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If you upgrade a mile credit card, call to merge your credit line, close your old account

by on Wed November 23, 2011 • No Comment

Now that there are several tiers of mile credit cards for each airline (offering additional benefits like elite qualifying miles or airport lounge club access) many of you are upgrading from your prior base mile credit card to the new feature rich card with a higher fee.

An example would be having the basic Continental OnePass Plus credit card ($95 annual fee) and then applying for the Continental Presidential Plus ($395 fee, but with lounge access), or the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express  ($95 annual fee) and applying for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card  ($150 fee, earns elite qualifying miles).

But…some people have been surprised by getting charged annual fees on both the old and new card after applying for the higher version. That’s because the credit card companies don’t always automatically close the other account on approval– even if the new card completely duplicates the old one’s features.

After you get approved for the new card, make sure you call the credit card company to merge your credit lines and close the old account. Merging your credit lines to keep the higher total credit line helps your credit score, and you avoid getting hit with an annual fee on a card you’re no longer using.

There’s no reason to keep a Continental OnePass Plus or Gold Delta SkyMiles account open if you upgrade to a higher card — all your old features are intact, and you get more with the more expensive card. Just make sure you preserve the credit line.


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