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How can I manage Credit Card limits?

How can I manage Credit Card limits?

Different Credit Cards offer different credit limits. Here’s what you need to know.
 

Credit Limits Explained

What is a Credit Card limit?

The credit limit and the amount of credit available on the account as of the closing date of your statement will be shown on your statement. We will at our discretion and in compliance with applicable law, decide and inform you of the credit limit applicable to your account which is the maximum amount which can be outstanding at any time on your account (including use by any supplementary Cardmembers).

When you apply for a Credit Card, you will have the opportunity to indicate your highest preferred Credit Card limit. You should ensure that you nominate a Credit limit that is in line with your current financial circumstances – choosing a low limit during the application process will not change your chances of approval.

How can I increase or decrease my credit limit?

Changes by you: You may request, and we may agree, in our discretion and subject to you providing the information we request, to increase your limit at any time. You may request and we may agree to reduce your credit limit.

Changes by us: You acknowledge that we may, with your consent, increase your credit limit. We may reduce your credit limit at any time without notice. If we change your credit limit, your new limit will be shown on a subsequent statement.

If you decide you would like to increase your credit limit, you can request a credit limit increase online or by calling the number on the back of your Card. Before you apply for an increase, it is important that you consider your personal financial circumstances. If your credit limit is higher than you need it to be, you can request a credit limit decrease by calling the number on the back of your Card.

Cards without a credit limit

If you’re looking for a Card that does not have a credit limit, then you may want to consider a Charge Card.

These act like Credit Cards, except that you will have no pre-set spending limit on purchases1, and you must pay your balance in full each month.

Useful terms

  • Repayments: When your statement arrives, you will have a choice of repayment options. You can pay off the entire Credit Card bill on, or before, the statement due date – in which case you’ll avoid paying more interest.

  • Minimum repayments: You can choose to spread your Credit Card repayments out over time by paying at least the minimum monthly repayment amount. This option will mean you will be paying more interest.

  • Interest: When you use your Credit Card, you are effectively taking out a loan – and will be charged interest unless you repay the full closing balance within a specified period. Interest is usually expressed as an annual percentage rate, also known as the interest rate.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change my credit limit?

You can request to increase your credit limit by logging into your American Express® online account or calling the number on the back of your Card. You can request to decrease your credit limit by calling the number on the back of your Card and speaking with one of our customer care professionals.

Can I get an Increased Credit Card Limit without paying off my closing balance?

Yes, but please ensure that there is no overdue balance on your account when you apply for an increased credit limit as this may impact approving your request.

If I lower my Credit Card limit, can I increase it again?

Yes, although there are waiting periods before increasing your credit limit again. You are able to  apply for a credit limit increase to one Credit Card every six months.

 

Credit and Charge Cards Explained

Has talk of interest, annual fees, rates and percentages left you feeling confused?

Our simple Credit and Charge Card guides are a great place to start.

How to apply for a Credit Card

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What Card fees am I expected to pay

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What is Card Interest

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How to pay off your Card

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What is Credit Score

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What is a Charge Card

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Using your Card Abroad

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Where is American Express accepted

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How Credit Cards and Charge Cards work

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American Express Benefits

FRAUD AND SHOPPING PROTECTION

Your security and protection are our priority. Our technology has been designed to give you peace of mind when using your card

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WORLD CLASS CUSTOMER SERVICE

Access to our customer service is available 24/7 by phone, text or email.

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CONTACTLESS PAYMENTS

Contactless is the quick, easy and secure way to make payments - Simply touch your American Express Card on the reader, wait for the beep and you're done. What's more, with Amex pay and Apple PayTM you can even pay with your phone.

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Explore Our Credit Cards

American Express Offers a range of Credit Cards with different rewards and benefits tailored to your lifestyle and interests.

Footnotes

1. No pre-set spending limit does not mean unlimited spending. Your purchases are approved based on a variety of factors, including current spending patterns, your payment history, credit records, and financial resources known to us.