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 Applying for a Credit Card?

As a nation, we are not strangers to credit card offers. But unless you have researched the many options and offers available, how can you be sure the card arriving through your door is the right choice for you? 

Until now, it has been typical to reply to credit card offers through the post, or to apply by picking up an application from your local bank. But by applying for credit cards this way, it is likely that you haven’t seen everything that is on offer within a varied and diverse marketplace. In today’s online world, the most convenient way to find - and apply for - a credit card is via the internet.

Go shopping!

Credit cards can now be compared in the same way that shoes and the latest gadgets have been for years. Our search facility shows you what deals are out there right now, allowing you to compare terms, conditions and policy benefits quickly and easily. Once you have decided which card best suits you, applying online is simple. Most banks and credit card companies have online application forms that are easy to complete, and many offer an instant decision for applicants possessing a solid credit history.

Credit card applications are fairly straight-forward and probably take around ten minutes to complete. Along with your name, address, phone numbers, you will need other information to hand. This is generally your main bank account number and sort code; your previous address details if you have moved within the last three years; your employers full address; plus details of your income and expenditure. The latter is so credit card companies can be sure you will meet the monthly payment demands for the credit they make available to you.

A debt to income analysis tells the card issuer what percentage of your current monthly income is allocated toward other debts, including mortgages, personal loans, other cards, and car payments. This helps them assess your ability to make monthly payments. 

Joint application?

There might also be the option to apply with a joint applicant. With a joint applicant, you may present less of a credit risk, assuming your joint applicant is credit worthy. A joint applicant with a good income, a low debt to income ratio, and a strong credit history is a good ally in the credit card process. Do keep in mind, however, that each borrower is responsible for the debt incurred by the card. If you agree to apply jointly with someone, be sure that you trust their ability to repay their obligation of the debt.

If your own income is high and your credit rating is good, it may be better to apply by yourself. 

3 point scheme to a successful credit card application.

1. Have all the necessary information to hand (bank account details, employer’s full address etc)

2. Use our credit card search to shop around for the card that it is right for you.

3. Compare the interest rates as well as any terms and conditions, checking that it offers what you want (i.e. cash back payments or a low introductory rate)

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Hints and Things  endeavours to provide general information in relation to various financial products. We hope you find this information useful. In no circumstances should the information we provide be construed as Hints and Things providing you with specific advice in relation to your own circumstances, or on the suitability for you personally, of any product or service referred to in this article.





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