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Should i close PSL Zync?

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I have had the Zync since September of last year with the $500 limit (which was never lifted), As most of you probably know you cannot apply for another amex product if you have this particular card.

 

I was originally going to stick with the card for another year since it is my only rewards card, this is no longer the case however since i was recently approved for the Chase Freedom which has better rewards anyway.

 

So i was thinking of closing the card and applying for the PRG, the issue is that i am not too confident of getting approved.

 

My EX Fico when i got the Zync a year ago: 623

 

My Ex Fico 6 months ago: 660

 

My Ex Fico Now: I am not sure but i assume it should be a bit higher now.

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Re: Should i close PSL Zync?

I think the answer is yes but please wait til January for maximum backdating

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Re: Should i close PSL Zync?


Denny33142 wrote:

I have had the Zync since September of last year with the $500 limit (which was never lifted), As most of you probably know you cannot apply for another amex product if you have this particular card.

 

I was originally going to stick with the card for another year since it is my only rewards card, this is no longer the case however since i was recently approved for the Chase Freedom which has better rewards anyway.

 

So i was thinking of closing the card and applying for the PRG, the issue is that i am not too confident of getting approved.

 

My EX Fico when i got the Zync a year ago: 623

 

My Ex Fico 6 months ago: 660

 

My Ex Fico Now: I am not sure but i assume it should be a bit higher now.


I agree with web, close it in January and get the backdating. 660 should be good enough for the PRG also considering you have solid history with AMEX.

 




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Re: Should i close PSL Zync?

I'm getting old and tired, but I thought you had to closed any previous charge accounts for at least 90 days to be eligible for the PRG signup bonuses? Our household income is around 200k and I can't remotely begin to justify the PRG annual fee even with the signing bonus, although I don't have a travel-centric job. The last time I ran the numbers, you would have to run about 20k through the card, at least 7500 in multiplier categories, to make this a competitive card vs others. If you are going to close the Zync anyway, why not close now, then apply for PRG in mid-January and get the signing bonus. Then a year from January, decide if you are using it enough to justify the fee.

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Re: Should i close PSL Zync?

Another benefit of waiting, close your card now and wait 90 days then when you app you will be eligible for the signup bonuses.


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Re: Should i close PSL Zync?

why exactly is it better to apply in January?

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Re: Should i close PSL Zync?


Denny33142 wrote:

why exactly is it better to apply in January?


Backdating. Your member date on your new PRG in January will be the same year your Zync was, thus making your AAoA (Average Age of Accounts) longer.

 




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Re: Should i close PSL Zync?

because if approved now, the card will have an open date of 10/11. If you wait until January, it will have an open date of 1/11, thus gaining you 10 months of history for nothing. All future amex cards will have the month you were approved and the year of your first card as an open date. That is what people mean by "backdating" and is unique to Amex.

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Re: Should i close PSL Zync?


Cdnewmanpac wrote:

I'm getting old and tired, but I thought you had to closed any previous charge accounts for at least 90 days to be eligible for the PRG signup bonuses? Our household income is around 200k and I can't remotely begin to justify the PRG annual fee even with the signing bonus, although I don't have a travel-centric job. The last time I ran the numbers, you would have to run about 20k through the card, at least 7500 in multiplier categories, to make this a competitive card vs others. If you are going to close the Zync anyway, why not close now, then apply for PRG in mid-January and get the signing bonus. Then a year from January, decide if you are using it enough to justify the fee.


 

This is why I carry zync vs gold or pr gold.... I do not travel enough to justify the fee. Most of my spend is in zync pack catagories. My husband is an additional card member. Our YTD spend is 29.3k.... 4% business services 12% communications 1% entertainment 39% merchandise and supplies 12% restaurant 20% transportation 11% travel

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Re: Should i close PSL Zync?

January is a great time to apply because your new card will show opened since January 2011... thus giving you two years of free history. If you close zync and apply today it will show as opened since October 2011 and you lose those 10 months of free history. If I were you I would close the account today; but keep your card just in case you need to have amex reset your member since date. You will want to wait til mid January as another poster suggested so that you can get all the bonus points.

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