Behind the Process of Instant Credit Cards
The instant credit card application and decision process depends on your financial history, credit score, and the card issuer's approval policies. Some banks can take longer than others to deliver your results. Instant approval cards are only offered by a few banks in the United States.
The Reality of Instant Credit Cards
- High fees. Most credit cards of this type will have an annual or a monthly fee which can be rather high. More than that, you may be required to pay a one-time application processing or account opening fee.
- High interest rates are typical of this type of cards. Since the cards are usually offered to people with bad credit, interest rates are higher than average.
- Lower-than-average spending limits these cards offer are another sacrifice you must make for this kind of application approval process. However, it does not mean you won't be able to increase your initial credit limit later. Credit limit increases are available to those who manage their account responsibly.
- Instant approval does not necessarily mean that you can go shopping right away after approval. The card will take up to 15 business days to arrive, and very rarely will a bank offer to provide you with approved credit card information instantly.
- Most of the instant approval credit cards are supported by Visa or Mastercard network, that means you may have access to coverages and protections like extended warranty, price protection or zero liability.
- Many instant approval cards are store credit accounts that can only be used at the issuing store or online catalogue.
Also, you should remember that there always are some minimum requirements which you should meet to be able to qualify for any credit card, even if it promises guaranteed approval. As a rule, you are required to be 18 years of age (19 years in some states), have stable income that exceeds your expenses, have a bank account, and do not have active bankruptcy (the one that is not discharged).