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Credit Limits

How to Request a Credit Limit Increase — and Get It

Many people are perfectly fine with the same standard credit limit they got when they first

opened their card or account. Others, though, might need some extra spending power. If

you've been good on your payments and always spend within your means, why shouldn't

you be able to put more on something like your credit card? 

How Credit Limit Increases Work?

A credit limit is the maximum amount of money you can borrow from a financial institution

or lender. You most often hear about this in relation to credit cards, but it also applies to

other kinds of loans. Basically, whatever the bank sets, the credit limit is how much money

you can spend on that account before you're cut off. The simple example also uses credit

cards, where maxing one out means you can no longer make purchases with it.


Increasing your credit limit would mean that you can spend more than your original

limit. Say your credit card's spending limit was originally capped at $5000. If you can get

the company to increase your credit limit, though, that could rise even higher. That gives

you more spending power and more room to pay back your debts, all of which is pretty

good news.


Who Can Request a Higher Credit Limit?

Anyone can request a higher credit limit, but not everyone will get accepted. A number of

factors go into getting that yes, with some common thing’s banks, card issuers, and others

look for being:

 Good payment history

 Good credit score

 High income


 High usage of card (if it's a credit card)


Conversely, some things that frequently disqualify people for credit limit increases are:

 Recently opening the card/taking out the loan

 A credit limit decrease in the past

 Late payments

 Defaulting on a loan or card


Here are some steps you can take to increase your credit card limits:

Improve your credit score: Your credit score is a major factor that lenders consider

when determining your credit card limit. If you have a good credit score, your chances of

getting a higher credit limit are higher. You can improve your credit score by paying your

bills on time, keeping your credit card balances low, and disputing any errors on your

credit report.

Request a credit limit increase: You can contact your credit card issuer and ask for a

credit limit increase. This can be done over the phone or through your online account.

Your issuer may ask for information about your income and employment to help them

make a decision.

Use your credit card responsibly: If you consistently use your credit card and make

timely payments, your credit card issuer may increase your credit limit over time.

However, it's important to avoid maxing out your credit card or missing payments, as

this can negatively impact your credit score and make it harder to get a credit limit


Apply for a new credit card: If you're unable to get a credit limit increase on your current

credit card, you may want to consider applying for a new credit card with a higher limit.

Just be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully to ensure you're getting a good


It's important to remember that getting a higher credit limit can be a good thing, but it's

also important to use credit responsibly and not take on more debt than you can afford

to pay back.

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