Yes, you can use most credit cards at an ATM to withdraw cash from the card’s credit line. The ATM withdrawal will show up as a cash advance on your credit card statement. That means the amount of cash you get at the ATM will be subject to an immediate cash advance APR, and usually a cash advance fee.
In order to get cash from an ATM with a credit card, you will need a PIN from the card issuer. If you don’t already have a PIN, some card issuers will let you request one online by logging into your credit card account on the card issuer’s website. You can also call the customer service number on the back of your credit card to get a PIN so you can use your credit card at an ATM.
Unless you need an emergency cash loan and have exhausted all other options, using a credit card at an ATM isn’t a good idea. It won’t be possible if you have a store credit card without a Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express logo, either.
There are a few ways to get a cash advance on a credit card without a PIN. The easiest way to withdraw cash from a credit card without a PIN is to visit a bank that does business with your credit card company, ask the teller for a cash advance, and present your card along with a government-issued photo ID. You could also ask your credit card’s issuer for so-called … read full answercredit access checks, which you can then use to withdraw cash from your credit line.
The other ways to get a cash advance on a credit card without a PIN are to purchase a money order from the likes of MoneyGram or Western Union, or link your credit card account to a service such as Amazon Pay. Alternatively, using an app such as Venmo, PayPal or Cash App can also help you pay people and businesses that can’t accept credit cards directly. Those services often charge a fee for using a credit card, but the transaction may actually be processed as a payment rather than a cash advance.
To get a cash advance with a credit card at an ATM, however, you need a PIN. But getting one is easy. If you didn’t create a PIN when you activated your card, you should be able to call customer service, choose your number and get it set it up right away. Some issuers, such as Bank of America and Discover, also let you set a PIN online.
Whether or not you use a PIN, you’ll want to be careful about cash advances. They typically charge high interest rates and a 2%-5% fee. Plus, there’s no grace period, so interest starts accruing as soon as you complete the transaction. But unforeseen circumstances arise for everyone, so here are your options if you need cash but don’t have a PIN.
Here’s how to withdraw cash from a credit card without a PIN:
Bank teller: You can get a cash advance without a PIN at a bank branch, but you’ll need both your credit card and a government issued photo ID like a driver’s license or passport.
Access checks: If your credit card issuer has sent you access, or convenience, checks, you can use them to withdraw cash at any bank that accepts them. Access checks are blank checks that draw on your credit line rather than your checking account. Some issuers send access checks without being asked, but you can also request them by calling customer service. Keep in mind that access checks are subject to the same high APRs and lack of grace periods as cash advances.
Money-transfer service:You can buy a money order with a credit card from a service such as Western Union or MoneyGram. This would allow you to transfer funds to a recipient using just a phone number or email address. It won’t give you cash on the spot, but it could make it possible to ultimately spend part of your credit line in cash if you transfer the money to the right person. The transaction likely will be treated as a cash advance, however.
Digital payment service: Apps such as PayPal, Venmo and Cash App allow you to make payments from a linked credit card account. That could remove the need to withdraw cash altogether, though these services usually charge a fee. The transaction may or may not be considered a cash advance, too, depending on the service and the credit card.
Similarly, you can link a credit card to an Amazon Pay account and pay a merchant that way. The merchant needs an Amazon "Recipient Name," however. And if you don’t mark the payment as being for "goods and services," the transaction will be considered a cash advance.
So, there are a handful of different ways to get a cash advance on a credit card without a PIN. Just remember that cash advances tend to be quite expensive and should be reserved for emergencies.
If you need a way to access cash on a regular basis, it’s best to look for a cheaper, more sustainable alternative. Two options in particular are good for the job, though each will usually require a PIN of its own.
For example, you could just get cash with a debit card. You won’t be able to borrow money with a debit card, but it would enable you to make purchases from cash-only merchants. Just go to an ATM or make a small purchase at a store and select the cash back option.
Using a prepaid card is another possibility. A prepaid card is like a checking account with a debit card, minus the checkbook. You can use it to make purchases directly or to withdraw cash from ATMs. But it only allows you to use your own money and doesn’t help you build credit.
You can get cash from a credit card through rewards redemption or by doing a cash advance. Rewards are the better option because they actually save you money. Cash advances have very high fees and interest, so they’re more of a last resort than anything else. If you do get one, you’ll want to pay it back as quickly as possible.… read full answer
Here’s how to get cash from a credit card:
Earn and redeem rewards: There are lots of cash back credit cards. Typically, they’ll give you at least 1% cash back on all purchases, and sometimes higher rates on specific categories of purchases.
Do a cash advance: You can make an ATM withdrawal with your credit card to turn some of your available credit into cash. You just need to get a PIN from the card’s issuer. You can withdraw up to the “cash advance limit” listed on your statement. But cash advances are expensive – you can expect a hefty fee and a high APR that starts costing you right away. There’s no grace period. You can also get cash from a bank branch by presenting your credit card and a government-issued photo ID to the bank teller, or with a cash advance check sent to you either automatically by the issuer or by your own request.Store credit cards generally do not allow cash advances.
At the register: Some credit cards don’t work like this, but Discover has a feature called Cash at Checkout, which allows you to get cash from the register when you check out at about 70 different chains nationwide with any Discover card. The Cash at Checkout feature is limited to $120 every 24 hours, with no monthly limit. The cash you take out will be treated as a purchase, and won’t be subject to any transaction or ATM fees. Another option is the Walmart® Store Card which allows you to withdraw up to $20 each time you make a purchase at a Walmart store location. This is also treated as a purchase, not a cash advance.
You can transfer money from your credit card to a bank account with a cash advance, a convenience check, apps such as Venmo, or money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram. But it is expensive to transfer money from a credit card to a bank account because credit cards are designed to be used for purchases – not as cash loans.… read full answer
If you use a credit card for a cash loan, you’ll normally pay between 3% and 5% as a cash advance fee, plus a high APR on the advance amount that kicks in immediately. Some credit cards provide exceptions to the norm of cash advance fees, however. For example, if you have a USAA credit card, it will allow you to transfer a cash advance directly to a USAA checking or savings account with no cash advance fee. But that doesn’t save you from the cash advance APR. Plus, credit cards that allow this are not common.
That said, if you need an emergency loan from your credit card account directly to your bank account, there are a handful of methods you could try. Some involve the help of other people, so enlist a friend you trust with your money – in some cases, they’ll literally be holding it for you.
Here's how to transfer money from a credit card to a bank account:
Cash Advances: You can use your card at an ATM to perform a cash advance. Once you’ve obtained your cash, deposit it into your bank account. Many banks allow deposits through ATMs. You may also be able to make your deposit at a branch. It’s not a good idea to take out a cash advance unless other options are not available, due to their lack of a grace period, extra fees, and high cash advance APRs.
Convenience Checks: Sometimes, credit card companies will give you convenience checks. In these cases, you can write a check to yourself, but make sure you are aware of the fees and interest rate the credit card company is going to assess on the amount of that check.
Money-Transfer Services: You can use services like Western Union and MoneyGram, which allow you to transfer funds with a credit card online or from any of their locations. They let you identify the recipient with a phone number or email address. However, transactions made through money-transfer services like these can show up as cash advances on your credit card statement, no matter whom you send the money to. That means they come with any fee and interest rate your credit card charges for regular cash advances.
Venmo: You could pay a friend or family member with a credit card through Venmo, and they could then transfer the money to you, or to a bank account. Or, you could make an outside credit card purchase on their behalf, then have them reimburse you through the app. If you choose to send money directly through Venmo using a credit card, you’ll pay a fee of 3%. But if you’re using a Visa or Mastercard, be aware that your card issuer may see this as a cash advance, and could charge you accordingly. Bank transfers typically take one business day. There’s a weekly rolling limit of $4,999.99 for sending funds through Venmo once you verify your identity.
PayPal: They will require the email address for the recipient, and you must choose “Paying for an item or service” to send money from a credit card. Once the recipient receives the money, it usually takes just one business day to transfer it to their bank account. The recipient incurs a fee of 2.9% plus $0.30 for accepting a credit card payment. However, be aware that sending money to yourself from a credit card is against PayPal terms of service, so always send money to a friend if you use this method.
Amazon Pay: If you have a friend who is an Amazon merchant, you could use Amazon Pay to send them money from your credit card. They could then return the money or make a purchase on your behalf. Amazon Pay accounts can be linked to bank accounts, credit cards, and debit cards. Simply ask the recipient for their Amazon merchant name, then make sure you label your payment as "goods and services." Otherwise, your credit card company will charge you for a cash advance. Amazon charges 2.9% plus $0.30 per web/mobile transaction.
Square’s Cash App: After you download the app, link your credit card to the app account. With the phone number of the recipient, you can make a payment by simply tapping the "Pay" button. Using a credit card to send money would incur a 3% fee, which is added to the payment total.
We recommend using these platforms only with people you know and trust. It’s also important to note that credit card transactions made from person to person through mobile-payment and money-transfer services may be considered cash advances by the card issuer. That would make the process of transferring money from a credit card to a bank account more expensive.
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