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When to apply Amex SPG?

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When to apply Amex SPG?

how long until I shld apply for he Amex spg card? I just recently got accepted for Amex premier rewards gold charge...after multiple recon attempts..had to get manual review bc of old cancelled bk account. I really wanted spg card but got prg bc I heard charge cards easier to get approved. Figured after using a bit

of using prg I would apply. Advice as to when?

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Re: When to apply Amex SPG?

Since Amex seems to only record a hard pull upon approval, I'd suggest applying in January to get it backdated to Jan. 2012.  If denied, try again every month if you want to, though I might suggest every 3 or so months.

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Koop10010 wrote:

Since Amex seems to only record a hard pull upon approval, I'd suggest applying in January to get it backdated to Jan. 2012.  If denied, try again every month if you want to, though I might suggest every 3 or so months.


Wow. Did I understand that right? If you apply for an Amex Credit or Charge card you only get dinged with a hard pull if they approve you and don't hit your CR with any marks if they deny you? If so, very cool! 

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ionred wrote:

Koop10010 wrote:

Since Amex seems to only record a hard pull upon approval, I'd suggest applying in January to get it backdated to Jan. 2012.  If denied, try again every month if you want to, though I might suggest every 3 or so months.


Wow. Did I understand that right? If you apply for an Amex Credit or Charge card you only get dinged with a hard pull if they approve you and don't hit your CR with any marks if they deny you? If so, very cool! 


if your a amex member yes thats correct. 

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creditnocash wrote:

ionred wrote:

Koop10010 wrote:

Since Amex seems to only record a hard pull upon approval, I'd suggest applying in January to get it backdated to Jan. 2012.  If denied, try again every month if you want to, though I might suggest every 3 or so months.


Wow. Did I understand that right? If you apply for an Amex Credit or Charge card you only get dinged with a hard pull if they approve you and don't hit your CR with any marks if they deny you? If so, very cool! 


if your a amex member yes thats correct. 


Ah, so non members get treated the same as if you're app'ing with any other company. It's just once you're in the door and applying for a new line they start to ignore the hard pulls on denials?

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Re: When to apply Amex SPG?


ionred wrote:

creditnocash wrote:

ionred wrote:

Koop10010 wrote:

Since Amex seems to only record a hard pull upon approval, I'd suggest applying in January to get it backdated to Jan. 2012.  If denied, try again every month if you want to, though I might suggest every 3 or so months.


Wow. Did I understand that right? If you apply for an Amex Credit or Charge card you only get dinged with a hard pull if they approve you and don't hit your CR with any marks if they deny you? If so, very cool! 


if your a amex member yes thats correct. 


Ah, so non members get treated the same as if you're app'ing with any other company. It's just once you're in the door and applying for a new line they start to ignore the hard pulls on denials?


Should have clarified that.  Yes, as an existing Amex cardmember, future applications seem to only result in hard pulls upon approval.

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