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Prequalified Citi Simplicity

Received a prequalified offer for Citi Simplicity, again. Been holding out to lower some balances and bring up my score before applying.  

 

Mail in offer has 16.24% and online prequalified 18.24%.

 

Checked prequalified site for Citi and also prequalified for Diamond Preferred @17.84%

 

Both have 21mo no interest on balance transfer with 3%fee on each account transferred.    Primary need is to transfer Discover with Balance $3,498 (CL $7,200) and FTCU balance $4,054 (CL $6,000)

 

Also have prequalified for Double Cash and Thank You Preffered 18.24% and 15mo no interest on both.

 

The APR difference is negligible, 0.4%

 

EQ 724 (10/12) and EX 721 (10/14) from MyFICO and TU 696 (9/26) from Discover FICO score. Did a big payment to Discover so this should be a bit higher.

 

Only 1 credit check in the past 6mo for Citi Best Buy CLI from $800 approved for $6,200.  

 

Other Citi store cards that I have are Home Depot, Sears Plus closed but paid in full with no lates and Sears co-signer which I just paidoff.

 

Which of these is better and what are my chances to get at least $8k limit?

EQ FICO - 727
TU FICO - 720
EX FICO 721
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Re: Prequalified Citi Simplicity

From my experience Citi hasn't always given me huge starting limits.

 

When I was approved for my Simplicity in June 2013 I had a 770 EX FICO with 1 HP. Instant approval for $6K.

 

 

FICO 08-EX: 746 TU: 752 EQ: 750 AAoA: 5yrs TLs: 42 Neg: 0

Credit Limits: $300,000+
Miles: 400,000+
MRPs: 200,000+
Cash Back: $2,000+
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Re: Prequalified Citi Simplicity

How good are they with call in CLI?

Worst case is that I could apply for both simplicity and diamond.
EQ FICO - 727
TU FICO - 720
EX FICO 721
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Re: Prequalified Citi Simplicity

CLIs at  activation are possible but it will require another HP

 

SP CLIs are usually available after 6 months

 

Are you looking at any other lenders? Or just want Citi?

FICO 08-EX: 746 TU: 752 EQ: 750 AAoA: 5yrs TLs: 42 Neg: 0

Credit Limits: $300,000+
Miles: 400,000+
MRPs: 200,000+
Cash Back: $2,000+
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Re: Prequalified Citi Simplicity

If there's another lender with a card that has a good offer for balance transfer then I'd go for it. Looking for something like 15mo or over with 0% interest.
EQ FICO - 727
TU FICO - 720
EX FICO 721
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Re: Prequalified Citi Simplicity

Chase Slate is the gold standard for 0% intro APR from big banks, since it also comes with a 0% BT fee. Still not sure you'll get a big limit, and the length is 15 months instead of 21, but it meets your criteria. Or if you want some utility after the intro period, Freedom and Freedom Unlimited both come with 0% for 15 months, but you'll have to eat a 5% BT fee, which is on the high end for CCs.
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Re: Prequalified Citi Simplicity

I already have Freedom with 2k CL and it's paid off. Got an offer the other day for 0APR for 12 mo and 3% BT fee from Chase for the Freedom but that's a short time frame and not enough CL. 

 

Can I shoot for Unlimited having the Freedom?  Has a better return on points... I can squeeze in 15mo to cancel if it were to come down to that.

 

I might be able to get both Slate and Ultimate..my score have gone up quite a bit and waiting for disputes on TU and EX to come through.  Currently sitting on EQ 727 EX 721 and TU 680 all FICO. With just on inquiry from EX CLI for Citi Best Buy $800 to 7.2K.

EQ FICO - 727
TU FICO - 720
EX FICO 721
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Re: Prequalified Citi Simplicity

What's the fascination with Citi around here lately?  OP,  co-branded cards w/ Citi aren't an "in" for a prime card with them.  You're on track though with the specific APR's being listed on the pre-quals.

 

BT's are a dime a dozen depending on your credit level.  

 

BOA has one for 0% for 21 months on a pretty plain beige card they offer

Chase obviously has random 0% offers all of the time as well

Barclay's is another option

 

AMEX doesn't really get into the BT game

 

 

BT's aren't going to earn you points or cashback though alone.  If you're in the hole and can't get a CC with a 0% offer you might want to look into a personal loan or PLOC that you can consildate things with.

 

Check out the normal spots for BT cards though and make a run for them if you feel confident in getting approved after looking here and the credit pulls DB to confirm.

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Re: Prequalified Citi Simplicity

I think it has to do with them giving 21mo with 0% and being advertised practically everywhere... I'm aware that BT won't get me points but not looking into that now.  Just want to get rid of the high balances in the shortest realistic time, meaning that I can make the monthly payments I've set.  Paying $400 to just one card now, Discover, to bring it down but this same amount is what I'd be paying if I do get a card with enough CL and transfer both Discover and the CU Master Card balances.

 

Checked BoA and their current longest time offer is 18mo no interest with 3% BT fee.  Did a prequal and they're offering Better Balance Rewards but it only has 12mo no interest... but I alway prequalify for the 18mo one.

 

I can wait until my credit goes up a bit more and go for Slate or Simplicity... 

EQ FICO - 727
TU FICO - 720
EX FICO 721
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Re: Prequalified Citi Simplicity

I got the 21 month offer by doing the pre-qual and not taking the offers online.  They send out the 21 month option by mail.

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