September 24, 2023

Why Now May Be a Good Time to Request a Credit Limit Increase

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Why Now May Be a Good Time to Request a Credit Limit Increase

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Credit card issuers are now relaxing their tight lending requirements that were put in place a year ago as the pandemic erupted. With millions suddenly without jobs, issuers had faced a conundrum: would consumers begin to rely on credit cards to afford basic living expenses?

But the improving economic climate, coupled with a surprising record drop in credit card balances, means that issuers are now in a hurry to sign on new customers. A new TransUnion report found that credit card originations are on the rise again and The Wall Street Journal reports that card issuers have spent more on marketing this year than last and are mailing out more credit card solicitations. Banks like Capital One are increasing cardholders’ credit limits.

If you had your credit card limit cut last year, or you’ve been wanting to ask for a credit limit increase, now may be an opportune moment to do so. Your approval chances of getting additional credit are even better if you a) have at least a good credit score (661 to 780) or b) have a higher income than when you applied for the credit card.

What to consider when requesting a credit limit increase

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High-limit — and other — credit cards to consider

Credit card issuers don’t typically advertise their credit limits, but some will include a minimum credit limit in their pricing and terms. Cards branded Visa Signature® or Visa Infinite® typically offer a starting credit limit of $5,000 or $10,000, respectively, which we consider high limit.

Two popular cards in these categories are the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (a Visa Signature card) and the Chase Sapphire Reserve® (a Visa Infinite card, a tier above Signature). Though Chase doesn’t publish credit limits on its site, travel credit cards generally have higher limits.

You won’t know your given credit limit until your application is approved, and a lot weighs on your credit score and income.

For those who don’t have the good or excellent credit to qualify for one of the Sapphire cards or another travel card, consider a product like the Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card. While cardholders won’t have a high credit limit right away, they get the opportunity to increase their limit over time. Capital One automatically considers you for a higher credit limit after six months of on-time payments, and one member on myFICO® Forums said that cardholders may receive a $100 increase after their second or third billing statement.

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