New member who's been rebuilding my credit. Found this forum a few days ago, and it's been invaluable! Never honestly had a "good" credit card, as I've never really had good credit. Currenlty have a Citi Double Cash, and that was a surprise when I was approved. But now looking to do traveling and get points. Most of my current spend is on Gas, restarurants, groceries, some travel. Been reading a LOT about the various Amex and Chase cards, and maximizing points.
Still undecided if I should go Chase...Sapphire Preffered + a Freedom Card, or go for the PRG and an Everyday card to maximize points.
I have read some on Chase possibly removing the point transfer from lower tier cards to the Sapphire. Which has me thinking Amex might be the better base to build around with a few cards?
Like many, I used to abuse credit, and my score was in the tank. I'd guess under 600 a few years ago with a few late payments, utilization in the 80% range. In the past year, I've got the spending under control, and have focused more on raising it. Goal is to get some value for my spending! Want to travel, and ideally looking at cards in that area...Ideally Chase Sapphire Preffered and a Freedom card, or an Amex PRG and maybe an Everyday.
Citi double cash. Got it 2/2018 $1k Limit. And pay it off every month.
Capital one Quicksilver. $4500 limit. $2.5k balance.
Capital once. $500 limit. $50 balance.
Chase Auto loan obtained in 2016. Got it to help improve my credit. $10k intial loan, made every payment since, and currently has $5200 outstanding.
2 derogatories for two late payments in 2014 (Amex everyday card).
1 Inquiry for the Citi card.
No collections ever.
Average age of accounts is 6.8 yrs.
The Citi site gives my Fico as 674. Chase and CaptialOne list it as 724, but I know that's a bogus model.
Question is.....I really want to get going earning points. I'm tempted to apply now for PRG or the Sapphire Preffered now, but thinking I'll get denied and ding my credit. I just paid down the cap one card to $1k balance. But doubt that will update for a month plus. Should I wait?
Amex's pre-approval site only lists Everyday card, and the Blue Cash. My Chase site has me Pre-approved for the Preffered and both freedom cards.
Is there one airline or hotel chain you mostly use?
Guess I need to brush up on the forum rules. Thanks for clarifying. The other post was more asking whether or not a 675, avg age of 6.8 yrs, and two derogatories 3 years ago was good enough to apply for a PRG or Sapphire Preffered, or if I should wait until I break the 700 mark. Hate to ding my score with an inquiry if applying now is a bit premature. I'm at a 40% utilization now, but will get it down to 10% in a month or two.
Pre-approved for the Chase cards (if that means anything), but only thing Amex pre-approved me for was the everyday and blue cash on their website, not the PRG.
I'm out in CA. So a decent amount of places take American Express. I generally frequent Fairmonts, W, Marriot, Intercontinental and Hyatts. Airlines...Southwest, Alaska, United. But I fly out of SFO, so I have options to use many different airlines. But I do plan to do a lot more international travel in the next year.
Is it generally easier to accrue points with Chase compared to American Express?
I would go with amex over chase.
Amex does everything off soft pulls while chase requires hard pulls. Either way, I'd wait until my utilization was down before applying. If you're preapproved for the bce and ed, the prg shouldn't be a problem getting.
I know you said you are looking for travel cards, but It might be worth giving that Blue Cash card a look. You said one of your big spend categories is groceries, and at 3% back on groceries (6% for BCP), it's giving a pretty solid return. You will also get 2% on gas.
Granted, it is a cash back card, but with the BCP I'm usually able to save up enough each year to cover at least a couple of nights at a hotel. I just think of it this way. Instead of using my in pocket cash to pay for groceries a couple of weeks out of the year, I use statement credits. Then I can use that in pocket cash for whatever I like (hotel, meals, car rental, etc).
It's like choosing between coke and Pepsi. You won't know which you like better until you've tried them both. I liked Chase better, but neither appeal to my spend anymore. I also like Pepsi better, but I'm a Dr. Pepper drinker at heart. Guess that's in line with preferring cashback over points.
@601flyguy - "Amex does everything off soft pulls while chase requires hard pulls."
what? no hard pulls on apps?
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