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Making Smart Credit Choices: Requesting a Credit Limit Increase

People often get their first credit cards when they are young and have not quite established themselves financially. As such, it is easy to understand why so many people find themselves with lines of credit that have very low limits. It is not unusual for credit card companies to give new account holders lines of credit that are only for $1,000 or a little bit more. As people begin to progress a bit with their finances, though, they often need credit cards with higher credit limits. This can often prove to be a stalling point for some consumers, as they are not sure how to go about requesting a credit limit increase from their credit card companies.

Use Credit Responsibly

With so many financial experts suggesting that people avoid using credit cards, it may be difficult to understand why some people would want to increase their credit limits. If someone is responsible with their use of credit, though, it is very easy to wind up in a situation every month where they are utilizing a large percentage of their existing credit. Some people like to charge purchases, like gasoline, groceries and other common items, and then to pay off their credit card balance entirely when the payment comes through. If someone only has a $1,000 limit, and spends $500 on the card, they are regularly going to be at 50 percent credit utilization. That is something that can lead to a lower credit score. Suffice it to say, that everyone should use their credit responsibly and should make efforts to pay off their balances in full – or as close to that as possible – every month. Only then, should you seek to get an increased credit limit.

You’re Not Asking for a Favor

People often get intimidated when calling to talk to representatives from their credit card companies. They believe that if they say the wrong thing, they will get turned down flat, or that if they don’t mind their p’s and q’s that they will wind up getting slapped with a higher interest rate or something. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are the customer, and they are making money from supplying you with a line of credit. You never have to feel nervous about approaching a credit card company, be it to ask for a different payment date, to negotiate a lower interest rate or, in this case, to ask for a higher credit limit.

It’s Easier than you think

Most of the time, you will not even have to speak with anyone to get this done. All the major credit card companies have online portals that allow you to access your account. Typically, there is a link that you can access once you are signed in that will allow you to request a higher balance. Use this link. You will be taken to a form that asks you the reason for needing a higher credit limit. For example, the company may want to know if you are doing so to transfer another balance or to make a large purchase. Be honest, and fill out the form entirely. If you qualify, you will get a notification from the credit card company.

However, if you get turned down, you may want to call their customer service department directly. Speak to the representative professionally, and explain why you need a higher balance. If they turn you down, ask to speak to their manager or supervisor, then repeat your request. It may take a couple of calls, but if you persist, and have a valid reason for needing a higher credit limit (like the fact that you are making a lot more money now than you were when you got it, and want to avoid high credit utilization) you should be successful.