Online Credit Card Application Tips

Processing a credit card application online has slightly different procedures from applying for a card through regular means. While most of the differences are relatively minor, you should still keep the differences in mind when making an online application. Like knowing the differences between a walk-in job application and simply sending your resume through email, paying attention to the small details can make the difference between approval and rejection.

The first difference is time. Most credit card providers are only starting up their online application procedures. So, while in theory online applications are supposed to be processed faster, due to the fact that it's a relatively new program most companies will take as much or even more time to get your application processed. Be patient.

There are two exceptions to this rule. The first exception is the largest credit card companies, who have the financial means to support online applications with sufficient equipment and personnel. The second exception to the rule involves relatively new credit card providers who have set their initial operations up with the latest technology in mind, so their online application procedures will be up to date and an integral part of their companies from the get go.

The second difference is in the fees for application. Most companies will offer different charges for online applications as opposed to regular applications. When applying online, be sure to read the details given to make sure that you are aware of the charges involved and can weigh your options. Also, the interest rates and transaction fees may slightly differ for credit cards obtained through online applications.

The third difference is in Card Selection. While more and more companies are taking advantage of online application for their customers, due to it's limitations not every type of credit card or certain features can be obtained through online application. Some examples are credit card classes with much higher credit limits, and some types of dual role debit-credit cards. Because of this restriction, you should review all the options given by your prospective credit card provider and find out if you can apply online for the type of card you want.

Lastly, one area you should look into is your credit history. If you have a good credit history you should be fine. If it's not, you should know that some credit card companies will automatically disapprove online applications made by people with bad credit ratings. While a lot of credit card companies allow concessions for people with bad credit history, the option of applying online is usually reserved for those with clean records. If you've got a bad record and still want a credit card, then more often than not you'll have to inquire in person.

One seeming exception to this rule is that some credit card providers will actually provide credit cards with NO background credit checks, AND will let you apply online! This may seem like an ideal scenario for people with bad credit histories. However, pay very close attention to the fine print and other stipulations when applying for that credit card, because there's likely going to be a catch somewhere. The catch will usually involve huge interest rates or larger than average charges for delayed payments - which pretty much just takes advantage of you if you fall into the same financial pattern that got you bad credit in the first place. If it seems too good to be true, it most likely is.