I was added as an AU to my mom’s Amex years ago. Not to improve my credit but because I was a minor and she wanted me to be covered in case of emergency. Mom passed away two years and I had the card switched to my name as I’m now the only authorized user. Still, it shows up on Experian (score 646, argghhhh) as an AU account.
One of the “top negatives” on my account, according to MyFico, is that my credit history is too short. It says, “Your most established credit obligation is 355 months (almost 30 years) old and your newest credit account was opened 23 months ago.” It then goes on to state that the national average is 15 years oldest and 20 months newest. So, as I see it, I’m doing twice as well in the “oldest credit” area and better than average on the “newest.”
I can only assume that because my oldest card is listed as AU, I’m not getting credit for the age of the account.
So the question is: should I try to get Amex to remove the AU classification or would I be risking their changing the date established to the date I took over the account? (Which would mean my oldest account is the 23-monther and I’d be dead in the water.
Thanks for your help.