How many times have you applied for Amex before getting approved?

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Postby jlam572 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:26 am

Called and was approved first time. Was 26 at the time.
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Postby Sevenfeet » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:31 am

In 25 years, Amex has never turned me down. Some of it I attribute to just being in the right place at the right time. My first green card was when I was a senior on college in 1988 when they were actively courting the college market with that card. My first job a year later got me to Gold status. I asked for a PRG Gold about 2001 which despite my credit problems at the time, I never let it affect Amex and it was an easy change. Platinum came in 2009 when an application came in the mail and I jumped at the chance. The latest, a BCP card is due in the mail this week.
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Chase Freedom Visa ($25K)
Fidelity American Express ($20K)
American Express Blue Cash Preferred ($20K)
Bank of America Cash Rewards MasterCard ($20K)
Citi Thank You Preferred Visa ($9.5K)
Chase Sapphire Preferred ($7.5K)
US Bank Cash + Visa Signature ($7K)
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Postby SparkyinCA » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:10 am

Thanks for the great feedback everyone. Very interesting info :)

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Postby ceemee » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:51 pm

Applied again, this time for the PRG and was instantly approved.


May 2012, instantly approved for SPG
July 2012, denied for Gold (I think it was because I had too many new accounts)
March 2013, instantly approved for PRG.

26, 120 day late back in 2007, 30 day late in 2008. Perfect payment history since.

Currently I have an AMEX BCE (PC'd from SPG) backdated to 2008 and a BofA Cash Rewards with EMV. Total CL 9500.

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Postby mattymatt808 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:21 am

I got in on my first try today! I received a mailer for the BCE a few days after applying with Chase, Citi, and Discover (approved all 3). Hadn't planned on applying yet but I figured it wouldn't hurt since the new credit hadn't reported yet (inquiries had). Took a chance and got the BCE with a $150 bonus!
$2500 First Hawaiian Bank (6/10)
$4500 CHASE Freedom (2/13)
$3500 Citi Forward (2/13)
$2000 Discover it (2/13)
$9600 AMEX BCE (3/13)
$10000 CHASE Sapphire Preferred (7/13)
$5000 CHASE Ink Plus (8/13)

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Postby Snowman » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:26 pm

I was fortunate enough to get it on my first try. For some dumb reason, I decided to go for it with 5 months of history and It told me I was not approved, but when I called and asked them, they said that there was no HP ever recorded from Credit file and it must have been a glitch. But yes, got in my first
Bank Of America: BankAmeriCard Cash Rewards-4.2k
Citi: Forward-4.5k American Airlines Advantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard 9/6/15-4K
Discover: More-7k
Amex BCE.2k- Amex SPG-5k
Chase: Freedom-5kSouthwest Rapid Rewards Plus- 3.6k
Capital one: Venture one-10,000, Visa Signature.

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Postby AMEXPlatino86 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:01 pm

Like others I was also very fortunate to receive my Gold card the first time around. I had gotten one of those offer in the mail and had waited to the last minute to apply and wasn't exactly expecting to get approved since I only had one credit card and had issues with my previous BoA credit card. Now it's funny cause now BoA is hitting me up now wanting me to have one of there credit cards again (fat chance in hell!!!).
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My credit score :cool:
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Postby 432521 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:03 pm

got my BCE on my first try
March 2011- Wellsfargo Cash Back College Card
May 2012- Chase Freedom
May 2012- Discover IT
August 2012- American Express Blue Cash Everyday

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Postby Scoach » Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:56 pm

Got sent one of the Gold pre-approval offers. Ignored it. Got sent another about 6 months later, and took it. Added a Platinum the following year. I'll probably drop the gold card this year and back date the Platinum.
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Postby kelvSYC » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:01 am

Currently awaiting delivery of my first AmEx, which will be my first non-Visa card issued in any country.

And it was after only having another credit card for 7 months (and being in the US for only 9 months).
Current Credit Scores:
Experian - 655 (3-3-13, FICO from lender)
Equifax - 726 (3-21-13, FICO from lender), 677 (6-16-13, FICO ScorePower Report)
TransUnion - 722 (10-10-14, FICO from Discover statement)
Equifax Canada - 810 (6-16-13, FICO ScorePower Report)
TransUnion Canada - 812 (6-16-13, TransRisk Report)

Current Credit Cards:
RBC Rewards Gold Visa - $5500 CAD
Bank of America Cash Rewards - $9500 USD
Capital One PlayStation - $2750 USD
American Express Blue Cash Everyday - $4000 USD
Discover It - $5500 USD

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