3 Things To Know When Applying For A Credit Card Online

By: Stephen Chua

Credit card applications are now more convenient than ever. You can visit any credit card directory on the Internet and all the major credit cards information will be at your fingertips.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when applying for a credit card online.

1. Know the minimum requirements

Each card issuer has different set of requirements for acceptance into their card program. You income level, age, occupation and current address are some of the criteria that must meet the minimum requirements of the card issuers. If you comply with these requirements, your chances of being accepted are very high.

2. Know your credit worthiness

You should also expect your credit rating to be review by the card issuers. This is necessary, as they need to establish if the applicant poses any risk. If you have been paying your mortgage loan, car loan or any other bills regularly and consistently, you should have no worry at bad credit rating.

If you ever have delayed payment on your mortgage, car loan or other bills, your credit rating will be less favorable. The card issuers will dig deeper into your credit history before they can approve your application.

If you have poor credit rating, you will probably have a higher chance of getting your application approve if you choose a card for people with bad credit. This type of card usually carry a higher interest rate so you should apply if you are confident that you can afford to pay the higher interest.

3. Read the Fine Print.

The terms and conditions of using the credit card are outlined in the application form itself and you should read through them or have someone read them out for you. Some of the key items you should take note include annual percentage rate, grace period, late payment charges, annual fees and transaction fees. Knowing all these key items will help you plan your expenditure and budgeting.

4. Keep your web browser up to date.

When filling out the application form on the web, it is imperative for you to make sure that the page is secured. A secured web page will have 'https' in the address bar. In addition, a secured web page should also have a small lock icon at the bottom of the browser. If any one of these two items is missing, you should abort the application and look for another credit card.

Keeping these 4 points in mind will make the process of applying for a new credit card easy, safe and hassle free for you.

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