Yes, you can transfer a personal loan balance to the Capital One Quicksilver card, as long as the balance transfer is not done between accounts issued or acquired by Capital One or any of its affiliates.
What is also worth noting is that the amount that you can transfer to your Capital One Quicksilver depends on the credit limit you’re approved for.
Having said that, please keep in mind that Capital One Quicksilver comes with a reduced intro APR for balance transfers: 0% for 15 months. Also, the card’s regular APR will apply to any balance transfer you make after the intro period ends, which is 17.99% - 27.99% (V), depending on your credit standing. Also, the balance transfer fee will be 3% if you make the transfer when the 0% APR is in effect.
If you are thinking about transferring your personal loan to a credit card, you can check out our editors’ latest picks for the best balance transfer cards on the market and weigh your options.
No, balance transfers do not hurt your credit score directly, though transferring a balance can indirectly lead to credit score damage. When you apply for a balance transfer credit card, for example, it will generate a hard inquiry on your credit report, causing a slight dip in your credit score.
If you transfer a balance to an existing credit card account, however, there is no hard inquiry and no credit score damage. A balance transfer could still result in high credit utilization, though, and allow you to rack up more debt than you can afford to repay. Both of those things can hurt your credit score.
So, the act of transferring a balance itself won’t affect your credit, but it will indirectly alter several key components of your credit profile, from utilization to the age of your accounts. These changes might lower your score a bit in the short term. But over time, interest savings and the ability to pay off your debt faster should make transferring a balance a net positive for your credit score.
How Balance Transfers Can Help or Hurt Your Credit Score
Credit Inquiries Hurt: If you apply for a new balance transfer card, the resulting hard inquiry will likely cause a slight dip in your credit score for up to 12 months.
Lower Account Age Hurts: Adding a new balance transfer card will reduce the overall age of your accounts, which can have a slight negative impact on your score.
Increased Utilization Hurts: Keep an eye on how the transfer affects your account’s credit utilization. Making a transfer will usually add 3%-5% to your debt due to balance transfer fees. If your utilization is over 30% of your credit limit, that’s not good for your score.
Missed Payments Hurt: If you don’t continue to make payments to your original creditor while the balance transfer is being processed, your credit score will suffer. Balance transfers can take up to three weeks, or be completed in just a few days, after you make a request or apply for a card.
Reduced Utilization Helps: If you leave your old credit card(s) open, adding a new card will reduce your utilization ratio across all accounts, assuming no additional spending. The utilization on the card you transferred the balance from will drop, and it will increase on the card you transferred the debt to.
Low Interest Helps: Balance transfer cards often have 0% introductory APRs. This gives you the chance to pay off your balance faster, since the full amount of your payments will go to the principal rather than interest. This is good for your score long-term.
Less Debt Helps: A balance transfer can help you reduce your debt load. That’s important because how much debt you owe is a key ingredient in your credit score. The less, the better, since people with little-to-no debt are in a more stable position financially.
Balance transfers won’t hurt your credit by themselves. But they affect other elements of your credit that could bring your score down a little temporarily. Still, the benefits will outweigh the negatives in the long run, as long as you plan to repay most, if not all, of your balance during your card’s low introductory APR period.
Where people get into trouble is trying to use a balance transfer to support unsustainable spending habits, thinking 0% balance transfer credit card offers are always available. They’re not, and learning that the hard way is a very expensive mistake. So make sure to use a balance transfer calculator to make a payment plan.
The Capital One Quicksilver credit limit depends on your income, creditworthiness and payment history. According to anecdotal reports, the card’s credit limit can be as low as $750 and as high as $10,000. However, Capital One does not list a minimum or maximum credit limit in the card’s terms and conditions.
If you want to aim for a higher credit limit, there are a number of areas you should focus on improving.… read full answer
Biggest Factors Affecting Capital One Quicksilver Credit Limits
Your payment history. If you’ve consistently paid your bills on time, creditors will view you as more trustworthy and will be more likely to extend you higher credit lines.
Income and assets vs. existing debt. The more money you have available for bill payments, the more comfortable a lender will feel.
Rent or mortgage payments. If these payments take up too much of your monthly income, you’ll have less to spend on credit card bills.
You need at least good credit to get approved. The better your credit is, the higher you can expect your spending limit to be.
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