You can qualify for higher credit limit cards by paying your bills on time, using only a small portion of your available credit, and not having too much debt compared to your income. Those also happen to be some of the most important ingredients for a good or excellent credit score.
So, it should come as no surprise that people with good credit or better tend to get the highest credit card limits. But anyone can try to get a higher credit limit, either on a card they already have or by applying for a new one.
Here are some tips to get higher credit limit cards:
Get your score to 700+. Cards that require good or excellent credit for approval are more likely to have higher minimum credit limits (up to $5,000-$10,000 in some cases). Also, you can get more than the minimum, based on your creditworthiness. The higher your score the better.
Practice responsibility. Using less than 30% of your current credit lines and always paying your bills on time are some of the best ways to demonstrate that you can handle a higher limit.
Show all your income and assets. Credit card companies have to make sure you can afford the spending power they give you. So, the more money you have available, the better your chances of getting a high limit will be. When you apply, be sure to give the correct total income, including both your salary and any additional sources. If the application has a spot for assets, put that in as well.
Reduce your debt. You’re unlikely to get a higher credit limit if you already owe a lot to other lenders. You can only afford to pay a certain amount per month. And the combination of high debt levels and an appetite for more spending power is a sign of risk.
Apply for a credit limit increase. If you’ve been making on-time payments on your current credit accounts for at least six months, call the number on the back of your card and inquire about a credit limit increase. Some companies may require a hard pull of your credit report for this inquiry, but they will always ask your consent beforehand.
It’s also important to note that credit card companies may offer you a higher limit without even asking. After months of paying on time, you might receive an automatic credit limit increase. How much this increase is will again depend on your credit history. But any more credit you can get will be beneficial for your score, as it lowers your overall utilization.
Usually, they say you should have at least 6 months of paying on time with the card itself. I'd say it's more than just that: you should show that you can afford getting a higher limit, that your income has changed, and that you don't have a lot of old debt hanging around.
Requesting a credit limit increase can hurt your score, but only in the short term. If you ask for a higher credit limit, most issuers will do a hard “pull,” or “hard inquiry,” of your credit history. A hard inquiry will temporarily lower your credit score. Bank of America, Barclays, Chase, U.S. Bank and USAA will conduct a hard inquiry if you request a credit limit increase. American Express, Capital One and Wells Fargo will not. Citi will notify you when you call if they will generate a hard inquiry or a soft inquiry, which does not affect your score. Discover typically uses soft inquiries, but if you don’t accept the credit limit offered and request a higher limit, it will then be a hard inquiry.… read full answer
Hard inquiries will lower your credit score by a few points, but can only affect your score for one year. After two years, hard inquires completely drop off of your credit report. The other thing you need to watch out for is overspending. Requesting a credit limit increase could really wind up hurting your credit score if you use the extra spending power to rack up debt you can’t afford to repay.
Still, the potential negatives that come with requesting a credit limit increase can be managed and are often outweighed by the benefits of having a higher credit limit. The boost in your credit limit could also raise your credit score as long as your spending stays at the same level. The additional credit would lower your utilization, which is the ratio of your balance compared to your credit limit. Ideally, this number should be less than 30 percent for each card. Keeping utilization low tells issuers you’re responsible and aren’t just desperate to max out your card.
Some issuers also extend automatic credit limit increases to eligible cardholders. These increases may occur periodically and do not generate a hard inquiry. To give yourself the best odds of receiving an automatic increase, make all of your monthly payments on time, preferably in full. And give it some time. Issuers tend not to extend automatic increases until you’ve had a card for at least six months. Similarly, if you recently received an increase on an existing account, expect to wait at least six to 12 months before you’re considered for another increase, assuming you manage your account responsibly in the meantime.
One of the easiest high limit credit card to get is the Chase Sapphire Preferred because its starting credit limit is $5,000 and you need at least good credit for approval. Chase Sapphire Preferred does have an annual fee of $95.
For fair credit and limited – Petal® 2 Visa® Credit Card: $300 - $10,000 credit limits, depending on creditworthiness. $0 annual fee.
For bad credit – Credit One Visa: $300 minimum credit limit. $75 intro 1st yr, $99 after annual fee.
High limit secured – U.S. Bank Secured Visa® Card: Your refundable security deposit will set your credit limit between $300 and $5,000. Available to applicants with bad credit or better.
Your credit limit will be primarily set by your creditworthiness. So if you think your options are limited by your credit history, best to aim for a secured credit card as the deposit you put down will generally act as your credit limit. The highest unsecured credit limit you’ll get with bad credit is likely to be around $300. It’s just a question of how much will get used up by initial fees. The U.S. Bank Secured Visa® Card features a $0 for instance.
That said, only some credit cards list their minimum credit limits in the terms and conditions. And your actual credit limit could be higher than what’s listed, depending on your personal creditworthiness. But no matter what your credit standing is, getting a high limit credit card will get easier as your credit score improves.
You may be eligible for a credit limit increase without asking after 6-12 consecutive months of on-time bill payments with a new credit card account. Credit card companies need evidence that you can handle your current spending limit responsibly before giving you the ability to borrow more.
Creditors will review your credit, income and payment history on a regular basis moving forward. If they feel you can afford an increase and refrain from abusing the added spending power, they may automatically grant a credit limit increase without you asking.… read full answer
If you get a credit limit increase without asking, it should help your credit score. To start off, issuers only use a soft inquiry (which does not affect your credit score) for this type of increase. If you ask them for an increase instead, they’re more likely to use a hard inquiry, which can cause a temporary drop in your score. In addition, getting any kind of credit limit increase adds to the total credit you have available, which can lower your credit utilization if you spend the same amount of money (or less) than you did before. Or, it can allow you to spend more without increasing your utilization.
If you want to increase the chances of a credit card company giving you a higher limit without you having to ask for it, there are a few steps you can take.
How to get a credit limit increase without asking:
Always pay all your bills on time.
Pay off the card you want the higher limit on fully each month.
Update your income on the credit card company’s website/app.
Keep your account open for at least 6-12 months.
These steps won’t guarantee you a credit card limit increase without asking. But they will certainly help your chances.
If your credit card’s issuer doesn’t grant you an unsolicited increase, you may want to just ask for an increase yourself. While your request will probably lead to a lower credit score, the damage will be small and temporary. And in the long term, a limit increase has the potential to bring your score higher.
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