What are instant credit cards and their common features?
Answered on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by James Williams
Updated: September 29th, 2010
James Williams
The content is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change.

Instant approval credit cards are those credit cards which provide response to you almost immediately after you apply for a credit card unlike in most cases where applicants have to wait for quite some time to find out whether their request has been approved or not. However, one must note that instant approval credit cards do not signify that they will be provided immediately to the credit card applicant. The process is just quicker than the process for normal credit cards. So, it would be safe to say that while normal credit card application processes take couple of weeks or even more, it doesn`t take longer than a week in case of instant approval credit cards.

Why they are known as instant approval credit cards is because as soon as a credit card applicant applies online for these cards, within a matter of minutes, their credit rating is looked up and the background checks are done almost instantaneously. After this the credit card applicant is notified whether their card will go through the approval process or not.

Normally, while applying for a credit card, one can never really be sure, if their credit history or credit rating is good enough for a certain credit card. At the same time, if you have too many credit card application rejections in your credit history, it doesn`t augur well for your future applications. Therefore the credit card applicants are caught up in sticky waters because until they are rejected by one credit card issuer, it is unwise to apply for another one, merely to avoid too many credit card rejections at the same time. It would otherwise give the impression that you are desperately looking for credit, spoiling your chances further. Hence instant approval cards always let you know very soon, whether your credit rating and credit history as pulled out online is good enough to apply for the credit card in question or not. This saves valuable time for you and also helps avoiding anxiety.

The instant credit card response comes in very handy even for small business owners who are looking for a business card and cannot wait for a long time to find out if their application for a credit card has been approved or rejected. While some credit cards offer very good rewards for the credit card customers others are helpful in building up the credit rating for individuals with fair credit or bad credit.

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