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Old Apr 23, 05, 11:10 pm   #1
 
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Maximum Credit Limit

I am just curious to find out what is the maximum credit that Mastercard and Visa allow on their cards. I know it is probably determined individually by Banks and Credit Unions. Thanks in advance.
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Old Apr 24, 05, 12:28 am   #2
 
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I am just curious to find out what is the maximum credit that Mastercard and Visa allow on their cards. I know it is probably determined individually by Banks and Credit Unions. Thanks in advance.
Credit limits are determined by the issuing bank, not by Visa or MasterCard (the card associations). MBNA says that they issue credit lines as high as 100K.
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Old Apr 24, 05, 3:48 pm   #3
 
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The highest one I have is $25k (MBNA Quantum Mastercard). Higher than that is certainly possible in theory but isn't really much more useful for anything I can think of. There are very few emergencies where you'd really need to be charging tens of thousands of dollars to a credit card all at once. Having multiple cards works just as well.

And yes, the limits are set by the banks. I'm pretty sure I've gotten an app or two in the mail over the years that suggested a possible limit of $150k, though I don't recall which bank(s) they were from.
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Old Apr 24, 05, 5:19 pm   #4
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The highest one I have is $25k (MBNA Quantum Mastercard). Higher than that is certainly possible in theory but isn't really much more useful for anything I can think of.
The highest limit possible is very useful on those cards offering a 0% no fee balance transfer deal. The Citibank ones allow you to order a check to yourself for $1 less than the full limit, and count this as a balance transfer under the 0% deal. That's a free loan of money you can deposit into an interest bearing account until you have to pay it back.
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Old Apr 25, 05, 12:51 pm   #5
 
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The highest limit possible is very useful on those cards offering a 0% no fee balance transfer deal. The Citibank ones allow you to order a check to yourself for $1 less than the full limit, and count this as a balance transfer under the 0% deal. That's a free loan of money you can deposit into an interest bearing account until you have to pay it back.
True enough. I was thinking only in normal terms, not of the intro offers. Although the highest limit I've ever gotten with a brand new card I think is $15k (though it's certainly possible that some might be able to get higher ones right off).
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Old Apr 27, 05, 7:21 pm   #6
 
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True enough. I was thinking only in normal terms, not of the intro offers. Although the highest limit I've ever gotten with a brand new card I think is $15k (though it's certainly possible that some might be able to get higher ones right off).
Apparantly Citigroup/Citibank maximum credit limit is $250,000. Does anyone know of a card that has a higher max?
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Old Apr 29, 05, 3:59 pm   #7
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Old Apr 30, 05, 10:09 am   #8
 
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And it keeps going up with me asking.
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And it keeps going up with me asking.
Which credit card do you have?
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Old Sep 20, 05, 5:59 am   #10
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I have a Visa line of almost $26K (MBNA).

I can't figure out why they gave me that much. I will never come close to charging near the limit on that one. And, my other card issuers hasn't come close.
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Old Sep 22, 05, 9:35 am   #12
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One of our Citi cards has the limit "$42,200". I have no idea why they added "200" somewhere along the line.
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Yeah, the extra 100s is kinda funny. It has become prevalent in my CLs though. The MBNA I mentioned several months ago now has a 28,800 CL. Whatever.
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Old Sep 22, 05, 8:39 pm   #14
 
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Well, Chase just recently increased my credit line without asking (fine by me) and I always presumed that credit lines came in 100 increments. Not in this case my line was increased by $3220. Yes that is right, they didn't make it $3200 but instead decided I deserved an extra $20. I found this quite humorous and am extremely amused by that extra generosity. My credit line on this card is relatively decent but not is higher than my Bank One Credit card which chase now owns and I have held for 4 years without a single credit line increase. Makes you wonder what kind of loyalty Bank One has to their customers and whether the computer integration has not been completed yet.

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Old Sep 26, 05, 2:58 pm   #15
 
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Well in theory a Visa Signature card is like an Amex and has no limit based on your spending and payment patterns. The only difference is that you must pay if full any amounts over your credit line when the bill is due.
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