It's always a good idea to think about whether cancelling is a wise move, especially if you have a card that doesn't have an annual fee. Plus, a cancelled credit card will increase your credit utilization and reduce your average account age, and thus may affect your credit score.
To cancel a Visa credit card, call the card issuer’s customer service number and ask a representative to cancel the account. Some card issuers, such as Chase, also allow cardholders to cancel a credit card through a secure messaging portal on their website or mobile app. You cannot cancel a credit card directly through Visa, as it is a card network, not a card issuer.… read full answer
Call the card issuer’s customer service line and ask to cancel your card, or send a cancellation request through the issuer’s secure messaging portal, if available.
Decline any retention offers and confirm cancellation either over the phone or by checking for a response in the secure messaging portal over the next few days.
In most cases, calling the card’s issuer is the best way to cancel a credit card. At first, customer service might try to convince you to downgrade to a card with a lower annual fee or might even offer a retention bonus to tempt you to keep the card. If you’re set on canceling, just reject all these offers and customer service will cancel the Visa card for you.
Closing a credit card with a balance is possible, and it can be beneficial when a credit card company changes your account’s terms for the worse, such as raising the annual fee or APR. It can also be a good idea to remove the credit card itself from the situation if you want to pay off the existing balance without the temptation to spend more. Closing a credit card doesn’t cancel the balance owed, nor does it make the entire balance due immediately. You will have to continue making at least the minimum payment due each billing period until the balance is paid off. But closing the account will prevent you from making new purchases.… read full answer
There are a lot of factors to weigh out when deciding whether or not closing a credit card account is the best idea, so it’s wise not to do it in haste. Before you take action, consider what happens if you cancel a credit card with a balance.
Here’s what happens when you close a credit card with a balance:
You will still owe your balance. You won’t be forced to pay the balance on the closed account right away, but you must continue making at least the minimum payment due each billing period. Interest will still accrue, and the minimum amount due will steadily increase. Every card issuer will have different rules for this situation, and you may find information about it in your card’s terms. If not, you should call customer service to find out as much as you can from your card issuer before agreeing to close the account. If you’re thinking about closing the card so you can finally pay it off, consider a balance transfer, a payment plan with your card issuer, or a credit card consolidation loan.
Any rewards you have earned will likely be lost. Make sure to use any remaining rewards on your existing card, as they’re likely to be forfeited when you close the account. Plus, it can’t hurt to pay down a bit of your balance by redeeming for cash back.
It will affect your credit score. If the credit card is one of your oldest credit accounts, your average credit age will shorten. Your credit utilization could also go up if you have balances on other credit cards, too. Both of these will have a negative effect on your credit score. If you plan on applying for a loan or financing a big purchase anytime soon, check your credit score first to make sure you can afford to take a hit.
All in all, closing a card with a balance is rarely the best option. There are alternatives, but not all of them are available to people of every credit level – such as a good deal on a balance transfer credit card. If you’re willing to endure a potential hit to your credit score in exchange for the long-term health of your finances, closing an account with a balance can be a way to get yourself on track. Just make sure you understand the repayment terms before you act. Closing a credit card with a balance does not get you out of paying that balance.
Yes, closing credit accounts can hurt your credit score in the short term, depending on how old the accounts are and how much other credit you have. But canceling a credit card account might also benefit your credit score in the long run if you manage the rest of your finances better as a result of having one fewer account to worry about.… read full answer
Here’s what happens to your credit score when you cancel a credit card:
Credit score drops: Your credit score often goes down because the average age of your open accounts decreases and your overall utilization increases (since you have less available credit).
Scores bounce back: Your credit score should rebound within 3-6 months of canceling your credit card account. Make sure to have at least one open credit card remaining and pay all your bills on time.
What happens if you don’t cancel: A credit card that is in good standing will continue to help your credit score. Even if you don’t make purchases with it, it will still report positive information to the credit bureaus each month. This is definitely worth considering if your card does not charge an annual fee.
Age matters: Closing newer accounts won’t have as much of an impact as closing older ones.
Limit matters: Closing low-limit accounts won’t do as much damage as closing high-limit ones.
When score drops matter: If you don’t need the best score possible for the 3-6 months it usually takes credit scores to bounce back after credit card cancelation, the temporary drop shouldn’t cost you anything.
Bottom Line: Avoid canceling your oldest card and your card with the highest credit limit. That will mitigate the amount of credit score damage. And if you have to close your oldest or highest-limit card, make sure you do it at a time when you don’t need your credit score to be at its best.
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