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Reconsideration lines for a second chance at approval

Find reconsideration lines for major card providers.

Calling a reconsideration line after a credit card denial can give you another chance at approval. In this article, we’ll list a few things to do after receiving a denial, as well as reconsideration lines for a few major card providers.

What to do if you’re denied a credit card

There might be a few reasons why you were denied a credit card. Here are a few things you can do to try to correct the denial or to try to get approved the next time you apply:

  • Take a look at your adverse action notice.
    If you’re denied a credit card — a type of “adverse action” from lenders — you’ll usually receive a letter from the issuer within seven to 10 business days. The letter will explain the issuer’s reason for denying your application, such as a low credit score or insufficient income. It will also give you an idea of which part of your finances you should work on.
  • Get a copy of your credit report.
    If your credit report is the reason for your credit card denial, you can ask for a free copy of that report within 60 days from the respective credit bureau. This is your right under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Once you receive the report, look through it and check for red flags — including errors to dispute with the credit bureau.
  • Check your credit score.
    A low credit score is a common reason for a credit card denial. After your card application is denied, the issuer will send you your score, along with factors affecting it.
  • Improve your finances.
    You can better your odds for your next application. It’s wise to increase your credit score, which often involves lowering your credit utilization ratio and making card payments on time. You’ll also want to lower your debt-to-income ratio by increasing your income and paying off debt.
  • Call the issuer’s reconsideration line.
    Credit card decisions are mostly made by algorithms. That means negative marks on your credit report can automatically send your application to the “deny” pile.

    By calling a reconsideration line, you can talk to a human and clear discrepancies that might have sunk your chances. It may help to have a copy of your credit report or information about your income, depending on the reason you were denied.

Credit card reconsideration lines

Here are the reconsideration lines for the major credit card issuers. We’ve provided the next best number to call for those providers without a reconsideration line.
Remember to have your personal and financial information on hand, as well as your argument for why your application should be approved.

Credit card providerReconsideration line
American ExpressApplication status: 877-399-3083
Bank of AmericaApplication status: 800-518-0479
Capital OneRepresentative: 800-625-7866
General support: 800-935-9935
US Bank800-947-1444
Wells Fargo866-412-5956

Compare credit cards for bad or fair credit

If you’re having trouble getting the credit cards you want you may be applying for products outside of your credit range. Consider the following cards designed for consumers with bad or fair credit.

Name Product Filter values Rewards Purchase APR Annual fee
Petal® 2
1% cashback, 1.25% after six on-time payments and 1.5% after 12 on-time payments, plus 2% - 10% back from select merchants
12.99% to 26.99% variable
Build your credit with rewards and no fees: Apply if you're new to credit or have a fair to good score of 600 or higher. See if you prequalify with no impact to your score.
OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card
17.39% variable
Apply for this card with no credit check if you're new to credit or have bad credit.
Credit One Bank® Platinum Visa®
1% cash back on eligible gas, grocery purchases and mobile phone service, internet, cable and satellite TV services
23.99% variable
Earn 1% cash back rewards on eligible gas, grocery purchases and mobile phone service, internet, cable and satellite TV services.

Compare up to 4 providers

Bottom line

A credit card denial can hurt, but you may have another chance at approval by calling a reconsideration line. Consider working on your credit and finances so you have better approval odds for your next application. For a tool to steadily increase your credit score, consider a secured credit card.

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