The best credit card for instant approval and use is the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express. Applicants who get approved instantly for this credit card when they apply online will be able to get the card number immediately and start using the card to make purchases just a few minutes after they’ve applied.… read full answer
Specifically, you’ll have a short period of time to write down your card information once you’re approved for this credit card. People who miss this window of opportunity will need to wait until they get the card in the mail.
The Amex Blue Cash Everyday card offers solid ongoing rewards of 20% cash back on Amazon.com purchases for the first 6 months (up to $150 back), 3% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000 spent per year), 2% back at U.S. gas stations and select U.S. department stores, and 1% back on all other purchases, earned as statement credits. It also has a $0 annual fee and requires a minimum of good credit for approval.
Best Instant Credit Cards for Approval and Use
Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express: Best Overall
The Platinum Card® from American Express: Best for Luxury Perks
Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express: Best for Cash Back
American Express® Gold Card: Best for Dining Purchases
JetBlue Card: Best for No Annual Fee
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card: Best Airline Card
Instant approval is always possible when you apply for a credit card online or in person, but instant use is rare. Some credit card issuers don’t offer any instant use credit cards. Others have only a few. Each issuer has their own restrictions for when you can get instant use, too.
Standard shipping time for new cards is 7-10 business days.
If you’re not able to get a credit card number for immediate use, don’t worry. Credit cards usually only take 7-10 business days to arrive after you’re approved. And many credit card companies provide expedited delivery for a small fee, or sometimes even for free.
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 Credit Card: For people with fair credit. 5% discount at Target and Target.com. Returns extended by 30 days. Free shipping. $0 annual fee.
Walmart® Store Card: For people with fair credit. 2 - 5 points per $1 on Walmart purchases and Walmart & Murphy USA Fuel Stations. $0 annual fee.
Kohl's Credit Card: For people with fair credit. 35% discount on your fist purchase. 5% cash back on every qualifying purchase made at Kohl. $0 annual fee.
JCPenney Credit Card: For people with fair credit. 1 point / $1 on qualifying purchases. Discounts on select items. Annual fee: None.
Amazon.com Store Card: For people with fair credit. 5% cash back at Amazon.com if you have a Prime account. $10 gift card after approval. $0 annual fee.
There are plenty of other department store cards with great deals too. For example, 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.
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