Need a backup Visa

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domoken
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Need a backup Visa

Postby domoken » Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:44 am

So my main card I use is an AMEX premier rewards gold, as well as AMEX blue cash everyday ($1500 limit). I'm looking now at getting a Visa card to use in cases that amex isn't accepted. Currently have a checking account with Bank of America, so the logical option would be using one of their Visa Signature cards, but Chase Sapphire is becoming an intriguing choice as well. Credit scores are 746 EX (2 hard inquires from amex, one should be coming off soon from 9/09), 750 EQ (1 hard inquiry), and 768 TU. Income is roughly $30k. I am a little concerned though that with a Visa Signature I would now have two accounts that don't report a line of credit. What would be the best way to go?


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Postby DavidNY » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:51 am

Since you're a BofA customer, there is a 10% bonus for depositing the rewards into your BofA checking account, so the Cash Rewards Visa would be a 1.1-2.2-3.3% rewards card.

You can also check out the Household Visa card offering a flat 2% cash reward. Note that Capital One has bought Household from HSBC, so that's going to be a Capital One card, and they don't have the best record for customer service.

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Postby jeffysdad » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:20 pm

If you're happy w/ BofA, I would definitely get their card. That way you can manage that account on the same website you manage your other banking. If you do go with Chase (which is who I use), I would look instead at the Freedom card. Its rewards are superior to those of Sapphire unless you travel a lot.
American Express: Blue Cash Preferred (groceries, 6%; gas, department store, 3%); Gold Delta SkyMiles (Delta Air Lines, 2 miles/dollar, free checked bag).
US Bank: Cash+ (utilities, phone, internet, restaurant, 5%; drugstores, 2%).
FIA Card Services: Fidelity Amex (everything, 2%); Fidelity Visa (everything, 1.5%).
Chase: Freedom (rotating, 5%); Amazon (Amazon.com, 3%); PriorityClub (IHG hotels, 5 points/dollar); Sapphire (not in use).

*All cards are registered with PriorityClub IDine program for 8 points/dollar at participating restaurants.

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Postby domoken » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:37 pm

Thanks for your responses. I just applied and was approved for the BankAmericard Cash rewards Visa Signature. Figured since this is just a backup card, might as well get some money back once in a blue moon and not having to worry about reward points expiring and all.

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Postby CC Deville » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:53 pm

Congrats of the Bank of America Visa. I have always had luck with my BofA cards. Just FYI if you need it, Citibank, Nordstrom and US Bank all report the limits on their Visa Signature cards.

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Postby DavidNY » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:31 pm

Congrats. The BofA card is nice, especially for groceries and gas.

As for it not reporting its credit line, I read that the card's high balance is used in place of the credit line for credit purposes.



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