I was recently added onto my wife's Amex which she has had since 2011 and currently has a CL of $15000. She has no balance on the card and we dont plan to use it.
I was wondering... With me being added as an AU will that help me when I apply for my own Amex card? Do you guys think I should use the AU card?
You don't have to use it but someone should be using it a little bit at least to make it look active for you on your credit since it's a new account for you. I think it will help you a bit with Amex depending what your credit looks like.
Why does she not use it?
Has she asked for an increase in the last 6 months or applied and been approved for any other Amex Cards in the last 6 months?
If not I would go through the automated phone system and ask for a credit line increase on it to $25k.... it's a SP and it will probably grant it instantly if she hasn't been asking.... That will help you even more!
Amex will start asking questions after 20k if I remember correctly?
As far as being an AU, I don't think it helps out that much. None of what she does on the card goes to your credit report which they'll be pulling if you apply for your own card. I've had my significant other put as a AU for my Platinum card and she barely got accepted for a Blue Sky Preferred with a lousy credit limit.
It's 25K as CreditAddict points out.
Regarding AU's; it's reasonable to say they don't hurt and an Amex AU (ACM actually in Amexese) has a seperate account number and tradeline that Amex tracks. Any positive history with Amex as an ACM is likely a good thing for the same reasons as an individual Amex tradeline is. They almost assuredly can take it into consideration on their internal risk metric, and I strongly suspect that they would as there's no reason not to.
Just did a CLI on my SPG. I guess my lack of activity on the card hasn't helped it out much. Still, Amex CLIs are soft pulls so as everyone else recommended, try doing it every 6 months or so.
as an AU in an amex, can you request for the CLI after the 61 days using the secured messages? or does the primary card holder's sole right?
How long will AMEX take to report you as an AU?
You can not request cli and it's every 6 months after the first 61 day cli after account opening.
Should be reporting in under 2 months but mine was WAY faster.
Sorry I forgot to mention she barely opened the account...