You won’t know your American Express credit limit until you’re approved for an account. American Express does not disclose a minimum credit limit in their cards’ terms and conditions, unlike some other major issuers. All Amex says is that your credit limit depends on your credit history, debt level, income, and payment history on other American Express cards.
One way to estimate what credit limit you might get on an American Express card is to read customer reviews of the card. People will often post what limit they received, sometimes with their credit score and income. On Amex cards for good credit, people seem to report starting with limits of $1,000-$5,000 most often. But you should take any of these numbers with a grain of salt. Just because someone with a similar credit score or income got a certain limit, it doesn’t mean you will too.
The highest credit card limit is over $100,000 according to anecdotes from credit card holders. But like most credit cards in general, even the highest-limit credit cards will only list minimum spending limits in their terms – and the highest minimum you’ll find is around $10,000.
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Some of the highest credit card limits right now are:
Chase Sapphire Reserve: $10,000+. You’re guaranteed a credit limit of at least $10,000 with this card, but it comes with a $550 annual fee and requires excellent credit. If you’re a high spender, though, the points you’ll rack up can be well worth it.
Chase Sapphire Preferred: $5,000+. You’ll get at least a $5,000 credit limit with this card, and some people report a high limit of $100,000. The annual fee is $95.
Capital One Venture: $5,000+. This card has a $5,000 minimum limit. It requires good credit and charges a $95 annual fee. And it gives excellent value on travel rewards.
Discover it for Students: $500+. Students can look forward to a limit of at least $500. That’s pretty good for a first card when you have little to no credit history.
Wells Fargo Secured: up to $10,000. This card accepts a refundable security deposit of as much as $10,000. The amount you put down will serve as your credit line.
Amex Platinum: No Pre-Set Spending Limit. The Amex Platinum Card has no pre-set spending limit, which means your limit will depend on your monthly spending habits and could change from month to month. But some Amex Platinum cardholders say they start out with a limit of about $2,500 that then adjusts with their spending habits. The annual fee is $550, and you need good credit or better to get approved.
Amex Gold: No Pre-Set Spending Limit. This is another NPSL card, meaning your credit limit on this card will adapt to how you use it. Many cardholders report spending limits of $5,000-$10,000. Some cardholders report starting limits as low as $2,000, which rise and fall with your monthly spending. Amex Gold requires at least good credit and charges an annual fee of $250.
Again, keep in mind that most credit cards only disclose minimum credit limits, if that. So your limit could be a lot higher based on your creditworthiness.
In order to have a better chance of getting the highest credit card limit possible in your situation, you should make sure to always pay bills on time, use 30% or less of your available credit, pay down your debts, save money for the future, and otherwise make good financial decisions.
It's harder to get an American Express card than it is to get a credit card from many other major issuers simply because all of Amex's credit card offers require good or excellent credit for approval. But American Express isn't the only credit card company to target people in the highest tiers of the credit score scale. Barclaycard and Chase do too, for example. And if you're fortunate enough to have good credit or better, an American Express credit card will be no harder to get than any other credit card.… read full answer
The easiest American Express cards to get are those that require a minimum of good credit for approval, as opposed to excellent credit only. You may also want to target cards that are co-branded with companies such as Delta and Hilton as well as offers with lower annual fees. Co-branded cards often have relatively high approval rates to accommodate more fans of the brand (e.g. Hilton) in question. And some of Amex's premium cards for big-spenders, which can be relatively difficult to get, have high fees.
Of course, American Express also evaluates each applicant's income and debt obligations to make sure they can afford monthly bill payments on a new line of credit. But there isn't much information available about Amex's standards in those regards, and you shouldn't expect them to differ too much from other credit card companies' policies.
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