My Radisson Rewards Premier Recon Call Was An Epic Fail But Offers An Interesting Data Point

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US Bank Reconsideration Call

US Bank Reconsideration Call & An Interesting Data Point

I have been kicking around the idea of grabbing the Radisson card with the increased offer since it came out. You may have heard us talk about it on the podcast.  I have long been looking for that third hotel option to pair up with Hyatt and Hilton. The increased 120,000 point offer is very tempting but I really love that the card gives you 40,000 points each year instead of a free night cert like most cards.  That makes this card a long term keeper and it opens up some great options in Europe.  Even the illustrious Radisson Red properties (podcast listeners will get this reference 😆).

When I finally pulled the trigger I got an instant denial and my US Bank reconsideration call didn’t go much better either.  But an interesting data point came out of it which I will discuss a bit later.

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US Bank Reconsideration Call

Making My US Bank Reconsideration Call

I consulted our trusty reconsideration phone number guide for all of the major banks to get the number.  It appears US Banks reconsideration department closes earlier than most so I actually had to call back again the next day.

When I got on the phone, with a very nice lady, I said I recently applied for the Radisson card but was denied.  I asked if she could review it with me and if there was any other data they needed or if I needed to give up some of my available credit from one of my other US Bank cards.

Offering Up My Current Cards

Remember that US Bank likes people to have a bank account or credit card when applying for the Altitude Reserve so I thought pointing out that I had a relationship with them may help. Sometimes denials are because a bank has extended as much credit to you as they are willing to.  So it is possible to turn a denial into an approval by closing a card or moving some of your credit line from an old card to the new one as well.  This way they are not extending you any new credit. I mention this every time I make a retention call so that they know I am a loyal customer and to give them options for approval.

US Bank Reconsideration Call

Recent Inquiries Do Me In

She checked my credit report and said my score is great and credit definitely was not a problem.  Then she went on to say what I had expected all along, I had too many recent inquiries.  I once again offered to move credit from my other cards but she said that wouldn’t help.  She said that US Bank is a more conservative bank and too many inquiries will always lead to a denial.  I decided to dig a little deeper and asked how many is too many and that is the interesting data point came from.

US Bank Seems To Have A 4/12 or 5/12 Rule

After I asked the question she paused for a bit but ended up telling me that US Bank will usually deny people that have had more than 4 or 5 new cards opened in the last 12 months.  She looked at my report again and said that my applications over the summer are what did me in.  And then said that if I waited 6 months I should be good to try again and would likely be approved.  I was also told that 2 or 3 in the last twelve months shouldn’t be an issue, double confirming the data point.

In the past 12 months I have been approved for the following cards:
  • Delta Platinum Personal Card – March 2019
  • Bank of America Premier – March 2019
  • Citi American Airlines Personal Card – July 2019
  • Avianca LifeMiles – July 2019
  • Virgin Atlantic – September 2019

There were two business cards mixed in there as well but those shouldn’t show up.  So that puts me squarely at 5 over the previous twelve months.  She did specifically point out the July applications, I am guessing since they were clumped together.

I am not sure how long the offer is staying around but I may try for it again in April, once those two March inquiries drop off, and see how accurate this is.  I doubt the offer will still be at 120K by then though.

Final Thoughts

I would love to hear some peoples data points so we can see how accurate this is.  Have you been approved for a US Bank card when you had more than 4 or 5 new accounts in the past 12 months?

My US Bank reconsideration call may not have gone very well for me but hopefully we can learn something from it.

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. I recently got my secured credit card upgraded to the plat. Do you think I could use the hard pull to get a second card or will it be a new pull. ty.

  2. @Mark did you end up applying for this card again yet? It just came up on my radar. I don’t have a relationship with US Bank unfortunately (not in footprint) and the investment workaround seems to not be working as of day or couple ago. I’d app’d the USB leverage biz last month and got denied and this 4 or 5/12 is probably what did it. I’ll go to 4/12 in Aug so curious what happens for ya and if it’s worth holding off.

    • I did not – ended up going for one of the increased cash offers on their business cards and was approved for that instead.

  3. Thank you for sharing, Mark!
    I have found US Bank to be somewhat random.
    For one thing, I was told you are not allowed to transfer lines of credit between cards.
    Yet, despite applications, they gave me a credit limit increase on a card (the Club Carlson, now Radisson) without much trouble.
    Of course, I have been LOL/24 since time immemorial.
    Both my US bank accounts are business accounts…Not sure if that matters.

    • They are kind of hard to pin down. They gave me an offer on the Amex Flexperks card that I get it free every year for life since I carry the Visa version too. But I have to pay the annual fee before they will credit it back to me lol. It is so annoying 🙂


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