The USAA credit score requirement is 750 for most cards. This means that people with excellent credit have a decent shot at getting some of the best USAA credit card offers. USAA also offers a credit card for people with good credit (a credit score of 700), plus two other cards for people with bad credit (a credit score of 300).… read full answer
You should note that while your credit score is an important factor, there are plenty of other things that will impact your chances of being approved for a USAA credit card, too. Some other key criteria include your income, existing debt load, number of open accounts, recent credit inquiries, employment status, and housing status.
All USAA credit cards require good credit or better for approval, so they are all equally easy (or hard) to get. That doesn’t necessarily make USAA credit cards easy for anyone to get, though, because the average credit score is right on the edge of good credit. USAA does not currently issue any credit cards for people with less-than-good credit.… read full answer
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.
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