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Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.

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Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.

I made a $900 payment on a CC only to have them lower my limit by about $1000 within a month.... so basically my credit/debt ratio did not change.

 

Is there anything I can do?

 

I know when they try to hike rates you can cancel and pay on current terms instead of accepting.

 

Can I do similer here?  Tell them to cancel and I will pay on orignal terms and with original credit limit being reported?

 

 

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Re: Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.

I had this happen to me with interest rate. I was at 14.99 on a card and I made a near full payoff to have them send me a letter saying my new interest rate was 29.99 with no reasons as to why. I immediately cancelled the card. I would definitely cancel this card as long as you can pay it on the current terms.



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Re: Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.

for our info, please let us know the issuers.

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Re: Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.


glyphxx wrote:

I made a $900 payment on a CC only to have them lower my limit by about $1000 within a month.... so basically my credit/debt ratio did not change.

 

Is there anything I can do?

 

I know when they try to hike rates you can cancel and pay on current terms instead of accepting.

 

Can I do similer here?  Tell them to cancel and I will pay on orignal terms and with original credit limit being reported?

 

 


If you cancel the card the original limit will not be restored. The limit will be zero.

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Re: Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.

It's commonly called balance chasing.  They've deemed you a high risk and everytime you pay them down, they will decrease your CL to match it.

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Re: Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.

Yup. If cancelled you'd only hurt your UTIL more. The limit won't factor but the balance will. 

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Re: Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.


bahbahd wrote:

for our info, please let us know the issuers.


Chase is the issuer

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Re: Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.


Shogun wrote:

It's commonly called balance chasing.  They've deemed you a high risk and everytime you pay them down, they will decrease your CL to match it.


So there is nothing I can do?  I am just doomed to low credit?   This just seems rediculous.  It's like a self fulfilling proficy. 

 

 

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Re: Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.

Someone posted a similar thread with Discover balance chasing yesterday. He called backdoor, had a convo and had full limit restored instantly. Now, I dont know how receptive chase will be, but what do you have to loose?

 

I'd try a credit analyst/upper level customer relations chat. 


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Re: Made a sizable payment on CC only to have them lower limit keeping me near maxed out.

I had them do the same thing to me when all the banks were knocking down their CL's...only way to really stop it is to increase your credit score and not look like a 'credit risk'...


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