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Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction

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Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction

 

 

The subject line pretty much says it all. I'm interested in hearing your stories. I prefer the direct, yet polite, approach, but I want to make sure I don't step into a bear trap. Lemme have it!

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Re: Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction

With Citi you can use online Chat to ask if a lower rate is available.  Discover used to have Chat but it has since been removed...at least on my end.  However you can still send them a secure message and request the same.  If an offer is available you'll get it...

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Re: Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction

Ask

 

Cap1 is the only one that I keep asking.  They just give you a temp reduction. At least in my case they do. 

 

 

Good Luck!





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Re: Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction


@CramEiko wrote:

Ask

 

Cap1 is the only one that I keep asking.  They just give you a temp reduction. At least in my case they do. 

 

 

Good Luck!



FWIW Capital One isn't known to give permanent APR reductions... all you'll ever get from them are temporary reductions.

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Re: Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction

It's really just a matter of asking, keeping in mind not all lenders do permanent APR redutions upon request, so sometimes you won't have any luck just because of how the lender operates.

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Re: Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction

Just call and ask. They will at least approve one if its available. Disco is good for the 12 month 0% and Cap1 gave me a reduction for set period.
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Re: Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction

Most banks have heard requests for a lower APR before and have figured out a way to make it work for everyone. Some banks only offer temporary reductions like Capitol One while others like Discover like to pre-approve a 12mo 0% offer for their reps to hand out like lollipops. It really depends on the bank and what they are willing to do for you. Most permanent reductions only happen as a part of a loss of employment along with negotiating a payment plan for a closed account but you never know what a Bank can pull out of their bag of tricks. I had Citi give me a temporary low APR without me asking for it not that I plan on using it. Lastly being nice and courteous works wonders. The reps hear demands, whining, and take a beating all day long so being easy to work with goes a long way for them to just want to help you out.

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Re: Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction

I will occasionally just call. I say I have some large purchases coming up and want to see if they have any special offers for my account, either in the form of extra rewards or a 0% period.
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Re: Best Approach for Requesting APR Reduction

I just recently got a 2% APR reduction on my BoA card. Called the number on the card and just asked.




 

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