This is a follow-up to another question I asked many months ago: Why was my credit card just cancelled?
I'm now prepared to pay off a couple more credit cards, but I don't want the accounts to be closed in a similar manner. Is there anything I can do to minimize this risk?
Some options I've considered:
Maintain a small balance indefinitely
Obviously this isn't ideal, since my goal is to get out of debt. But if a token balance ($20?) would keep the card open, I can make a small purchase on the card every month, then pay all but that amount, to keep it open.
Pay off the cards in increments. Perhaps over the course of 6 months, rather than in one big lump sum.
Will either of these, or some other strategy, help my chances?