can you request credit line increase capital one

If you're in good credit standing and can demonstrate the income to support it, Capital One is typically. In fact, with the proliferation of cards that let you earn rewards from cash to airline miles, your credit card can be an amazing financial tool. I am wondering if anyone knows if requesting a credit limit increase through Capital One will cause a "hard pull" on my credit. - 6048573.

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The first credit card I ever got was an AT&T Universal Card because someone had a table outside Doherty Hall at Carnegie Mellon University, my alma mater. I may have gotten a t-shirt out of it too.

The biggest appeal of the card? The fact that I could get one as a freshman with no income (the guy told me to put my tuition for a salary… I’m pretty sure that wasn’t legit).

Fast forward a million years and I no longer have that card (it no longer exists, but for a while, you could still see an application page for it and its fantastic offer of 35 cents per minute domestic calls!) and instead use a series of three cards depending on the situation. All told, our total “credit limit” across every card (several of which are in the desk drawer) is over a hundred thousand dollars.

How did we get that much credit? Simple. We just asked for more.

And kept asking. And asking.

You can get more credit too, all you have to do is ask!

Why would you do this? It can improve your credit score. Credit utilization is a major factor in your credit score and credit utilization is a simple math calculation – total credit used divided by total credit available. When you increase your credit limit, you are increasing your total credit… thus lowering utilization.

There are three ways you can get your credit card to increase your credit limit:

  • Wait – As you demonstrate that you can use and pay off credit, card issuers will increase it automatically. But you’re not the type to wait around for things to happen, so let’s talk about the other two.
  • Ask via telephone – Call the customer service number on the back and navigate your way to a human being. Then ask about the process for increasing your credit limit without a credit inquiry. This is always an option but I’ve never actually done this myself because you can also…
  • Ask online – Almost every credit card issuer has a way to request a credit line increase online. Customer service representatives in a call center cost money, computers do not. This is the way I’ve always done it and this is what I recommend. You can get a credit line increase faster than you can reach a human being on the telephone. There are some issuers, like Chase for example, that require you to call in.

When doing this online, and on the phone but it’s less obvious, you want to get the increase without a credit report request. When it doubt, especially on the phone, ask if the increase request will require a credit review. If it does, don’t submit the request. If you don’t know, don’t submit the request. Better safe than sorry.

We include screenshots for Citi, CapitalOne, and American Express below but each issuer follows the same basic flow. Find your credit management area of the account and look for Request Credit Limit Increase. On the request page, confirm that the issuer will not initiate an inquiry with your credit bureau or request your credit report.

This is very important.

You should look for language like “instant approval” or “automatic” – which means a computer will have made the decision based the numbers they have in front of them. If it requires a manual review or a credit check, stop. That hard inquiry will more than negate the positive effects of an increase.

If in doubt, don’t make the request.


Log into your account and click on Account Management in the top menu.

Under Balance Transfers, Lines & Loans, click on Request a Credit Line Increase.

Citi Credit Limit Request

This is the screen you’ll see:

Update March 4, 2016: I’ve requested credit limit increases since I originally published this article. Citi will not always ask for Other Annual Income, it’s just one Income field. The rest of the screenshots are the same.

As you can see, it says “A credit bureau report will not be requested and you will receive an instant decision.”

Citi Credit Limit Increase Results

For Citi, you don’t even need to enter in the amount you want. Just enter your annual income, your housing payment, and boom!

It took 10 seconds and my credit limit went from $16,000 to $18,200 with no credit pull. A 13.75% increase in the limit of my card with no risk involved.

I could ask for more but it would require a credit review, which includes a credit report hard inquiry, which would decrease my score. I don’t need the credit limit for the limit, so I stop.

Capital One

Log into your account and select your card, then find the Gear Icon and “I Want To…” menu item:

In the next menu, look in the lower left for Offers and Upgrades group, you’ll see Request Credit Line Increase – click that. This is the form that will pop up:

In May 2021, I had a limit of $11,000 with this card but I hadn’t been using it. I requested a $2,000 increase and claimed I’d use it for $4,000 in spending. Sometimes the approval is instant, sometimes it needs a review.

In my case, I saw the needs to be reviewed (I will check my credit report to see what kind of inquiry popped up and update this post):

In the past, if you were instantly approved, it would show this screen:

CapitalOne Credit Line Increase Request Results

I submitted my information, confirmed on the subsequent page (not shown), and boom!

A $1,000 increase on a $10,000 credit limit, increasing my credit line by 10%.

If those were my only two credit cards, my total credit would’ve increased from $26,000 to $29,200. For thirty seconds of work, I’ve increased my total limits by $3200 (+12.3%).

In this most recent request, in May 2021, my request was declined because:

  • Recent usage of this account for monthly spend has been too low
  • Recent use of this account’s existing credit line has been too low

Both are fair reasons because I have not been using this card – smart! Make sure you use the card before requesting an increase because some issuers are using that in their determination.


I tried to request a credit limit online but it appears you have to call in for these now. I don’t know if it’s a new policy or one solely because of the pandemic.

American Express

Log into your account and click on Profile in the top menu. On the next page, click on Credit Management in the sidebar.

You will see an Increase Line of Credit option, make sure you are on the correct account before continuing.

American Express will require you to enter the 4-digit number on the front of your card first, followed by the total amount of credit you want. For the previous two, you simply requested an increase and found out.

Rejections & Further Review

Sometimes your request will not be automatically accepted, this will happen if you requested and were granted an increase recently. “Recently” could be as few as six months or as long as 18 months, it depends on the issuer’s practices.

Capital One Further Review Required

Here’s what Capital One will show you if your request requires further review:

In this case, Capital One will not increase an account that’s less than 3 months old or received a credit line increase or decrease in the last six months.

With the American Express walkthrough, I was actually given a “further review” notice. I requested a 10% increase to my credit limit and was given this message:

Your request for a line of credit increase has been submitted.
You will receive a written response within 7-10 days.

But there’s no cost, except your time, to asking and not getting the increase.

How often can I do this? It depends on the issuer but most will only approve increases every six months. They will also require you to have a card for more than a few months, sometimes as little as 60 days. They just granted you a line of credit based on your application, they want to see how you behave with it before making a decision on giving you more. Each issuer will answer this question in a FAQ on their site.

There are some folks who request an increase every 6 months like clockwork. I’m not nearly that diligent, I ask when I remember and that usually works out to be once a year for the cards we use regularly and never for the ones we don’t.

If you want to do this regularly, I recommend creating a calendar notification that reminds you every six months to request an increase.

Over time, your limit will creep up and then you too can live the American Dream of having way more credit than you need. (which could be important if we move towards a cashless society!)

What happens if they do make an inquiry? If it’s a hard inquiry, expect a single-digit fall in your credit score for about 12 months. It’s as if you just applied for a new credit card. Hard inquiries will cost you a few points but the impact subsides after a year. The higher your credit is now, the bigger the dip.

If you haven’t asked for an increase in the last six months, I urge you to try now and report back what you find!

Have you done this? What’s your total credit limit and what’s your system?


When To Ask for a Credit Line Increase

Calling up your credit card company to ask for a credit line increase can give you more purchasing power if you’re approved. Raising your credit limit could also give your credit score a boost if you’re able to improve your credit utilization ratio. While you may know how to ask for a higher credit limit, you might be wondering whether timing matters. Here’s what you need to know about how to strategically increase your credit card’s limit. 

Credit utilization ratio is the amount of total available credit you have used. If your credit limit is $10,000 and your balance on that account is $4,000, then your utilization ratio is 40%. This ratio is a key part of your credit score. Credit experts advise keeping the ratio at 30% or below.

Timing a Credit Line Increase Request

Technically, you could apply for a higher credit limit online or call your card issuer to ask for one directly as often as you like. But whether or not you’ll be able to get approved for a higher credit limit depends largely on your card issuer’s policies. Many of them impose waiting periods or have guidelines on how frequently you can apply for a credit line increase. 

This chart shows how different card issuers compare with their respective policies.

Card IssuerCredit Limit Increase Waiting Periods
American ExpressNew accounts must wait 60 days to request a credit limit increase.
Bank of America
New accounts must typically wait a minimum of six months to request a higher credit line. Existing accounts typically need to wait three to six months between requests.

BarclaysNo set rule for how long new or existing accounts must wait to request an increase.
Capital One
Based on account history. Accounts must be at least three  months old, and you can’t have gotten an increase within the previous six  months.

ChaseChase reviews accounts periodically to offer automatic credit limit increases. There’s no firm rule on how often you can request credit line increases directly, but it’s advised to have your account open for at least six months.
CitiCiti reviews accounts periodically to offer automatic credit limit increases. There’s no set rule for requesting increases, but you stand a better chance if your account has been open three to six months.
DiscoverCiti reviews accounts periodically to offer automatic credit limit increases. There’s no set rule for requesting increases, but you stand a better chance if your account has been open three to six months.
Wells FargoNew accounts must typically wait at least 12 months before requesting a credit limit increase.

These are just the policies at larger banks and credit card issuers. If you have a card from a smaller regional bank or a credit union, the guidelines for timing credit line increases may be very different. 

Why Waiting Periods for Credit Line Increases Exist

The simplest answer is that waiting periods are a way for credit card companies to control risk. When they are lending you money by giving you a credit limit to spend against, it’s with the assumption that you’ll pay it back. Controlling your credit limit allows the credit card company to control what you owe, since many cards don’t automatically allow you to make purchases over your credit limit. 

The waiting period is a way for the credit card company to gauge how responsibly you’re using the credit limit you already have. When you request a credit limit increase, the credit card company will look at your account history and credit history to decide if you can handle a higher credit limit based on how you’ve used the card so far. 

Some credit card companies will conduct a hard pull of your credit history when requesting a credit limit increase. Each inquiry for new credit can take a few points off your credit score. 

When To Ask for a Credit Line Increase (and When Not To)

The credit card company’s timing is just thing to consider when deciding whether to ask for more credit. You also need to consider your own personal financial situation to determine if requesting a credit limit is the right move. 

It Could Be the Right Time To Ask for a Credit Line Increase If:

  • Your annual household income has increased.
  • Your credit score has recently increased.
  • You’ve had your account for at least three to six months and used it responsibly. 
  • You haven’t applied for any other new credit lines in the past three to 12 months. 

Under those conditions, your request for a higher credit limit may have a better chance of getting approved. 

You May Want To Delay Asking for a Higher Credit Line If:

  • You have recent inquiries for new loans or lines of credit.
  • Your income has recently decreased.
  • You’ve had a recent late or missed payment on one of your credit card accounts.
  • You’re at or close to your limit on the card you’re planning to request an increase for. 

Those factors could be red flags for the credit card company and cause it to deny your request.

If you’re not sure where you stand credit-wise, consider getting a free copy of your credit report from before requesting a credit limit increase.


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How (and why) to Request a Credit Limit Increase With Capital One

Getting a credit limit increase can be an easy way to boost your credit score — as long as you maintain responsible spending habits. Here, we’ll tell you how to increase your limit when using a Capital One credit card.

First, it’s important to understand that each credit card company has different requirements for limit increases. Before we go over the criteria Capital One uses to grant or deny a limit increase request, let’s discuss why you might want a credit limit increase in the first place.

Why increase your Capital One credit limit?

Capital One offers a variety of credit cards for personal or business use that provide several benefits, from miles and points reward programs to cashback and 0% intro APR promotions.

While the rewards and protections offered by credit cards are nice, if you are spending near or close to your limit each month, your credit score may be taking a negative hit. That’s because “credit utilization” or “amounts owed” is the second most important factor impacting your credit score. Basically, utilization is measured by how much of your credit limit you’re using every month.

Keeping your utilization well below 30% of your credit limit each month is ideal for credit building. Plus, if you are spending less than 30% of your credit limit, it will be easier to pay off the balance in full in month, allowing you to avoid paying high interest rates. Even if your card currently has a 0% APR for a limited time, it’s best to get into the habit of paying off your balance in full each month.

A credit limit increase can help improve your credit score by giving you more breathing room, as long as you don’t inflate your spending. If you keep your spending at the exact same level after the credit limit increase, your utilization will automatically drop.

For example, say you spend $300 a month on a card with a $1,000 limit a 30% utilization rate. You requested an increase and now have a $2,000 limit, but continue to spend just $300 a month. Without doing anything differently, you’ve lowered your utilization to 15%, which should help improve your credit score.

What to know when considering a Capital One credit line increase

Capital One allows users to request a credit line increase either online or by phone. Accounts not eligible for a credit line increase include those that are less than three months old, as well as those that have received a credit line increase or decrease within the past six months.

When you submit a credit line increase request, Capital One looks at a variety of factors, such as on-time payment history, average monthly payment amount and your credit score. A credit score of 700 and above is generally considered good.

Capital One will also look at your current utilization rate. If you are responsibly using your card and paying more than the minimum each month, this tells Capital One that you can handle potential increased monthly payments if they offer you a credit increase.

What’s nice about this process is that it will not negatively affect your credit. When you submit a request to increase your credit limit, Capital One will use the information they normally receive from the credit bureaus each month, so your credit report will not be pulled.

How to request a credit limit increase with Capital One

Requesting a credit limit increase is easy, and it only takes a few minutes. Here’s how to do it online.

Step 1

Once you’ve logged in, click on ‘I Want To…”.

Step 2


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Secured Mastercard® from Capital One Review – Rebuild Your Credit

The Secured Mastercard® from Capital One is a no-frills, no-annual-fee credit card designed for consumers who wish to build their credit. It’s a secured credit card that requires a modest upfront deposit (at least $49), carries a fairly high regular APR,and comes with a low initial credit limit. However, when used responsibly, the Secured Mastercard from Capital One is a useful bridge to higher spending limits and more generous rewards credit cards.

This card is comparable to other secured credit cards for consumers with bad or limited credit, such as the BankAmericard Secured Credit Card.

It’s important to note that this card is stripped-down and devoid of many of the perks that more generous credit cards offer as a matter of course, such as cash back or travel rewards and early spend bonuses. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a potentially game-changing card for people who need to improve their credit standing.

Key Features

These are the key features of the Secured Mastercard from Capital One.

Security Deposit

Before you can use this card, you must make a security deposit of at least $49. The exact amount, and your corresponding credit limit, depend on your personal creditworthiness as assessed by Capital One.

Credit Line Increase

If you use your card responsibly, you could be considered for a credit line increase in as little as six months. Further credit line increases are possible with continued responsible use.

Important Fees

This card has no annual fee, balance transfer fee, or foreign transaction fee. The cash advance fee is $10 or 3%, whichever is greater.

Capital One CreditWise

Thanks to Capital One’s CreditWise suite, you’re entitled to a free credit score with your paper or online statement each month. You can also access your score at any time in your online account dashboard. Additionally, CreditWise includes a host of credit-building tools and educational content.

Credit Required

This card is for consumers with bad or limited credit and is actively marketed as a tool for building credit. Even if your credit history is checkered or spotty, you’re welcome to apply.


Here’s what the Secured Mastercard from Capital One has going for it.

  1. Low Upfront Deposit Requirement. You can open your account with a security deposit of as little as $49, depending on your creditworthiness, and qualify for a credit limit of $200 or more. That’s a big advantage relative to secured competitors, some of which require $200 (or greater) minimum deposits before you can use your card.
  2. No Annual Fee. This card has no annual fee. Many of its closest competitors, including BankAmericard Secured Credit Card ($39) and Citi Secured Mastercard ($25), do carry annual fees.
  3. No Balance Transfer Fee or Foreign Transaction Fee. This car doesn’t charge balance transfer fees or foreign transaction fees – rare perks in the credit-building category. That’s great news for cardholders who wish to transfer balances from other cards or use their Secured Mastercard from Capital One outside the U.S.
  4. No Penalty APR. This card doesn’t carry a penalty APR, which is an excellent benefit if you occasionally miss a payment. The OpenSky Secured Visa and Citi Secured Mastercard both carry penalty APRs (the latter ranging up to 29.99%).
  5. Opportunity for Credit Line Increase in As Little As Six Months.
    If use your card responsibly, you could be considered for a eligible for a credit line increase in as little as 6 months. Many competing cards make you wait as long as 12 months to request an increase. If you’re planning to make a large, time-sensitive purchase, or simply want more month-to-month spending flexibility, a year is a long time to wait.
  6. Useful Credit-Monitoring and Credit-Building Tools. The free credit score other Capital One CreditWise tools are super-useful for cardholders committed to building – and understanding – their credit. Some competing cards, including the BankAmericard Secured Credit Card, don’t come with free credit scores.


Consider these drawbacks before applying.

  1. NoRewards. The Secured Mastercard from Capital One doesn’t have a cash back or travel rewards program. If you want a card designed for building credit and earning rewards, consider the QuicksilverOne Cash Rewards Card ($39 annual fee) or Navy Federal Credit Union nRewards Secured Credit Card (no annual fee).
  2. High APR. Even by credit-building card standards, this card comes with a high regular APR. If you intend to carry a balance from month to month, consider lower-cost options such as Navy Federal Credit Union nRewards or DCU Visa Platinum Secured, both of which have lower regular APRs.
  3. Pre-approval Credit Check Required. This card’s application requires a credit check. While substantial credit blemishes aren’t likely to disqualify you, you probably won’t be approved for this card with a recent bankruptcy, foreclosure, or pattern of delinquency on your record. Some competing cards, such as Merrick Bank’s Secured Visa ($36 annual fee) and OpenSky Secured Visa ($35 annual fee), don’t run your credit during the application process.

Final Word

Needless to say, the Secured Mastercard® from Capital One is a not a high-end credit card. However, when used responsibly, it’s absolutely worth its weight in gold – or platinum. If this card is what ultimately teaches you the value of making timely payments and spending within your means, you might just find a real Platinum Card in your wallet one day.


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