Yes, the Bank of America Cash Rewards Secured card does a hard pull on your credit report when you apply. Even with the hard inquiry, you can still get approved for the Bank of America Cash Rewards Secured credit card with bad credit.
You can prequalify for the Bank of America Cash Rewards Secured card on Bank of America's pre-qualification page, which will not affect your credit score as it will be a soft pull. However, if you do prequalify and want to get the card, you will need to submit an actual application which will result in a hard pull.
A hard pull usually causes an applicant's credit score to drop by 5-10 points. Most people’s scores bounce back within 3-6 months with responsible credit management, but it can take up to 12 months. You can learn more about how to minimize the credit score damage here.
You can easily check if Bank of America will pre-qualify you for a credit card online. All you have to do is provide your name, birth date and Social Security number, and Bank of America’s pre-qualify tool will show you any BofA credit cards for which you have good approval odds. You might also receive a pre-qualified offer in the mail, which will only be for a single card.… read full answer
Pre-qualification doesn’t guarantee you approval. But pre-qualified applicants end up being approved in the vast majority of cases. Pre-qualification doesn’t affect your credit at all since it uses a soft inquiry. But if you want to apply for a card, Bank of America will do a hard inquiry, which will cause a temporary score dip. This decrease is easily fixed with a few months of responsible card use, though. If you’d like to check for pre-qualification, you can do it in minutes.
If you already have a Bank of America account, all you have to do is log in on the pre-qualification page and you’ll be able to see your offers right away without inputting any extra information. If you don’t have an account, you just need to follow five simple steps.
Here’s how to get Bank of America to pre-qualify you for a credit card:
Enter your full name, birth date and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Click “Continue.”
Enter your address and select what type of credit card you’re interested in (you can also select that you don’t have a preference).
Click “Show me my offers.”
You’ll now be able to see any cards that Bank of America thinks you’d be a good candidate for. If you got a pre-qualification letter in the mail, you can either fill out the enclosed application, or use the special code provided when you apply online to flag your application as pre-qualified.
Your Bank of America credit card approval odds are best if you have a credit score of 750 or higher. Most Bank of America credit cards require excellent credit for approval. You can also check for Bank of America pre-approval to get a better sense of your BofA credit card approval odds.… read full answer
In general, your chances of being approved for a Bank of America credit card depend on your credit standing, income and debt, as well as which card you apply for. Bank of America will also consider things like your employment status and how many credit accounts you have open. All applicants need to be at least 18 years old and U.S. residents. Non-resident aliens are eligible for certain credit card offers at local Bank of America financial centers.
Here's what you need for good Bank of America credit card approval odds:
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