The best First Access Card benefits are zero liability protection and monthly credit bureau reporting. These perks are certainly good to have, though it’s important to note that they are also relatively common benefits for credit cards.
First Access Card Benefits
Zero liability protection
Monthly credit bureau reporting
While these benefits aren’t bad, the First Access Card simply doesn’t have as many benefits as a lot of the other credit cards on the market.
The First Access Card credit limit is $300 or more. Everyone who gets approved for First Access Card is guaranteed a credit limit of at least $300, and particularly creditworthy applicants could get limits a lot higher than that. The higher an applicant’s credit score and income are, the higher the starting credit limit is likely to be.… read full answer
The First Access Card credit limit that you start with isn’t necessarily your credit line forever. You can ask to get a credit limit increase by calling the customer service number on the back of your card, but it’s best not to do that more than once a year. First Access Card will also evaluate your account periodically to determine whether you are eligible for a credit limit increase. Paying on time and keeping your credit utilization low are key for getting unsolicited credit line increases with First Access Card.
You only need one credit card for good credit because simply having an open credit card account is the most efficient way to build and maintain a good (or even excellent) credit score. But the actual number of credit cards you have doesn’t make up a huge part of your credit score – roughly 5%-10%. The … read full answermore important factors are your payment history, the total amount of your debts, and the total of your credit limits.
As a result, having fewer credit cards that you use responsibly is better than having more cards yet worse performance. But if you have multiple credit cards and use them all responsibly, by paying your bills in full by the due date every month and not maxing out your credit limits, then having multiple credit cards will absolutely help promote good credit.
Here’s how that works: Multiple credit cards means more total credit. More total credit gives you a bit more leeway with your credit utilization (the amount of credit you’re using vs. the amount extended to you). Utilization – overall and of each credit account separately – makes up about 20% of your credit score, so it’s best to keep that number low. And simply paying your bill on-time makes up about 35%-40% of a good credit score. The more on-time payments you have on your credit report, the better it is for your credit score.
If you’re planning on getting multiple credit cards to boost your credit score, it’s worth considering that the age of your credit accounts makes up roughly 15% of your score. Credit age matters because a longer credit history means you have more experience with credit in general, and lenders have more information to assess when determining your creditworthiness. If you add a few new cards to your history, your score may take a hit because your average credit age will get younger.
You can pay from your bank account. Log in to your bank’s online banking account and locate the online bill payment section. All you will need to make the payment is the payee name “First Access” and your 16 digit account number. Another way to pay your bill is through Western Union or MoneyGram or other electronic payment services. Bring a copy of your First Access Card statement to provide the payee name (“First Access Card”), your account number, and the remittance address.… read full answer
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