Chase Freedom
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Credit Score: 743 Credit Limit: 3500 Age: 25-34
Posted 08/05 2017
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Thought I'd chime in here. I applied when my score was about 740 and got approved for $3000 CL. Reading what others have said, I think just based on my score alone, I should have gotten a higher limit. But I think my student loans and the fact that I have opened 3 cards in the last 9 months counted against me. Hope this helps anyone that is applying.
Credit Score: 783 Credit Limit: 15000 Age: 35-44
Posted 07/24 2017
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I have been late a couple of times (happened before I set up autopay) and Chase always waived the late fees. ( also pay in full so I guess I did not pay any attention as to whether they raised my rates or not (probably not is my guess). If you pay in full, this card is simply great for it's rewards.
Credit Score: 742 Credit Limit: 7000 Age: 45-54
Posted 07/08 2017
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Used to fly United and have their card. But now that they are moving their program to one based on ticket prices rather than distant flown to earn miles, it is time to me to stop using the UA card. Hence, I got this card. Earning cash back is much better.
Credit Score: 675 Credit Limit: 3000 Age: 18-24
Posted 06/19 2017
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Years ago, I have had a couple of collections. But they have dropped off my report. Nice to have a card from Chase after what I had been through. Thought the CL I got was decent as well.
Credit Score: 769 Credit Limit: 9000 Age: 25-34
Posted 05/27 2017
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Approval was relatively easy and quick for me. I got the "you are approved" screen after I pressed the submit button on the online application page. Before this, I only had 2 cards. One was the old Amex blue cash and the other was a Wells Fargo card since I have a checking account with them. I cannot comment on their CSR since I have never called them before. But I am happy with this card so far. I find myself mainly using this and the old blue cash to earn cash back.
Credit Score: 643 Credit Limit: 1000 Age: 18-24
Posted 04/03 2017
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Am a student and have a checking account with them since I was young (parents set them up and put money periodically into it). Applied through my banker and got approved for a small amount. This is my first card.
Credit Score: 702 Credit Limit: 4500 Age: 25-34
Posted 04/01 2017
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Score was around 700 when I applied. CL was $4.5k. Recently, I just got a Discover card and I think the rewards are kind of the same though I preferred the shopdiscover feature much better Chase. Will update you guys on which card I prefer when I use the new one long enough.
Credit Score: 753 Credit Limit: 10000 Age: 35-44
Posted 03/22 2017
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Got a 10k CL with a mid 750 score.
Credit Score: 718 Credit Limit: 5000 Age: 18-24
Posted 02/17 2017
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After getting the card, I forgot to sign up for the quarterly bonus. They actually do send you reminders but I just did not remember. Anyway, I called CS and they back dated everything to make sure I got my bonus. I am happy with it but having said all that, the idea of having to sign up every quarter is too much for me. I am going to get a cash back card that does not require quarterly sign ups.
Credit Score: 678 Credit Limit: 2500 Age: 25-34
Posted 01/26 2017
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I regret not getting a regular credit card when I was a student to build my credit. After college, my first card was the Capital One secured version. Very soon, I got preapproved for a BOA Visa because I bank with them. I then decided to get this because I was attracted by the rewards. Applied online and was approved immediately with a $2.5k CL with a score in the high 600s and perhaps just at 700 depending on which score it was.
Credit Score: 808 Credit Limit: 15000 Age: 55-64
Posted 01/08 2017
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I am a long time holder of the UA Visa from Chase. Am also a long time frequent flyer of United because of work. Since I took a mini retirement, I decided to stop earning UA miles since using miles in general has become a real pain. After much research, I thought that the Freedom offered the best in terms of rewards and cash back. I got a $15k CL with an 800 score (through a very long history of always paying in full and never being late). Love this card and when I think of all the annual fees I have paid over the years on the UA card, I wonder if it was ever worth it!
Credit Score: 783 Credit Limit: 11500 Age: 35-44
Posted 12/17 2016
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Having used a plain old BOA Visa Platinum for many years, I decided to get a card that gave me rewards. After reading some of the reviews here and on other sites, I decided on this card. I have had many years of history (though with only one card) and I got a decent line. I have been happy with the rewards so far and I find myself earning between $30 and $45 in cash back each month.
Credit Score: 682 Credit Limit: 1500 Age: 35-44
Posted 11/13 2016
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Years ago, I had problems with my credit and have a couple of collections on my report. Once they dropped off, I applied for this and got approved. My score was about in the high 600s across all 3 bureaus and I got a small $1.5k CL. I really cannot complain because a couple of other cards I got gave me kind of similar CL ranging from $1k to $3k.
Credit Score: 694 Credit Limit: 2500 Age: 45-54
Posted 11/10 2016
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I have read mix reviews on application success when your credit is not great (ie more than 700). So I thought I'd share this. Got foreclosed in 2008. Record should be wiped out soon. Have 3 other cards which I always paid in full. Total CL from other cards is about $10k. Applied for this card and got approved with $2.5k CL. I guess it is not too bad considering what is on my report.
Credit Score: 774 Credit Limit: 8500 Age: 25-34
Posted 10/05 2016
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Have an Amex and finally decided to diversify and get a Visa. Ended up choosing this one after much research. I have no regrets about it. While some people complain about it, I actually quite like the quarterly 5% rewards. Amex does not have it. So this card is great when a store tells me that Amex is not accepted and also when I can use the 5% rewards for the item I am buying. The CL that I got was ok 9$8.5k). But I honestly thought that with my score, I should get a higher limit?
Credit Score: 708 Credit Limit: 4000 Age: 25-34
Posted 09/12 2016
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Before getting this card, I had a Capital One, BOA Visa and and a Wells Fargo cash back card. I have to say that this card is the best that I have had hands down. The 5% rotating rewards are great. I especially like the gas, home improvements and rewards. CSR has been very good. Lost my card once and also asked them about renting a car and what the card insurance policy covered. Both times, they helped me out quickly.
Credit Score: 769 Credit Limit: 7500 Age: 35-44
Posted 09/09 2016
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I use this card along with my Amex Blue Cash Everyday. The Amex is for groceries, department stores and gasoline (although I switch to the Chase when they have their 5% for gas). I find that using this combination of cards serves me well and I feel I get the best from both these cards. My CL with Chase is $7.5k and $12k for the Amex. So between the two cards, I have more than enough CL for my daily use.
Credit Score: 729 Credit Limit: 5000 Age: 25-34
Posted 08/12 2016
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Have been getting "pre-approved" mails for 3 months. Finally, got one where they offered $200 cash back bonus. So I bit the bullet, applied and was approved for $5k CL. I have since set up my autopay and I PIF every month. I earn about $30 in cash back each month so I am quite happy with the card.
Credit Score: 714 Credit Limit: 2500 Age: 18-24
Posted 07/24 2016
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Applied and was denied due to "insufficient history". After moving cities due to new job, I opened a Chase account. After about seven months with Chase Bank, my banker told me to consider getting their cards and he said that based on my account, I could probably be approved. So I applied and was approved though nothing has really changed as far as my credit score goes. It looks like having a banking relationship with Chase does help.
Credit Score: 669 Credit Limit: 500 Age: 18-24
Posted 06/11 2016
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I applied for this when I had only about 9 months of credit history. I was denied. So I called the backdoor number for reconsideration and was told that I needed at least one year on credit history. But I decided to call them again a week later. The CSR told me the same story but said he would try to see if he could do anything. He asked me to verify my income and must have put me on hold for at least 10 minutes. When he came back on the line, he told me that I was approved for $500. The CL is small but I am very happy I got this card as the rewards look very good.
Credit Score: 783 Credit Limit: 13000 Age: 35-44
Posted 06/08 2016
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I was a very loyal Amex gold card holder for the longest time. But these days, my job does not require traveling and I no longer want to earn points for miles transfer because it is getting more and more difficult to do so. After much research, I decided to go with a cash back card and one of the things that I was very particular about was that I did not want to pay any annual fees. I applied online and got approved instantly. I am also happy with the credit line that I got.
Credit Score: 712 Credit Limit: 3000 Age: 25-34
Posted 05/21 2016
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I applied for this card and the Citi cash back card at the same time. Was approved for Chase, but not for Citi. Insufficient credit history was given as the reason for the decline in my Citi app. But I got this card with a decent limit which I am very happy about.
Credit Score: 767 Credit Limit: 9000 Age: 35-44
Posted 05/17 2016
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I started off getting the Slate for the balance transfer deal and got a rather smallish limit (about $2k). After a couple of years and an improving credit score, I thought I'd upgrade to a rewards card. After reading stuff here and at other forums, I decided to keep the Slate and get another card from Chase. I chose the Freedom and got approved instantly. CL was ok at $9k. Having this card sure beats the Slate as I get to earn points which I did not with the previous card. My advice is that if you are looking for just one go to card to use, this is a great card with no annual fee and very nice rewards. The 5% rewards really help you earn more cash back than you would otherwise.
Credit Score: 693 Credit Limit: 1500 Age: 18-24
Posted 04/13 2016
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Have short history. Applied online and got approved. Limit is low though but I was not expecting much to begin with.
Credit Score: 705 Credit Limit: 4000 Age: 35-44
Posted 03/25 2016
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I have 4 other cards before I applied for this. Got the BOA cash rewards with a $6k CL, Discover with a $8k CL, JC Penny with a $2k and Macys with $3k. I though the CL given to me was on the low side considering my utilization is about 15%. And I am never late. Having said all that, the rewards are great (especially the 5% bonus). I seldom call their customer service line so I cannot comment too much on that aspect. I think I will be using this card almost exclusively since I will earn more rewards with this alone than all my other cards.
Credit Score: 772 Credit Limit: 8000 Age: 25-34
Posted 03/02 2016
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I am very happy with this card. The 5% rewards work out great for me. Mostly, it is gas, restaurants and the shopping. They do change every 3 months though. I got a decent limit which I only use half and I do pay in full every month so the 18% (or so) APR does not bother me at all. The only time I used customer service was to inform them of an overseas trip and also to ask questions on the car insurance and I was happy both times as they appeared polite and was able to answer my questions. The only things I wish was that Chase would automatically enroll you in the 5% rewards (you actually have to enroll quarterly).
Credit Score: 682 Credit Limit: 2500 Age: 25-34
Posted 02/07 2016
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Back when I was approved, my Experian score was 682. I got approved for $2,500. After a couple of years, I got the Amex Blue Cash and also a Discover. I use all three but I think I love the Freedom the most. The reason is that it is not just a cash back card and you can redeem it for other things like gift card whereas the other two that I have are more pure cash rewards (if you know what I mean). These days, I use it the most among the three cards that I have, especially during the Holiday season when they have 5% rewards on things like shopping at and other department stores.
Credit Score: 789 Credit Limit: 16000 Age: 25-34
Posted 01/26 2016
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I applied for this card and got approved for $16k in CL. Score was about 789 at the time of application. I got the card mainly for the $200 sign up bonus that was available at that time. What I really like about the card is the 5% rewards on gas, restaurants and During the spring, I did some work in the garden. I got my supplies at the Home Depot and used the card since "home improvement stores" was the the 5% bucket. If you intend to get this card, try to apply for it when there is a sign up bonus.
Credit Score: 783 Credit Limit: 12500 Age: 45-54
Posted 01/12 2016
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Many years ago, I had the old Chase Visa Platinum. When they retired the card, my card was changed to the Freedom and it was actually a great thing. The old card had no rewards whereas this one is full of it. I do like the 5% rewards. The is really great during the holiday season. I also used the travel rewards once during the summer and the 5% gas is also great. Everything else is 1%. Every month, I earn about $40 to $60 in cash back just from using the card on things that I would spend on anyway. I pay my bills in full and never have had any problems with Chase. I would recommend this card any time.
Credit Score: 713 Credit Limit: 3000 Age: 25-34
Posted 12/17 2015
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I applied for this card along with the Discover. I got a CL of $3k for this and $5k for the Discover. Why the difference? I do not know. What I like about both is the 5% quarterly rewards. Both they both have it, the categories tend to be different. Hence, I find that I am able to earn more cash back by having both these cards. One of the items I really like is the 5% gas rewards. Both cards have it and sometimes, they have it during different quarters. That means that I get 5% cash back on gas for six months rather than just three months. I also like the rewards during the fourth quarter. Chase gives you 5% rewards if you shop at amazon and some other places as well. Discover has something similar for online shopping. If you have both cards, you can really earn a lot of cash back.
Credit Score: 714 Credit Limit: 4500 Age: 18-24
Posted 11/25 2015
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I am a college sophomore. I have 2 secured cards prior to apply for this card. Score is about 714. Got approved for $4.5k. It was almost instant. BTW - my credit history is probably about 18 months old.
Credit Score: 679 Credit Limit: 3000 Age: 18-24
Posted 11/06 2015
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I applied online and got instantly approved. Score was 679 with Equifax and the CL was $3k. To be honest, I did not expect a line as much as this given my score and the feedback I have been reading here. APR is 22.9%. But I pay in full so it does not bother me.
Credit Score: 756 Credit Limit: 9500 Age: 35-44
Posted 10/29 2015
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Got approved for $9.5k in CL. Prior to this card, I was using the BOA cash rewards. But I think the rewards on this card is much better. So far, I have no complaints.
Credit Score: 674 Credit Limit: 1000 Age: 18-24
Posted 09/28 2015
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My history was only about 10 months when I applied for this. Had a Cap One secured prior to that. Was denied and called recon. Then was approved for $1,000.
Credit Score: 768 Credit Limit: 12000 Age: 45-54
Posted 09/04 2015
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Prior to this card, I had the Chase Sapphire Preferred. I use that as my primary card and like to transfer points into miles. Got the Chase Freedom so that I can earn more points with the 5% categories. My UR accounts are combined so these 2 cards make a great combo for myself. My CL is $12k and my Sapphire has a $15k line. So in total, my lines with Chase is quite substantial.
Credit Score: 716 Credit Limit: 2500 Age: 35-44
Posted 08/25 2015
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I opened a Chase checking account. After about a year, I went to the branch to deposit a check and the manager said I was eligible to get the Freedom card. I got an approved for a CL of $2,500. After two years, I got an increase to $5,000 (double the original). So I am actually pretty happy with this card. I like the 5% quarterly thing though I do not like having to keep signing up for it. Why can't they just automatically enroll you?
Credit Score: 707 Credit Limit: 2500 Age: 35-44
Posted 07/21 2015
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With a score of about 700, I thought my credit was OK. So I applied and got approved for $2.5k, which I thought was fair. I am into my first year as a part time student and the CL is enough for me (though I have another card). My income is in the mid $40k.
Credit Score: 808 Credit Limit: 15000 Age: 45-54
Posted 07/17 2015
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This was the first card I applied with Chase. Prior to this, all I used was my Amex and I lived with the hassle of places not accepting Amex and me having to either pay cash or leave the shop because I never had any Visa or Mastercard. I finally decided to get a Visa or sorts and ended up with this. With my score, the credit line was what I expected. So far, this card is working out well.
Credit Score: 728 Credit Limit: 6000 Age: 35-44
Posted 06/06 2015
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I got this card and had a $6k CL. I also had an old WAMU card (which was bought by Chase) and had a $7k CL. So in total, I had a total of $13k CL with Chase. I have other cards as well and for years, I have been paying my bills on time every month. I have never been late. For both those Chase cards, I had about $5k in balance between the two cards. One day, due to some extra funds that appeared, I decided to pay off my balances (I do not carry a balance with my other cards). After I paid off the balance, Chase cut my lines to just a few hundred dollars. To say that I was pissed was a massive understatement. I called the CSR and asked for an explanation but all I got was that my utilization ratio was high. This was ridiculous because I carried no balance with my other cards and I just paid off my Chase cards (and they cut the lines). Even the supervisor could not help. At the end, they were blunt and said I was high risk and they could not do anything! So needless to say, I cancelled both these cards and simply used my other cards. My advice to all: DO NOT GET ANY CHASE CARDS!!
Credit Score: 733 Credit Limit: 8000 Age: 45-54
Posted 05/29 2015
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This is one of two Chase cards that I have. The other one is the Chase Sapphire. I use both cards. The Freedom is for the 5% categories. Gas and Amazon are my favorites. The Sapphire is mainly for dining. My reward program for the two cards are the same and combined. I have been happy with Chase and this is the best card combination for myself (and I pay no annual fee for both these cards). My CL for the Freedom is $8k and it is the same for the Sapphire. So in total, I have $16k in total CL with Chase.
Credit Score: 713 Credit Limit: 500 Age: 18-24
Posted 05/18 2015
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My credit history is rather new - about 9 months. And I never thought of applying for this card. But when I opened my Chase checking account, the person behind the counter said that she could probably help the process if I had a decent amount in the account. I transferred $13k over and applied. Lo and behold, I got approved (though it was for a paltry $500 CL). I guess I cannot complain since I do not have a long history.
Credit Score: 794 Credit Limit: 14000 Age: 45-54
Posted 04/21 2015
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I got this card because I wanted a Visa in addition to the Amex Blue Cash that I have. After using both cards, I have come to rely on my Blue Cash more. But, to be clear, my Blue Cash is the old one where you get 5% on gas, groceries and drugstore after you spend $6.5k from your anniversary date. The thing that I like about the Freedom is that during the 4th quarter, the 5% category gets interesting. Very often, you can get 5% at, Best Buy and other department stores and for online shopping as well. It saves you quite a bit during Christmas shopping though you are capped at $1.5k for the 5% spending. Overall, I still prefer my Blue Cash though this is a handy Visa card to have.
Credit Score: 600 Credit Limit: 500 Age: 18-24
Posted 04/11 2015
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I applied via phone the first time and got denied. I really did not have any credit history then and was told that was the reason. I have opened a Chase checking account and got their debit cards. About 9 months later, I got a letter saying I was pre-approved. I applied and got approved for a $500 CL. Since I am young and still a student, that would be enough for me. I have read in many places that you could get approved only if you have great credit. But my experience says otherwise.
Credit Score: 746 Credit Limit: 7000 Age: 25-34
Posted 03/19 2015
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After amassing about $400 in cash back (or points), I browsed the reward catalog and decided to get an XBox. Once I "ordered" it using points, I was told to pick it up at the nearest Best Buy. I love the card and the rewards and I look forward to redeeming points for my next gadget!
Credit Score: 784 Credit Limit: 11000 Age: 45-54
Posted 03/12 2015
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I have both the Chase Freedom and the BA Visa. Also have the Amex blue cash. During the first 3 years of having the card, I used it a lot and was very diligent about the 5% rewards. But for the last 3 quarters, I have not "signed up" and hence have not been really earning those 5%. I tend to use my Amex more these day. I wish Chase would stop requiring us to sign up for the 5% rewards thing. I will still keep the card because I use it when Amex is not accepted. And my CL is quite good as well!
Credit Score: 803 Credit Limit: 15000 Age: 45-54
Posted 02/27 2015
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Prior to this card, I had the Sapphire Preferred. I applied to that when they had a great sign up bonus. But I dread paying the annual fee and the points to miles transfer game is simply too much of a hassle to me. So I got this card and managed to persuade Chase to combine both my credit lines (which is great since I have a $15k line now). So no annual fee and 5% categories of stuff the Sapphire Preferred did not have.
Credit Score: 773 Credit Limit: 10500 Age: 45-54
Posted 01/22 2015
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I used to carry the class Amex Green for the longest time. In the past, I used the points to transferred to miles. I stopped flying for about 6 years and recently decided that I should not be paying for the annual fee. I settled on this card and have no regrets. I got a 10k CL which is OK by me though in the past, I have charged more than that at a go with my Amex (which is a charge card and has no limits).
Credit Score: 747 Credit Limit: 4500 Age: 45-54
Posted 01/08 2015
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To be honest, I was influenced by the ads I saw on TV about this card. To be honest, I am quite surprised that my credit line was that low considering that I have a good score. The 5% cash back during the 4th quarter each year are great as I save a lot of money on my holiday shopping.
Credit Score: 683 Credit Limit: 2500 Age: 25-34
Posted 12/10 2014
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I seriously did not think that I will be approved for but I was. Given my score, I guess I cannot complain too much about the credit lines. I really like the 5% reward feature and I am pretty diligent about using it. I am happy with the customer service (which I called twice) so far.
Credit Score: 763 Credit Limit: 7000 Age: 35-44
Posted 11/25 2014
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I got this card when they were offering a 0% deal for 12 months. I took that opportunity to finance an Apple computer. After I paid it off, I did not really use the card a lot. But after getting the quarterly sign up emails. After a while, I started registering every quarter and using the card more (mainly for the 5% rewards).
Credit Score: 789 Credit Limit: 12000 Age: 45-54
Posted 10/22 2014
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Got a nice CL and this has become my go to card. I end up charging may 3k a month and pay in full when the bill comes. This is great card. Rewards are good and customer service is great as well.
Credit Score: 694 Credit Limit: 3500 Age: 25-34
Posted 10/10 2014
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When I got the card, I thought it was simply a cash back card. But I later found out that it was actually a rewards card where points can also be redeemed for cash back. I was not sure if I was going to get approved for it. But with a high 600 score hovering close to 700, I got approved and the CL was OK.
Credit Score: 733 Credit Limit: 6000 Age: 45-54
Posted 09/16 2014
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I read somewhere on this site that you could combine your chase rewards into one account. I got this card first. Then got the Chase sapphire. So this card is used for the 5% category and I use the Sapphire for dining (which gets me 2X). Between the 2 cards, my CL is $11k.
Credit Score: 739 Credit Limit: 8000 Age: 35-44
Posted 09/04 2014
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Have had this card for over a year. For the six months, I tried to be diligent in terms of using the card when there was a 5X category going on. But by the end of the year, I am quite tired of having to constantly "sign up" for the 5% offers quarterly. I do get the email reminders, it I have stopped signing up for them and am just using my Amex instead.
Credit Score: 734 Credit Limit: 3000 Age: 35-44
Posted 08/20 2014
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I had previously gotten the Chase Slate when they had a great 0% BT deal. Having paid off the balance and being free of any credit debt now (I pay in full and it feels great), I was looking for a rewards card. I decided on the Freedom as I was quite happy with the Slate. My CL was about $2000 on the Slate so this gives me an additional $3k on my total lines with Chase.
Credit Score: 637 Credit Limit: 1200 Age: 18-24
Posted 08/09 2014
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Got mid 600s scores on all 3 bureaus and was approved for $1,200 CL. Love the 5% categories. Earns me decent cash back every month.
Credit Score: 640 Credit Limit: 500 Age: 18-24
Posted 07/29 2014
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I did not really have any credit history. TU was 663, EQ was 645 and Exp was about 657. Got a small $500 CL and I am very happy with it because I did not think Chase might approve a card for someone like me with really no history.
Credit Score: 805 Credit Limit: 10000 Age: 55-64
Posted 07/08 2014
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I've been a frequent flyer for as long as I can remember. I got this card to complement my Sapphire Preferred after switching out of Amex. To be honest, I expected a higher CL considering the age of my history and the fact that I PIF. The rewards account is combined with my Sapphire Preferred and I earn more points this way (using 2 chase cards and combining the rewards account). Points area mainly transferred to UA and SouthWest.
Credit Score: 775 Credit Limit: 7000 Age: 35-44
Posted 06/24 2014
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For me, this is a great card for everyday use. I was really attracted to the 5% categories. I spend about $2000 a month on the card and PIF. The CL I got is enough for me.
Credit Score: 716 Credit Limit: 5000 Age: 35-44
Posted 05/13 2014
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I got this card after my second attempt at applying. The first attempt was 2 years ago when I was in the midst of recovering my credit after a couple of late payments and other stuff. Once it was cleaned up, I got approved for a Cap One card with annual fee. Used it and always PIF. I am pretty happy with the CL I got and since my CL with CapOne is very low, I cancelled that card.
Credit Score: 690 Credit Limit: 1000 Age: 35-44
Posted 04/30 2014
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Despite my small CL, I still love using this card for the 5% rewards. I have earned 5% from Lowes in the spring and 5% at amazon in the winter category and 5% on gas whenever they have that. But I always PIF since my APR is 19.99%!
Credit Score: 708 Credit Limit: 1500 Age: 18-24
Posted 03/09 2014
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I have just graduated and earning about 30k a year. I got a Discover student card in my junior year (which means my credit history is about 2 years or so). Got approved for $1,500 in CL with a 18.99% APR. I intend to PIF every month and gradually build up my credit history.
Credit Score: 605 Credit Limit: 1200 Age: 45-54
Posted 02/17 2014
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I was applied this card 5 years after my BK discharge (which was still on the files). I was declined but I decided to call the recon backdoor line. I was questioned on my present income and how I intended to pay the card off. I told the CSR that I intended to pay in full. I was put on hold for a while but then approved with a $1,200 CL. My score then was barely at 600. The rate was 22.99% so I am definitely paying in full every month.
Credit Score: 687 Credit Limit: 2500 Age: 25-34
Posted 01/31 2014
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Got a mail offer with a $200 sign up bonus. Got approved with a $2,500 CL. The interest rate was too high for my liking but I pay in full anyway so it does not bother me.
Credit Score: 718 Credit Limit: 3000 Age: 25-34
Posted 01/15 2014
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I have about 5 years of credit history with a Cap One Student card. Applied and got approved instantly with a $3000 CL. My scores with all 3 bureaus are in the low 700s.
Credit Score: 735 Credit Limit: 5000 Age: 25-34
Posted 12/02 2013
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I guess due to my short credit history, I was only initially approved for $500. I called CSR and asked for the reason of my low lines. After answering a couple of questions on income etc, I was told they would have to do a hard pull on my credit again. But the good news was that the CL was increased to $5000. So no complaints here.
Credit Score: 714 Credit Limit: 0 Age: 25-34
Posted 10/27 2013
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I contemplated between this and the discover card. Part of what attracted me to the card was the 5% I would get during the holiday season for online shopping. My intention is to also get the Sapphire Preferred in the future and combine my rewards into one account. I am happy with the card but thought that I should have gotten a higher CL.
Credit Score: 670 Credit Limit: 1000 Age: 18-24
Posted 10/09 2013
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I really did not have any credit history. Applied online for the card and was approved for $1000 in CL. Given how many here and other forums have said approval for those with 1 or 2 year history was really difficult, this really came as a pleasant surprise. I hope to get CL increases in 6 months to 1 year.
Credit Score: 755 Credit Limit: 4000 Age: 45-54
Posted 09/08 2013
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I got this card to use as my primary card after ditching my Delta Amex. I have decided to stop earning miles and just earn cash back. I guess I will save on those annual fees too. Given my score and years of credit history (not a late payment), I thought I should have gotten a higher limit than $4k. Still it is enough of a CL for me.
Credit Score: 665 Credit Limit: 2500 Age: 25-34
Posted 08/16 2013
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Applied for this card and got approved with a 20.99% interest rate and a $2,500 CL. Score was in the mid 600s I think. It has been 2 years and what I have been doing is charge about $500 a month on the card and PIF. My scores are now in the low 700s for all 3 bureaus and I will be calling Chase soon to ask for an increase in CL.
Credit Score: 640 Credit Limit: 1000 Age: 25-34
Posted 07/24 2013
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I was initially denied but called the reconsideration line and was given a small credit line of $1,000. I guess it could have been worse (like a $500 CL). Anyway, I am pretty pleased and will be using this card as a means to improve my score going forward. Once my score reaches over the 700 level, I'll apply for other other reward cards.
Credit Score: 780 Credit Limit: 8000 Age: 45-54
Posted 06/29 2013
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Prior to this, my main card was the Amex Blue Cash Everyday. After reading some advice from this site, I decided to add a rotating category card to use with the Amex. I chose this over Discover. Given my score, I got a very good credit line and am happy with it. I think the APR was not the lowest (probably mid teens). But since I PIF, I do not really care about it.
Credit Score: 712 Credit Limit: 5000 Age: 35-44
Posted 05/08 2013
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Before this card, I got the Chase Sapphire (not the preferred version but the regular one). What I liked about that was I could earn double points on dining. Then after some research, I realized that I could get the Chase Freedom and use it for other things that earned more than 1% rewards. In that sense, the 5% categories are simply great. I was also able to combine the rewards account into one so using the Freedom and the Sapphire is actually a fantastic combo.
Credit Score: 735 Credit Limit: 5000 Age: 35-44
Posted 04/28 2013
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had a TU score of 735. Applied for the card and got instantly approved for a $7500 credit line.
Credit Score: 683 Credit Limit: 4000 Age: 25-34
Posted 03/30 2013
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Had about 5 years of history. Applied online and got approve immediately. But my line was only $500. So I called CS, who put me on hold for a couple of minutes. I think I got another hard pull, but got an increase of $4k.
Credit Score: 783 Credit Limit: 10000 Age: 35-44
Posted 02/01 2013
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Decided to get this card when they had a 0% 12 month offer. Got approved immediately with a $10k limit. Love this card. The 5% category makes so much sense and I find myself using it every quarter. I pay in full every month ever since I paid off the balance transfer.
Credit Score: 715 Credit Limit: 2000 Age: 25-34
Posted 01/31 2013
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I got this card and was told I had to wait 7 to 10 business days. I finally got it in the mail. As a background, my score was about 715, about 3 other cards and a student loan. Have never been late on any payment. Hope this info helps those who are in a similar situation.
Credit Score: 710 Credit Limit: 3000 Age: 18-24
Posted 12/29 2012
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I was relatively "new to credit". Prior to getting approved for this card, I got a couple of secured cards. The first was from my bank BOA. The second was from Orchard Bank. I decided to get this card as my true first unsecured card. I got the initial message that "I will receive a decision in 7 to 10 business days". So I called the recon number at 1-888-245-0625 and was put through CS rep who told me that I was denied and reason was my relatively new history. But after looking at my files again, I was approved for $500. Though it is a small amount, it is a big deal to me as this is my first "real card".