Just about any credit card you can apply for online may offer instant approval, but it’s never guaranteed. Instant approval usually happens when an applicant more than meets a card’s requirements. But some applications will need closer scrutiny, causing the process to take a bit longer.
To increase your chances of instant approval when applying for a credit card, check your credit score to make sure it exceeds the card’s minimum required score. In addition, it’s a good idea to check for pre-approval if the card issuer allows it. If you’re pre-approved for a card, your chances of instant approval are very high. Having a high income will also improve your odds.
Finally, it’s worth noting that you won’t be instantly approved for a credit card if the credit report(s) that the issuer tries to check are locked or frozen.
The best instant approval credit cards for average credit are the Capital One Platinum card and the Capital One QuicksilverOne card. Both Capital One cards are well-suited for instant approval because they only require a 640 credit score (within the reach of the average person) and you can apply for them online.
The Platinum card is best for people who want a $0 annual fee, but it doesn’t offer rewards. On the other hand, Quicksilver gives unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases but has a $39 annual fee.
You may be able to qualify for the Amex EveryDay if your score is close to 700 and you have a decent income. Great card and they even provide you with your card details instantly, so you will be able to use your credit right away. No annual fee and a good rewards system too.
The Fingerhut Credit Account is the easiest unsecured card to get. But it won’t suit everyone’s needs. Fingerhut is an online marketplace, and its card can only be used to make purchases on the site. So while it will give you an unsecured line of credit, it won’t really help you cover emergency expenses.… read full answer
If you’re looking for a card that can be used for anything, the Credit One Bank® Platinum Visa® is your best bet. You can get approved for it with bad credit. It offers a $300 starting spending limit. And you can use it wherever Visa is accepted.
Those aren’t your only options, though. WalletHub’s editors compared all of the unsecured credit cards in our database of 1,000+ offers. And we selected our favorite easy-to-get offers.
Here are the easiest unsecured credit cards to get:
The easiest unsecured credit cards to get generally work best for minor emergencies. You will only receive a small amount of spending power, after all.
Unsecured credit cards for people with bad credit also tend to be very expensive, charging lots of fees and high interest rates. So if you don’t need a small emergency loan, the best course of action is to improve your credit inexpensively with a secured card. Secured cards are cheaper than unsecured cards, build credit just as effectively, and offer the closest thing you’ll find to guaranteed approval.
The best credit cards for a 600 credit score are secured cards because they offer easy approval and are often much less expensive than unsecured credit cards for bad credit. Secured credit cards require a security deposit, and the card’s credit limit is equal to the amount of the deposit. This deposit is fully refundable when you close your account with a $0 balance. … read full answer
If you’re not sure where to start looking for secured credit cards for a 600 credit score, WalletHub has picked out a few examples of popular offers.
The easiest department store credit card to get approved for is the Fingerhut Credit Account, but that’s only if you count an online retailer / mail catalog as a department store. It’s the only store card you can get with bad credit. Pretty much all other store credit cards require fair credit (640+ score) for approval. But that still means most department store credit cards are easy to get for most people. It also means you should choose your card based on where you shop the most and which offers the most rewards, since there isn’t much of a difference in their approval requirements. Let’s take a look at a few good options.… read full answer
Here are some of the easiest department store credit cards to get:
Target REDcard: For people with fair credit or better. 5% off at Target and Target.com. Returns extended by 30 days. Free shipping. Yearly 10% off coupon. No annual fee.
Walmart Store Card: For people with fair credit or better. $35 off a $75+ purchase the same day you get approved. 3% Walmart.com discount, 2% Murphy USA and Walmart gas discount, 1% Walmart in-store discount. No annual fee.
Kohl’s Credit Card: For people with fair credit or better. 30% off your fist purchase. 15% off coupon by mail. At least 12 special offers per year. Spending $600 makes you a Kohl’s Most Valued Customer and entitles you to 18 discounts per year. No annual fee.
JCPenney Credit Card: For people with fair credit or better. 1 point per dollar on qualifying purchases. Save 5%-15% on select items. $10 rewards by email. Prepaid card by mail worth $100-$500 when you buy 2 or more appliances starting at $398. No annual fee.
Fingerhut Credit Account: For people with bad credit or better. Easiest store card to be approved for. No rewards. No annual fee.
Amazon.com Store Card: For people with fair credit or better. 5% off at Amazon.com if you have a Prime account. $10 gift card after approval. No annual fee.
There are plenty of other department store cards with great deals too. For example, Lord & Taylor, TJX, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears all give savings and perks that are worth looking at. Just remember that department store credit cards can only be used at the store that issued them (and sometimes affiliates), so apply for a card from somewhere you know you’ll shop on a regular basis.
Anything from Cap One has instant approval. As far as average credit goes, they're usually for good score, so if you don't have anything above 700, try Amazon's Store card.
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