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Looking to apply for a new card, preferably EQ pull!

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Looking to apply for a new card, preferably EQ pull!

Hey all, I'm looking to apply for a new card if possible and looking for my options. Primarily looking for a Cash Back/Travel card but open to other options. Primary spending is grocery, gas, online shopping, restaurants. I'm located in TX if that helps figure out which bureaus gets pulled.

 

My current EQ score is 704 and TU Score is 645. Currently have 1 credit card: Cap1 QS 1,500 Limit, 100% Paid on time (always pay off full balance), account has been open for 1 year, 7 months. I also have 1 baddie on file (collection). I've been getting offers in the mail for the past couple of months to apply for Citi Double Cash (APR given), but not sure about whether I would get approved or not. Was looking at Discover IT but not sure if it fits my range.

 

What are my best options to apply for?

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Re: Looking to apply for a new card, preferably EQ pull!

Something AMEX would probably be best. Have you checked their pre-quals? I would say Gold card or blue cash everyday/preferred

 

Gold card is a charge card though and has a fairly high AF. But if you're able to take advantage of the credits the fee is effectivly $30

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Re: Looking to apply for a new card, preferably EQ pull!

Sorry I missread EQ as EX, that is my fault. Although those cards may still be a good fit for you

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Re: Looking to apply for a new card, preferably EQ pull!

I actually tried applying for an AMEX BCE 2 months ago and got denied, they pulled my EX. Smiley Frustrated 


That's my only inquiry on my report thus far, so maybe something else?

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Ah, sorry about your denial. Who do you bank with? Would the BofA cash card be a possibility? It is a 3-2-1 card where you can choose each month what category "dining, gas, grocceries ect" you get 3% back on. My gut is go with a thin file friendly lender. Discover is also a very good option but obviously you are limited to 1% back unless you get the 5% category in one of those spend areas

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Re: Looking to apply for a new card, preferably EQ pull!

I do bank with BoA! I've had a credit card with them in the past, the Cash Rewards card. About 4 years ago I had gotten into some financial trouble and wasn't able to pay off my card, eventually I was able to pay off the balance in full and close the account though, so not sure how much that would factor into me applying for another card through them though since its been a few years...

What do you think about the Citi Double Cash?

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Hahaha! Seems we have the same brain. I have no experience with the DC so I may not be the best person to ask but on the surface it seems like a pretty good card with the flat 2%. Have you gotten any pre-quals for it? I know there are huge amounts of threads on here about the DC from people who have had it long term

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Re: Looking to apply for a new card, preferably EQ pull!


@falco635 wrote:

Hey all, I'm looking to apply for a new card if possible and looking for my options. Primarily looking for a Cash Back/Travel card but open to other options. Primary spending is grocery, gas, online shopping, restaurants. I'm located in TX if that helps figure out which bureaus gets pulled.

 

My current EQ score is 704 and TU Score is 645. Currently have 1 credit card: Cap1 QS 1,500 Limit, 100% Paid on time (always pay off full balance), account has been open for 1 year, 7 months. I also have 1 baddie on file (collection). I've been getting offers in the mail for the past couple of months to apply for Citi Double Cash (APR given), but not sure about whether I would get approved or not. Was looking at Discover IT but not sure if it fits my range.

 

What are my best options to apply for?


 

Your best option is to work on your negatives. 

 

While some lenders may exclusively pull one CRA, a lot of them will pull two with borderline profiles, or do a combo of HP and SP. 

 

I dont know how solid Citi offer is. If there is opt out language, they are only invitation to apply.  Disco pre approvals while not set in stone  tend to be pretty reliable. 

 

You'd really have to apply to find out. 

 

 

EX 759 EQ 774 TU 753


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Re: Looking to apply for a new card, preferably EQ pull!

Citi’s prequals are good, but they will most likely pull two bureaus. Have you looked at HSBC? They have a range of cards and are known for pulling EQ. I think they’re a little conservative, though.
Discover It: 19.7k
Amex BCE: 18k
Citi DC: 5.7k
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Re: Looking to apply for a new card, preferably EQ pull!


@falco635 wrote:

Hey all, I'm looking to apply for a new card if possible and looking for my options. Primarily looking for a Cash Back/Travel card but open to other options. Primary spending is grocery, gas, online shopping, restaurants. I'm located in TX if that helps figure out which bureaus gets pulled.

 

My current EQ score is 704 and TU Score is 645. Currently have 1 credit card: Cap1 QS 1,500 Limit, 100% Paid on time (always pay off full balance), account has been open for 1 year, 7 months. I also have 1 baddie on file (collection). I've been getting offers in the mail for the past couple of months to apply for Citi Double Cash (APR given), but not sure about whether I would get approved or not. Was looking at Discover IT but not sure if it fits my range.

 

What are my best options to apply for?


Rewards questions aside, some of the issuers which almost always pull Equifax (EQ) are:

  • PenFed CU
  • BB&T
  • Suntrust
  • Synovus
  • Citizens Bank

This is based on my experience and also based on what I have seen others report here. Some of these have geo restrictions but I believe almost all allow in-branch applications.

 

However, in general, in my personal opinion, it may be best to wait until EQ score approaches or crosses a 720 FICO threshold (e.g. by decreasing utilization or by trying to fight off collection baddie).

 

Thanks!!

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