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Which Credit Card should be my next one??

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Which Credit Card should be my next one??

Im happy to report that since taking positive action to improve my credit, score it is now in the 740s.
After years of existing in the 500s I never thought I'd see the day!
This happened in about 8 or 9 mos.
One of my goals was to drive my score up to qualify for a CC that has really juicy travel benefits. But I'm worried. My Credit history is still not that long. I have have Self lender and a secured Cap 1 CC. I dont want to waste a pull. So 2 questions:
What CC would you suggest?
and What CC might I qualify for?
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Re: Which Credit Card should be my next one??

With a thin file like yours, "juicy travel" cards may need to wait a bit longer.

Have you checked any of the prequal sites?
How old is your oldest account? What do you spend your money on? Any negatives? Where are you getting your score from?
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Re: Which Credit Card should be my next one??


@darkavenue wrote:
Im happy to report that since taking positive action to improve my credit, score it is now in the 740s.
After years of existing in the 500s I never thought I'd see the day!
This happened in about 8 or 9 mos.
One of my goals was to drive my score up to qualify for a CC that has really juicy travel benefits. But I'm worried. My Credit history is still not that long. I have have Self lender and a secured Cap 1 CC. I dont want to waste a pull. So 2 questions:
What CC would you suggest?
and What CC might I qualify for?

With a thin file like yours your choices are pretty limited. Is the only card you have the secured cap one? 





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Re: Which Credit Card should be my next one??

Last prequal attempt was last week at Chase with whom i bank. No dice.
Oldest active credit usage account Sept 18. Not counting utilities whicj goes back a couple years.
Most money goes to business expenses (gas, tools, auto repair) as I'm self employed.
Score from myFico: 740 704 744
Message 4 of 15
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Re: Which Credit Card should be my next one??

Yes thats my only card. Plus im on the Self Lender program.
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Re: Which Credit Card should be my next one??

Your file is pretty young and thin. Chase usually "waits" till your oldest is around a year old.
You may need to run the list of "usual suspects " such as Discover and Amex if they fit your spending pattern. Neither is a averse to younger or thin files.
Both have prequal on their website. I would look into one of those, then sit tight and build payment history till your oldest is a year old, then give Chase a try again if any of their cards fit your needs.
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Re: Which Credit Card should be my next one??


@darkavenue wrote:
Yes thats my only card. Plus im on the Self Lender program.

ou're in the beginning stages of a rebuild so odds of obtaining a travel card right now are not good, however it's a goal you can work toward.

 

Have you checked to see if you prequalify for an unsecured Discover IT?

(8/2019)
FICO 8 (EX) 793 (TU) 808 (EQ) 794
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Re: Which Credit Card should be my next one??

I say go for a Discover card and build some history with them... Smiley Happy

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Message 8 of 15
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Re: Which Credit Card should be my next one??

Your score is good but your credit history is thin. Check the prequals for Amex and Discover. Amex has some good points cards that you may like for travel. A card like the Chase CSP is a little out of reach just yet, but the aforementioned Amex is awesome! Congrats on your awesome rebuild and good luck!!!

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Re: Which Credit Card should be my next one??

Thanks I'll check out Discover
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