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Some folks like to time their credit card applications around big purchases so it’s easier to meet the minimum spending requirement. But a card can take a week or more to arrive in the mail.
A few credit card companies will expedite delivery of a new card. And a couple will even give you an instant account number!
I’ll let you know the fastest way to get your new card!
Which Banks Will Send You a New Credit Card Fast?
Sometimes folks want to get their new credit cards as quickly as possible.
A few reasons why:
- Because they are traveling soon
- To repair something
- To take advantage of a limited-time deal
- To use for work
Usually, a card takes 7 to 10 business days to arrive. But some banks can get you the card a lot faster!
And remember, the time you have to meet minimum spending requirements does NOT start when you receive and activate your card. It starts as soon as your new account is opened, usually the same day you’re approved.
For other AMEX cards, you’ll have to call after you’re approved and ask the AMEX representative if they can rush delivery of your new card. Some folks have found success by explaining their situation.
You can always call AMEX and ask if they’ll rush it to you! Or make your account available to you immediately.
Bank of America
Some folks have reported getting their account information instantly with the Bank of America Alaska Airlines card.
If you are NOT given the option when you apply for Bank of America credit cards, ask if they will give you the information about your new card over the phone.
Barclaycard will overnight their credit cards for a ~$30 fee. Or send them within 2 days for a $15 fee.
If you apply for a premium Barclaycard, like the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, you can ask to get the fee waived.
Link: Chase Sapphire Preferred
Link: Chase Ink Plus
Via Doctor of Credit, Chase will overnight any credit card for free.
Many folks report success getting their Chase cards overnighted at NO extra charge, especially the Chase Sapphire Preferred.
But Chase should be able to overnight any of their cards if you call.
Link: Citi Prestige
Link: Citi ThankYou Premier
Citi can expedite cards that have been lost or stolen.
And there are reports that Citi will rush shipping for new accounts. So it’s worth asking, especially if you need the card in a hurry!
Link: Discover It
Link: Discover It Miles
You’ll get fast shipping on ALL Discover credit cards automatically for free! NO need to ask!
With the Discover It card, new card members can get up to 10% cash back after their 1st 12 billing cycles by spending in certain categories each quarter. And for a limited time, you can get up to 30% back at Kmart, Macy’s and Sears!
The Discover It Miles card offers double miles for new members after the 1st 12 billing cycles. There are NO categories to think about. You’ll earn a flat 1.5 miles per $1 you spend (worth 1.5% back) on all purchases. And then Discover will double it after the 1st 12 months!
There are NO annual fees and NO foreign transaction fees on either card!
I spoke with a U.S. Bank representative, who told me it is possible to get ANY U.S. Bank credit card rush shipped.
There is an expedited shipping fee of $15 or $25, depending on the card. They estimate is takes 2 to 3 days to receive the card (1 day to print the card, and 1 to 2 days to ship it) if you receive instant credit approval.
And the U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards American Express Card earns 20,000 FlexPoints after spending $3,500 on purchases within 1st 4 months of opening your account. This card can be a good deal, depending on how you like to travel.
Some banks are happy to rush your new card so you can start spending on it right away. And some, like AMEX and Bank of America, will even provide you with instant access to your new credit line after approval!
Have you ever received a new card overnight, or instantly?