Yes, Citibank does refund annual fees, as long as cardholders cancel their account within 37 days of when the fee is assessed. It’s sometimes possible to get a Citibank annual fee refunded or waived due to financial hardship or active military status, too. Otherwise, if you try to get a refund on your annual fee after 37 days, Citibank may be able to offer you a prorated refund, though you won’t get the whole fee back.
How to Get a Citibank Annual Fee Refund
Call credit card customer service at 1-800-950-5114 within 37 days of the fee being charged.
Ask the representative to cancel your account.
Request a refund for the annual fee.
Receive the refunded fee as a credit or check.
If you decide to cancel your Citibank card in order to get an annual fee refund, just make sure you’ve redeemed any credit card rewards and paid your balance in full before you cancel. And if you want to see how this move might affect your credit score, try WalletHub’s free credit score simulator.
It’s easy to get a credit card annual fee waived. You just have to pick the right card. Lots of credit cards waive the annual fee during the first year as a promotion, and many have no annual fee at all. But beyond that, you’re unlikely to get your credit card’s annual fee waived unless you’re an active-duty member of the military. Still, it never hurts to ask, even if success is a long shot.… read full answer
Being well-informed about your rights and alternative credit card options definitely will help your chances. And you can find the most important info below.Here’s how to get a credit card annual fee waived:
• If you’re employed full-time by the U.S. military, call your issuer and tell them you’d like your SCRA benefits. Exactly how the process works differs by company, but they will ask you to prove your active military status. For example, you might provide a copy of your active duty orders. Once you send the issuer proof, they should waive your annual fee as well as reduce your interest rate. When applying for a card, there’s sometimes a box you can check to indicate your military status, too.
• If you’re not in in the military, you can still ask your card’s issuer to waive or lower its annual fee. Long-time customers and high-spenders with great credit who always pay in full likely have the best chance.
• It’s a common credit card promotion to waive the annual fee for the first year your account is open. This will be noted on the offer when you apply, though. It’s not something you have to ask for.
• If you really want to avoid fees, get a no annual fee credit card. Hundreds are available, including cards with rewards and 0% APRs. You might be able to get a better deal overall by paying an annual fee for more rewards.
Since annual fees help pay for the benefits credit cards provide, issuers aren’t eager to waive them. But there’s no penalty for asking. And if you’re in the military, you should definitely take advantage of the waiver you’ve earned with your service.
When you cancel a credit card, your credit score could fall in the short term, depending on how old the account is and how much other credit you have. But canceling a credit card account might also benefit your credit score in the long run if you manage the rest of your finances better as a result of having one fewer account to worry about.… read full answer
Why canceling a credit card could hurt your credit score temporarily:
One way canceling a credit card account could hurt your credit score is if it reduces the amount of credit that you have available and thus increases your overall credit utilization. Keeping utilization low is key for a good credit score. So closing a high-limit credit card account will hurt your score more than closing a low-limit account, all else being equal.
Another way canceling a credit card account could hurt your credit score is if it brings down the average age of your accounts. That can make it seem like your credit history is shorter than it really is. Closing one of your oldest accounts will lead to more credit score damage than closing a newer one.
Plus, you’ll have one fewer account reporting positive information to the credit bureaus each month, assuming the credit card you cancel was in good standing.
Why canceling a credit card might still make sense:
Despite the potential for short-term credit score damage, canceling a credit card can still be the right decision. For example, if you’re paying an annual fee for a card you don’t use, and you’re not planning to apply for a mortgage or car loan in next few months, it’s probably better to close the account. Credit scores usually rebound within 3-6 months after canceling a credit card. And if you don’t plan to borrow during that time, you don’t have to worry about that drop.
But an unused credit card with no annual fee is another story. Even a credit card with zero balance still reports positive info to the credit bureaus on a monthly basis. That means it’s an asset to your credit score.
In any case, you should know all the facts before you cancel a credit card, so you can make an informed decision. We’ll summarize the key considerations below.
Here’s what happens to your credit score when you cancel a credit card:
Credit score drops: Your credit score often goes down because the average age of your open accounts decreases and your overall utilization increases (since you have less available credit).
Scores bounce back: Your credit score should rebound within 3-6 months of canceling your credit card account. Make sure to have at least one open credit card remaining and pay all your bills on time.
What happens if you don’t cancel: A credit card that is in good standing will continue to help your credit score. Even if you don’t make purchases with it, it will still report positive information to the credit bureaus each month. This is definitely worth considering if your card does not charge an annual fee.
Age matters: Closing newer accounts won’t have as much of an impact as closing older ones.
Limit matters: Closing low-limit accounts won’t do as much damage as closing high-limit ones.
When score drops matter: If you don’t need the best score possible for the 3-6 months it usually takes credit scores to bounce back after credit card cancelation, the temporary drop shouldn’t cost you anything.
Bottom Line: Avoid canceling your oldest card and your card with the highest credit limit. That will mitigate the amount of credit score damage. And if you have to close your oldest or highest-limit card, make sure you do it at a time when you don’t need your credit score to be at its best.
You should have at least one credit card for good credit because simply having an open credit card account is the most efficient way to build and maintain a good (or even excellent) credit score. But the actual number of credit cards you have doesn’t make up a huge part of your credit score – roughly 5%-10%. The … read full answermore important factors are your payment history, the total amount of your debts, and the total of your credit limits.
As a result, having fewer credit cards that you use responsibly is better than having more cards yet worse performance. But if you have multiple credit cards and use them all responsibly, by paying your bills in full by the due date every month and not maxing out your credit limits, then having multiple credit cards will absolutely help promote good credit.
Here’s how that works: Multiple credit cards means more total credit. More total credit gives you a bit more leeway with your credit utilization (the amount of credit you’re using vs. the amount extended to you). Utilization – overall and of each credit account separately – makes up about 20% of your credit score, so it’s best to keep that number low. And simply paying your bill on-time makes up about 35%-40% of a good credit score. The more on-time payments you have on your credit report, the better it is for your credit score.
If you’re planning on getting multiple credit cards to boost your credit score, it’s worth considering that the age of your credit accounts makes up roughly 15% of your score. Credit age matters because a longer credit history means you have more experience with credit in general, and lenders have more information to assess when determining your creditworthiness. If you add a few new cards to your history, your score may take a hit because your average credit age will get younger.
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