If you were in the market for a credit card before the Great Recession, you probably remember the rich rewards companies were offering for you to use their card. Credit was flowing freely and unless you were being paid a $100 gift card to sign up for a card, it probably wasn’t even worth your time! The 25,000 mile or $200 gift card promotions were there for the taking, especially if you had a good credit score. When the economic slowdown hit, those offers dried up. Credit card companies started closing accounts and it was rare to see a good offer unless you had a fantastic credit score. Credit card companies were playing defense.
Well, I don’t know if it’s a recovery based on the economic statistics, but the credit card companies must thinks so because the offers have been coming back in the last year or so. While you won’t see as many $200 or 25,000 frequent flyer mile promotions, they are certainly out there and it may be tempted to go on a signup spree to get all that free cash. I don’t think anyone, except the credit card companies, would begrudge you if you did!
It’s important to know what applying for credit cards, whether it’s one card or eight, will have a negative impact on your score.
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