To initiate a transfer, call Capital One at (800) 227-4825 or log into your online account. Any balances you transfer will receive a transfer APR and post to your account's purchase segment.
A balance transfer typically takes 3-14 days, depending on whether your request can be completed electronically or by mail. Your account may not always be eligible for transfers, that's why you should give Capital One a call in advance.
Of course, transfers between Capital One accounts are not allowed.
The Capital One Platinum credit limit is $300 or more, depending on your creditworthiness. So as long as you’re approved for the card, you’re guaranteed at least a $300 spending limit. But if your credit score and income exceed what Capital One is looking for, you could definitely start off with a higher limit.… read full answer
Keep in mind that you aren’t stuck with your starting Capital One Platinum credit limit forever. Capital One may increase your limit if you make your first 6 payments on time. You can also request an increase yourself. Many users report their limits increasing over time.
Here are some Capital One Platinum credit limit details:
You’re guaranteed a credit limit of at least $300 if you’re approved for Capital One Platinum.
Capital One Platinum accepts applicants with limited. If you have good credit or a lot of income relative to your debt, you’ll likely start with a higher limit.
Capital One may increase your credit limit after you make your first 6 monthly payments on time. After the first 6 months, they will review your account periodically to see if you deserve a higher limit. Pay more than the minimum each month, if possible, to boost your chances.
You can request a credit limit increase yourself by calling customer service at (800) 227-4825. You can also log into your Capital One account. Just choose “Request Credit Line Increase” from the “Services” tab. You’ll have to provide information about your income and employment for Capital One to make their decision.
So, you’ll get $300+ from Capital One Platinum to start. If you use your card responsibly, you’ll provide yourself with opportunities to increase your limit. But it’s best not to ask for an increase before six months of on-time payments, as you’ll probably be denied. If you do request an increase, Capital One may generate a hard inquiry, or “hard pull,” of your credit report. This will cause a slight drop in your credit score. That’s pretty standard.
Balance transfers don’t hurt your credit score directly, but transferring a balance can indirectly cause credit score damage. When you apply for a balance transfer credit card, it will generate a hard inquiry on your credit report, causing a slight dip in your credit score. If you transfer a balance to an existing credit card account, however, there is no hard inquiry and no credit score damage. A balance transfer could still result in high credit utilization, though, and even allow you to rack up more debt than you can afford, if you’re not careful. Both of those things can hurt your credit score.… read full answer
So, the act of transferring a balance itself won’t affect your credit, but it will indirectly alter several key components of your credit profile, from utilization to the age of your accounts. These changes might lower your score a bit in the short term. But over time, interest savings and the ability to pay off your debt faster should make transferring a balance a net positive for your credit score.
How Balance Transfers Can Help or Hurt Your Credit Score
Balance transfers can take up to three weeks, or be completed in just a few days, after you make a request or apply for a card. Transfers to new accounts may take longer than existing accounts. Continue making payments on your original account in the meantime to avoid hurting your credit score.
If you apply for a new balance transfer card, the resulting hard inquiry will likely cause a slight dip in your credit score for up to 12 months.
Adding a new balance transfer card will reduce the overall age of your accounts, which can have a slight negative impact on your score.
Keep an eye on how the transfer affects your account’s credit utilization. Making a transfer will usually add 3%-5% to your debt due to balance transfer fees. If your utilization is over 30% of your credit limit, that’s not good for your score.
If you leave your old credit card(s) open, adding a new card will reduce your utilization ratio across all accounts, assuming no additional spending. The utilization on the card you transferred the balance from will drop, and it will increase on the card you transferred the debt to.
Balance transfer cards often have 0% introductory APRs. This gives you the chance to pay off your balance faster, since the full amount of your payments will go to the principal rather than interest. This is good for your score long-term.
Balance transfers won’t hurt your credit by themselves. But they affect other elements of your credit that could bring your score down a little temporarily. Still, the benefits will outweigh the negatives in the long run, as long as you plan to repay most, if not all, of your balance during your card’s low introductory APR period.
Where people get into trouble is trying to use a balance transfer to support unsustainable spending habits, thinking 0% balance transfer credit card offers are always available. They’re not, and learning that the hard way is a very expensive mistake. So make sure to use a balance transfer calculator to make a payment plan.
You can transfer a balance to a Capital One credit card at any time, as long as that balance is not coming from another Capital One credit card or loan. Just sign into your account on Capital One’s website (or the Capital One mobile app), navigate to “More Account Services” and select “Transfer a Balance.” At this point, you may even receive a few different combinations of introductory APRs and balance transfer fees to pick from.… read full answer
For example, a Capital One balance transfer offer for an existing customer might include a choice between options like these:
0% for 12 months with a 2% transfer fee
3.99% for 24 months with no transfer fee
Current purchase APR with no transfer fee
However, there’s no guarantee that you will receive special transfer terms for an existing Capital One credit card. And 0% balance transfer promotions for new applicants only last for a certain number of months from the date of account opening. So there’s a good chance you’ll wind up paying interest on your transferred balance at the card’s high regular rate. And you’re unlikely to save money that way.
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