A cash advance is a service offered by credit card issuers that gives cardholders access to a portion of their credit line via cash withdrawal or, in some cases, a paper check provided by the issuer. The most common way to do a credit card cash advance is by making an ATM withdrawal. To do that, you will need to request a PIN from your card’s issuer.
Credit card cash advances should be reserved for emergencies only, as they are very expensive. Cash advance fees tend to be at least $5-$15, depending on the credit card company. APRs are usually in the 20%-36% range. Cash advances also don’t get any kind of grace period, so they immediately start accruing interest.
Although our world has been moving toward a cash-less society, there are still times when you might need to pay for something with cash. For those instances, it’s best to use a debit card or a prepaid card that lets you make free cash withdrawals from ATMs, whenever possible.
There are a few ways to get a cash advance on a credit card without a PIN. The easiest way to withdraw cash from a credit card without a PIN is to visit a bank that does business with your credit card company, ask the teller for a cash advance, and present your card along with a government-issued photo ID. You could also ask your credit card’s issuer for so-called … read full answercredit access checks, which you can then use to withdraw cash from your credit line.
The other ways to get a cash advance on a credit card without a PIN are to purchase a money order from the likes of MoneyGram or Western Union, or link your credit card account to a service such as Amazon Pay. Alternatively, using an app such as Venmo, PayPal or Cash App can also help you pay people and businesses that can’t accept credit cards directly. Those services often charge a fee for using a credit card, but the transaction may actually be processed as a payment rather than a cash advance.
To get a cash advance with a credit card at an ATM, however, you need a PIN. But getting one is easy. If you didn’t create a PIN when you activated your card, you should be able to call customer service, choose your number and get it set it up right away. Some issuers, such as Bank of America and Discover, also let you set a PIN online.
Whether or not you use a PIN, you’ll want to be careful about cash advances. They typically charge high interest rates and a 3%-5% fee. Plus, there’s no grace period, so interest starts accruing as soon as you complete the transaction. But unforeseen circumstances arise for everyone, so here are your options if you need cash but don’t have a PIN.
How to Withdraw Cash From a Credit Card Without a PIN:
Bank teller: You can get a cash advance without a PIN at a bank branch, but you’ll need both your credit card and a government issued photo ID like a driver’s license or passport.
Access checks: If your credit card issuer has sent you access, or convenience, checks, you can use them to withdraw cash at any bank that accepts them. Access checks are blank checks that draw on your credit line rather than your checking account. Some issuers send access checks without being asked, but you can also request them by calling customer service. Keep in mind that access checks are subject to the same high APRs and lack of grace periods as cash advances.
Money-transfer service: You can buy a money order with a credit card from a service such as Western Union or MoneyGram. This would allow you to transfer funds to a recipient using just a phone number or email address. It won’t give you cash on the spot, but it could make it possible to ultimately spend part of your credit line in cash if you transfer the money to the right person. The transaction likely will be treated as a cash advance, however.
Digital payment service: Apps such as PayPal,Venmo and Cash App allow you to make payments from a linked credit card account. That could remove the need to withdraw cash altogether, though these services usually charge a fee. The transaction may or may not be considered a cash advance, too, depending on the service and the credit card. Similarly, you can link a credit card to an Amazon Pay account and pay a merchant that way. The merchant needs an Amazon "Recipient Name," however. And if you don’t mark the payment as being for "goods and services," the transaction will be considered a cash advance.
So, there are a handful of different ways to get a cash advance on a credit card without a PIN. Just remember that cash advances tend to be quite expensive and should be reserved for emergencies.
If you need a way to access cash on a regular basis, it’s best to look for a cheaper, more sustainable alternative. Two options in particular are good for the job, though each will usually require a PIN of its own.
For example, you could just get cash with a debit card. You won’t be able to borrow money with a debit card, but it would enable you to make purchases from cash-only merchants. Just go to an ATM or make a small purchase at a store and select the cash back option.
Using a prepaid card is another possibility. A prepaid card is like a checking account with a debit card, minus the checkbook. You can use it to make purchases directly or to withdraw cash from ATMs. But it only allows you to use your own money and doesn’t help you build credit.
Cash advances are costly. Not only do they bear very high interest rates, but they also come with hefty cash advance fees.
First, for a cash advance of $1,000, you'll be charged a flat rate fee of about $30 (it's usually around 3% of the advance and you get charged for each advance, no matter how much money you withdraw). Then, interest will start accruing from the moment you perform the withdrawal. The interest would be about 82 cents per day (as your daily interest rate is your APR/365). But it would slightly increase every day as the interest would compound, meaning you'd pay interest on the interest you've already accrued. So you're looking at about $35 interest for the first month.… read full answer
The bottom line is that you'll have to pay a total of $65+ in fees only for the $1,000 cash advance after the first month so is that it's best to avoid credit card cash advances unless it's an emergency. And if you must get one, pay it off as soon as possible.
WalletHub Answers is a free service that helps consumers access financial information. Information on WalletHub Answers is provided “as is” and should not be considered financial, legal or investment advice. WalletHub is not a financial advisor, law firm, “lawyer referral service,” or a substitute for a financial advisor, attorney, or law firm. You may want to hire a professional before making any decision. WalletHub does not endorse any particular contributors and cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of any information posted. The helpfulness of a financial advisor's answer is not indicative of future advisor performance.
WalletHub members have a wealth of knowledge to share, and we encourage everyone to do so while respecting our content guidelines. Please keep in mind that editorial and user-generated content on this page is not reviewed or otherwise endorsed by any financial institution. In addition, it is not a financial institution’s responsibility to ensure all posts and questions are answered.
Ad Disclosure: Certain offers that appear on this site originate from paying advertisers, and this will be noted on an offer’s details page using the designation "Sponsored", where applicable. Advertising may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). At WalletHub we try to present a wide array of offers, but our offers do not represent all financial services companies or products.