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07-26-2010 11:34 AM
I have a few credit cards all with different credit limits. Last year I got a rewards Chase card which has become the only card I use on a regular basis because of the cash back rewards I get. Overall I spend about $2500/month, and I always pay off the balance in full every month which I have done ever since I got my first credit card 10 years ago. However because this is a new card, it only has an $8000 credit limit, so I'm charging over 25% of the limit every month - although like I said I pay it off in full every month. I have another card which used to be my primary that has a $50,000 limit, however because there are no cash back rewards I stopped using it (I kept the account open since I've had it for a decade though). SO, when they look at my credit spending as a percentage, do they compare my spending vs. my TOTAL amout of credit available from all my cards, or do they only consider the amount I spend vs. the credit limit on that specific credit card. I'm trying to figure out if I'm hurting myself credit wise by using the card with the lowest credit limit but the best reward system, and if I should spread the spending amongst my credit cards that don't have rewards. That would suck as the cash back rewards are nice, but I'm just wondering. It makes much more sense if they compared my spending to the total amount of credit I have available to me (around $70,000 total), but I've learned that much of the credit score process does not follow what I consider to be conventional logic.
07-26-2010 11:44 AM - edited 07-26-2010 11:48 AM
9% of your total credit available is 6300.
I don't think where you spend it matters unless
you max out a card.
The number of cards reporting balances will
affect your score. When I went from 2 to 3 accts
reporting my EQ went down 8 pts.
If you pif each month it does not matter how much
07-26-2010 12:45 PM
FICO, looks at total utilization, and the highest utilization. So if you need the maximum score for a new application, you should make sure all cards are <9%, Otherwise, why worry about it?
I suggest you put use on the other card, so it does not get cancelled for non utilization. Perhaps a small monthly bill or 2.
07-26-2010 02:38 PM
Z--you raise good questions and it looks like you have given this some good thought.
A couple of ideas:
Your utilization, both per card and total, will be the best possible and you will not have sacrificed rewards for charges. Others on the forum have recommended this strategy and I have used it successfully for the last 18 months.
07-27-2010 09:43 AM
Ok thanks for the suggestions everyone, I will definitely keep the other cards open with a bill or two and see if I can get the card with the high limit transferred to some kind of rewards deal.