08-07-2012 07:48 PM
I'd like to add an amex to my porfolio sooner rather than later since I've read they are inquiry sensitive. Based on my history provided do I have a good chance of being approved in store assuming they pull EX only? Score was EX 644 before new CC opening.
1 inquiry on EX
Oldest account 10 yr
2 - 60 day late 7 years ago
AU on one card reporting 0% 5 years old
One other CC opened less than 4 months ago
Current installment loan, no lates, around 2 years open
No other baddies
08-07-2012 07:56 PM - edited 08-07-2012 07:56 PM
I don't think so, Webby semi-recently got one and I think her score was around 670-680 EX and I think most other approvals were higher scores.
Right now you might not even be qualified for a Zync (minimum six months, not sure if they include installment loans though on that or only revolving). If you're just looking at Amex membership, I'd wait for a bit till at least you've made your sixth payment on your current CC and it reports, then I'd apply for a Zync. Later (next year) I'd go for the Costco card, probably January even.
08-07-2012 07:57 PM
660+ is what they say AmEx likes to see, have you tried their pre-approved offers link?
08-07-2012 08:02 PM
What's the link for the amex preapproval and is it a soft pull? I thought I saw one here but it was dead or I couldn't find the right place to input my information.
The AU account would give me 5 years of CC history, that doesn't help?
08-07-2012 08:09 PM
08-07-2012 08:28 PM
Nope, no existing offers for me. I wonder if that's due to opting-out?
I'm not sure how the AU accout would affect your app. I'd say it would weigh less in a manual review, might help where there is an instant computer decision.
08-08-2012 07:15 AM
Does anyone know if Costco does manual reviews or do they approve/deny based on the fico score?
I think if they go by score I could potentially be approved but I'd hate to waste an inquiry.
08-08-2012 07:19 AM
Are you already an Amex member? If you are it would only be a soft pull if denied. Then if you are approved a hard pull. I would think everything is computer first nowadays. What are scores?
08-08-2012 07:43 AM
I would suggest applying for Zync. If you get approved for that then you can go ahead and run to Costco and apply and see... but Im not sure you are up to Costco area under 650, think it's more around a 675+ with no recent baddies.
Manual review not to mucn, they use to submit it to be reviewed, I helped 3 or 4 friends back in 2003-2005 get Amex Blue - I thought that was easiest and I never saw a CL below $2k... now I think Delta or Costco now.
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