- In most cases, when you apply for a rewards credit card and are approved, you won’t be able to start using it until your physical card arrives in the mail.
- However, there are some exceptions. You can get your card number right away with American Express cards, as well as with the Apple Card and certain cards from Citi.
- Getting instant access to your credit card number can come in handy if you need to make a time-sensitive purchase, or if you want to start working toward the minimum spending requirement to earn the card’s sign-up bonus.
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