How to request a credit line increase with Wells Fargo

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Asking for a credit limit increase can be a good move in a variety of different circumstances. Maybe you want to boost your credit limit so you have more room to make a large purchase, or maybe you want to lower your credit utilization on a specific card. An increased credit limit can also help you to access more credit in an emergency situation and avoid going over your credit limit in the future.

Before you pursue a Wells Fargo credit line increase, there are a few steps you should take to set yourself up for success. Here’s everything you need to know about requesting a Wells Fargo credit limit increase, along with what you should consider before you apply.

Who is eligible for a credit limit increase with Wells Fargo?

Wells Fargo doesn’t list specific requirements you need to meet to increase your Wells Fargo credit limit. However, there are a few general rules of thumb to keep in mind.

  • Before you ask for a higher credit limit, you should have had your card for at least six months. This gives you time to demonstrate a history of responsible borrowing.
  • Your payment history should be spotless before you ask for a credit limit increase. Having late payments on your account history could lower your chances of being approved.
  • You should make sure your credit score is strong before asking for a credit limit increase. Wells Fargo determines your initial credit limit based on your credit score, so if your credit score is higher now than when you initially applied for your Wells Fargo credit card, then there’s a good chance you may qualify for a higher limit.

What to do before you ask for a credit limit increase

There are a few steps you should take before requesting a credit limit increase from Wells Fargo:

  • Check your credit score. You should be sure to have a good handle on your credit score, including how your current score compares to your score when you initially applied for a Wells Fargo credit card. It’s easy to check your credit score for free online.
  • Determine the credit limit increase you want to ask for. You should have an idea of how much more credit to ask for before you make your request. It’s a good idea to ask for a credit limit increase of less than 50 percent.
  • Consider other options. You should make sure that you’re requesting a credit limit increase for the right reasons. If you’re already struggling with credit card debt, a credit limit increase may not be the best option.

How to increase your credit limit with Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo does not allow you to request a credit limit increase online. You can call their customer service line at 1-800-642-4720 in order to request an increase.

When you place the call, you should have your credit card number handy and be prepared to answer any questions they might ask. Be sure to let them know the credit limit increase you’re hoping for as well as why you want it. It’s important to note that asking for a credit increase may result in a hard inquiry on your credit report, which could temporarily impact your score.

You may be eligible for an automatic credit limit increase from Wells Fargo after a certain amount of time. However, there’s no specific timeline for this process and no guarantee that you’ll be targeted.

What to do if Wells Fargo denies your request

If Wells Fargo turns down your credit limit increase request, there are a few steps you can take. You should continue using your credit card responsibly and pay your bill early or on time as often as possible. You can wait to see if you qualify for an automatic credit limit increase or delay another six months before asking Wells Fargo again.

While you wait, you should spend some time building your credit history and credit score. You can improve your score by paying your bills on time, keeping your credit utilization low and refraining from closing old lines of credit.

You may also want to consider applying for a new Wells Fargo credit card that could provide you with the additional open credit you need. Some credit cards come with a 0 percent intro APR, while other rewards credit cards let you earn points or cash back for each dollar you spend. If your credit score isn’t where you want it to be, you may qualify for a credit card for borrowers with fair credit.

Pros and cons to consider when requesting a higher credit limit

There are plenty of advantages and disadvantages that come into play when you request a higher credit limit with Wells Fargo or any other issuer. Some of the pros and cons can depend on your unique situation, but here are the main factors to consider:

Pros of a higher credit limit:

  • More available credit for emergencies
  • Lower credit utilization ratio
  • More spending power for large purchases

Cons of a higher credit limit:

  • Potential to rack up more high-interest credit card debt
  • Potential for a hard inquiry on your credit reports

The bottom line

There’s nothing wrong with asking for a credit limit increase if you believe you could benefit from one, but make sure you’re asking for a credit line increase for the right reasons. If you’re struggling with high-interest credit card debt, an increase in credit may not be the best strategy.

It’s a good idea to apply for a credit limit increase with a specific goal in mind, such as lowering your credit utilization, freeing up additional credit for emergencies or funding a large planned expense.

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Holly D. Johnson
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Holly Johnson began her career working in the funeral industry, which may make you wonder why she works in personal finance now. Yet, the funeral industry taught the author everything she needs to know about the value of one's money and time. Johnson left the mortuary business a decade ago in order to explore her passion for personal finance and travel the world, and since then, she and her husband have built a debt-free lifestyle that has them on the path to retire very wealthy in their 40s. Holly's love of budgeting also led to the creation of her debt payoff book, “Zero Down Your Debt: Reclaim Your Income and Build a Life You’ll Love."
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