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Which Banks Give A Credit Card Instantly After Approval (Or What’s The Fastest Way To Get My Card?)

- Oct 7, 2021 Credit Card Info0 comments

Many people wake up to apply for a new credit card right before they need it. Right before as in a few seconds before. 

Most banks offer online instant approvals for their credit cards.  An instant approval means that the bank gives you a decision on the spot in as little as 30-60 seconds after applying. But, from when you get approved for the card until you get the card in your hand and available to make purchases, can take 5-7 business days. So what do you do if you need the card no later than today or even within the next few minutes?

Here in this post we’ll discuss what’s the quickest way you can get a credit card in your hand or at least a virtual card that is available to use, bank by bank.

Which banks offer an instant credit card number or express card delivery?

Instant credit card number Expedited shipping 
Amex Available often after getting approved instantly Available for Platinum cards only
Apple Available in your Apple wallet No
Barclays  No Yes, $15 fee
Bank Of America  No Available upon request 
Capital One Available in the Capital One app (Sometimes you will need the 3 digit security code to access)  No
Chase You can add your new card to your mobile wallet Available for Chase branded cards upon request 
Citi Available on some cards (see below) No
Discover  No No
Wells Fargo No Yes, $16 fee

Amex

Instant credit card number

Often, after getting approved instantly for an Amex card, you’ll get an option to request a temporary credit card number that you can use right away to start making purchases. This is common but not always the case.

Expedited shipping 

Amex offers express free overnight delivery for their Platinum cards. Amex  does not offer express delivery for all other cards. Cards will be delivered  in 7-10 business days  

Apple

Instant credit card number

Apple cards are available immediately in your Apple wallet 

 

Expedited shipping 

There is no way to expedite the delivery for the Apple physical titanium card.

Barclays

Instant credit card number

Barclays does not offer instant credit card numbers.

 

Expedited shipping 

During the credit card application you can request Barclays to send you the card with Express delivery. Barclays will charge you a $15 fee for express delivery and the delivery will be Fedex – overnight delivery.

Bank Of America

Instant credit card number

Bank Of America does not offer instant card numbers. Doctor of Credit has some data points  of occasionally being able to add a newly approved Bank of America card to your mobile wallet immediately after approval, but in most cases you can’t. 

 

Expedited shipping 

Bank of America offers overnight delivery upon request. They will even waive the fee if you have a good reason you need it right away. So make sure to present a good case to the rep. Contact Bank of America customer service to request overnight delivery at 800-432-1000.

Capital One

Instant credit card numbers

You can find your card details in the app (or online) and it can be used immediately. In many cases, Capital One will want to verify that you are the real cardholder by requesting you to provide them with the 3 digit security pin on the back of the card. In such a case you will need to wait till the card arrives in the mail in order to access your account details.  

Expedited shipping 

Capital One does not offer express delivery for new accounts, only sometimes on replacement cards ($16 fee).

Chase

Instant credit card numbers

Chase does not offer instant credit card numbers but you have the option to add your newly Chase card to your mobile wallet immediately after approval. This can be done by logging in to your Chase account and adding your new card to your mobile wallet (sometimes it can take about an hour after approval until your new approved Chase card will show in your online login).

The Chase Amazon card will instantly show in your Amazon account and the Chase Starbucks card will instantly be able to be used in the Starbucks app. 

 

Expedited shipping 

Chase offers free express overnight delivery upon request for their branded cards (Sapphire, Freedom, etc) but not for their co-branded cards (United, Southwest. etc). You can request overnight delivery by calling Chase customer service at 1-800-935-9935 and submitting a request. Expedited shipping is also available for the Chase Amazon card

Citi

Instant credit card numbers

Citi is currently rolling out instant card numbers currently available on these cards.

Citi Custom Cash – The temporary card will only be able to be used for up to 10% of your credit limit, subject to a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,000; and the temporary card can only be used for up to 10 days.

  • Costco – only when you apply in a Costco store 
  • American Airlines
  • AT&T

Expedited shipping 

Citi does not offer expedited shipping for new accounts. Expedited shipping is only available for lost or stolen cards. Newly approved Citi cards will be delivered within 7-10 business days.  

Discover

Instant credit card numbers

Discover does not offer instant credit card numbers.

 

Expedited shipping 

Discover used to offer expedited shipping  for newly approved cards. They no longer do. Discover cards will be delivered within 5-7 business days. There is no way to request to get your Discover card faster.

Wells Fargo

Instant credit card numbers

Wells Fargo does not offer instant credit card numbers.

 

Expedited shipping 

Wells Fargo offers expedited shipping for their credit cards upon request. There is a $16 fee to expedite a credit card.

Frequently asked questions
Can I get my new Chase card express?
Chase will overnight your Chase branded card upon request (but not co-branded). You can also add your Chase card to your mobile wallet immediately after approval

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Sam Sam has nearly a decade's worth of experience educating his many readers on everything credit. Sam spends his days checking out credit cards for a full report, from the minute benefit details to the shebang of welcome bonuses. Plus studying the ins and outs of building proper credit. It’s his favorite pastime and he loves sharing it with others.

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