Can someone help me figure out the logistics of doing a balance transfer? I owe $11,000 on a private student loan to Wells Fargo at 8.49%. I will pay it off in one year. I would like to BT this amount to credit cards to save $500 in interest. Currently have: $2700 limit on Chase Plus One student card Approved for, but not received: $5500 on US Bank FlexPerks Select (0% for 6 months)
Planning to apply for: PNC Cashbuilder (0% for 12 months) Citi Forward (0% for 12 months) Chase Freedom (Might wait on this as it was only for the rewards) Maybe Discover More (0% for 15 months)
How can I go about getting convenience checks? And can I take them directly to Wells Fargo or should I deposit them somewhere else then send a check? Or can I use the automatic balance transfer option and fill in my Wells Fargo account info like it's a credit card when I apply for the card?
I do know that Citi will refund an excess balance, so maybe I should get that card first, then BT to it from the other cards?
As of Sept. 1, my credit score should be approx. 740 (It's about 715 now).
Automatic balance transfer is the easiest but you can also get convenience checks and deposited it to ATM. In my opinion 3 hard inquiries are considered high and most creditors pull experian. Signup at creditboards to check who the creditors pull before you apply. It is ok to balance transfer if you think you can pay it off in one year. If not I will think twice before tranfer the balance in case you got rejected for credit cards. You got 8.49 for life. Promo rate credit card only last for 6 months to a year. After that it goes from 10 to 25%..and you will be stucked at that rate ..
solee said: Automatic balance transfer is the easiest but you can also get convenience checks and deposited it to ATM. In my opinion 3 hard inquiries are considered high and most creditors pull experian. Signup at creditboards to check who the creditors pull before you apply. It is ok to balance transfer if you think you can pay it off in one year. If not I will think twice before tranfer the balance in case you got rejected for credit cards. You got 8.49 for life. Promo rate credit card only last for 6 months to a year. After that it goes from 10 to 25%..and you will be stucked at that rate ..
My plan is to pay off in one year. Not concerned about my ability to do that. Thanks for the input. My question is HOW can I get the convenience checks. Will they just offer them to me when they send me the card? Which of the listed BT cards are most likely to do so?
rismoney said: thanks teflonmail. it says rates is 0 to 2.99. is the rate conditional on approval? if my credit is excellent should i demand 0? I would hate to apply and get 2.99... Can you post an update when you get a response from them?
This is a dumb question but I'm paying off some accounts which are closed. Since they are closed, am I able to transfer them to another card? Without applying to so many cards, does anyone recommend any good credit cards that have good balance transfer rates for a credit score of around 620~? My salary is decent now (60,000s~) and I haven't missed a payment since 2010 but obviously the score is what really screws me.
Member Summary said: Capital One continues to send out no-fee purchase checks to prime customers, so might be worth 3 inquiries for some (e.g. as a balance transfer target) I have two C1 accounts, and receive their no-fee/purchase APR BT checks all the time, effectively offering me a free loan for one statement cycle, as well as their 2% fee/0% APR/12 months BT checks.
However, I just received a new and more exciting offer that wasn't available to me before: 0% APR/zero fee/12 months. While logged onto my accounts online, I saw this under the BT offers: Screenshot
I almost wonder if the first offer on this list is made in error; why would anyone take the version with a 2% fee when they can get the same terms without the fee? I immediately maxed out my full $5,000 credit limit with this new offer in the form of a "no hassle check". When the check arrives, I'll put it into a municipal bond mutual fund currently earning ~3% tax-free.
Has anyone else received this offer recently, whether online or in the form of purchase checks?
I just took advantage of this one from Chase: 0% and no BT fee for 15 months. Approved over the phone but they didn't have the credit line yet. I'm planning on putting my 0% balance from the Discover deal on this new card. Thanks!
Maybe someone can help me with this. I have a 0% APR on purchases with Citi. It ends on Nov 1 which is also my due date. Should I pay it off on Nov 1 or do I have until the following due date of Dec 1 because of the grace period?
Snezz said: Maybe someone can help me with this. I have a 0% APR on purchases with Citi. It ends on Nov 1 which is also my due date. Should I pay it off on Nov 1 or do I have until the following due date of Dec 1 because of the grace period?
I'd say.. When in doubt, pay it off the month earlier. Even if it's a $20,000 BT earning 5%, the profit loss from paying it off 1 month early comes out to ~$83.
How much would your cardholder charge YOU in interest if you misunderstand the BT terms. 12%? 18%?
TTextoday all banks try to induce potential customers to switch from one credit card to another by offering balance transfer that too at a cheaper rate. It is generally known that low interest rates or sometimes even zero interest rates are available for balance transfer. But you should know that these rates are for introductory period only (say 3-6 months) and once this grace period is over, it returns to the normal rates, that is, what your previous credit card company charged you
Any recent experiences with credit refund from Citi, AMEX, BOA? I have a very tempting offer on AARP (0% for 1 year with 1% fees,over $30K credit line) but they can only transfer $5k into my checking account, rest has to go the credit cards. I am thinking of either using Citi (with a limit of $12K) or BOA (actually old Charles Schwab card with a limit of $15K) to use as intermediary for BT. I also have PenFed (both AMEX and Visa) with 0% transfer fees but the limit is only $5k on each card.
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