There’s no way to proactively check if you pre-qualify for an HSBC credit card. Sure, HSBC mails pre-approved credit card offers to potential applicants whose basic credit profiles indicate they will have a very good chance of getting approved. But you can’t request one. HSBC credit card pre-approval is invite-only, in other words.
But even though HSBC won’t let you check whether you pre-qualify, you can still take similar steps to determine whether applying is a good idea. Basically, you can pre-qualify yourself for an HSBC credit card by seeing how well you meet your chosen card’s approval requirements. Just bear in mind that official pre-approval typically gives you a roughly 90% chance of actually getting an account when you apply. So barely meeting a card’s minimum requirements may not cut it.
Here’s how to (pre) qualify for an HSBC credit card:
- All HSBC credit cards require good or excellent credit. Generally, good credit starts at a score of 660, and excellent credit begins at 719. However, we recommend considering good and excellent credit to mean 700+ and 750+, respectively. Your approval odds won’t be very good if you barely meet a card’s minimum requirements, after all.
You can check your latest credit score for free on WalletHub.
- You must demonstrate the ability to pay an HSBC credit card’s monthly bills. Unfortunately, that’s hard to estimate because HSBC doesn’t disclosure its cards’ minimum credit limits.
- You need $100,000+ in an HSBC bank account to get the HSBC Premier Mastercard and $10,000+ to get the HSBC Advance Mastercard.
In short, there’s no way to tell if you pre-qualify for an HSBC credit card. But if you have good to excellent credit, applying for an HSBC card might be worth a shot. If your credit is bad, fair, or limited, don’t worry. You may not be eligible for one of HSBC’s credit cards, but there are still plenty of offers from other issuers.