According to the CSR I spoke to, I will have to wait until I get my first statement before I can enroll. Doesn't really make any sense to me. If I can phone in and access my account then it should "exist" enough to enroll.
When I try it simply says that "my information does not match their records" and inevitably locks me out.
Anyone else have experience with this or is this a common thing?
If in fact she knew what she was talking about, how am I going to be able to pay the balance down below 9% before the statement cuts ( apparently they report at the same time )?
Or should I just make sure I don't spend more than that, so when the balance reports ( presumably while I'm waiting for the statement to come in the mail) It will already be below 9% and I can then just PIF?
I was only going to put Scorewatch on it anyway and not use it otherwise so it would be below 9% regardless.
I wouldn't worry about it for a month honestly; FICO has no memory of prior balances and it's urban legend that other lenders will slash your established credit lines just because they see a one month balance on another credit card: that's what credit cards are designed for. Where they tend to get edgy is they don't see anything they consider "progress" in repaying your accounts .
Anyway if the card is your typical use card, just use it, let it close, get access to the admittedly excellent BOFA web interface, and go on with life. I do think it's a little odd though you can't enroll online immediately, even before I had and could activate my card it was in the online interface; however, I've banked there for some stupid amount of time already and as a new customer it might be somewhat different but I can't see why. I'm pretty certain I near immediately got access to my old checking account when I moved to Cali, opened the new account, and then signed up for online access. Seems wierd but end of the day pretty unimportant.