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How long should I wait after canceling a credit card before getting another one

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How long should I wait after canceling a credit card before getting another one

I don't know how the credit system works so maybe somebody can help. I am wanting to cancel my credit card that doesn't have any good beneftis (zero ballance) and get one that does that I like. I was wondering if there is a certain amount of time I should wait after canceling the card before I apply for the other one. Didn't know if those changes are reflected in credit report instetaneously, or it takes some time. 

 

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Re: How long should I wait after canceling a credit card before getting another one

I would apply and get the card you want first.  If the card you have does not have any annual fees I would consider keeping it open. One it does not cost you anything..  Also, you the account  couple times a year  to keep the account active.  Doing so will continue to help build your credit history. Also you have a secondary card  just in case something unexpected happens. I am doing a similiar thing with one of my credit cards I use 3 or 4 times a year for a small purchase.

 

Equifax My FICO score 814 11/29/2016, Discover TU FICO 807 12/29/2016 Citibank Equifax Bankcard FICO score 827 12/27/2016 Average of Accounts 13 years and no Installment accounts, 1 TU inquiry in 2015
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Re: How long should I wait after canceling a credit card before getting another one

welcome! + 1