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09Lexie
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Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits

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I app'd last month and they gave me $900. I bought something $11 and now it's in my SD. We'll see if they give me a CLI
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randeman
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Registered: ‎12-13-2012

Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits


new_earth wrote:

randeman wrote:

Rhaeny wrote:

Well I found that if one rep says no I just call back and try to talk with someone else...LOL!  

 

I opened Macy's in October with $300 limit and I called and asked for an increase and they said no.  I was thinking for goodness sakes what in the hell can I do with $300 at Macy's that wouldn't use up every bit of that limit.  So I called back a little later and requested an increase again.  This time I got a rep that knew what they were talking about and got it increased to $1500.  So yea its doable....just gotta be a little persistent.


I think I would have an easier time with $300 at Macy's than I would with Bloomingdale's!

 

My experience was with Macy's first, they started me with a $300 limit that went to $2000 in less than six months without my asking.  I opened Bloomingdale's in January, and it's still at $300.  I am hoping Bloomie's goes up on its own by six months.


Well, there is an actual Macy's location close by, a few of them actually. I prefer to shop in person and they are cheaper than Bloomingdale's. Bloomingdale's I'd have to order online and pay for shipping, and honestly most of the stuff I could never afford unless I buy one item at a time and pay it off over a few months. I will most likely at least for now only buy a small nice piece of jewelry from them to utilize the account.

 

Ooh, a huge Macy's increase like that in less than six months, I am excited!


Yeah, Bloomingdale's are few and far between compared to Macy's.  Of course, I live in New York so I really don't have an issue here, but I can understand your reluctance to shop online with them.  Just about everything I buy comes from Macy's, and I use Bloomingdale's for the occasional extravagance or for something not available at Macy's.  Although Bloomingdale's does or may offer free shipping depending on your purchase balance,  You'd have to check the website to determine what if anything they offer in that respect.

 

I hope you get what you want in the way of a CLI,  One thing I have learned on these boards is credit is YMMV.  There is no rhyme or reason regarding approvals, denials, and CLIs.  You just have to go with the flow.  Good luck to ya!

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new_earth
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Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits

these two cards finally just started reporting for me but only on EX. Are the other two a little slower? They've been on EX for a few days now but nothing on the others :/

The Duck Card $7500 - DCU Visa Platinum $7100 - Discover it $2500 - Chase Freedom $3500 - Chase Slate $2000 - Barclay Rewards MC $1300 - Barclay Apple Visa $2000 - Ebates Visa $1800 - Macy's Amex $3000 - Bloomingdale's Amex $3000 - Walmart Discover $4250 - Chevron-Texaco Visa $2800 - PayPal SC $3200 - Home Depot $5000 - and too many other store cards
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austinguy907
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Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits

I opened mine with a purchase and it reported almost immediately.  The store limit reported to EX which was the primary pull 8 days after opening and TU/EQ reported 4 days later.  I still haven't seen an alert on the AMEX line being reported as of today.  Statement hasn't closed on the AMEX portion yet even with active usage.

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new_earth
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Registered: ‎03-23-2013

Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits


austinguy907 wrote:

I opened mine with a purchase and it reported almost immediately.  The store limit reported to EX which was the primary pull 8 days after opening and TU/EQ reported 4 days later.  I still haven't seen an alert on the AMEX line being reported as of today.  Statement hasn't closed on the AMEX portion yet even with active usage.


oh ok, i guess it should be on my EQ and TU in another day or two then, thanks.

The Duck Card $7500 - DCU Visa Platinum $7100 - Discover it $2500 - Chase Freedom $3500 - Chase Slate $2000 - Barclay Rewards MC $1300 - Barclay Apple Visa $2000 - Ebates Visa $1800 - Macy's Amex $3000 - Bloomingdale's Amex $3000 - Walmart Discover $4250 - Chevron-Texaco Visa $2800 - PayPal SC $3200 - Home Depot $5000 - and too many other store cards
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indiolatino61
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Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits

You would think that Macy's would give you a CL that you could actually use there...lol! I know lots of people who's CL was shot down to $100! Seriously, what can anyone possibly do with $100 CL at Macy's...:smileyfrustrated:?

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new_earth
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Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits


indiolatino61 wrote:

You would think that Macy's would give you a CL that you could actually use there...lol! I know lots of people who's CL was shot down to $100! Seriously, what can anyone possibly do with $100 CL at Macy's...:smileyfrustrated:?


lol yeah I remember reading that before I applied and was afraid that's what I'd get. Fortunately I at least got $300. I still don't get why Bloomingdale's emailed me to call them and surprised me with a higher limit without even asking, but Macy's wouldn't budge at all. I just wonder what made the difference, very strange.

The Duck Card $7500 - DCU Visa Platinum $7100 - Discover it $2500 - Chase Freedom $3500 - Chase Slate $2000 - Barclay Rewards MC $1300 - Barclay Apple Visa $2000 - Ebates Visa $1800 - Macy's Amex $3000 - Bloomingdale's Amex $3000 - Walmart Discover $4250 - Chevron-Texaco Visa $2800 - PayPal SC $3200 - Home Depot $5000 - and too many other store cards
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new_earth
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Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits

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I have another question about these cards, I have never had any store cards before this. Do they report every month whether you use the card or not? I used both of them and paid in full but was not able to do it before the statement cut, it was a few days after. So they are both at zero now way before the due date, but reported with the balances I had. But I am wondering, does that mean the balance I have from those first statements will remain that way on my reports until I use them again and show a lower balance? If so that stinks but oh well...

The Duck Card $7500 - DCU Visa Platinum $7100 - Discover it $2500 - Chase Freedom $3500 - Chase Slate $2000 - Barclay Rewards MC $1300 - Barclay Apple Visa $2000 - Ebates Visa $1800 - Macy's Amex $3000 - Bloomingdale's Amex $3000 - Walmart Discover $4250 - Chevron-Texaco Visa $2800 - PayPal SC $3200 - Home Depot $5000 - and too many other store cards
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FinStar
Posts: 5,156
Registered: ‎10-21-2012

Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits


indiolatino61 wrote:

You would think that Macy's would give you a CL that you could actually use there...lol! I know lots of people who's CL was shot down to $100! Seriously, what can anyone possibly do with $100 CL at Macy's...:smileyfrustrated:?


I guess I've never encountered the experience with a DCL or being approved for a low limit but I can certainly understand sometimes these things do happen.  I've had my Macy's AmEx when it was originally issued as a Visa.  Same thing with my Bloomingdales AmEx.  I originally got the Macy's Visa approved for $2K back in 2008 and the Bloomingdale's Visa when I went to NY during Xmas the following year for an initial CL of $3.5K.

I use them both fairly regulary (never carry a balance-PIF) and over time the Macy's Preferred AmEx CL has grown to $12K and the store account at $8K.  Bloomingdale's Reserve AmEx is now at $14K, and the store account at $9.5K.

 

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GST2008
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Re: Bloomingdales & Macy's starting limits

If you want to upgrade to the Macy's or Bloomingdale's AMEX, it will be a new application.  They view them as separate products with separate guidelines for approval.  If approved, it will be a new tradeline.  Unfortunately, they don't just upgrade you to those cards.  If I remember correctly, you also have to apply in the store or over the phone for those and the online application is just for the regular store card (I may be mistaken on this, it's been a while).


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