Here’s how to request a credit limit increase for your credit card
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A ton of credit cards allow you to request an increase to your credit limit. However, all of them have different methods of making that request as well as different conditions for how and when it would be considered.
In order to make things easier, we've put together a list of popular credit card issuers and the way you can request a credit limit increase with them.
Requesting a credit limit increase with American Express is really simple, and can be done completely online. American Express says, however, that your card must be open for at least 60 days before you can increase the limit.
"You can request a credit limit increase on your personal or small business (OPEN) Card through your online account. Click 'Increase Line of Credit'. You can request a credit limit increase once your account has been opened for at least 60 days."
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Bank of America
Bank of America also allows you to request a credit limit through your online banking account. The bank does say that if you are not able to make the request online, to call the number on the back of your credit card and talk to a bank representative for more help.
"If your account is eligible to request a credit line increase online, you'll be able to make the request by signing in to Online Banking, selecting your credit card account, then select the Request a credit line increase link under Card Details in Account Summary. If your account is not eligible to request an increase online, please call the number on the back of your credit card."
Barclays allows its customers to request a credit limit increase online. The company says that it will normally give you an answer to your request immediately, but if not, they will get back to you in one day.
"You can request either an increase or a decrease in your credit limit online. Just tell us what you'd like your credit limit to be and we'll see what we can do for you. If we decide to change it, we'll update it straight away. If we can't change it, we'll let you know – usually within 24 hours."
Capital One lets its cardholders request a credit limit increase through their online account as well. They explain that they will normally give you a decision on your request right away, but if not, they will contact you within a few days by mail. If approved, they will also allow you to lower the credit limit to what you want rather than approving you for as much as possible without your input.
"You'll need to give us some information like your total annual income, employment status and monthly mortgage or rent payment, so have that handy. Sometimes your new limit is approved immediately. Other times, it can take a few days. We'll send you a letter by mail with details about the decision. We approve you for the highest amount we can offer and give you the option to choose a lower one if that works better for you."
Chase also allows all of its credit card members to request a credit limit increase through its online portal. It doesn't leave many details on the site, but it is safe to assume that a credit decision will be made either instantaneously or within a few days.
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Citi offers its customers a few ways to request a credit limit increase. You can make a request online, by phone, or even mail in an application. They detail all of the options available on its website.
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Discover doesn't give many details of its credit limit increase program on its website, but it does direct those interested to apply for a credit limit increase by logging in through its website.
Goldman Sachs (Apple Card)
You can request a credit limit increase for your Apple Card by chatting with Goldman Sachs customer support through the Wallet app on your iPhone. Apple says that Goldman Sachs will need your history with Apple Card to determine if you are eligible for an increase and that you may need to hold your card for at least six months before the bank will consider an increase.
"Goldman Sachs will need your credit history with Apple Card to inform any request for credit limit increases on Apple Card, and this can take six months or more. "
U.S. Bank credit cardholders are able to request a credit limit increase by logging in to their online account. They do note that certain credit cards need to go through a different process and members will need to call in for those specific cards.
"Cardmembers who have a Visa Signature®, World MasterCard® or a FlexPerks® Travel Rewards American Express® Card do not have a traditional credit limit and will need to call Cardmember Service to increase their Revolving Line of Credit."
Unfortunately, it does not appear that Wells Fargo credit card customers can apply for a credit limit increase online and instead will have to call into the bank to go through the application process.
"To request a credit limit increase, call us at 1-800-642-4720."
Contact your credit card issuer
While most credit cards will allow you to request a credit limit increase online, there is a handful that still requires you to call into customer service. If you are unsure which method is available to you, or you have questions about the application process, call in to your card issuer's customer service team and they will be happy to guide you through the process.
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