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What are the various myths associated with this promise?

Answered on | Updated on May 10th, 2011
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Many people see the feature of 0% APR on balance transfers as a soled reason for applying for any credit card. While this is definitely a desirable feature to have, there is more to this than meets the eye. Hence, it is strongly recommended that you get all your facts correct before you do go ahead and decide to opt in for these credit cards. Once you have the necessary information on hand, you can be sure that this is the card that will serve its purpose well for you. If you do feel that this is an important feature to have, make sure that you are aware of everything associated with it.

First, in most cases, there will be some other aspect of the card that might be quite high in compared to other cards. This could be anything like annual percentage rate, or even other annual charges. Hence, by offering something like 0 on balance transfers, the credit card company might be looking at other ways in which they can charge you and ensure that they get the money that they expect from these credit cards. Unless you specifically look for these things, it might not seem as apparent.

Next, you should be aware of the fact that the 0% balance transfers will not normally be something that is permanently associated with the card. On the contrary, this would be something that you might perhaps be able to make use for a limited inaugural period. For most cards, this could be something like the first 6 months of obtaining the card. Hence, you should definitely ensure that you are able to get what you do require with these credit cards and not simply have to worry about paying rates that you were previously unaware of.

There could also be a plethora of other conditions and limitations associated with the 0 on balance transfers feature of the credit card. You ought to carefully think about these and ensure that you are able to get what you do need without having to be told about it in some bill later on. Unplanned expenses normally crop up because you didn’t care enough to know more about the credit card. Hence, taking the effort to get to know the credit card could possibly help ensure that you are able to get your money’s worth and not simply be charge an exorbitant rate without being informed previously.

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Intro APR on Balance Transfer: 0% 12 months on Balance Transfers

Ongoing APR on Balance Transfer: 15.74% - 25.74% (Variable)

Balance Transfer Fee: 3% of each balance transfer; $5 minimum.

Excellent, Good Credit

Intro APR on Balance Transfer: 0% (first 12 billing cycles following each balance transfer that posts to your account within 45 days of account opening)

Ongoing APR on Balance Transfer: 18.24%, 22.24% or 25.24% variable based on your creditworthiness

Balance Transfer Fee: Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater

Good/Excellent Credit
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Intro APR on Balance Transfer: 0% Intro APR for 12 months

Ongoing APR on Balance Transfer: Variable APR of 15.24%, 19.24% or 25.24%

Balance Transfer Fee: Either $10 or 4%, whichever is greater, will apply on each balance transfer and credit card check

Good, Excellent Credit
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