Here’s How to Increase Your Credit Card Limit

By | January 10, 2016

credit-limit-enhancementIf you’ve applied for a new credit card, you would have probably got a low credit limit initially. But as soon as you start using your card and repaying on time, banks will have an idea as how much you spend and how much credit limit you can handle. So banks review & increase the limits every few months once based on your usage. However, we can’t wait for automatic limit enhancement call if there is a need for high volume purchases. So you can try out any of these ways to increase your credit limit once your card is 6 months old.

7 Proven ways to Increase your Credit Card Limit:

#1 Show your Increase in income:

If your income has increased considerably, forward your last 3 months salary slips or IT returns to the bank and let them know that you’re now getting a better salary and so to review your credit limit. This works most of the time and you can expect a decent increase, provided your usage is equally good.

#2 Show Your Reduced Liabilities:
You might have taken a personal/home loan when you’ve applied for the credit card. Most people doesnt know that such loans/EMI’s are one of the important factors influencing your credit limit as explained earlier. If you’ve closed any of your loans, forward the loan closure papers to bank and request for a better limit stating that you’re now paying less/no EMI and so you have higher spending power.

#3 Show Better Limits on other Cards(if any):
If you happen to get a far better limit on your other credit cards, let the bank know about it. For example, if your credit limit with ICICI is Rs.50k and you’ve credit limit of Rs.2 Lakhs on your HDFC credit card, forward your HDFC statements to ICICI requesting for a equal/better limit. However, don’t do this if the difference is less, like Rs.25k or so.

#4 Upgrade + Limit Enhancement:
Ask the bank if you are eligible for the next level of cards(premium) than your existing card. If you are eligible, request for a limit enhancement along with your credit card upgrade. Don’t forget about the yearly fees of the new card in this case.

#5 Spend more on your Card:
The first & foremost reason for anyone to avail more limit is that the existing limit is not sufficient. So you must be spending as much as you can on that card and payback on time to prove that you are worth handling more limit and also that you can transact more. If you’ve taken EMI/loans on your card and paid them all, its a great plus.

Banks love customers who spend more and pay bills on time. Spend a lot on your card for 3-4 months and tell bank there are more to come in future for which you need a better limit to handle it.

#6 Use the Credit card for foreign Travel:
Banks love people who travel abroad. That’s because they earn a lot on foreign currency markup fees for every transaction you make outside India. Also, if a customer has the ability to travel abroad, his net worth has to be pretty decent and so obviously deserves a better limit.

#7 Wait for an Increase to happen Naturally:

Hope you know the fact “Great things happen to those who wait”. It applies to credit card limits as well. If you use above 6 steps, you are likely to get 25%-50% limit enhancement, but if you leave it as it is, you can expect close to 100% limit increase. This happened to one of my friend recently, he had 80k limit for about an year with decent spending & repay pattern and he got an offer to increase it to 1.55 Lakhs.

As said, this is the best way to increase the limitΒ  to greater numbers, however, you got to wait for the automatic algorithm to do this work. Its worth the wait though πŸ™‚

What not to do while asking for Credit Limit Enhancement:

Never forget the fact that a bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it. So never ask for a limit increase saying that “i lost my job, i need to pay bills, i ran into debt.. etc” those will show your needy behavior and might raise a flag on your a/c. Don’t be desperate, just ask in a calm tone.

Those are the handy tips to increase your existing credit card limit. Understand that a higher limit can easily tempt you to spend more and lead you down to a dangerous road. Try not to change your spending habits just because you’ve got lot of plastic money at your disposal. As a thumb rule, use credit cards only to reap its advantages and only if you’re sure that you can pay back on time.

Related: 7 less known Reasons to have a credit card in India

Got anything to say? drop your comments below.

51 thoughts on “Here’s How to Increase Your Credit Card Limit

  1. Satish HB

    Good tips dude. Really helpful to understand the advantages of credit card and diadvantages as well. Idea to use credit card well explaind. My thanks for that.

    Reply
  2. Phani kumar d

    Hiii want to credit limit increase. Pls help on this.

    Reply
    1. Larry

      It’s simple dude, just follow the above 7 Proven ways to Increase your Credit Card Limit!! Enjoy!!

      Reply
  3. Gagandeep singh

    I am gagandeep singh I have very low Credit limit I work cards every where. My salary comes in the hdfc accont I have put my requst to hdfc bank also so plz sir or madam plz extend my credit limit

    Reply
  4. MANU KUMAR

    To what extent the credit limit can be used to maintain good record in the bank.

    For example if the limit is 1.5 lakh.. How much can I use..

    Reply
  5. Deepak

    Does higher number of credit card really has negative impact on credit worthiness? Any idea about maximum number of card one can hold before hitting the limit.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Deepak,
      No, there can be only a positive impact.
      I hold 5+ cards and i still have pretty good score.

      Note that on every card application, your score goes down, however, it gets back to normal after 6 months or so as long as you repay and use properly.

      Reply
  6. Anwar

    Hey,

    I have a CC with a limit of 20K and I spend like 35-50K per month by paying advance payment. I have this card with me for the last 6 month, and I always used like this. Should I ask for a better limit or wait till they offer enhancement?

    thanks!

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Anwar,
      You can ask for Limit Enhancement, preferably with your latest IT papers.

      Reply
      1. Anwar

        Don’t have the IT paper or salary slip, they gave me the card based on the transactions in my HDFC savings account.

        Reply
        1. Pravin

          Hi Anwar,
          my case is similar to yours, did you contact your bank and did they increase your card’s credit limit?

          Reply
          1. Anwar

            Hi Pravin,

            I contacted the bank, and they asked me to submit the salary slip or latest ITR. I think I have to file the ITR to move forward the application.

            @Siddharth – What do you think?

  7. Kadirvel N

    sir

    I have applied limit increase to my card for more than on month. pl help me to increase my card limit

    Reply
  8. chandru

    Hi I got a messages from SBI credit card department regarding my credit card is eligible to upgrade gold to platinum. This means , my credit card limit will increased if I will upgrade my old to new platinum card.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      No, Credit limit enhancement will be done only basis your income proof. Sometimes with expense/payment history.

      Reply
  9. Nandhakumar

    1.every 6 months once hdfc have upgrade card and limit and If once I will give proof of IT to limit enhancement and another once which one I will to give to upgrade.
    Like.fd,rd or account history

    Reply
  10. sanjit kumar

    Sanjit kumar…Hii….Today my card deliver ase hdfc bank limit provide 15000 thousand and my salry 16000 thousand note expect credit limit …..plz increse my credit limit

    Reply
  11. Aashish

    Hi Sid,

    I have a HDFC regalia First card, and SC Manhattan Card with limit > 2lakh ,an Indusind platinum card and a ICICI platinum chip card. I use all except ICICI one which also has a limit of about 2lakh. I want ICICI to upgrade it to some better card as with platinum card the rewards is so less I don’t have any motivation to use it.So how to tell ICICI to upgrade the card. All the cards I have are LFT cards and in upagrde from ICICI i want a LFT free card. what to do ?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      No worries, all ICICI cards has poor reward rate. So skip it for lifetime unless they come up with a better reward structure πŸ˜€

      Reply
  12. Jagadeesh

    Hi siddarth
    This is Jagadeesh I am using Hdfc Credit Card limit of Rs.45000 since 2015.Now I am promoted and am drawing salary Rs.40000 per month.
    Can I apply for Limit Enhancement as well card upgradation.

    Reply
  13. Dhiwakaran

    I need to increase my credit card limit. Now my limit is 30k. How much I can increase. Now my salary increases from 15k-25k. I have low score in cibil does I can get card enhancement or not.

    Reply
  14. Naeem

    Hi
    I have below Credit card with Limit :
    ICICI Coral Credit – 44
    HDFC 48K
    SBI platinum – 50K
    Kotak – 30K

    I want to increase my credit limit in all card at one go
    I talked with ICICI, HDFC Customer Care they told me to There is no offer on CL.
    I want to increase SBI Credit card limit i am using this card from past 7 month and my spending on SBI Card is around 3 Lakh.

    Regards,
    Naeem

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      You can fill the LE form and send it to Chennai address for HDFC, similar way for other banks as well.

      Reply
  15. Sunny

    Hi Sid,
    Great article.
    Any recommendations on cards for international travel – ticket booking specifically. Currently own a JetWorld HDFC and AMEX Gold Card

    Thanks,
    Sunny

    Reply
  16. Ben

    Hello Siddharth,

    Earlier, I was getting less salary and I was provided with hdfc jet privilege card of Rs. 45000 limit. Now my pay scale got increased and I’m paying my minimum balance correctly from the month I got the credit card. Recently, even I’m paying full credit balance and making use of same amount in a month. It’s been 3 years before I got the card. Is there a way of getting my limit increased now?

    Thanks,
    Ben.

    Reply
  17. Lalit Sharma

    Today I received my HDFC CC but limit is too bad. At the time of apply of CC, agent told me to provide limits between 1-3L but they provided not more than 10% of min. This is really very disgusting.

    Reply
  18. Saurabh Bhattacharya

    I have a new credit card for icici bank with a limit of 30k. It’s my new salary account . Can I raise my credit limit. If yes then how.? My current salary is 25k.

    Reply
  19. Sarah

    Hi ,
    I have a credit card of kotahk mahendra bank . this card was issued to me 6 mts ago based on my salary account with credit Limit 15k and my salary is 25000.00 can u please tel me can I ask bank to increase credit limit my payments are regular and I do full payment……….
    thanks
    Sarah

    Reply
  20. puneet

    I have a bharat cahback card with 40k limit on a 30k salary. Will spending more allow me to get a higher limit to buy something for 45k which i need ? my cibil is 800 and this was my first credit card in jan 17. The saving hdfc account its linked with is also 4 years old. Spending on paytm can make me easily touch the 40k monthly limits with no spents. Salary wont increase for 6-8 months.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Spending more can help, but HDFC primarily looks for increase in income.

      Reply
  21. Nandhakumar

    I was send ITR to chennai address for card upgrade and LE.
    2.how much time to card upgrade

    Reply
  22. MAHI RAM

    Sir may income would increasing this time. my income approximate 5 lakh something. please entrenched credit card limit.

    Reply
  23. Kay B

    Hi Siddharth, you have made really good points regarding how to increase the limit.

    I currently have an HDFC Credit Card with a limit of 75k, its been around 7 months and I have been using my card regularly. No limit increase till now.

    The problem is that I want to buy something for 1.2k, so If I put the remaining amount in the card, will I be able to buy it? I know it won’t increase my limit that way, but just wanted to know if I will be able to buy the product which costs 1.2k

    Kindly Reply
    Thank You

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      No, you wont be able to do this with HDFC, ICICI & AXIS used to allow this. You may try charging twice, though not sure if it will work. If you pay excess (higher amount) to card, it takes some time for the adjusting to happen. Its like a day or two as i experienced a month back.

      Reply
  24. Nandhakumar

    1.i was send ITR to chennai address for upgrade to regalia and LE.and he is simply rejected my documents without any reasons.
    2.next wat I do.if I again send documents for only LE.

    Reply

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