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CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex

James_A
Senior Contributor

CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex

AMEX hates me for past transgressions, but not enough to not do SOME business with me. They are wary of me, which is totally their right.

 

History:

I defaulted on an Amex card a million years ago. A relatively small amount (< $1000), I think. I did not ever re-pay them. 

 

July 2018:           approved for BCE with $500 SL.

January 2019:    auto BCE CLI of $500.

January 2019:    requested 3X on BCE, denied, got 0.

January 2019:    applied for Amex Hilton: approved for $1000 SL.

June 2019:          requested 3x on Hilton: approved for $1000 CLI (2x).

December 2019: requested 3x on Hilton: approved for $2000 CLI (2x).

 

So Amex is slowly re-warming to me. Hopefully in 6 months I'll get this card to 8K, then 16K next December. Maybe pick up another card with a workable CL at some point. I consider them a lender worth being patient with. 

 

Data Points:

 

SP CLI

750+ Fico scores

Limited spend of $50-100 per month; PiF.

Starting Score: (5/24/2018) -- FICO 08 EXP: 643; FICO 08 TU: 642; FICO 08 EQ: 677
Current Score (3/12/2021): FICO 08 EXP: 748; TU: 755; EQ: 773
2020 Goal Score: 760 across the board


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AllZero
Super Contributor

Re: CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex

Congratulations on your CLI!
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Steve891
Senior Contributor

Re: CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex

Congrats on your CLI! Slow and steady is better than none! Smiley Very Happy




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CS1974
Valued Contributor

Re: CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex

Congratulations on your increases!

July 2020
Experian Fico 8. 707
Transunion Fico 8. 705
Equifax Fico 8. 724

Capital one QS1. $2450
Discover IT Cashback. $12,000
PNC cash rewards signature Visa. $17,500
Chase SW rapid rewards signature visa $6900
Amex Green Card NPSL POT $11,000

Amex Hilton Honors $1000
Citi Rewards $3900
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AverageJoesCredit
Mega Contributor

Re: CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex

Grats James! Better than nothing. You'll get thereSmiley Happy
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M_Smart007
Epic Contributor

Re: CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex

Congrats!

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UH_HUH
Valued Contributor

Re: CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex

Congratulations @James_A !!

No doubt you will be racking up the approvals and CLI's with them 

soon :-)

Enjoy

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Bbcatcher
Valued Contributor

Re: CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex

Congratulations!



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SugeLite
Established Member

Re: CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex


@James_A wrote:

AMEX hates me for past transgressions, but not enough to not do SOME business with me. They are wary of me, which is totally their right.

 

History:

I defaulted on an Amex card a million years ago. A relatively small amount (< $1000), I think. I did not ever re-pay them. 

 

July 2018:           approved for BCE with $500 SL.

January 2019:    auto BCE CLI of $500.

January 2019:    requested 3X on BCE, denied, got 0.

January 2019:    applied for Amex Hilton: approved for $1000 SL.

June 2019:          requested 3x on Hilton: approved for $1000 CLI (2x).

December 2019: requested 3x on Hilton: approved for $2000 CLI (2x).

 

So Amex is slowly re-warming to me. Hopefully in 6 months I'll get this card to 8K, then 16K next December. Maybe pick up another card with a workable CL at some point. I consider them a lender worth being patient with. 

 

Data Points:

 

SP CLI

750+ Fico scores

Limited spend of $50-100 per month; PiF.


Congrats! Thats not a bad journey & I hope they show me some love as well. I did burn them in 1990 while in college but i did settle it.

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CreditInspired
Super Contributor

Re: CLI: Slow Sledding with Amex


@James_A wrote:

AMEX hates me for past transgressions, but not enough to not do SOME business with me. They are wary of me, which is totally their right.

 

History:

I defaulted on an Amex card a million years ago. A relatively small amount (< $1000), I think. I did not ever re-pay them. 

 

July 2018:           approved for BCE with $500 SL.

January 2019:    auto BCE CLI of $500.

January 2019:    requested 3X on BCE, denied, got 0.

January 2019:    applied for Amex Hilton: approved for $1000 SL.

June 2019:          requested 3x on Hilton: approved for $1000 CLI (2x).

December 2019: requested 3x on Hilton: approved for $2000 CLI (2x).

 

So Amex is slowly re-warming to me. Hopefully in 6 months I'll get this card to 8K, then 16K next December. Maybe pick up another card with a workable CL at some point. I consider them a lender worth being patient with. 

 

Data Points:

 

SP CLI

750+ Fico scores

Limited spend of $50-100 per month; PiF.


Congratulations on getting back in.

 

I filed BK in 1976 and included AmX for what I'm sure was <$1K. But back then, it seemed like a huge financial loss. In March 2018, I applied and got the AmX ED, SL $15K. Requested a CLI in July 2018 and got an additional $10K. Then I reallocated $13.5K to my AmX Magnate.

 

I am providing this information because yes, AmX will give big CLIs; however, I believe the spend has to be there. I put thousands of dollars on my AmX ED during the first year. IMHO, spending only $50-100/month is not going to get you large CLIs because AmX will feel that the CLs you have fits your spend.

 

Just food for thought.


DEC 2019: EX 816, TU 820, EQ 810
DEC 2018: EX 777, TU 783, EQ 799

|| AmX Cash Magnet $40.5K || NFCU CashRewards $30K || Discover IT $24.7K || Macy's $20K || NFCU CLOC $15K || CitiCostco $12.7K || NFCU Platinum $12.5K || Apple Card $6.5K ||
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