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Amex question: how long since last new account & inq before app'ing?

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Amex question: how long since last new account & inq before app'ing?

If somebody wants to apply for an AMEX, how old should newest account(s) and inq's be for best approval chances (with high FICO)?

 

I had an AMEX back in the late 80's and got to thinking if they age based upon "member since" from old accounts this might be a good new account.

 

But I know they are sensitive to new accounts and inquiries.  Do I wait 1 year, 2 years?

 

 

 

 

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09/03/2009 TU: 777, EQ: 776 ($8 balance on an account dropped me out of 780's)
03/28/2009 TU: 814, EQ: 810, EX: 781 (02/12/2009)
05/18/2005 TU: 563, EQ: 580, EX: 549
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Re: Amex question: how long since last new account & inq before app'ing?

Scores at time of Approval = EQ 728, TU 730, EX 690

 

Apped for BoA and approved on Jan. 11, 2009

Apped for Amex and approved for Gold Rewards on Jan. 28, 2009

 

Both pulled EX

 

Next closest pull was 10/08 and EQ


Starting Score: TU 737 EQ 721
Current Score: TU 741 EQ 741
Goal Score: TU 765 EQ 760


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Re: Amex question: how long since last new account & inq before app'ing?

With your scores you should not have any issue getting Amex Card. Go for charge card which is easier to get approved than their credit cards.
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Re: Amex question: how long since last new account & inq before app'ing?

Personally I think Amex is hurting with all the recent  bad publicity and  would definately approve you for

their card.  I can tell you that after going to their preapproval site they gave me 30,000 points after spending $500

in 3 months which I redeemed for $300 of assorted gift cards.  My Ficos are in the 720's with alot of open unused credit and 8 inquires as I have beefed up my available credit since last september.

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Re: Amex question: how long since last new account & inq before app'ing?

if you have more than 4 or 5 EX inq (or new accts.) in the past 6 mos. i'd wait six months.  if you get one with a high number of new accts or inqs (which is certainly a possibility with your substantive file, great scores, etc.) it may be a bit of an eggshell walk to start imo.

DCU EQ 5.0, Citi EQ 08 Bankcard, PenFed EX NG2
EX 08: AFCU, Amex, Chase, PSECU EX 98(?)
TU 08: Barclays, Discover
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Re: Amex question: how long since last new account & inq before app'ing?


concorduser wrote:
With your scores you should not have any issue getting Amex Card. Go for charge card which is easier to get approved than their credit cards.

 

I went to the Amex site and did the "see what cards you are preselected for" and got the "congratulations where I am supposedly "preselected" for the Gold, Green & HHilton Honors (sp?).  On the Business side they say "preselected" for Gold, Platinum and Green.

 

However, while my scores are good, I have a lot of doubt on the approval because I have 6 new accounts in the past 90 days.

 

And EX is my worst CR.  I have only a 12 year file on EX, where I have a 21 year file on TU and EQ.  I also have 4 inqs on EX where I only have 2 each on TU or EQ.

 

The last time I was able to pull EX FICO I had a 781, but that was before new accounts and inqs.  And since my AAoA is lower and my oldest account is lower, I am sure my FICO score is adversely affected much more than on TU and EQ by my new accounts and inqs.

 

I joined PSECU since the claim is you get an EX FICO from them, but my account is not active yet.

 

Message Edited by txjohn on 07-07-2009 01:32 PM

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09/03/2009 TU: 777, EQ: 776 ($8 balance on an account dropped me out of 780's)
03/28/2009 TU: 814, EQ: 810, EX: 781 (02/12/2009)
05/18/2005 TU: 563, EQ: 580, EX: 549
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Re: Amex question: how long since last new account & inq before app'ing?

I suggest that you pull the trigger.  After all, the inq's are close enough that they will all age about the same and the worst they can say is "NO".

 

Good luck


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Re: Amex question: how long since last new account & inq before app'ing?

1 month was my experience.  YMMV.  I don't think there is a magic number.  If you are looking for a green card I would go for it now.  Those are easy to get.