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Applying for a Balance Transfer Card (with zero interest for a specified time period)

Two Questions! 

 

(1) Is there any way -- other than completing and submitting a credit card application -- to find out what the credit limit will be on the new card?  If that credit limit is substantially less than the balance I want to transfer to the new card, I don't want it.

 

(2)  All the cards I've looked at for this purpose say in the fine print that the amount of the balance transfer allowed will be "at their discretion".  I understand that the amount of the balance transfer cannot exceed the credit limit.  However, "at their discretion" seems to mean that the card issuer retains the right to impose (an arbitrary?) balance transfer limit that's lower than the new card's credit limit.  How can I find out -- before the new card is issued -- whether or not the card issuer is going to do that?

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Re: Applying for a Balance Transfer Card (with zero interest for a specified time period)

Short answer, no and you cant. Otherwise wed be picking our bt cards much more strategicallySmiley Wink
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Re: Applying for a Balance Transfer Card (with zero interest for a specified time period)

Welcome and no, no way...sorry.




FICO 8 Scores EQ 704 / Goal 750, EX 706 / Goal 750, TU 724 / Goal 750

FICO 9 Scores EQ 726 / Goal 750, EX 683 / Goal 750, TU 726 / Goal 750
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Re: Applying for a Balance Transfer Card (with zero interest for a specified time period)

Thanks; that's what I thought.  With FICO scores above 750, I am optimistic about being approved when I apply for a zero interest BT card.  However, in view of the uncertanties regarding credit limits and BT limits, I'm thinking about applying for two or three new BT cards.  If I were to do that, would it matter if I applied for all three at the same time?  "Looking for credit" seems to be red flag that hurts FICO scores.  Is there any downnside to "looking for credit" in three places at once?  (Alternativelly, if the first card turned out to have high enough limits for my purpose, I'd just stop at one card but -- if it didn't -- then I'd have to apply for a second card...)

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Re: Applying for a Balance Transfer Card (with zero interest for a specified time period)

What's the CL that you need to do the BT? 




FICO 8 Scores EQ 704 / Goal 750, EX 706 / Goal 750, TU 724 / Goal 750

FICO 9 Scores EQ 726 / Goal 750, EX 683 / Goal 750, TU 726 / Goal 750
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Re: Applying for a Balance Transfer Card (with zero interest for a specified time period)

$16,000.   I have that now on a zero interest "Chase Freedom Unlimited" card with a CL of $22,000.  That zero interest deal runs out on Oct 10th and I'd hate to start paying interest then.

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Ummm, if you're not under 5/24 rule with Chase, why not apply for the Chase Slate? 0% for 15 months and no AF.  

 

Citi Diamond Preferred has the 0% APR for 21 months

Citi Simplicity 21 months

Wells Fargo Platinum 18 months

Barclay Ring 15 months




FICO 8 Scores EQ 704 / Goal 750, EX 706 / Goal 750, TU 724 / Goal 750

FICO 9 Scores EQ 726 / Goal 750, EX 683 / Goal 750, TU 726 / Goal 750
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Re: Applying for a Balance Transfer Card (with zero interest for a specified time period)


@c00mtg wrote:

Ummm, if you're not under 5/24 rule with Chase, why not apply for the Chase Slate? 0% for 15 months and no AF.  

 

Citi Diamond Preferred has the 0% APR for 21 months

Citi Simplicity 21 months

Wells Fargo Platinum 18 months

Barclay Ring 15 months


The OP is carrying a balance on a Chase card so even if he or she were to get approved for the Slate, it wouldn't do them any good as you can't transfer the balance within the same lender. 

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@Loquat wrote:

@c00mtg wrote:

Ummm, if you're not under 5/24 rule with Chase, why not apply for the Chase Slate? 0% for 15 months and no AF.  

 

Citi Diamond Preferred has the 0% APR for 21 months

Citi Simplicity 21 months

Wells Fargo Platinum 18 months

Barclay Ring 15 months


The OP is carrying a balance on a Chase card so even if he or she were to get approved for the Slate, it wouldn't do them any good as you can't transfer the balance within the same lender. 


True, completely forgot, thanks! Smiley Happy

 

Say OP gets the Slate for $20k CL, can get write a check to himself from the Slate, pay off the other Chase CC?




FICO 8 Scores EQ 704 / Goal 750, EX 706 / Goal 750, TU 724 / Goal 750

FICO 9 Scores EQ 726 / Goal 750, EX 683 / Goal 750, TU 726 / Goal 750
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Re: Applying for a Balance Transfer Card (with zero interest for a specified time period)

Op, any chance you can get in NavyFed or Penfed Credit Unions?
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