Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions
Confused by credit card terms? CreditCards.com's glossary of credit card definitions will help. From account holder to Regulation Z, we have defined the most-common and most-confusing credit card terms.
- Being over-limit, or over the limit, refers to a cardholder account that has surpassed its credit limit with a transaction. When cardholders attempt to make purchases that will put them over their credit limit, the card issuer may decline the transactions or may charge consumers hefty over-limit fees. Under the Credit CARD Act of 2009, consumers must "opt in" to over-limit fees. Those who opt out would have their transactions rejected if they exceed their credit limits, thus avoiding over-limit fees. Fees cannot exceed the amount of overspeding. For example, going $20 over the limit cannot have a fee of more than $20.