Credit Card Applications 101

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Credit cards are ubiquitous and relatively easy to obtain. The process involves filling out a credit card application form, which is a relatively straightforward process. All the same, it is advisable to have an idea of how credit cards work and the right way of filling out a credit card application.

An individual’s credit history has a major bearing on the approval of his credit card application. Credit card companies can access an individual’s credit history from various credit reporting companies. Applicants too should carefully read the application form and ask relevant questions about the credit card company. Unless the credit card is from a company that one is already doing business with, it is advisable to get an idea of their customer service and check for information on the Better Business Bureau. The Federal Government requires that the credit card applications elaborate the terms of credit clearly for the benefit of the applicant. This makes it easy for applicants to arrive at a decision regarding the right credit card for their circumstances.

Since credit card usage varies between people, there are different types of cards available; however, for a majority of people a low interest rate credit card works best. The credit card application mentions whether the APR is fixed or variable. The variable rate varies with the prime rate fixed by the Federal Reserve. A variable APR may not be a good idea for those who carry their credit balance forward. Other features such as the annual fees, grace period, and transaction charges should be understood. This helps in comparing offerings by the various card companies and in understanding the compatibility of these offerings with one’s lifestyle.

After approval of the application, the card is mailed to the individual. It is advisable to read the accompanying literature carefully and file it safely for future reference.

In order to understand the various terms used in a credit card application and to get other helpful advice, an individual can research on various websites that offer easy-to-understand explanations.

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