Before you go ahead and make the request, it’s important to think about why you want to increase your credit limit.
You may have a big expense coming up and have assessed from your budget that you could benefit from a credit limit increase. If this is the case, calculate how much interest you may potentially be charged and set yourself a clear repayment plan to confirm you’ll be able to afford it.
However, needing a credit limit increase to make ends meet could also be an indicator that you’re struggling to manage your finances. In this case, increasing your credit limit could make your financial situation worse.
Another thing to think about is whether an increase in your credit limit could leave you in a vulnerable situation. For example, is it foreseeable that your circumstances could change in the future? And if so, would you still be able to meet your repayments?
As well as giving you more money to spend, increasing your credit card limit can mean:
you open the door to more debt – this means more to pay back and more interest charged
you might find it more difficult to be approved for other types of loans – the amount of credit you already have is something that lenders look at to assess your creditworthiness
you might negatively affect your credit score if you ask for an increase too often
If you want to increase your limit, you’ll need to contact your lender and make a request. You won’t be guaranteed an increase. Your bank or lender will review:
your spending history
any missed payments
your credit history and credit rating
your monthly income
how long you've had the credit card for
if you've applied for a credit limit increase before