Some basic background info:
I'm 20, have about a year and a half of credit history and a 743 fico (not fako). The current balance on my (only) credit card is like $8/$800
Last inquiry was in july of last year (when I wasn't aware that a high utilization was bad for your credit) and was denied. I have a two other inquires last year but they were in march/april while I was apartment hunting
So, I really want to apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. I have heard about a few people in similar situations getting approved, but in most cases they had at least 1 other card.
Would it be a good idea to apply for two cards at the same time, because there are some cards (chase freedom or BA chase card) that I am pretty positive I would be approved for. So that if I got denied for the CSP, that I might be approved for another card? I really need a card with no foreign transaction fees (I'm always in Mexico + I am going to Sweden, France and India in the next 18 months).
I do eventually wanna apply for the BA card, but I want to wait to see if they have another promotion with 100,00+ avios (current offer is 50k avios).
Any advice would be appreciated.