Chase allows credit card holders to move their credit limits around by simply requesting it via a phone call or sending a secure message through your online account (my preferred method). There are only a few rules that need to be followed:
- There is no hard pull/credit check as long as your new credit line is below $35K.
- You cannot move credit limits between business and personal accounts.
I don’t sign up for credit cards as much as I used to, but every once in a while I do and get a decent credit limit. I’ve reallocated my credit limits on multiple occasions, usually to facilitate some type of manufactured spending since I subscribe to the “go big or go home” school of thought. Usually I do this right before canceling a credit card when an annual fee is coming due so I don’t let the credit limit go to waste, assuming I don’t want to keep it at all.
This happened with me today. Last year I got the Chase United Explorer card that came with a 70K mile bonus. I got a $7K credit limit on that card but it’s been sitting in my sock drawer after I earned the bonus because I simply have no use for it (I can earn more United miles using my Chase Sapphire Reserve). The annual fee isn’t quite due yet, but there’s been another recent development.
Chase and Hyatt just announced a new World of Hyatt Credit Card that in my opinion is very lucrative, especially if you are a big spender or can manufacture spend. The benefits of the card are detailed in this post. I won’t cover all the reasons why it’s worth it because Ben basically read my mind by posting this earlier today, but in short you can spend your way to top-tier status and earn a lot of points and free nights along the way.
What prompted this post was a bit of new information I got from a Chase representative. Today I moved credit limits from 3 different cards to give myself more room to spend on my new World of Hyatt credit card, which I’ll be upgrading to from my existing Hyatt credit card (not because of 5/24, but simply because it’s easier to do so). The reallocation was done quickly and easily within 2 hours after sending a secure message online. As per my normal procedure, I then went ahead to cancel or modify other credit cards that I no longer needed.
Canceling the United card was easy, there were no issues. One of the other cards I have is a Sapphire Preferred, a card I’ve had for 6+ years and just never bothered to cancel (I should have done so long ago in retrospect). The credit limit remaining was only $1k since I never planned on using it. But now that I’ve had it for so long, canceling it would likely negatively impact my average age of accounts, a vital part of my credit history. So instead I decided to request a product change, where you can simply swap it out for one of a trio of no-fee cards: Sapphire, Freedom, or Freedom Unlimited.
I already have the Freedom Unlimited, so I opted for the regular Freedom. The customer service representative said “Uh oh, did you recently reallocate your credit?” I said yes, and she informed me that her computer is notifying her that there is a minimum credit limit requirement of $5k for this card. I asked her if it was the same for the Sapphire, and she checked and said it was. This was unfortunate for me because I had just optimized my credit limits the way I wanted and didn’t want to make further changes.
The customer service rep was extremely helpful and helped me brainstorm ideas. She gave me a suggestion that didn’t come to my mind immediately: move credit from another card to get to the $5k minimum, then change the Sapphire Preferred to the Freedom, then call back a week later to reallocate it back to the original way I had it. Simple and easy as far as I’m concerned.
Two things: 1) Chase has the best phone representatives I’ve encountered. The fact she was willing/able to help with this was awesome. And 2) It’s unfortunate that there’s is a $5K minimum for these cards, especially given that the rule can be easily skirted by moving credit limits back and forth.
This was new information to me, and I figured it would be useful to provide a reminder to those that know and share what I learned in case it helps others strategize in moving their credit.
Dr. of Credit does a great job summarizing the reallocation rules for all banks in this post, so see his breakdown as well. I reference it periodically.