the decline means I need to wait to apply again for "anything", or if the decline was simply a result of applying for a card that was "out of my league" in relation to my credit scores/history. 

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Re: AMEX Credit card question

Welcome to the forum!
With your card being such a young one Smiley Happy I would wait til it hits its 6month mark before I would apply for any other card.
I pay my cards in full every month so I don't worry too much about the interest rate, but I do see your point.  By using and paying on your Cap1 card responsibly,  you will show creditors you can handle credit, and they may be more inclined to grant you a new card.

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Re: AMEX Credit card question


TJNDND wrote:

It's a CL of $1000, I have about $180 on it currently.  I pay it off in full every month. 

 

The decline I received was on a Citi simplicity card with 0% intro rate for a year.  I'm just wondering if the decline means I need to wait to apply again for "anything", or if the decline was simply a result of applying for a card that was "out of my league" in relation to my credit scores/history. 

 

I don't remember seeing how many total inqs are on your file... asking for too much too soon looks bad on your report.  Inqs stay on your file for 2 years, but really only count 'against' you for 1 year.  When you do decide to apply for your next card, try paying your Cap1 down to less than 9% util (so $90?) and then apply.  Utilization is a big key.

 

If you must have another card, you could try a store card, or go to your local credit union.   Then you can baby step your way into the prime cards like amex and citi.

Back in the garden!
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