I have a very low AAoA (9 months) with an Orchard Bank Secured with CL of $1k and a Capital One with CL of $750. I just applied for an AMEX SPG (Denied) and a Discover More (approved $750 CL) which I was pre-approved for.
I am not really happy with either of the above decisions. Is it worth reconning the AMEX? From what I've read (after the fact), they generally require at the very least 2 yrs AAoA.
Also, can I recon that Discover $750 CL? I honestly don't even want to open an account with them with that paltry limit. How good is Discover with CLIs?
In general, I'm probably just going to have to let my credit lines age, but just wondering if I should recon either one.
One more final question: should I attempt to unsecure the Orchard Bank/HSBC card?
Withou knowing your scores and past history too hard for the experts to say. I know you dislike the Discover offer, but I would kill to get in with them. In a year from now I doubt you will have any issues getting what you need!!
716 fako (Credit Karma)
721 Experian (prior to applying for the cards in the OP)
No history past the Orchard/HBSC approval a year ago, except for some failed applications.
Sorry can you give us more details on credit file. Negatives. What other accounts in files? Aaoa etc.
My Experian report is pretty simple:
9 months AAoA
HSBC/Orchard Bank card opened on 08/2011, 1k limit
Capital One card opened on 02/2012, $750 limit
5 hard inquiries
You don't have enough credit history. You already took the inq and new account hit by getting the Discover, so there is no point in closing it now. Just use the cards you have until you get 2 years of reported history and then you should be able to do much better.... although you should try for CLIs after your current cards reach 1 year to get bigger limits on future cards.
Actually, you should not plan on cli or unsecuring your current cards with exception of discover. Other cards won't grow with you. No reason for hp to get 200 cli or something junky like that.