CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Shop through Chase will give you rewards that are better than the Apple Rewards card (if shopping online), and the Barclay Rewards card is pretty pitiful. Since Barclaycard I've heard can sometimes make it hard to PC cards, I'd just wait until you think you could get a Sallie Mae and apply for it directly.
Be sure you're spending enough on groceries to need both the SM and BCP.
Lately I've been spending upwards of $300-500 a month on Groceries. That's what makes me leery of the Sallie Mae Card since it's limited to $250 a month. But I also have Amazon Prime and buy a lot off Amazon for the 2-day shipping. The plan originally was to get a Barclay Rewards MC first, apply for Sallie Mae later and then move the limits and close the Rewards card. But as you mentioned, that may be a moot point if Amex BCP provides enough in the way of Grocery and Gas rewards.