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welshgirl1 Mar 11th 2009 3:43 pm

Credit cards CAN happen...
 
About 4 months before leaving the UK I got a HSBC bank account, thinking I could transfer my money over easily when I arrived if I opened an HSBC account over here, and yes to a certain extent it will be simple, so yeay for them.

A bigger cheer comes for HSBC when the manager offered for me to try and obtain a credit card. I said yes laughing in my head at his silliness, only to receive a shiny new credit card in the post yesterday. I don't know whether through HSBC somehow they could check my UK credit records / score, but I didn't even have a c.card with HSBC in the UK.

I was really suprised to get one, but then I guess you don't get if you don't ask!

Englishtart Mar 11th 2009 5:43 pm

Re: Credit cards CAN happen...
 

Originally Posted by welshgirl1 (Post 7368193)
About 4 months before leaving the UK I got a HSBC bank account, thinking I could transfer my money over easily when I arrived if I opened an HSBC account over here, and yes to a certain extent it will be simple, so yeay for them.

A bigger cheer comes for HSBC when the manager offered for me to try and obtain a credit card. I said yes laughing in my head at his silliness, only to receive a shiny new credit card in the post yesterday. I don't know whether through HSBC somehow they could check my UK credit records / score, but I didn't even have a c.card with HSBC in the UK.

I was really suprised to get one, but then I guess you don't get if you don't ask!


That's great! yay for you, I'm sure it's going to be good news for lots of other people on here, that have been wondering how to have accounts in both places!

BritishGuy36 Mar 11th 2009 6:26 pm

Re: Credit cards CAN happen...
 
I opened an account with Amex a few months before leaving the UK (I have a stonking credit record over there), credit limit about £3k. I got a 'global transfer' and they used my Amex UK history to open the new Amex US card account, credit limit $10k.

It can be done.


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