Nope don’t go by website. I had green check marks (only reason I applied) and was declined (only reason, I was at 5/24).
Now I have read that going to a branch could possibly make a difference.
How long ago when you accepted the "Green Checkmark" offer. Ive recently seen nothing but approvals based on those checkmark offers and folks were over 5/24.
I think you can try.
I have Deserve credit card too. Interesting thing is this card is not on my Experian report but on my TransUnion report. I don't know why.
So if you don't count your Deserve and new Amex BCE, you're actually 4/24.
You may have a chance to get approved but that's just the suggestion from my datapoint.
Like the other OP mentioned, you are not eligible until 12/2019. You might want to check the pre-qual site for offers. That can by-pass 5/24.