I've been wanting to apply for the Amex Platinum and Chase Sapphire Reserve, but have been waiting for my scores to hit over 700 and also waiting for at least April on the CSR because I want to try for the bonus (I got the CSP bonus in March 2016).
My FAKO scores in December (2017) were in the low 600s. MyFico8 scores as of 2-20 were EQ 729 TU 698 and EX 665. I know Amex pulls EX, and I am still waiting on some balances to update to bring my utilization to under 5%. I was recently denied a CLI increase on my SPG card (which is annoying because I managed to get $30K in spend on the card last year with a $1K CL), so I was not expecting any love on a new card.
Any hoo, I was checking for my offers and it kept asking me to log in (even on the incognito site) and taking me to the page that had featured cards consisting of BC, ED and Delta Reserve (upgrade option only). Clicked on ED and thought about trying for it. The page come up and said expanding your membership is easy (or something to that effect) and it only asked for name, number and income. I started searching the forum to try to see what that could mean and started seeing that Amex is likely to only do a SP for members if denied. Instead of apping for the ED like I planned, I decided to take a chance on the Platinum. If the worst that could happen is a SP, no harm, no foul right. Clicked on apply now and it said congrats you're pre-approved. Decision in as little as 30 seconds. OK. Name was pre-filled, so added phone number and income and VOILA. Congratulations!!!
I have several international trips planned this year, so I am excited to try out the lounge access and maybe even using the concierge to get Hamilton tickets for my birthday lol. I only wish I had this card in hard a week ago when I booked $3200 in flights given the $5k spend for the 60K bonus.
Congrats on the approval. I’d have back up plans for getting Hamilton tickets though. Very unlikely that the Amex concierge will be able to secure any.
Congratulations on your new Plat card! Hopefully, you will get the tix for Hamilton
Congratulations on your new Platinum card! Man, I want one so bad I can taste it.
Congartulations on your Amex approval!!!
And good luck waiting on your CSR; hopefully you get it.