06-11-2013 07:56 PM
So about a month ago, I think, I've noticed an American Express card on my waiting list. However, researching their charge cards, and non-charge cards I figured out that my thin file <1 year of credit history that I won't get approved for their regular credit cards. So it brings me down to their charge cards with fee, and it looks like a great card for me, but what makes AMEX so great? I was looking into either their green card, gold card, and PR gold card. What would would suit best for me that I'm a college student working full time at BB, so I might want to buy a tv soon What are the pro's and con's to them?
Thanks in advance!
AAoa 4 months
Credit history 8 months
6 inquires on EQ.
4 inquires on TU.
06-11-2013 07:59 PM - edited 06-11-2013 08:00 PM
06-11-2013 08:02 PM
That's a lot of INQ's for such a short history IMO right now I would look at all the other student cards out there. Amex due to AF may not be right for you at present
06-11-2013 08:03 PM
I don't have an amex yet but it is on my list and something I really want, especially their revolvers. So far I see a couple of benefits to amex, one is that they backdate additional cards you get with them later on which helps with AAoA, second its easier to apply for CLI increases on their revolvers (see the sticky above re: amex CLI), three my understanding is they have great customer service (again I am not a member so can not vouch for this but it is what I heard) and finally after you are a member you can apply for other cards with them and they will do a SP first (most the time) and only if you get approved will they do the HP. I have no idea on the criteria for their charge cards other than the fact they are easier to get than the revolvers. I think many people get the charge card to establish a relationship with Amex so they have a much better chance at a revolver with a decent CL later on. Someone who has one would be able to tell you about the benefits and rewards, but these are just the reasons I would like one.
06-11-2013 08:12 PM
06-11-2013 09:49 PM
There is one aspect of Amex cards that I've found invaluable. The ability to charge far more than i could with regular CCs. I have a fairly short file since I didn't use credit at all for about a decade. Within three years I was able to leverage secured cards into unsecured and add an Amex charge card. Since I pif the value of CCs is purely a function of the CLs that cap individual spends. The Amex has enabled me to make charges exceeding 60k which is well above all my CLs combined. It's an advantage that I would be hard pressed to get on another card and is the singular most valuable feature of Amex cards. At least for my situation.
06-11-2013 11:53 PM
However, researching their charge cards, and non-charge cards I figured out that my thin file <1 year of credit history that I won't get approved for their regular credit cards.
May I ask where you read that? I know many counter-examples, just wondering how you got that information.
06-12-2013 07:41 AM
What are the pro's and con's to them?
1. Backdating - Most unique benefit which has value over a lifetime.
2. Only true NPSL with extremely high purchasing power and convenience.
3. Most pro consumer during merchant disputes.
2. Spend-centric geared to favor a certain demographic.
3. More scrutiny than any other lender, by far.
In my view, Amex is extremely valuable for those who are: (1) starting out with time to build a long relationship; (2) those who need large purchases with static lines can't accomodate quickly enough; (3) those who travel; (4) those with small businesses.
All things being equal, it takes time to build a good relationship with Amex. In my experience, they value the "membership since" more so than any other issuer; the longer you are with them, the better your experience. For very senior cardmembers, I've seen exceptions made that no other issuer will under similar circumstances.
The latter is far and away the single best benefit.
If they like and value your relationship, there is no better issuer to have when you're in a bind, especially when abroad.
06-12-2013 08:06 AM
And for a smaller subset, another more-or-less unique benefit is Global Transfer, the ability to get an Amex card in a new country of residence based on your existing Amex relationship. As credit records don't usually transfer from country to country, this is really valuable for those that need it.
06-12-2013 08:14 AM
TheRealJosh94 wrote: Is Amex wirth it?
It's worth 25 a year for a NPSL line and a shiny white card with some sweet backdating. Otherwise, I'm not so sure.
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