OK, so I'll be staying in a Sheraton four 4 nights in early Feb. I signed up for SPG (program) and in my confirmation email they sent me an offer for AMEX SPG. Obviously, I'm tempted by the bonus 25,000 points. So here is my history with AMEX:
--AU on my wife's Gold Card opened 1/2012
--Opened my BCE account in 4/2012 (10,000 CL)
Here's my other pertinent info:
--last app 10/29/2012 (also newest acct), appoved for Chase MRP 5K Visa Sig
--most recent scores are listed in sig
I was going to wait for any new AMEX apps until I had a year on my BCE (not sure why, just seemed reasonable). Originally was only going to apply for the No AF Hilton HHonors. I dont stay in Hiltons or Sheratons (Starwood) but about once/twice a year each (Marriot is typically better suited to my needs and I'm a guest 60+ days per year). The Starwood's AF is somewhat offset by the ability to tranfer to mile, but again I'm not a frequent flyer (2-3 round trips a year). Is it worth stepping out of the garden for a few. What are my chances given my limited history with AMEX? Would I be able to get the card backdated to 4/2012 if approved?
$65 AF's not bad and it's waive the first year. You think approval is likely with my short time with AMEX (if that were the only consideration)?
What has your spending pattern been on the gold and BCE? I think you are in line for an approval... I usually don't agree with apping just for the sign up bonus but the PC policy with amex is very conducive to getting a card and changing it later if you think you can use another revolver from amex.
I have used the Gold very infrequently, almost none. That said my wife has put about 10K on it in a year... so not alot of use, but paid as soon as the statement cuts. My BCE has been used quite a bit. I've run 16k +through it in 9 months. Always paid shortly after statement cut, well before due date, and several times PIF.
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Approval Chances are good. Its up to you if you can see another amex revolver in your wallet long term.I could see getting SPG with a plan to PC to BSP later on based on the usage you've described. BSP comes with a 75 AF which is completely offset by the 100 incidental airline credit you receive.
Approval Chances are good. Its up to you if you can see another amex revolver in your wallet long term.
Yes, it won't see frequent use like my BCE, but it would be used from time to time and my help with utilization. Speaking of utilization, my wife's B of A (again I'm an AU) has a statement balance that just cut of $7000. Problem is, it's her B of A Visa Sig which doesn't report her limit, just high balance which is now $7000. I'll be making a payment of 1500 or so on Thursday (reduction wont be reflected on CRA until next statement). Not really getting in a hurry about PIF, I'll take 2-3 months (until 0% APR runs out). All other cards have very low utilization or zero balances. Does this seem to present an issue, maybe something that may necessitate a recon?