The Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card has introductory APRs of 0% for 15 months for purchases and balance transfers. Once the intro periods expire, any remaining balance on the Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card will be subject to the regular APR of 15.24% - 23.99% (V).
It’s important to remember that even though you don’t pay interest during 0% APR periods, you still must make timely minimum payments each month. You should also consider paying more than the minimum, since you’ll want to pay off the credit card balance before the regular APR kicks in. And you should also consider the balance transfer fee if you plan to transfer a balance to this card: Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater in the first 60 days (5%, min $5 after). For help planning your payments, try out WalletHub’s Credit Card Calculator.
The Chase Freedom Unlimited 0% APR offer is an introductory rate of 0% for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers, which is a pretty good deal.
It’s worth noting that the regular APR is 15.24% - 23.99% (V) which applies after the intro period concludes, plus there is a balance transfer fee: Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater in the first 60 days (5%, min $5 after).
A 0% APR (also known as zero interest) means that you pay no interest on new purchases and/or balance transfers for a certain period of time. The best 0% APR credit cards give 15-18 months without interest. But the average 0% APR intro period is about 12 months for cards offering 0% purchases. And it’s around 13 months for the average card with 0% on transfers.… read full answer
A 0% APR does not keep you away from monthly payments, nor does it completely remove interest out of the equation. You still have to make monthly minimum payments to keep your 0% APR. And if you don’t pay off your balance by the end of the 0% intro period, you’ll have to pay interest on whatever balance remains. The penalty is even worse with many retailers’ 0% financing offers. If you don’t pay off your full balance in time, interest will retroactively apply to your entire original balance – as if the 0% APR was never there.
There are a few other things you should keep in mind when thinking about 0% APRs, too.
0% APR Key Takeaways
You pay no interest on your purchases and/or balance transfers for the duration of the introductory APR period, which depends on the card.
0% APRs make debt cheaper to pay off, which helps you get out of debt faster.
A 0% APR does not free you from the responsibility of making monthly payments. You must pay at least your monthly minimum to avoid being classified as late. Late payments damage your credit score.
0% credit cards tend to have fairly high regular APRs. So, you should strive to bring your balance to zero by the end of the 0% APR period, when regular rates take effect.
It’s also important to note that you won’t only find 0% APRs on credit cards. You may see auto loans with them, for example. Just be sure to always read the terms in detail before signing. You don’t want to end up with deferred interest instead of a true 0% APR.
It is also worth noting that some store credit cards offer 0% interest for 36 months or even more. But there’s a catch called deferred interest. If you don’t pay the balance off within the 0% promotional period, interest is applied to the original balance – like it was there from the start. That means you owe all the interest you would have owed since the date of purchase. That said, if you can make a plan to pay everything back before the intro period ends, some store cards with deferred interest are decent.
While there aren’t any traditional 0% APR credit cards with no interest for 36 months, there are plenty of attractive alternatives.
Here are some of the longest 0% interest credit cards right now:
0% for up to 21 months from account opening intro APR on purchases and 0% for up to 21 months from account opening on qualifying balance transfers. Balance transfer fee: 3% intro for 120 days, then up to 5% (min $5). 13.74% - 25.74% Variable regular APR.
0% deferred intro APR for 6 - 24 months, depending on the type and amount of the purchase.
Credit card companies make money off of consumers paying interest, so a 0% interest credit card for 36-months is like the bigfoot of credit cards. In other words, you won’t find one now and you probably won’t in the future. You’re much more likely to see 36-month terms on personal loans, auto loans, and deferred interest.
If you need to borrow money for an extended period of time, such as 36 months, then a personal loan might be a reasonable alternative. While you won’t find a zero interest offer for 36 months on a loan, you could pay an APR as low as 5%, depending on your creditworthiness. And you might even be able to get longer repayment terms.
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