It's generally 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.
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.
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.
There are no American Express credit cards that are easy to get. They all require good credit or better. The USAA® Secured American Express® Card used to be the easiest American Express card to obtain as it was available to people with bad credit. But USAA® Secured American Express® Card is no longer available to new applicants.
While American Express credit cards aren’t that easy to obtain, there are several other credit cards that are easy to get approved for.… read full answer
Having one of these credit cards may increase your chances of landing an American Express credit card in the future, if you use it responsibly. That means paying your bill on time every month and keeping your credit utilization below 30% of your credit limit.
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