Applying for a credit card online? Don't overlook these facts

Duran Mueller
May 25, 2007
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The online processing of credit card application is fast gaining popularity because of the various benefits it offers. The procedure is different from offline or regular credit card application and seems more convenient, however there are few things to note about the online credit card application process. This article takes a look at few such things.

The process

Though online application process is supposed to be less cumbersome in terms of paperwork, convenience and time, but in reality it is just a part of the regular credit card issuing processes. At first the application can be online but sooner or later the paperwork has to be done and it is more or less mandatory with every issued credit card. Secondly, some credit card companies, find it too risky to give an instant decision based on facts which can be easily manipulated, the question of identity theft also comes into place and almost all the decisions are 'in principle' which get rolling after proper verification etc.

Fees

Some credit card companies charge a small fee for every online application to be made, part of this could be to support their IT infrastructure and personnel, but most of them do to deter fraudulent enquiries that can cost them a fortune in verification and other procedures. So, it is better to checkout with the credit card companies whether they have any such fees and if so what is the exact amount. Because, it is going to increase the cost of acquisition of credit card for you. It is also good to verify whether the APR's and other costs associated with the credit cards are different for offline and online processes, or same. If you find a significant difference then it is good to adopt the application process which offers the lowest rates.

Credit history

Having a poor credit history and applying for the gold, platinum or other such credit card for which a good to excellent credit history is essential prerequisite, will only frustrate you. The denials, rejections etc. can cost you mentally as well as financially. So, it is always better to confirm with the credit card company about the credit history requirements.

Choice and terms

Almost all the credit card companies that offer online application process do not allow you to compare other credit cards before applying online. The necessity of a comparison cannot be understated. This is very crucial to make the right credit card decision. The online credit card application form has the most essential terms and conditions listed somewhere below the main application. It is good to go through the document before filling in the details. Some facts that look very attractive on the face can prove disastrous when looked in the light of the fine prints.

The online application process has its own merits and can prove to be quite a time and effort saver if used in a proper way.