3 ways to increase your credit limit

NEW YORK – March 7, 2022 – (Newswire.com)

iQuanti: Your credit limit is the maximum balance you can put on a credit card. This can affect your spending habits – if your income has increased, your credit cards may no longer have a high enough limit for your spending.

In addition, your credit limit has an impact on your credit score. Increasing your credit limit relative to your spending can lower your credit usage and increase your score.

Wondering how to increase your credit limit? Read below to learn three strategies.

1. Get a new credit card

Getting a new credit card will immediately increase your total credit limit. Plus, it could broaden your credit mix — another factor that impacts your credit score. Plus, new credit cards often come with great cardholder offers, which can be another benefit of having multiple cards in your wallet.

However, don’t ask for new credit cards too often. Each request triggers a thorough investigation (a formal credit check). This temporarily lowers your score. If you have too many in a short period of time, a lender may deny your application for a new card.

2. Ask for a raise

If you don’t want a brand new credit card, you can ask your lender to increase your current credit limit. You can either apply online or call the number on the back of your card and ask for a raise.

This method may work best if you want to minimize the number of cards you need to manage. Likewise, you may want to ask for a raise instead of getting a new card if you use a particular card for most of your spending.

Now asking for a raise triggers a thorough investigation, just like asking for a credit card. Therefore, you should only ask for increases sparingly, even between different card companies. They will see your previous difficult requests and may deny you if there are too many in too short a time.

Also, be sure to update your earnings with your issuer before applying. A higher income can improve your chances of approval.

3. Wait for an automatic increase

Your credit card company may review your account from time to time, usually semi-annually or annually. They may give an automatic raise if you have a good payment history and your credit score has gone up.

Either way, there is no risk of a difficult investigation or denial. Instead, the lender conducts a soft investigation (they can’t do an in-depth investigation without your consent) and will automatically increase your score if you meet their criteria. This makes waiting the safest method.

Again, be sure to regularly update your income and other financial information with your card company. If your earnings have increased since opening the account, your chances of getting an automatic increase may improve.

Increase your credit limit and improve your score

Getting a credit limit increase is an important step in your financial journey. This indicates that you have used your cards responsibly and can manage your debts well.

These positive habits also directly impact your credit score. Each time your limit increases, your score can increase along with it, helping you climb the financial ladder and achieve your goals.

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