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Merrill Lynch cards: Merrill+ vs. Total Merrill Cash Back

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Merrill Lynch cards: Merrill+ vs. Total Merrill Cash Back

I've seen Merrill+ talked about in this forum and others and it appears it is a solid card if you want to use the card for point redemptions for more expensive flights, plus the EMV capability and No FTF is also attractive. But I do not really see much talk about the Total Merrill Cash Back. Is the cash back card as highly regarded? Does anyone here have it and can comment? The picture of the card on the site shows it has the EMV chip, but does the cash back card also have no FTF (it doesn't say in the card overview)? I tend to favor cash back credit cards over points based cards because points tend to be devalued over time. Also has anyone PCed a BOA branded card to a Merrill card, if so does it involve a hard pull?

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Re: Merrill Lynch cards: Merrill+ vs. Total Merrill Cash Back

Welcome to the forum 

I can answer part of this ...No you can't PC from BofA to Merrill it requires a new HP

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: Merrill Lynch cards: Merrill+ vs. Total Merrill Cash Back

Can answer a portion also.  The Total Merrill Cash Back is not issued to new card holders from what has been told to folks (like myself) that have applied for a Merrill card recently.  While the underwriting is the same for BoA, Merrill, and Fidelity cards I think I have only seen one case where someone PC'd from BoA to Fidelity.  Never heard of anyone PCing to Merrill.  The cards do come with the EMV chip.  I got mine yesterday and it looks nice.

AMEX (BCP - $25K, Platinum - NPSL, SCP Bus - $17.5K, SPG - $20K)|BOA (BBR - $15K, CR - $15K)|Barclays (Arrival+ - $17.5K, Ring - $15K)|Blispay - $10K|CAP1 (QS - $30K, Venture - $30K)|Chase (AARP - $15K, freedom - $5.5K, CSP - $25K, MRP Bus - $15K, Slate - $13.5K)|Citibank (DC - $28.2K, HD - $25K)|Discover it - $32.5K|Fidelity IR - $16K|Huntington Voice - $17K|LMCU - $10K|NFCU (cashRewards - $30K, GoRewards - $30K, CLOC - $15K)|PFCU (CR - $30K, Defender - $20K, LOC - $10K)|Synchrony Lowe's - $25K|US Bank Cash + ($12.5K, $21K)|USAA (Cash Rewards - $16K, Rewards - $23.4K, WPAOG - $10.5K)
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Re: Merrill Lynch cards: Merrill+ vs. Total Merrill Cash Back

I can confirm what BigBS said the only card you can apply for is Merrill+.  The very friendly reps advised me Total Merrill is not open to apply for anymore.

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Re: Merrill Lynch cards: Merrill+ vs. Total Merrill Cash Back

Thanks for the responses so far. Pretty absurd to list a phone number to apply on the page but then be told it is not offered to new applicants anymore.

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Re: Merrill Lynch cards: Merrill+ vs. Total Merrill Cash Back


NoLimits79 wrote:

Thanks for the responses so far. Pretty absurd to list a phone number to apply on the page but then be told it is not offered to new applicants anymore.


I didn't ask for all the details, maybe there's more to it?  Merrill+ has a 25,000 points bonus with $2500 spend in 3 months.

 

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Re: Merrill Lynch cards: Merrill+ vs. Total Merrill Cash Back

I PC'ed my better balance card to the Merrill +. It took a month to receive the new card, but it is possible.
Current Cards: AMEX Everyday ($15k), AMEX BCE ($20k), Amex Platinum, Arrival ($11.5k), Merrill+ ($7.5k), Freedom ($5k), Double Cash ($6.5k)

2/16 - 864 Fico EQ (CITI); 818 Fico Ex (AMEX)
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Re: Merrill Lynch cards: Merrill+ vs. Total Merrill Cash Back

Anyone else have any experiences with PC'ing a BoA card to a Merrill card?

 

I have the BoA Cash Rewards Visa Sig card but it's pretty much sock drawered at this point due to having worse rewards than my other cards (ie. AMEX BCP, Penfed, Cap1 QS).

 

Seems like there's been 1 other person on this board who said they changed their BoA to a Fidelity card but not much beyond that that I can find information on.

Walmart Discover TU08 FICO 12/07/15: 767 PSECU EX V2 FICO 12/05/15: 735
AMEX EX08 FICO 12/19/15: 778 PenFed EQ NG2 FICO 12/01/15: 717
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