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I recently wrote about how everyone can get their Experian FICO score for free with Discover’s Credit Scorecard.
The app is convenient and easy to use, because it will notify you if there’s activity on your report. And it’s the only service that offers you unlimited, free access to your Experian credit report.
But don’t pay for in-app purchases, like FICO scores and reports from the other credit bureaus. Because there are ways to get those for free, too!
I’ll explain more about why the app might be a useful tool. And the other ways to get your credit reports and FICO scores for free.
Free Experian Credit Report With Experian’s New App
Link: Experian App for iPhone
Link: Experian App for Android
Keeping track of your credit score is very important in the miles & points hobby. Because having a higher score improves your likelihood of getting approved for credit. So you can earn more sign-up bonuses!
The app is helpful because it notifies you when there’s activity on your report, like a hard credit inquiry. And because it’s the only way to get your Experian credit report for free, whenever you want it.
Once you’ve downloaded it, it will ask for details like your name, address, and social security number, to verify your identity. And your Experian credit report will automatically be updated every 30 days.
A team member downloaded the app to her iPhone and said it’s easy to use.
She noticed there were in-app purchases available as well.
For example, you can get your Experian FICO score for ~$10, or your reports and FICO scores from all 3 credit agencies for ~$30.
So, it looks like Experian is hoping people will pay for their other scores and reports through the free app.
But don’t make that mistake! Because you can get your other scores and reports for free too.
How to Get Your Credit Scores and Reports for Free
AnnualCreditReport.com will give you a free credit report from each credit bureau once every 12 months. But it won’t include your actual FICO score.
You can, however, get your full TransUnion and Equifax reports for free from CreditKarma.
There are also a number of credit cards offering folks access to free FICO scores from the 3 different bureaus.
Cards that give you your Experian FICO score for free include:
And these cards come with your TransUnion FICO score:
Citibank cardholders can view their free FICO score from Equifax with cards like the:
But don’t purchase your credit scores and reports from the other credit bureaus through the app!
Because certain credit cards, like the Starwood Preferred Guest personal card, Chase Slate, and Discover it, give you either your TransUnion or Experian score for free. And Citi cardholders can view their score from Equifax for free.
And don’t forget, use AnnualCreditReport.com to get a free credit report from each credit bureau once every 12 months.
If you’ve downloaded the app, let me know if you find it useful!