Here’s what you should know before requesting a Wells Fargo balance transfer:
Wells Fargo will require information about the account you want to transfer the balance from, such as the name of the lender and the account number, as well as the amount you want to transfer.
The available credit on your Wells Fargo credit card must be able to accommodate the balance plus a balance transfer fee.
Once you submit your Wells Fargo credit card balance transfer request, you will get an email confirming that Wells Fargo received it. Then, within 7 to 10 business days, you will be notified if the transfer has been accepted. In the meantime, you should continue to make any required payments on the account from which you are transferring the balance.
If you don’t have a Wells Fargo credit card yet, there will be an opportunity to request a balance transfer on the application. You’ll just need to provide the same information as existing cardholders – the details of the account from which you want to transfer the balance and the amount. When you find out your approval status, you should also find out whether the transfer was approved.
A Wells Fargo credit card balance transfer is a good way to pay off a variety of existing debts. You can transfer balances from credit cards, personal loans, personal lines of credit, auto loans and home equity loans. However, you cannot transfer a balance from one Wells Fargo account to another.
The best way to do a balance transfer is to apply for a new credit card with a low balance transfer APR and low fees. If your balance transfer credit card application is approved, the new card's issuer will pay your original creditor for the amount transferred. You will then owe that amount, plus a … read full answerbalance transfer fee of 0% - 3%, to the balance transfer card's issuer. If you repay the full amount of your balance transfer before the new card's high regular APR takes effect, you could save a lot of money on finance charges and get out of debt sooner.
Keep in mind that balance transfers can take a while to process, as long as six weeks in some cases. So it's important to keep making payments to your original creditor until the transfer goes through. Otherwise, you risk late fees and credit score damage.
How to do a balance transfer:
Check your credit score. Balance transfer credit cards with 0% APRs usually require good credit or better for approval. Knowing your score will make it easier to compare relevant credit card offers.
Find the best balance transfer card for you. Compare cards based on their balance transfer APRs, balance transfer fees, and annual fees. Also, consider how much you can afford to pay each month. Using a balance transfer calculator can help.
Apply for your balance transfer card. Fill out the application with your personal and financial information, including the section of the application for requesting a balance transfer. Provide the account number and the amount you want to transfer to make the request. It's best to ask for a balance transfer when you apply because promotional 0% APR periods start as soon as the account opens.
Keep making payments. Keep up payments to your original creditor until the balance transfer goes through, or you could be marked as past-due. You will be credited for any payments made during this period after the transfer gets processed.
Receive a decision: The issuer may allow you to transfer the full amount that you request or offer to transfer part of the balance instead. Or, your balance transfer request could be denied, depending on your creditworthiness and available funds. It may take a few weeks to get a decision.
Pay the rest of the balance. Try to pay off a transferred balance before your new credit card's low introductory APR expires. A high regular rate will apply to any balance remaining at that time. If you still have a balance on your original account, continue repaying that as well.
It's also good to note that you can transfer multiple balances to the same credit card. But that can lead to paying a lot in balance transfer fees and interest, if you're not careful.
Now that you've learned how to do a balance transfer, you're on your way to saving money on interest and getting out of debt. For more tips and info, check out WalletHub's in-depth balance transfer guide.
To do a balance transfer with the Wells Fargo Reflect® Card, new applicants can just complete the balance transfer portion of the Wells Fargo Reflect application. Existing cardholders can request a balance transfer online or by calling customer service at (800) 642-4720.
Wells Fargo Reflect balance transfers usually take 10 business days to process. In the meantime, continue to make payments on your original debt to avoid any late fees and possible damage to your credit score.… read full answer
How to Do a Balance Transfer with Wells Fargo Reflect (New Applicants)
Open the Wells Fargo Reflect application.
Enter the account number for your existing balance.
Enter the amount you want to transfer.
Include standard application info such as your name, Social Security number, and annual income.
Submit the application.
How to Do a Balance Transfer with Wells Fargo Reflect (Existing Cardholders)
Log in to your Wells Fargo Reflect account.
Select “Manage Cards” from the Accounts menu.
Choose your preferred offer.
Enter the account number(s) and the amount(s) you’d like to transfer.
Verify your information is correct and submit the application.
Key Things to Know About a Wells Fargo Reflect Balance Transfer
The Wells Fargo Reflect card accepts balance transfers from other credit cards, along with loans and other lines of credit. The Wells Fargo Reflect card does not allow balance transfers from other Wells Fargo credit accounts.
If you’re transferring a balance to a credit card with an introductory APR on balance transfers, try to pay off the balance before the introductory rate expires. Any balance remaining after that will accumulate interest daily at the card’s regular APR. Using a balance transfer calculator can be a big help.
Finally, there is a 3% intro for 120 days, then up to 5% (min $5) fee on Wells Fargo Reflect balance transfers. Make sure to take this into account, too.
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.
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