Every bank has a set of unpublished rules when it comes to approving for credit cards. It is always important to know these rules so we could maximize the return of the hard pulls in the credit pulls.
What is Chase 5/24 rule?
Around 2 years ago, Chase tightened rules when it comes to approving for certain credit cards in their portfolio. With this 5/24 rule, a credit card application will not be approved if the applicant had opened more than 5 new cards in the last 24 months from not just Chase but ANY bank.
Even Authorized User (AU) cards could impact your ability to get the new card as this also shows up as a new account in your credit report. However, there may be a chance that this can be pleaded and your application may be approved if you are over 5 account due to AU cards
This rule does not account for the number of hard inquires on the credit report, but the number of new accounts (across all banks) added to the credit report in the last 24 months, which means that this new rule is intended to limit the number of sign up bonuses received.
How to Check your 5/24 status?
There is an easier way to check, if you have opened more than 5 cards in the last 24 months.
Step 1: Login to Credit karma
Credit karma is free service which provides credit monitoring and credit scores from your Transunion and Equifax. If you dont have an account yet, you could sign up in a few minutes.
Step 2: View Score details
Once you login, you would be able to see a Dashboard showing your TransUnion and Equifax credit score details. Click on the “View Score details” on the bottom of either score.
Step 3: View “Credit Usage”
On this page, you will see all the factors impacting your credit score. Click “View Details” below the credit usage section.
Step 4: Count the number of accounts in the last 24 months
Here you could see all the open credit card accounts. You could count the number of cards opening in the last 24 months.
If you have 5 or more cards opened in the last 24 months, you could not get selected Chase cards.
One more thing you could notice is that business cards are not reported to the credit bureaus. This is true with most business cards and business cards would not impact your 5/24 status as long as it is not showing up in your credit report.
Which Business cards do not show up on credit report?
Several banks do not report business cards in your credit report unless there is an issue with your business card account. As of the day of writing this post, only CapitalOne and Barclayard (conflicting reports) seem to report business cards to credit bureaus.
Here are a couple of flyertalk threads for more information and datapoints
If you had applied for business cards in the last 24 months, you could exclude the business cards, when you count your 5/24 status as mentioned above.
Which Chase cards are exempted from this rule?
Thankfully, there are several Chase cards that are not covered by the 5/24 rule. This flyertalk thread has all the current updates and data points. As of today, the following Chase travel rewards cards are exempted from this 5/24 rule.
What are the potential exceptions to this rule?
Note that the below listed options are not guaranteed to by-pass this 5/24 rule, but will improve your chances significantly.
- The most probable approach for by-passing the 5/24 rule is, if you are pre-approved for a card. This is usually informed by the the teller during the branch visit.
- If you are 5/24 due to Authorized user cards (AU) in the last 24 months, it may be a good idea to ask the primary card holder to cancel these AU cards issued against your name and request these bank to notify the bank to remove these cards
- If you received a targeted mailer with an exclusive invitation code, you could potentially get away with the 5/24 limitation
- In the past, having Chase Private Client status used to by-pass the 5/24 rule, as the relationship manager used to work with the credit analyst and get you approved. However, recent data-points suggest that it does not work any more.
Chase has an unpublished rule, which is famously called 5/24 rule. As per this rule, a Chase credit card will not be approved if the applicant has opened 5 or more cards with any issuer (according to the credit report) in the last 24 months.
There may be limited exceptions to this rule, if you apply for pre-approved offer in the branch or through a targeted mailer.
If you have opened less than 5 credit cards in the last 24 months, you may want to prioritize Chase cards before getting other cards.