How To Get High Limit Credit Cards

Posted by CreditCardGuru

It seems that we regularly get posts on our message board asking about high limit cards, so I thought I would dedicate a blog post to them.

Here are our current updated picks for 2014. This post will be updated regularly with recommendations for the best high limit credit cards. This list is based on feedback from our forum and our product reviews. Obviously though, results can different for everyone depending on their credit.

For Excellent Credit:

  • Capital One Venture Rewards – Tons of positive reviews about this card.
  • Discover it – They gave me a good limit when I opened my account.
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card – The card is reportedly aimed at those with income in the top 15%, so naturally, many report getting a high credit limit on it.
  • Gold Delta SkyMiles – I’ve heard of people getting big limits on this card, but American Express became more conservative after the big recession. Things seem to have loosened up a bit since then, luckily, but your mileage may vary.

For Average Credit:

To be perfectly honest, it seems those with average credit aren’t getting high limits from any issuer (at least on unsecured cards). But here are some to consider anyway, which are the most popular.

For Bad Credit:

  • Secured Credit CardsAs you can imagine, high limit unsecured cards for bad credit represent the null set. But if you’re interested in a secured card, there are some that will give you a credit line of up to $5,000 with a matching deposit. Like the saying goes, banks like to lend money to those who don’t need it.

There are three things you should keep in mind…

1. Banks are still more conservative with giving out credit
Before the “great recession” it wasn’t uncommon for average income regular Joe’s with excellent credit to receive credit limits of $30,000 to $50,000 per card! During the recession the banks took a bath due to people defaulting on mortgages and credit cards and as a result got very stingy with credit limits for a few years. Even though the credit freeze thawed out long ago card issuers aren’t quite as generous as they once were (once bitten, twice shy). Even a high income and superior FICO score won’t guarantee obscenely high lines anymore – though they can still be pretty high.

2. You may have to work harder at getting a high credit limit
Apply for the best cards you can get (cards that are known for giving generous limits) and then having the limit periodically raised every few months or so. It’s still possible to get a high limit, but you probably will have to work harder to get there.

3. Your chances may be better going with a different issuer
Banks will only allocate so much risk to a customer. This is why your strategy should be to apply to banks where you’ve never had a card before.

Let’s say you already have a card or two with Bank of America. If you apply for yet another BofA card in hopes of getting a high credit limit, it probably won’t happen. Instead, they will probably give you a small limit and if you want it any higher, you will have to re-allocate credit from your other card(s) you have with them. That being said, combining the limits of all your cards from one issuer is definitely a method of obtaining a high limit credit card. However the big drawback with that technique is that your other cards will be left with tiny limits.

The big benefit of applying for a credit card from a new issuer (with whom you don’t already have an existing account relationship) is that you basically have a blank slate. There are no other cards taking a slice of that credit pie, therefore they might be more likely to give you a larger credit limit.
This post was written or last updated July 29, 2014


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24 comments... read them below or add your own

  1. paul November 4, 2014 at 4:20PM

    When you have a poor credit like I do of 571, a secured card that builds interest on your deposit is great. My USAA secured card gives me .54%. My cl is only 350 but when used only to charge 50 bucks for a tank of gas it’s great.

  2. juan October 20, 2014 at 6:46PM

    I hav a credit score of 713 looking for a cl of about $5000 any suggestions?

    • Joe December 9, 2014 at 6:17AM

      That’s not to bad I was in the 300′s and got a student card from capital one just 500 bones, but then built up my credit to mid 600′s and early 700′s and got a Discover with 3Grand, and then about 3 weeks later my credit on the capital one (student card!!!) jumped up 3Grand to 3,500, which surprised the bajesus out of me, thought it was a mistake but customer support assured me it was due to my awesome credit habits. (<<—super long run on sentence. 0_o) Also a few months later (not wanting to be undermined by capital one, no doubt.)discover bumped it up to 3900, plus I qualified for an Amex but only gave me 2grand limit for now, but with your credit score you could probably do good if applying to a couple of these credit companies; so long as you don't have late payments or any reasonably worrisome blemishes on your credit report. Also if it helps I've heard that Amex and Discover are really good, I can't complain, pretty awesome customer service/support with discover when i lost my first card. Plus I heard apart from being awesome with customers they look good on your credit, and from my experience that seems to be in check.

  3. laura September 18, 2014 at 1:50PM

    I pay my credit cards off every month but I only have a 10,000 limit. I have a bank of America card and capital one ventura. I didn’t know I could ask to raise my limit. My credit score is 820. Should I cancel bank of America and get something else? I need to borrow money to move.

  4. danny July 1, 2014 at 10:17AM

    I have a 750 score and personal income of 50k, but household income is over 100. I need 80-100k and am thinking the best way to do this is applying for 10 cards at exactly the same time. I have zero inquiries in the last 2 years. What are your thoughts on this strategy and what cards should I go after?

    Thanks everyone.

  5. ram sham May 2, 2014 at 12:03AM

    If I open a 0% offer card and reallocate my CL from existing card, would I be able to use combined CL for 0%? (With Chase).

    Thanks.

  6. Jaiime November 28, 2013 at 6:53PM

    Credit unions always offer high credit limits I receive a 5,000 credit limit

    • Danny April 21, 2014 at 7:52AM

      A CL of $5,000 is a bit of a joke. I have an AMEX with a CL of $50K. Hoping to see someone with a range of $60-75K on here (single CL).

      • edgar June 29, 2014 at 2:12AM

        If you got an AMEX with credit limit of $50k, what is your credit score?

    • rebecca September 16, 2014 at 2:43AM

      what credit union are you speaking of?

  7. MIKE MIKKAWY September 12, 2013 at 11:09AM

    HI Haleigh:

    believe me the best thing to do right now is to get any secured credit card with at least $500.00 or better and make more than the minimum payment every month on time for 6 months and during this period dont apply for any credit and then after the 6 month you will be able to get a decent credit card limits.

  8. Haleigh June 23, 2013 at 5:22PM

    I am in need of a credit card with at least $3000 limit. My credit history is very short because I’m 19 and ha enter been able to get any type of credit established because its all way to expensive. My deposit per line with AT&T is 750 but I have a credit score of 634. What are my options? I am in desperate need of this and it would really help build my credit.

    • Matt July 16, 2013 at 6:01PM

      With a credit score of 634 and a short credit history I think a 3k limit is a pipe dream.

      • Steven June 3, 2014 at 4:29AM

        Actually on the other hand, (it’s probably a year too late now for you, but for others in the same boat reading this, maybe not…) I had a 625 credit score and Amazon Visa Card from Chase gave me a $3,000 limit right away! I just turned 19 and I know I need to only utilize this card maximum of $400 per month and pay off 90% of it every time for a couple years to get my score up to hopefully the low 700s. what also helps is 2 or three dept store credit cards such as target RedCard, Walmart Card, JCPenny, and Macy’s. I have all four of those now and with those five card my credit limit is 600, 1600, 1800, 800, and 3000(Amazon), for a total of 7200 of which I only use the amazon card. But this also means I can uses up to 45% of the amazon card, which, when used right, gives me great rewards and keeps my total utilization under the maximum “good” limit of <20%. So, all in all, it's really a complicated game, but if you do it right, play by the rules, don't go on shopping sprees, it can be very benificial. I'm 21 now and got approved for a costco amex of 10,000$. It pays off on the end.

  9. Terry December 3, 2012 at 11:31AM

    I have a question. There’s people selling or offering to get high limit credit cards for a price 1/2 up front balance due upon receipt. This a scam or what
    Thanks

  10. Anatoliy Zaslavskiy June 22, 2012 at 4:58PM

    I have a 1.5 year credit history with the following limits: $3000, $2000, $1500, $500×2, $300. I often go through these credit limits before the end of the month twice or thrice (I own a computer business so I buy stuff for customers). I usually pay off balance in full each month (just had 2 months where I carried balance because I made a stupid investment)

    Bad things are: I am 20 years old, I have a 671 credit limit, I have 12 inquiries on report

    Which cards Would you recommend going for to get a higher limit (I don’t care much for APR since I don’t anticipate carrying a balance anymore).

    • V August 14, 2012 at 3:15PM

      Leave a little bit of balance on ur cards so interest occurs .. Make it so u pay ur paying tiny bits of interest per month so the credit card companies see that ur making payments .. Paying off balances without then getting charged interest doesn’t benefit credit card companies .. They make no money .. And having so Many cards isn’t good either I have two credit cards and a 740 score with 2 years history

      • k August 4, 2013 at 7:57AM

        Horrible advice.The Card Companies make money every time you swipe.Pay in full every month and pay no interest…ever!I have never carried a balance and I have over 100,000 in available credit…Be smart

      • ok August 29, 2013 at 12:31AM

        Get off the board you idiot

    • Avais June 16, 2013 at 11:55PM

      Hey bro,

      I understand your problem because I started out charging my credit cards because I couldn’t get traditional financing for my business. Your issue right now is that you have too many inquiries and some credit cards with very low limits. You should close down your small cards $500×2 and $300. Credit cards companies look at your current credit cards when they are deciding your limits. If you don’t anticipate carrying a balance and American Express charge card is the way to go. They technically don’t have a limit but they work based on your history. The first month they may let you charge only up to 5k. But if you keep paying them back especially if its a business card your limits can go up in the 100-200 K range.

      You are in a tough spot because I know you need to use your credit, but your credit score is probably where it is because you have too many inquiries, short credit history and a high credit utilization.

  11. msmam February 16, 2012 at 8:02AM

    What amount of income is considered the top 15% with Chase Sapphire?

  12. msmam February 16, 2012 at 8:00AM

    What is your suggestion if I have three credit cards all with $5,000 limits but almost at the limits on all. I want to consolidate to one card. Have you known the credit unions to give high limit credit cards.

  13. Spk February 7, 2012 at 7:58PM

    1. Having cards from Fat guyz (BOFA,chase..) or having high limit from smaller ones. Which one should one to consider when you have good score but less than 4 year of credit card history?

    2. When one consider for applying new card, does APR matters or cashback/rewards or limit? when you always planned to pay off full each month.

    • CreditCardGuru February 9, 2012 at 12:50AM

      1st answer: Well the fat guys have better reward programs usually, so that’s where you usually will find the best programs/benefits.

      2nd answer: If you always pay in full, then don’t worry about APR. For example I always pay in full so I don’t even pay attention to my own interest rates. Therefore shoot for the best cash back and rewards.

      Good luck!

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