You need a credit score of 700 for an American Express business card. That means you must have at least good credit for decent approval odds. American Express does not offer business cards for bad, fair, limited or no credit. Nor do they have any secured business cards to help rebuild credit.
It’s important to note that an applicant’s credit score is not the only factor that Amex considers. Things such as payment history, income and current debts are also important. But the higher your score, the better your chances of approval become. Keep in mind that Amex will look at your personal credit during the approval process because you will have to provide a personal guarantee to pay Amex back if the business cannot. This is normal for business credit cards.
It's harder to get an American Express card than it is to get a credit card from many other major issuers simply because all of Amex's credit card offers require good or excellent credit for approval. But American Express isn't the only credit card company to target people in the highest tiers of the credit score scale. Barclaycard and Chase do too, for example. And if you're fortunate enough to have good credit or better, an American Express credit card will be no harder to get than any other credit card.… read full answer
The easiest American Express cards to get are those that require a minimum of good credit for approval, as opposed to excellent credit only. You may also want to target cards that are co-branded with companies such as Delta and Hilton as well as offers with lower annual fees. Co-branded cards often have relatively high approval rates to accommodate more fans of the brand (e.g. Hilton) in question. And some of Amex's premium cards for big-spenders, which can be relatively difficult to get, have high fees.
Of course, American Express also evaluates each applicant's income and debt obligations to make sure they can afford monthly bill payments on a new line of credit. But there isn't much information available about Amex's standards in those regards, and you shouldn't expect them to differ too much from other credit card companies' policies.
The American Express Platinum card credit score requirement isn’t the only thing that determines whether you’ll be approved, though. Your credit history, income and any debt you’re carrying will also play a role in your approval odds. In fact, reports around the internet suggest you can get approved with slightly lower credit score if you have high enough income.
To gauge your odds of approval, you can also check to see whether you pre-qualify for American Express Platinum card offers. Unlike an actual application, pre-qualification is only based on a soft inquiry on your credit report, and does not affect your credit score. Just keep in mind that while pre-qualification indicates good odds of approval, it does not guarantee it.
If you don’t meet the American Express Platinum card credit score requirement, there are plenty of other credit cards you can get. They likely won’t be from American Express, though, since Amex cards require good or excellent credit. The best credit cards for fair credit also have rewards that fit various spending habits. Once you get a credit card, be sure to make all of your payments on time, and try to keep your credit utilization below 30%. This will help raise your credit score so you can get approved for a card like American Express Platinum card in the future.
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