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In the Philippines (and in most economies), there are no hard and fast rules on determining the credit limit an issuing bank may extend a cardholder. It’s all arbitrary; the figure often seems to come out of thin air, based solely on the bank’s discretion. However, some factors do affect how big (or small) your credit limit can be.

  1. Your monthly income – Some banks give you a limit that is 20% higher than your monthly income, and some banks give you 20% less than your monthly income.
  2. How long you have been a creditor – If you have been a credit card holder if that bank for a few years, you may be given a bigger limit than a new applicant.
  3. The issuing bank’s conservativeness – Citibank and Banco de Oro are often less conservative than most issuing banks; they tend to give higher credit limits.  Some of their cards, of course, impose higher interest rates than the cards issued by more conservative banks, like BPI.
  4. The credit limit on your other cards – If you have credit cards from other issuers, a new issuer might try to give you at least the same credit limit, if not higher, provided that you’ve been responsible in using your current limit. If you pay on time and regularly, other banks will feel more confident in lending you bigger amounts.
  5. Your desired credit limit – You can oftentimes demand your credit limit, especially if you have a good credit score, meaning, you have a history of being a responsible credit card user. Getting a higher credit limit can be as simple as calling your bank and asking for an increase. They may require you to fax an income tax return or other proof of income. You can also negotiate the limit on new banks trying to get your business by demanding for a certain figure and saying that you will not sign up unless they grant you that figure. If you really are an ideal credit candidate in their eyes, you will get the limit you want.



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RCBC Bankard Diamond Card


FEATURES:

  • Finance Charge: 2.75 %
  • Balance Transfer Rate: 1.488% (6months)
  • Annual fee of only Php2,500
  • Cash advance service fee 300% or 5%, whichever is higher

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FEATURES:

  • Annual fee of Php5000 and Php2500 for the supplementary cardsEarn free miles with everything you buy.

  • Get insurance for up to Php20,000,000 for your whole family when traveling anywhere.

  • Earn 1 point for just Php35 worth of purchase.

BPI Credit Card – Express Classic


FEATURES:

  • Pay for just Php1250 for your primary card!
  • Get the lowest finance charge of just 2.75%!
  • The BPI Classic card lets you shop and dine with friends and family anywhere since it  is accepted in 20,000 establishments nationwide!
  • Avail of FREE Travel Insurance Package when you charge your fare with the BPI Classic card.
  • Avail of BPI Express Classic card’s S.I.P. facility that lifts the problem with you paying high-ticket items by easy to pay installment terms!
  • Get cash advance for up to 30% of your credit limit!
  • Earn free miles with every Php35 worth of transaction charged to your BPI Express card!
  • Transfer your balance with just 1% add-on interest rate per month!
  • Enjoy 24/7 customer service anytime, anywhere!

EastWest Bank Practical Card


FEATURES:

  • Enjoy the lowest finance monthly charge of 2.25%  to 2.75% for different purchases
  • Relax with the 24-hour Customer service hotline for EastWest Bank Cardholders.

 

Share your spending power to love ones for up to 9 times

 

  • Get cash advances of up to 50% of your credit limit!
  • Avail of the Flexible Membership Fee Payment Option that will allow you to choose how you want to pay your membership fee.
  • Get rewards points in every transaction made with EastWest Bank Practical card
  • Pay an annual fee of Php2000

Featured Articles:

Should you let your kid have his own credit card?

Fact: there is already an increase of teens and college students who have their own credit cards. Credit card companies now aim on the two groups since they are the ones who spend more money than adults.

Educate your child on how to manage spending with a credit card. Parents an even use instances in the present state of affairs as an example to discuss to kids the pros and cons of credit cards.

Smaller credit limits are usual with these types of cards and while it may be easy to apply for one, credit card companies charge large interest rates and fees to the teenage credit card holders.

People who are below 18 are not legitimate in obtaining credit cards without the consent of their parents. Unfortunately, some kids fill out forms and receive credit cards without the knowledge of their parents. To avoid this, talk to them and help them realize the importance of beginning a solid credit history with their first card. Emphasize that it is of utmost importance to their future.

As a parent, start by reading the guidelines with your child. Make sure you call to attention all the terms written on the fine print. Avoid coming to the rescue if the bills get way out of control. This will teach him to be responsible in handling his money. A credit card spent by a teenager and paid by his parents initiates bad credit habits

Let the child bear in mind that his credit card sho uld be used in emergencies only. Monitor ALL his spending activities. Some credit cards even allow the parents to create their own credit limit for the supplementary cards. This is very logical especially if you are too busy with your career.

Parents can help their kids spend sensibly with the correct use of credit cards. At this early stage, it is better to prepare them in the reality of life by teaching them not to abuse its benefits.