Asking for a lower interest rate on a credit card could affect your credit score if the card’s issuer needs to do a hard inquiry into your credit history to determine whether or not you qualify for the lower rate. A hard inquiry will typically drop your credit score by a few points, and it can only affect your score for up to 12 months. So the potential negative impact is minimal. That said, receiving a lower interest rate may indirectly help raise your credit score if the new rate allows you to pay off your balance faster.
It’s worth noting that interest rates aren’t reported to credit bureaus and have no direct impact on your credit score. A hard inquiry is the only reason your credit score would drop after requesting a lower rate, and asking your card issuer for a lower rate won’t always trigger a hard inquiry. A hard inquiry only happens if they need more detailed information about your credit history to address your request. Card issuers seem to make this decision on a case-by-case basis.
If you are thinking about calling your card issuer to ask for a lower interest rate, and you’re concerned about the impact to your credit score, make sure to ask the rep about it along with your request.
Hi! Yes! It is definitely worth calling and asking them. You may need to make more than one call until you get a person who has the authority to make that change, but it can't hurt to call and ask. I'd do a bit of research first to see what the interest ranges are that the credit card company operates in so that you know where you might fall. You could also send an email or letter to ask.… read full answer
You also might want to see if there is a format or form provided online by your credit card company to request a lowered interest rate – that site will provide specific information to help you succeed in your request.
I feel as if it never hurts to ask for discounts and good deals. Many of us shy about doing this - I often am - but if you can get your courage up and try, you may be successful. Good luck to you!
When asking for a lower APR on your credit card, persistence is key. Your request may not be granted after the first call. There’s no guarantee, but it certainly never hurts to call back later, and to ask to speak with a supervisor. However, you will need a legitimate reason in order to be successful. Before calling your card’s customer service number to make your request, there are certain steps you can take to maximize your chances of approval.… read full answer
First of all, make sure that your payment history with your credit card company has been consistent for at least six months. This way, you can point to your history of being a good customer when speaking to the representative. Make sure you check your credit, as well – you can do that for free by signing up for a WalletHub account.
If you find that it is less than optimal and did not improve much since you opened your account, try to enhance your credit score before asking for a lower APR. An increase in your credit score will signal to your lender that you are more likely to repay what you owe, so they may be more willing to meet your requests.
Lastly, do your homework. Know your current credit card terms, and research and compare credit card terms and rates from numerous companies. This will give you more bargaining power when you make the call. If you do not succeed in lowering your APR, you could consider applying for a balance transfer card. A credit card with a 0 percent introductory APR offer for balance transfers is a great alternative to saving money on your debt repayment.
A good interest rate on a credit card is around 14%. That is roughly the average regular interest rate on credit cards for people with excellent credit. Even a relatively good interest rate on credit cards for people with lower scores is not all that low. For example, credit card users with good or fair credit could pay interest at an annual rate of 20%+ and still have a below-average APR. Better-than-average for a credit card overall isn’t much below 20%, either. That’s why the best interest rate on a credit card is 0%.… read full answer
There are two ways to get the best possible credit card interest rate: 0%. For starters, lots of credit cards offer 0% APR periods as introductory perks for new customers. They can be a great help to people looking to finance a large purchase or transfer a debt to pay it off faster. But those intro periods are always temporary. Most (but not all) 0% APR credit cards require good credit or better, too.
The second way to avoid credit card interest altogether is to pay your full statement balance by the due date every billing period. Setting up automatic monthly bill payments from a bank account can be a big help with that. You can also try the Island Approach, which is a method of using multiple credit cards for different expenses. For example, you could use your lowest-rate card—maybe even a card with a 0% APR period—for things you’ll need to pay off over a period of time, and a rewards card for everyday purchases that you pay off every month. That way, you wouldn’t pay interest at all, no matter what rate you have on the rewards card.
There is also a number of things you can do to raise your credit score and, in turn, get a better shot at a good interest rate on your next credit card. Because if a low credit card APR is your objective, it truly pays to have an “excellent” credit score of 750 or higher.
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