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Cards with high starting credit limit?

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Cards with high starting credit limit?

I know that the credit limit given after applying is based upon your credit report so it'll vary by person. On average though, which credit cards usually start off with higher limits than usual?

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Re: Cards with high starting credit limit?

Credit Unions are known to be more generous.

 

For me personally, Amex gave me a large initial CL.  Chase gave me a modest CL on my first card (Freedom), and a large CL on my second card (CSP). 


Starting Score: ~500 (12/01/2008)
Current Score: EQ 681 (04/05/13); TU 98 728 (01/06/12), TU 08? 760 (provided by Barclay 1/2/14), TU 04 728 (lender pull 01/12/12); EX 742 (lender pull 01/12/12)
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Re: Cards with high starting credit limit?


TJDgator wrote:

I know that the credit limit given after applying is based upon your credit report so it'll vary by person. On average though, which credit cards usually start off with higher limits than usual?


NFCU; that's really about it as every other lender is very much YMMV.

 

I think if you limit it to specific credit strata, there might be some contenders on individual cards, but usually it's all the individual's credit report and I'm not sure of any other lender which issues high limits across the board on any of their cards compared to other cards of similar credit (and income) requirements.

 

Starting Score: EQ 5 561, TU 98 567, EX 2 599 (12/30/11)
Current Score: EQ 5 771, TU 4 758, EX 2 758, EQ 8 795, TU 8 762, EX 8 786 (7/28/17)
Goal Score:    EQ 5 750, TU 4 750, EX 2 750, EQ 8 800, TU 8 Blah, EX 8 800 (01/01/18)


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Re: Cards with high starting credit limit?

Most of the time : Credit Union.

Worst of the time : Lovely Capital One


Starting Score: 560
Current Score: 748 Wishlist: CSP, Simply Cash, SPG, BOLD, INK, United MP,
Goal Score: 800


Walmart: 10k |Usaa: 8k|BCE: 13k| Amex: NSPL|Dis: 9.4k|Cap: 5.5k|CAP: 2k|CSP: 13.4k| Pen:4.5k

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Re: Cards with high starting credit limit?


Walt_K wrote:

Credit Unions are known to be more generous.

 

For me personally, Amex gave me a large initial CL.  Chase gave me a modest CL on my first card (Freedom), and a large CL on my second card (CSP). 


Aside from NFCU which credit unions come to mind?

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Re: Cards with high starting credit limit?

Hahahaha@nicholas!!!!

Define "high cl"....

My highest initial CL is w Barclay's...$6500 Travelocity Amex
Marriott PR$25k | BCE $24.5K |BankAmericard Visa $25k| BOA Better Bal $17.5k |Wmt Discover $12.5k | BR Visa $17.5k | Amex Delta Gold $10k | Discover IT $10k | Paypal Extras MC $15k | Amazon Store $10k|Smile Gen $7.25k | Dillard's $10k | West Elm $4k| Express $3.05K | Mypoints.com Visa $4.5k | Freedom Visa $1k| Amex Surpass $1k
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Re: Cards with high starting credit limit?


youngandcreditwrthy wrote:
Hahahaha@nicholas!!!!

Define "high cl"....

My highest initial CL is w Barclay's...$6500 Travelocity Amex

thats what I was thinking, you need to let us know what you think a high CL is

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Re: Cards with high starting credit limit?


nicholasyud wrote:

Most of the time : Credit Union.

Worst of the time : Lovely Capital One


And even there, YMMV, my (joint)highest initial CL was with Capital One, $30K

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ryanbush wrote:

youngandcreditwrthy wrote:
Hahahaha@nicholas!!!!

Define "high cl"....

My highest initial CL is w Barclay's...$6500 Travelocity Amex

thats what I was thinking, you need to let us know what you think a high CL is


* Higher than what I have lol; should have worded it better

 

$5,000 and above

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Re: Cards with high starting credit limit?


TJDgator wrote:

ryanbush wrote:

youngandcreditwrthy wrote:
Hahahaha@nicholas!!!!

Define "high cl"....

My highest initial CL is w Barclay's...$6500 Travelocity Amex

thats what I was thinking, you need to let us know what you think a high CL is


* Higher than what I have lol; should have worded it better

 

$5,000 and above


5K isn't worth much if say for example someone can get 10K with NFCU or similar (and that's probably 15K in their universe to be fair).

 

Out of the mainstream lenders, seemingly Amex appears to be one of the higher limit ones even initially with many users reporting it's "my highest limit yet!" and then obtaining a $500 Freedom; however, I wouldn't qualify them anywhere close to NFCU.  The rest which popularly come up on the forums, DCU, Alliant, Penfed, no, no, and yeah right.  

 

I think for any consideration of CL, it has to be viewed over time, in which case CLI policies are equivalent or perhaps even more important than initial limit.

 

Starting Score: EQ 5 561, TU 98 567, EX 2 599 (12/30/11)
Current Score: EQ 5 771, TU 4 758, EX 2 758, EQ 8 795, TU 8 762, EX 8 786 (7/28/17)
Goal Score:    EQ 5 750, TU 4 750, EX 2 750, EQ 8 800, TU 8 Blah, EX 8 800 (01/01/18)


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