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Getting the Best Credit Cards

Nov 24, 2007
Credit cards can be like jewels. Some can be very good, while others can be just average. There are credit cards that have reputations as being elite, hard to get, and very prestigious. The general consensus is that these are also the most difficult cards to get. Many people believe that if their credit isn't prefect or if they are not over a certain age, these cards are all but impossible to be approved for.

The truth is very few people have perfect credit, and age is far less important than other criteria in determining whether or not an individual will be granted a particular card.

There are a few things that you should consider before applying for one of the very best credit cards. Knowing in advance where you stand is always a good idea, and it may save you the trouble of applying for a card that you probably cannot qualify for.

How is your past credit? That is one of the most important questions that you need to answer. The very best way to know what your past credit history looks like is to get copies of all three credit reports that are currently being held on you. Federal law mandates that all consumers be given one free copy of their credit report from each agency once a year. You have to request the reports and you can do that online.

Check your reports when they arrive and make sure all the information is correct. If there are mistakes, make sure you follow the directions for getting them fixed.

Another issue you want to know about before applying for the best credit cards is how long you have had credit. In simple terms the longer you have had open accounts the better. All credit card issuers want customers who have had some history with credit. This can be especially true with the better credit cards. If you can count your credit history in months rather than years you may want to postpone applying.

The last issue that most consumers worry about when thinking of applying for a highly thought of credit card are late payments. Your history of late payments will be on your credit reports. Take a good look at that. If you missed a payment or two in the past, that will not, usually, disqualify you for a better-than-average credit card. However, if you have several late payments it certainly might.

You also want to make sure that you do not have any late payments still outstanding. If you do, you will need to get those cleared up as quickly as possible before you apply for the new line of credit.

Should you discover that you are not ready for that great new card, don't despair. You can always work on your credit now and apply for the card later on. Many individuals will discover that with a little fiscal work they can clean up their credit reports in as little as six months.
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Peter Kenny is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Cheap Credit Cards and Compare Credit Cards
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