If you’re too young to get your own credit card, becoming a Chase authorized user on someone else’s credit card can help you boost your credit score. But in order for this to work, the credit card provider needs to report authorized users to the credit bureaus. Thankfully, most of Chase’s credit cards allow the addition of authorized users, letting you safely build your credit, and often, reaping a few extra perks along the way. Here’s how Chase authorized users works.
Yes. Chase reports authorized users to the three major credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. Just make sure to provide all the necessary information for the authorized user, such as their address, date of birth and Social Security number.
What is Chase’s reporting policy?
Chase will report both positive and negative information to the authorized user’s credit report. This can help authorized users build credit. But the opposite is also true — late payments and piling debt on the main cardholder’s account could negatively affect an authorized user’s credit.
All Chase cards allow for authorized users, so you can use any to build up an authorized user’s credit. Here are some of the more popular options thanks to their additional reward opportunities or perks.
|Chase Freedom Flex℠||None||Spending on authorized user card earns rewards and counts toward signup bonus|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited®||None||Spending on authorized user card earns rewards and counts toward signup bonus|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||None||Spending on authorized user card earns rewards and counts toward signup bonus|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||Additional $75 annually||Spending on authorized user card earns rewards and counts toward signup bonus;|
Complimentary access to Priority Pass Select Membership
|Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card||None (employee cards)||Spending on authorized user card earns rewards and counts toward signup bonus|
Which Chase card is best for adding authorized users?
The best Chase card for adding authorized user imparts the most value for the least cost. In this case, the Chase Sapphire Reserve offers the best long-lasting value for the rice as you’ll enjoy the additional Priority Pass Select membership year after year. Priority Pass memberships typically cost $249 a year, which far outweighs the $75 authorized user fee.
While the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card doesn’t charge a fee for an additional cardholder, it comes with fewer travel credits than Sapphire Reserve. This ultimately puts it in the same bucket as the Chase Freedom Unlimited® and Chase Freedom Flex℠ — useful for their ability to earn rewards on authorized user purchases, but not necessarily a value gain.
The steps you’ll take to add an authorized user are the same regardless of the card you have:
- Sign in to your Chase account.
- Go to your accounts tab.
- Find your desired card and click on “More.”
- Click on “Account Services” from the drop down menu and then select “Add authorized user.”
- Fill out the requested information and click “Add authorized user.”
You have two options if you want to remove an authorized user from one of your Chase cards:
Call Chase directly. You can call Chase by dialing the number on the back of your Chase credit card. You can also call: 1-800-432-3117.
Send a secured message. Login to your Chase account and select “Secure messages” from the side bar (you may have to click the “hamburger” icon on the left side of the page for this bar to show). You can use this form to request an authorized user removal.
Chase authorized user pros and cons
Aside from being the only credit card option for anyone under 18, getting a credit card as an authorized user also comes with the following benefits:
- Start building credit. Authorized users piggyback on the credit card activity of primary users. With timely payments, primary cardholders can help authorized users build credit.
- Save money with no annual fee card. Most credit cards have no annual fee for authorized users even for the cards that have an annual fee. However, be sure to read the card’s terms and conditions to avoid surprises.
- Earn rewards. If you have a rewards card, authorized users will also earn rewards on their purchases. This can help them clear the signup bonus faster and earn more rewards on their purchases. In most cases, though, rewards accumulate to the primary cardholder’s account and they are the only ones who can redeem rewards.
- Not all card benefits are shared. Not all card benefits are duplicated to the authorized user’s account.
- Authorized user can affect main user’s credit. Authorized user purchases are the responsibility of the main cardholder, as they post to a single account. If you’re not careful and fail to set clear guidelines with the authorized user, their spending could end up putting you in tough financial squeeze.
What age do I need to be to become an authorized user?
Chase doesn’t have a minimum age requirement for becoming an authorized user. If you’re not old enough to apply for your own card, signing on as an authorized user on is a great alternative for building credit.
Below are some popular Chase credit cards to add authorized users. Adding an authorized user to these cards can allow you to earn rewards on the authorized user’s spending, build the authorized user’s credit score or get card benefits for the authorized user.
If you’re looking to piggyback your way to a good credit score or higher, becoming an authorized user on a Chase credit card is a great option if you have the opportunity. As an alternative, a secured credit card or a student credit card are also strong choices for building your credit on your own if you meet the age requirements.