You cannot check for Synchrony Bank pre-approval; it’s not possible to see which of its credit cards you have a good shot at getting before you submit an application. But like all major credit card issuers, Synchrony Bank mails pre-approved offers to certain people who appear to meet the criteria for one of its nearly 100 cards.
Synchrony Bank’s credit card lineup features the PayPal Credit Card and the Ebay Credit Card. Synchrony also issues store credit cards for Amazon, Belk, JCPenney, Sam’s Club and Lowe’s, among many others.
Pre-approvals allow consumers to gauge the likelihood of getting approved for a credit account before they apply. Pre-approvals use soft inquiries of your credit, meaning it will not have an impact on your credit report.
A pre-approved offer does not guarantee you’ll be approved for a credit card. It does mean you have a good chance of approval, around 90%. Before you apply, you should have a good idea of how Synchrony Bank’s pre-approval process works.
Here is some additional information on checking for Synchrony Bank pre-approval:
- Synchrony is one of three major issuers that does not permit consumers to check its website for pre-approved credit card offers (Barclays and PNC are the others). Major issuers from American Express to Wells Fargo allow anyone to check for pre-approval. USAA and U.S. Bank only extend this benefit to members and current customers.
- Synchrony “pre-screens” customers by using data compiled from three credit bureaus: TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. Synchrony mails prepaid offers to consumers who have at least a fair credit score (640-699).
- To receive a credit card through a pre-approved offer, you still need to apply. You can mail the application back or you can apply online or by phone. In the case of a store card, you can apply in person at the store.
If you receive a pre-approved credit card offer, make sure it is for a card you think would be worthwhile. Be selective and don’t apply in response to every pre-approval you receive. Getting pre-approved for lots of credit cards won’t hurt your credit, but applying for many of them in a short period of time can.