I keep hearing that it’s a “bad move” to withdraw... - Other Questions


Credit-Land.com is an independent, advertising-supported web site. Credit-Land.com receives compensation from most credit card issuers whose offers appear on our site. Compensation from our advertising partners impacts how and where their products appear on our site, including, for example, the order in which they may appear within review lists. Credit-Land.com has not reviewed all available credit card offers in the marketplace.

Credit Card Applications » Questions » User Questions » Other » I keep hearing that it’s a “bad move” to withdraw cash on my credit card. Is this true? Why?

I keep hearing that it’s a “bad move” to withdraw cash on my credit card. Is this true? Why?

Answered on | Updated on December 23rd, 2011
The content is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change.

Using your credit card to withdraw cash from an ATM can be an expensive undertaking. That’s why many experts caution against doing so, unless it’s an absolute, dire emergency or if you are in need of a very short term loan.

What you may or may not realize, is that every time you withdraw cash using your credit card you are subjected to a whole slew of additional fees:

  • All cash advances are subjected to a fee that is between 2 and 4 percent of the total amount advanced. This is in addition to any interest charges. An average fee for a cash advance is $10 to $20.
  • Cash advances accrue interest at a higher rate than regular credit card charges. The rates range, on average, from 1 to 7 percent higher than whatever the standard APR is on that card. Cash advance interest rates can climb as high as 40% or even higher, depending on the creditworthiness of the cardholder.
  • There is NO GRACE PERIOD for cash advances. This means that interest begins accruing the very instant the cash emerges from the ATM.
  • In most cases, card issuers make you pay off any purchase balances that exist on the card before they begin applying your payments to the higher-interest balance of the cash advance.

Card companies charge all of these extra fees for cash advances because a) the transactions are most expensive for them to process than purchase transactions and b) there is a greater likelihood for someone who frequently takes out cash advances to default on their payments.

Before withdrawing cash from your credit card in the form of an advance, stop and ask yourself if there is any other way to possibly handle the financial situation you need the money for. Consider whether or not you truly need what you are about to purchase or if it is simply an impulse buy. And if you feel there is no way to avoid taking a cash advance out form your credit card, then ask yourself whether you will be able to repay the money in a month, which is the only way to limit the exorbitant interest rate charges. You will be stuck paying the other cash advance fees no matter what.

Disclaimer: This editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer(s). Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of the credit card issuer(s), and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer(s). Reasonable efforts are made to present accurate information, however all information is presented without warranty. Consult a card's issuing bank for the terms & conditions.
All rates and fees, and other terms and conditions of the products mentioned in this article/post are actual as of the last update date but are subject to change. See the current products' Terms & Conditions on the issuing banks' websites.
Get the latest news, articles and expert advice delivered to your inbox. It's FREE.
Introducing the New Citi Rewards+ Card - the only credit card that automatically rounds up to the nearest 10 points on every purchase - with no cap
Excellent, Good Credit
Enjoy 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
Good/Excellent Credit
See Rates & Fees
Perfect credit not required for approval; we may approve you when others won’t
Fair/Bad Credit

Other Questions in

You've successfully subscribed!

Please specify the following:All these fields are optional

Your Credit History
Themes you are interested in:

By providing this information you help us make our news letters more useful and informative. Thank you!