Source: Steven Merkel is the founder of CreditCardAssociate.com, a website that has been providing credit card reviews, industry updates, and related financial stories since 2006.
Are you interested in applying for your first credit card? How about a business credit card? What about one that has a well known reward program? Regardless of your situation and type of offer you are searching for, there are steps you can take to improve your chance of finding the right credit card.
There used to be a time when applying for a credit card was complicated. You had to call multiple companies on the phone, provide detailed information, and wait for an approval. Fortunately, the internet has changed the industry for the better.
Now, it is simple to search, compare, find, and apply for credit card offers online.
Credit Card Reviews, Common Mistakes, and more
Applying for a credit card is a big decision. This is not something to take lightly.
For more than seven years, Steven Merkel has been helping consumers compare and apply for the credit card that is best for them.
Here are some points of advice that will surely change your approach:
1. What is the biggest mistake people make when searching for a credit card online?
The biggest mistake people make is that they haven’t done enough research and aren’t fully prepared to start searching for a credit card online. Some people may not completely understand the application’s requirements; i.e. credit rating, credit history, income, and age, which can be important factors. Credit cards have become so competitive, or one might even say tailored to the individual’s needs, that it can be difficult to find a card for which you qualify, if you don’t know what to look for.
I recommend that people educate themselves especially if this is their first credit card. They should at the very least be able to understand what the basic terms of the application are.
For people who might be looking towards a secondary card or a rewards card I suggest to make a list of all the features that they deem necessary, and those that you would like if it is available. This will help narrow down the search.
2. What can consumers learn by reading credit card reviews before applying?
It depends on the knowledge of the reader, but a person with a beginners knowledge will be able to grasp the main advantages and disadvantages of a credit card and better understand the differences and how it can affect their card usage habits.
A reader with advanced knowledge can use the reviews as a quick reference guide to see what each card offers.
3. In your opinion, what holds consumers back from applying for a credit card via the internet?
Some people have a healthy fear of putting their information on the internet without a guarantee that everything will remain private and safe, so they would prefer to apply in-store or use a debit card through their local bank. However there aren’t that many barriers to applying online for a credit card anymore. This is a digital age, and everyone is growing accustomed to the convenience.
Simply put, if you are going to apply for a credit card in today’s world you will probably use the internet. You might as well go online early on in the process, as this will help you sift through multiple offers, compare your options, and make a final decision as to how you should move forward.