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Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?

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Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?

I'm a bit new here. I've been "gardening" since November and I've been wanting an AMEX for a while. I recently got an invitation for the green charge, but I just got another invite for the Gold! Between the green and gold I would rather open the Gold. I had originally wanted the Blue Cash Everyday card.. But i think this would be a good step for me to get my foot in the door with amex. Also, I hear they only soft pull if you are an existing american express cardholder, so i could app for BCE at a later time with a soft pull only??

 

Also, I would like to app for the B of A card since I currently bank with them and they have a $100 cash back offer right now.

 

So what do you think I should do?

Is it true about the AMEX soft pull for current members?

App for the Gold and B of A?

App for gold BCE and B of A?

If all, in what order should I app?

 

Sorry, lots of questions, a bit confused, but thanks in advance!

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Re: Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?


bobkabob wrote:

I'm a bit new here. I've been "gardening" since November and I've been wanting an AMEX for a while. I recently got an invitation for the green charge, but I just got another invite for the Gold! Between the green and gold I would rather open the Gold. I had originally wanted the Blue Cash Everyday card.. But i think this would be a good step for me to get my foot in the door with amex. Also, I hear they only soft pull if you are an existing american express cardholder, so i could app for BCE at a later time with a soft pull only??

 

Also, I would like to app for the B of A card since I currently bank with them and they have a $100 cash back offer right now.

 

So what do you think I should do?

Is it true about the AMEX soft pull for current members?

App for the Gold and B of A?

App for gold BCE and B of A?

If all, in what order should I app?

 

Sorry, lots of questions, a bit confused, but thanks in advance!


We need more info about your CR and scores, INQ's to help

Before you app think...
Have you done your research of the CC?
Does it fit your spending?
Do you have a plan for the bonus w/o going into debt?
Can you afford the AF?
Do you know the cards benefits? Is it worth the HP?
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Established Member

Re: Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?

Last pulled score was L2C 660 (from Discover letter)

 

Oldest account 7/12 Cap 1

Last opened account Discover 11/12

 

Other INQ's include Barclay Sep-Oct 2012(denied), and BofA 7/12 (denied)

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Mega Contributor

Re: Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?

I would go for the PRG.

 

If your approved, I would hold off for 6 months then go for the BCE. Your scores aren't there yet for a AMEX revolver.




EQ FICO 548 3/3/16
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Moderator Emerita

Re: Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?

Agree with LS. Chances are once you pull the trigger on Amex you'll get another ding and BoA will probably be out of the question. What's your util?
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Established Member

Re: Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?

Not sure how utilization is exactly figured out.. if this means how much of my balance i let post on my statement it would be 0, because I always pay in full. If this is regarding what portion of my credit line i actually use it would be about 10-15%.

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Mega Contributor

Re: Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?


bobkabob wrote:

Not sure how utilization is exactly figured out.. if this means how much of my balance i let post on my statement it would be 0, because I always pay in full. If this is regarding what portion of my credit line i actually use it would be about 10-15%.


You'll be just fine! Good luck!!!




EQ FICO 548 3/3/16
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Super Contributor

Re: Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?


bobkabob wrote:

Last pulled score was L2C 660 (from Discover letter)

 

Oldest account 7/12 Cap 1

Last opened account Discover 11/12

 

Other INQ's include Barclay Sep-Oct 2012(denied), and BofA 7/12 (denied)


I would take PRG 

Before you app think...
Have you done your research of the CC?
Does it fit your spending?
Do you have a plan for the bonus w/o going into debt?
Can you afford the AF?
Do you know the cards benefits? Is it worth the HP?
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Re: Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?

Don't waste your time with green or regular gold. GO PRG  get your bonus and in 6 months or so try for BCE. In a year when the annual fee comes if you find that you're not spending enough to warrant keeping the PRG you can downgrade to green or gold if you still want a charge card. 


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Re: Invitations... Should I app Amex Gold? B of A?? Mini Spree?

I agree: sign up for the PRG, then downgrade to green. Ap for the BCE card within 6 months of using your charge card.
As of 1/10/2014 EX FICO - 748. EQ FICO - 728. Trans FICO - 755

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