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Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi

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Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi

My wife has a Citi card and she just received her letter in the mail about the rate hike to 29.00%, right now she has a $2500 balance, in the letter it also stated she can opt out after paying her balance off and they will close her account. Since she also has an account with a CU, she's going to get a card from her CU and transfer the balance. I guess the banks are doing everything to get what they can before the new regulations kick in..

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Message 41 of 62
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Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi


Gibran wrote:
My wife has a Citi card and she just received her letter in the mail about the rate hike to 29.00%, right now she has a $2500 balance, in the letter it also stated she can opt out after paying her balance off and they will close her account. Since she also has an account with a CU, she's going to get a card from her CU and transfer the balance. I guess the banks are doing everything to get what they can before the new regulations kick in..



glad to hear she has other good options, thanks to the forums i learned about the CU approach to cc so i have more reliable options now too. there is a lot of discusion about diversity-it really comes into play during times like these when things head south.

if she PIF her balance there is no need to opt out, since they can't charge interest on a zero balance.  after PIF she could instead SD the card and revisit when the dust settles if she wants or close at any time, there's no urgency to close if she PIF unless she wants to for her own reasons.
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Message 42 of 62
Frequent Contributor

Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi

She has a few bills that she autopays with that particular card, that's why she's going to transfer it since that card will always have a some type of balance on it. Normally the balance is low on that card and she always PIF but we had a few unforeseen emergencies that made the balance jump that far. She's going to check with her CU today.

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Message 43 of 62
Frequent Contributor

Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi

My co-worker just got her RJ letter to 29.99% as well yesterday.  She has a balance of $1k and a limit of $11k and a FICO score of over 780 (somewhere between 780 and 800, don't recall for sure).

 

However, this is her only CC so she's not sure what to do now, just mad that it happened to her.  I told her to PIF (she can) and keep using the card occasionally and get another one.

 

I think it's crazy that CITI thinks it can do this to tons of people and someone won't say something...or jump ship en masse to a good bank/CU like USAA (where I'm at).

 

Good luck to everyone struggling though!

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Message 44 of 62
Regular Contributor

Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi

Just got my ratejack letter yesterday as well.  My last balance with them was $4 which I paid off today. I don't feel like using this card ever again because what they are doing is unjust.  However, it is one of my oldest accounts.  Should I purchase a pack of gum once in a while with the card to keep the account active?  I can guarantee you that they won't get any charge over $10 from me using this card!!
Message 45 of 62
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Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi


FICOMari wrote:
Just got my ratejack letter yesterday as well.  My last balance with them was $4 which I paid off today. I don't feel like using this card ever again because what they are doing is unjust.  However, it is one of my oldest accounts.  Should I purchase a pack of gum once in a while with the card to keep the account active?  I can guarantee you that they won't get any charge over $10 from me using this card!!

 

Just make a minor charge once every three billing cycles and you will be OK as far as the card remaining open.
Message 46 of 62
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Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi


thatdoodjohn wrote:

I received a letter in the mail that my current 9.24% APR will be increased to 29.99% in order to "provide customers with access to credit" which I personally think is a joke. I currently owe 8k on my Citi card and I do not have the money offhand to PIF, but never paid late. Always on time and more than the minimum.

 

Should I close the account now before I fully accept the changes? I have until November 30. I have a feeling that even if I do accept these changes, they will close my account anyway like what Chase did and will be stuck paying 29.99% interest.


All of you are way behind. I went from 7.9% to 24.99% on my Citi card over a year ago. Smiley Mad

 

But I haven't paid a penny in interest since then.  Smiley Very Happy

Message 47 of 62
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Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi

Just out of curiousity, what Citi cards does everyone have that has received the notice so far?
Message 48 of 62
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Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi

I have the Diamond Preferred rewards card.

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Message 49 of 62
Frequent Contributor

Re: Did NOT expect 29.99% ratejack from Citi

Same here.. Diamond Preferred.  11.3K CL, PIF ($1k-2k) every month until this current month.  $3k balance when we received the letter.
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