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Closing a credit card

All,

 

First time poster to this board. I recently got approved for a Citbank Double Cash CC, which should arrive sometime next week. 

I'm pondering on closing my Credit One Platinum Card(COPC) which I opened up back in November 2019, which has no annual fees. I needed the the credit "bump" to increase my CL, thus decreasing my utilization. There was no hard inquiry upon opening the CC.  Also, I closed a Capital One GM card with only a $500 CL back on 11/1/2019, which I opened about a year prior. With that said, should I close COPC? If so how much can I expect a credit hit on my scores? Or should I just leave it open?

Thank you in advance. 

 

Credit One ($1,550 CL) Opened 8/2014

Capital One($4,000 CL) Opened 10/2015
Capital One GM($500 CL) Opened 10/21015 Closed 11/2019
Credit One Platinum($1,500 CL) Opened 11/2019
Citibank Double Cas Back($11,000 CL) Opened 1/22/2020

Total CL: $18,050

 

Joe

 

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Re: Closing a credit card

If there’s no annual fee I would just put it in the sock drawer and leave it alone. I don’t know what else is on your record but you appear to have a thin file.










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Scores updated DEC'19.

In order to better answer your questions and record your DPs, please provide your profile stats: Any baddies? (clean/dirty), Number of accounts open and closed on CRs (thick/thin), AoOA? (aged/nonaged), AoYR-Age of Youngest Revolver (new accounts/no new accounts)? Open/closed loan on CR?
For example, mine is clean/thick/aged/new accounts, with open loan on record.
If you don't know where you fall, just list whether you have any baddies, your number of open and closed accounts, AoOA, AoYR and whether you have a loan on record.
For utilization questions, list individual and aggregate utilizations, revolving and installment. please.
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Re: Closing a credit card

Hey Birdman,

 

Thanks for the response. You're correct, my file is pretty thin. Took a hit 10 years ago during the great recessing and I ran into some medical issues as well during that time. Credit Score is now 700+ accross all bureaus and Fico/Vantage Models. It took a while, but I'm back to where I was with a Mortgage and a car in in garage. I think I'm going to keep it open and just tuck it away. Too many opening and closing of CC's will probably raise a red flag. 

 

Cheers

 

Joe

 

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Re: Closing a credit card

I would definately keep open your oldest card especially since you have new ones just opened. And keep at least 4 open revolving credit cards.
I went down to 3 and took a hit.
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Re: Closing a credit card

I agree with the others. Keep the oldest one open and tuck away. As for the Credit One card, you might be able to get away with closing that one since you just opened it last year. I had the same situation with a Discover card, which I had for only a year around that same time and I don't think it affected my score.



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Re: Closing a credit card

The card you want to close is 3 months old? If so, I would not close it at this time just to prevent your report from getting the appearance of a "churner"
A person might be able to look and think "oh credit one is not a company that you churn for bonuses" but with most lenders it is a computer that makes the decisions
Scores hover around 800
Haven't been AZEO in over a year
Rome was not built in a day, neither is a good credit profile
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Re: Closing a credit card

Gotcha. Thank you. 

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Re: Closing a credit card

Credit cards are the foundation of rock solid high credit scores that will stay with you for life. A credit card account is really the only type of credit account that if managed properly will stay open for life. Even 30 year mortgages get paid off in 30 years but how many people do you know that have lived in the same house for 30 years?

 

One of the most difficult areas of credit scoring to satisfy is AAoA (Average Age of Accounts). By having 3 to 5 or more well aged credit cards you won't have to worry about this difficult category anymore. The only way to satisfy this scoring category is with time and yes, that's why you want to open a number of good credit cards as soon as you can and try not to close them.


Starting Score: EQ 653 6/21/12
Current Score: EQ 817 7/10/19 - EX 802 7/13/19 - TU 815 6/03/19
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Credit Card Removal

All,

 

I'm pondering on removing a Credit One(Highlighted) credit card from my arsenal. I don't really have a long file on my CC's because I hit a bump in the road about 8-10 years ago. Since then I'm back on solid footing and I've been able to acquire some pretty solid/premium CC's. Below is a list on what I have currently, 6 CC's. I would like to trim that down to 5 CC's and eventually down to 3-4 CC's without adversly effecting my Credit Score. Please feel free to chime in. Thanks. 

 

Credit Card           Date Opened         Credit Limit
Credit One                8/2014                  $1,500
Capital One              10/2015                $4,000
Credit One*               11/2019                $1,500
Citi Double Cash      1/2020                  $11,000
Citi AAdvan Plat       2/2020                  $8,500
Chase Saph Pref      2/2020                  $5,000

 

I was initially declined for the CSP, however I was able to get one after calling the Recon line last night.

 

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Re: Credit Card Removal

What are your balances, if any?  There's no reason not to close both Credit One cards if balances are low and your utilization is not going to shoot up.  Now that you're getting prime cards you can start to trim cards with fees/AFs.







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