You can request to do a Navy Federal balance transfer when you apply for any NFCU credit card. If you already have a Navy Federal card, you can make a transfer request through your online account. The Navy Federal balance transfer fee is $0 (for all cards). The NFCU balance transfer APR could be as low as 0% (intro) or as high as 18% (V), depending on the card.
The best Navy Federal balance transfer credit card is the NFCU Platinum Card because it offers 0% for 12 months on balance transfers and has a $0 annual fee in addition to its $0 transfer fee. There are no other 0% balance transfer credit cards from Navy Federal. But all NFCU cards have fairly low regular APRs.
Navy Federal Balance Transfers:
Best balance transfer card: The Navy Federal Platinum Card offers 0% for 12 months on balance transfers. No other NFCU cards have 0% rates, but regular APRs range from 7.74% - 18% (V).
Fees: No balance transfer fees on any Navy Federal credit card.
Timeline: It should take about two weeks for your Navy Federal balance transfer to be completed.
Ways to request: You can ask for a balance transfer on the application for a new NFCU card. You can request one for an existing card online or through the mobile app.
Information required: You need the account number for the balance you’re transferring, plus the name and address of that account’s issuer, along with the amount you want to transfer.
How to request online: Sign in to your account. Click the “Transfers” tab. Click “Make a Credit Card Balance Transfer” at the bottom right. Fill in the required information. Submit your request.
How to request in-app: In the Navy Federal Credit Union mobile app, go to “Account Management,” then “Balance Transfer.” Input the required information and submit your request.
If you do a Navy Federal balance transfer, be sure to continue making monthly payments to your old issuer if the due date comes up before your balance transfer is completed. Otherwise, you risk being marked as late. Any additional payments you make to your old issuer will be credited to your NFCU card once the transfer processes.
Balance transfers usually take 15 to 25 days from when you submit a balance transfer credit card application. But depending on the issuer, it could take as few as 3 days or as many as 42. To make a balance transfer take as little time as possible, apply online so the issuer can review your application sooner.… read full answer
How Long a Balance Transfer Takes by Credit Card Company:
How Long a Transfer Takes
Usually 5-7 days, but up to 6 weeks
Bank of America
Up to 14 business days
Up to 10 business days
Usually 3-14 business days
Usually within a week, but up to 21 days
Up to 10 business days
7 days for existing accounts, 14 for new accounts
10 business days for existing accounts, 15-20 for new accounts
While you wait for your balance transfer approval, it is important to keep making payments toward the balance being transferred. You should send these to your original creditor. If you don’t, your balance could be reported as past-due. This might damage your credit standing and put the transfer at risk.
Once the credit card transfer is finalized, you will see a credit listed on your original account. It will look like a payment was made. And your old balance will be listed on your new balance transfer credit card account. Remember, unless you have a 0% transfer card, interest will start to accrue as soon as your balance gets transferred.
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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