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Close Credit One?

My credit rebuild journey is over, has been over, and now i'm affraid to close the Credit One because it's my oldest card. So, my question is:


Should i close it, even though it is my oldest card? My goal is to get my scores in the 800s or as close as possible, get my total available credit above 100k across all cards, and i plan to open 3-4 more CC's and an Amex charge card over the next 6-24 months.

Is there any possibility i would be able to get them to drop the $99 AF if i threaten to close it?

The $99 AF wouldn't be that bad to just deal with for a little bit longer, however they throw $8.25 every month on the card, instead of the full $99 as a one time fee.


Looking for opinions, thoughts, and everything in between.


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Re: Close Credit One?

If you have ANY other cards, it's time to close Credit One.

12/01/19 Fico 8: EX 732, EQ 732, TU 755.
11/08/19 Fico 9: EX 733, EQ 740, TU no idea...
Zero percent financing is where the devil lives...

Firmly in the garden until the next pre-approval arrives!
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Super Contributor

Re: Close Credit One?

When the question is whether or not to close Credit One, the answer is always "Yes."

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Established Contributor

Re: Close Credit One?

I am guessing that your concern is losing account age, since it is your oldest card. But, you will not lose account age for a decade, by which time it probably won't matter. It will stay on your credit for around ten years even after being closed.

Short answer, yes, I'd close it. JMO, good luck!

FICO 8 scores are deceptively high. My profile is young with a lot of new accounts and even more inquiries from spring and summer 2019. The Barclay AU card is not on TransUnion; and, Equifax has some old positive accounts from 2011 that are not on the other two. That is the reason for the variation in scores. No derogs. Over 5/24 until summer 2021.

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Closed but still on reports: ExxonMobil, $950, 10/08-02/11 (Equifax only) | Citi secured, $200, 045/19-09/19 | Capital One secured, $300, 04/19-08/19 | My Jewelers Club, $5,000, 05/19-08/19 | Green Dot Primor, $300, 05/19-08/19 | Unsecured personal loan from Coastal, $1,000, 05/19-08/19.

Goal cards: Ducks Unlimited, Chase Sapphire Reserve (or Preferred, haven't decided). Increased CLs across the board.
Long-term goal: Legitimate 770s on EX/EQ/TU, able to qualify for most normal credit products. Prime-rate mortgage.
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Senior Contributor

Re: Close Credit One?

Should you close your Credit One card/account... Answer is almost always Yes, yes, oh yes......Uhm  yes?

This card is like a tissue, you use it (to get a better product) and then you throw it away...


Every time someone closes a subprime or predatory account, a credit angel gets their wings..........



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Re: Close Credit One?

CC1? SI SISmiley Wink
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My posts are JMHO. My siggy is not to brag at all. Just sharing my experiences after learning here from rebuild to recovery after BK DC at 540's. And to show fellow members what can be accomplished when you do it right and play the FICO Credit Game. Pay it Forward!
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Frequent Contributor

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They will miss you and they will let you know for the next two years Smiley Happy GL when you actually call to close it.

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