There’s no hard-and-fast rule about how many balance transfers you can do. But individual issuers may have their own policies. For instance, you can request up to three balance transfers when applying for the BankAmericard® credit card. Your credit line will also limit the number of balance transfers you’re able to do. The total dollar amount that you can transfer to a credit card can’t exceed the credit limit you’re approved for. You won’t be able to transfer a $10,000 balance to a credit card with a $5,000 limit, for example.
It’s also worth noting that even the best balance transfer credit cards offer money-saving terms only for a limited time. Zero percent transfer deals, and other low introductory APRs, expire after a certain number of months following account opening. And fairly high regular APRs tend to take their place. Some cards have promotional balance transfer fees, too, requiring you to transfer your balance within the first 60 days to maximize your savings. So you don’t want to space out your balance transfers too much because the longer you wait, the less you’re likely to save.
Finally, you can’t count on another 0% balance transfer credit card being available to bail you out at the end of your current card’s interest-free intro period. That means you should only transfer an amount that you can afford to pay off before regular rates kick in.
You can do multiple balance transfers to the same card, as long as the amounts transferred and any transfer fees do not exceed the card’s credit limit. Remember that a separate transfer fee applies to each balance that you transfer. Some issuers may also have their own restrictions.
Although you can transfer balances from multiple credit cards or various types of loans to a single credit card, the same creditor can’t be on both sides of the transfer. For example, you cannot transfer a balance from one Chase credit card to another.… read full answer
Balance transfers usually take 7-10 days to complete. You should keep making payments on the accounts you’re transferring balances from until the transfers post to your new account. Otherwise, you may get hit with late fees.
A balance transfer is a good idea if you have good or excellent credit and make an affordable payment plan prior to applying. You generally need good credit or better to get a 0% balance transfer credit card, though these introductory periods are temporary. Most balance transfer cards have very high regular APRs, making it important to repay what you owe before the 0% period ends.… read full answer
You’ll also want to make sure the new card’s balance transfer fee is as low as possible. The average fee is just under 3%. But, from time to time, there are credit cards that have both 0% APR on balance transfers and no balance transfer fee.
When you transfer balances on credit cards, what happens is that the new credit card’s issuer pays your original creditor for the amount transferred. Once the balance is transferred, you will owe your debt to the issuer of the balance transfer card. You can transfer most types of debt to credit cards, including balances from car loans, student loans, HELOCs, mortgages, and other credit cards. Not all issuers allow all types of transfers, though. Plus, the amount you transfer cannot exceed your new card’s balance transfer limit, which may or may not be the same as the overall credit limit.… read full answer
People usually transfer a balance on a credit card to take advantage of lower interest rates, especially 0% APR transfer offers. These give you a certain number of months after account opening to repay your balance without interest. However, transferring a balance usually involves a fee: 3% to 5% of the amount transferred is the norm.
Here’s what happens when you transfer a balance on a credit card:
The card issuer transfers funds: Once your transfer application is accepted, the card issuer will typically send a check to the old credit card or loan issuer.
The debt moves to a new issuer: You now no longer owe the balance to your old creditor. Instead, you owe it to the issuer of the balance transfer card. Ideally, the card should have a lower APR.
The card issuer charges monthly payments: Your monthly statement will tell you the minimum you must pay to keep your account in good standing, but it’s best to pay off as much as you can each month. Try to pay off your entire balance by the end of any 0% intro period, or you’ll owe interest.
Interest accrues: Ideally, your balance transfer card will have a long 0% interest period. But once that period ends, you will owe interest at the card’s regular APR on any balance that remains. Interest compounds daily.
When selecting a balance transfer credit card, look for an APR that will lower the overall cost to repay your debt. Consider any introductory rate and how long it will last, along with the regular APR, how long it will take you to pay what you owe, and the fees involved.
If you’re transferring multiple debts, be aware that each may incur its own transfer fee. You should also be sure to check your credit score and only apply for a card with good odds of approval. Applying for a new card will make your credit score dip temporarily.
Once you request a balance transfer, remember to keep making payments on your old loan or credit card while your transfer processes, so that you aren’t marked as late.
When you transfer balances on credit cards, your goal should be to save money while getting debt-free sooner. There may be fees, and applying for new cards gives your credit rating a small hit. But in the long run, the potential to pay off your debt faster can help your score and your wallet overall.
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