5 Tips for Finding the Best Instant Approval Credit Card

By: Beth Derkowitz

Instant approval for credit cards is available on the Internet or by phone from many major credit card companies. This process drastically reduces the time it takes to get your credit card by providing approval (or denial) within a few minutes of entering your basic information. Although approval is instant, it may take several business days to receive the physical card. Here are five tips to help you choose the best instant approval credit card for you:

1. Consider your credit needs and habits. Think about whether you need a high credit limit, low APR, rewards program or extra services. Do you tend to carry a balance or pay it off right away? Do you make purchases frequently or just want a credit card for emergencies?

2. Consider which card features are most important to you. Make a list of all the factors that are important to you, then prioritize the list to show which features are essential and which are preferences. This will help you to look for only those credit card offers that fit what you really need.

3. Read the privacy policy. Before submitting your personal information to any website, take a close look at their security procedures and privacy policies. Any company requesting personal details over the Internet should have both of these easily available on their website. Reading these details lets you make an informed decision about whether to entrust your information to the company.

4. Read the fine print. Instant approval makes it fast and easy to apply for a new credit card, but the speed of the process can also make it easy to overlook the details of the credit card agreement. Read the fine print before you apply, and you can avoid a lot of unpleasant surprises later on!

5. Check several sources of information. There are a wide range of websites where you can compare instant approval credit card offers, and checking a variety of sites lets you view as many options as possible.

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