There are several factors to consider before you request a credit card limit increase. See some of the advantages and disadvantages. Before you go ahead and make the request, it’s important to think about why you want to increase your credit limit.
You may have a big expense coming up and have assessed from your budget that you could benefit from a credit limit increase. If this is the case, calculate how much interest you may potentially be charged and set yourself a clear repayment plan to confirm you’ll be able to afford it.
However, needing a credit limit increase to make ends meet could also be an indicator that you’re struggling to manage your finances. In this case, increasing your credit limit could make your financial situation worse.
Another thing to think about is whether an increase in your credit limit could leave you in a vulnerable situation. For example, is it foreseeable that your circumstances could change in the future? And if so, would you still be able to meet your repayments?
What increasing your credit limit can do
As well as giving you more money to spend, increasing your credit card limit can mean:
- you’ll be less likely to go over your credit limit – so you won’t incur any additional fees or charges
- you can maintain or improve your credit score – staying within your credit limit indicates that you are able to manage your debt
- you open the door to more debt – this means more to pay back and more interest charged
- you might find it more difficult to be approved for other types of loans – the amount of credit you already have is something that lenders look at to assess your creditworthiness
- you might negatively affect your credit score if you ask for an increase too often
What to do if you want an increase
If you want to increase your limit, you’ll need to contact your lender and make a request. You won’t be guaranteed an increase. Your bank or lender will review:
- your spending history
- any missed payments
- your credit history and credit rating
- your monthly income
- how long you've had the credit card for
- if you've applied for a credit limit increase before