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Re: why a low limited from Amex?

I got a $1k limit from SPG Amex recently so dont feel bad. I couldnt believe it.

 

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Re: why a low limited from Amex?


onthemove wrote:

Thanks for the responses. I am quite aware of the "Amex 3x CIL", but I was trying to figure out with a high credit score and other good trade lines, why I ended up with only a $10,000 CL. I think I got part of my answer when I got home today. There was letter from Amex telling me that I have the "Pay-Over-Time feature and the out standing balance may not exceed $35,000, unless we notify you of a different amount", on my Amex Reward Gold Card plus, $10,000 a month for approval per month. I guess Amex internal process see things different from what we can see from the outside. Again thanks!


This is just the standard terms of Pay Over Time.  It doesn't necessarily mean that Amex is going to let you revolve $35K on your charge card.

 

As others have said, Amex has extended you over $30K of unsecured credit very recently.  $10K is a healthy new limit.  In that context, I don't see it as them extending you "only" $10K.  

 

I have an SPG card with a $27K limit.  When I applied for the Hhonors card, the initial CL was $13,700.  And that was nearly two years after applying for the SPG card.  I don't see anything surprising by the CL they gave you.  Of course, that isn't to say that you probably can't get a CLI.  But it's not surprising that they started you out a little lower on the second card especially given the time between the last app.     


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Re: why a low limited from Amex?


Walt_K wrote:

onthemove wrote:

Thanks for the responses. I am quite aware of the "Amex 3x CIL", but I was trying to figure out with a high credit score and other good trade lines, why I ended up with only a $10,000 CL. I think I got part of my answer when I got home today. There was letter from Amex telling me that I have the "Pay-Over-Time feature and the out standing balance may not exceed $35,000, unless we notify you of a different amount", on my Amex Reward Gold Card plus, $10,000 a month for approval per month. I guess Amex internal process see things different from what we can see from the outside. Again thanks!


This is just the standard terms of Pay Over Time.  It doesn't necessarily mean that Amex is going to let you revolve $35K on your charge card.

 

As others have said, Amex has extended you over $30K of unsecured credit very recently.  $10K is a healthy new limit.  In that context, I don't see it as them extending you "only" $10K.  

 

I have an SPG card with a $27K limit.  When I applied for the Hhonors card, the initial CL was $13,700.  And that was nearly two years after applying for the SPG card.  I don't see anything surprising by the CL they gave you.  Of course, that isn't to say that you probably can't get a CLI.  But it's not surprising that they started you out a little lower on the second card especially given the time between the last app.     


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