A credit score of at least 550 to 650 is needed for an unsecured credit card in most cases, though it’s possible to get approved for an unsecured card with a lower score or even no credit score. For example, some of the best beginner and student cards are unsecured and will approve applicants with little or no credit.
If your credit score is below the 550 to 650 threshold needed to get a good unsecured card, you’d be much better off applying for a secured card such as the Discover it® Secured Credit Card or the Secured Mastercard® from Capital One. They’re easier to get than unsecured cards because you’re putting up your own money, typically a minimum deposit of $200, to secure the account.
The minimum credit score for unsecured cards for bad credit is around 500. You can get approved with a really low credit score, but you'll also have to live with lower credit limits, high annual fees and high APR rates.
Honestly, I'd say a secured card is probably a smarter alternative.
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.
Yes, you can get an unsecured credit card with a 500 credit score, though it’s probably not the best idea. It’s harder to get approved for such a card, and it typically involves high fees, high interest rates, and little spending power.
Unsecured credit cards for a 500 credit score are for people with bad credit, and they’re only recommended for emergencies. It’s much easier and cheaper to apply for a secured card.… read full answer
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