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Where Else Can I Apply...

Established Contributor

Where Else Can I Apply...

My Ch 7 BK was discharged about a yr ago.  I have no debt.  

My EQ is 652

EX Facko is 665 

TU is 663


Currently I have:


citi secured card

two first premier credit cards

credit one bank card



I want to get another card with a higher CL, but dont know where I can apply as I included Orchard Bank, Capital One, Discover, Citibank, and Wells Fargo all in my BK so right now I cannot get cards with them.


I tried Penfed Credit Union and they turned me down for a Visa with 500 limit



What are my other options?



Thank you

Message 1 of 9
Super Contributor

Re: Where Else Can I Apply...

I would look at a store card.  Sams is a great card and although the inital CL is low and their interest rates are high, the CL will grow over time and they could also offer you their Discover cad down the road.


Before applying, I would check at those approval sites to see if your score is in the range they like.  I am not sure what my score was when I was apporoved by them but I would estimate that it was in the low 600's.

06/21/2018: FICO 835 EQ 829 TU 824 EX
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Valued Member

Re: Where Else Can I Apply...

Try the Best Buy Reward Zone Mastercard.   I don't have one, but it seems to be a good rebuilding card for a lot of people with limited history or low scores.  Anything is better than First Premier.

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Established Contributor

Re: Where Else Can I Apply...

Can;t apply for Best Buy Card because HSBC is the bank that issues that card and I included Orchard Bank in my BK and HSBC issues that card


Sams card...whats that?

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Regular Contributor

Re: Where Else Can I Apply...

Go to JC Penney, Macys, Dillards, even Walmart.  Avoid HSBC cards (Best Buy and Sears).  Store cards limit you to purchases at that store only (unless their rewards are attached to a Visa or MC), but it will increase your overall limit with a card that you will not really use that often.


I got a JC Penney card back in December 09, just to get the 20% discount on what I bought.  They gave me the card with a 800 CL, this month I requested an increase and they gave me 1800 total CL.  I decided to try Dillards, just for the fun of it and they gave me a 500 CL, but their tier 1 level, the lowest interest rate.  I do not know if there is anything I would buy at Dillards, but it increases my limit, has no annual fee and a few years down the road will be another long term account.  I think that is a no lose situation.  Other than my initial purchase, the only thing I have used my Penney card for is purchases that I am reimbursed for.  So I just pay it off once I get my money back.   It has worked out pretty well so far.  In the past two years my score has gone from low 600 to this months 709.  I still have a default on my record until October.

Starting Score: 600ish in 2007
Highest Score to date: EQ 716 May 2012(lender pull)
Current Score: EQ 685 6-21-12 ; Walmart TU Fico 744 6-05-12
Goal Score: 801
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Senior Contributor

Re: Where Else Can I Apply...

It may be very difficult to get an unsecured card with a high limit.   With another secured card you can get the limit you want via the deposit.


I don't think CITI secured card allows you to add to the depost since it is a CD. is that right?  I am suprised that you have a CITI card even though you included them in BK.


Why did you get FP and Credit One?   Aren't they costing a fortune in fees?



Message 6 of 9
Regular Contributor

Re: Where Else Can I Apply...

My mom filed ch7 bk in in Jan 2009 and it was discharged May 2009. She included both HSBC and Capital one. Today she has new cards with both. She has the Best Buy Reward Zone Mastercard (300.00 limit, no annual fee) and a Capital One Platinum Mastercard (500.00 limit, 39.00 AF) So, even though you included them I would app to them anyways, they are known to give second, third, even fourth chances. My gf has HORRIBLE credit, score of like 440 no joke, two charge offs (unpaid!) with HSBC and they STILL approved her for a 100.00 cl best buy reward zone mastercard! So, trust CAN get one.

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Regular Contributor

Re: Where Else Can I Apply...

I also added HSBC in my BK 3 years ago and had no problem getting the BBRZ card with a $500 CL and NO AF. I also received a UnionPlus CC, also backed by HSBC.

Starting Score: TU 612 EQ 580
Current Score: TU 685 EQ 663 EX 668 (LO Pulled 8-9-10)
Goal Score: TU 700 EQ 700

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Established Contributor

Re: Where Else Can I Apply...

Have you tried any local CUs?

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