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How would a NEGATIVE balance affect credit scores?

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Yesterday I paid off my honeymoon cruise in full with my new AMEX BCP. $2200 cruise payment, $5000 credit line. As soon as I saw the cruise payment pending on my AMEX card I paid $2150 from my savings account onto my AMEX so I wouldn't show such a huge balance on the card for a long period of time, especially not on my first close date.

 

Well, my payment posted first! Now my balance on my AMEX card is over negative $2000, lol.

 

I was wondering - has anyone ever experimented with how something like that would impact a credit score? What if your overall utilization was -2%, lol.

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Re: How would a NEGATIVE balance affect credit scores?

Interesting thought as I have never had more than a few dollars overpaid anything.  But unless your AMEX account is due for your monthly statement very soon, it is more likely they won't report a negative balance at all - more likely a zero balance.  And therefore no difference to your utilization.

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Re: How would a NEGATIVE balance affect credit scores?

Any time this has happened to me, such as returning something after I've paid the bill, it has reported as $0.

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Re: How would a NEGATIVE balance affect credit scores?

Mine has always reported as zero, even when there was a credit on the account

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Re: How would a NEGATIVE balance affect credit scores?

As others have mentioned, it will report as a zero balance.

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Re: How would a NEGATIVE balance affect credit scores?


kevinjjc wrote:

As others have mentioned, it will report as a zero balance.


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