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gangof4
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Amex credit cards--why?

I was looking at what Amex cards I might be eligible for.  If as forum members suggest Amex does not prefer that customers carry a balance on their credit cards but that they PIF each month, then why apply for them at all when you have their charge card?

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Wolf3
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Re: Amex credit cards--why?

No Annual Fee

and

You can carry a balance if you need to.

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wollepopolle
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Re: Amex credit cards--why?

Amex credit card - why?

 

Why not? Decent rewards with good customer service.

 

We've all "heard" this or that about Amex CC. One of these rumors is that they like to be paid in full each month. Maybe it's true, maybe not.

 

All I notice is that a lot of people with baddies (lates, collections, even older bankrukptcies) on their reports get approved for Zync.

 

That means that the illustrious company Amex has either discovered their heart for those with less than perfect credit history or that they are engaging in a fierce fight for new customers with the other companies.

 

These days, it seems to be easier to get an Amex Zync (ok, not a CC) than a Discover More or a Chase Freedom. I don't know about the Amex CC products. I got my Amex CC when I had only one other credit card reporting for a year on a completely new credit history. I had 12 months of regular payments on one card on my reports. Thin, to say the least. Amex was nice to me and approved me for one of their CCs. Instantly! No questions asked! Nonetheless, my credit file was as thin as they come at the time. That tells you a lot about Amex's "pickiness".  

 

Nobody get me wrong, please. More power to those with less than perfect credit who can snag up an Amex.

 

 

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wollepopolle
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Re: Amex credit cards--why?


Wolf3 wrote:

No Annual Fee

and

You can carry a balance if you need to.


Some do have an annual fee, don't they? The Delt Gold and Platinum for example. There are others, I think... But then, they do have enough CC without an AF.

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clocktick
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Re: Amex credit cards--why?

I like mine for the early ticket-buying opportunities and the no annual fee.

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voidman
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Re: Amex credit cards--why?

IMO Costco Amex has a AF.... though it is not really a AF but Costco's membership fees. But you can not have Costco Amex without paying for the membership fees even if you do not shop at costco.

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llecs
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Re: Amex credit cards--why?

I have CCs from different creditors like BofA, Discover, Wells Fargo, and so on. Of all of them is my Amex. I like having the requirement in place to PIF monthly. I put all of my purchases on it and that forces me to not be in CC debt. Another advantage that may or may not be mentioned is backdating. If you open an Amex today and close it next month, it'll still report with a 2010 open date. If you decide to open an Amex 12 years from now, that new card would show a 2010 open date.

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MyFicoAddict
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Re: Amex credit cards--why?


clocktick wrote:

I like mine for the early ticket-buying opportunities and the no annual fee.


I get this with my penfed amex - works like a charm - bought backstreet boys tickets for my girl before they went on sale - for amex users only...

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MrShush
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Re: Amex credit cards--why?

 


MyFicoAddict wrote:

clocktick wrote:

I like mine for the early ticket-buying opportunities and the no annual fee.


I get this with my penfed amex - works like a charm - bought backstreet boys tickets for my girl before they went on sale - for amex users only...


 

I'm pretty sure you get the early access with any AMEX card whether it's issued by American Express or not. I have a Green but also a Citi Diamond Preferred Rewards AMEX that recently got me presale tix with the options for the backstage passes. Paid with the Citi over the 'real'.

 

 

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Re: Amex credit cards--why?


MrShush wrote:

 


MyFicoAddict wrote:

clocktick wrote:

I like mine for the early ticket-buying opportunities and the no annual fee.


I get this with my penfed amex - works like a charm - bought backstreet boys tickets for my girl before they went on sale - for amex users only...


 

I'm pretty sure you get the early access with any AMEX card whether it's issued by American Express or not. I have a Green but also a Citi Diamond Preferred Rewards AMEX that recently got me presale tix with the options for the backstage passes. Paid with the Citi over the 'real'.

 

 


Sweeeeet.... gotta love the co-branded AMEX card.

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