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New CardRatings.com list breaks down credit card balance transfer periods

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Certain restrictions could prevent consumers from transferring their balance

January 23, 2019 (Foster City, CA) – As interest rates continue to rise, CardRatings.com, a leader in online credit-card ratings, today revealed its new side-by-side comparison listing of 25 balance transfer credit cards that can help consumers identify key terms and conditions that could affect their ability to get out of debt.

"A balance transfer card can help you get out of debt, unless you miss the window for transferring your balance," explains Amber Stubbs, consumer analyst for CardRatings.com. Most consumers know that a balance transfer credit card can help improve their financial situation, but few realize that the window for transferring a balance differs from card to card. "Our survey lets consumers compare interest rates and fees side by side, and attempts to clarify restrictions that limit the window for balance transfers."

Most issuers restrict how and when balance transfers can be made, and many consumers assume the 0% introductory period is the same as the balance transfer window. This is not always the case, and consumers may not be able to complete a balance transfer if they misunderstand this term. In any event, consumers should make their balance transfers as soon as possible if they want to get the full benefit of the 0% introductory APR on their transferred balance.

Our listing shows the balance transfer window for the following cards and more:

45 days

60 days

120 days

15 months

Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard® (This card is not currently available on CardRatings)

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express (This card is not currently available on CardRatings). American Express is a CardRatings advertiser.

Citi® Double Cash Card - 18 month BT offer (after intro period, 15.99% – 25.99% (Variable))

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

 

Bank of America® Cash Rewards credit card

Citi Simplicity® Card - No Late Fees Ever

Chase Freedom®

 

BankAmericard® credit card

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

 

HSBC Gold Mastercard® credit card

Wells Fargo Platinum Visa card (This card is not currently available on CardRatings)

Chase Slate®(This card is not currently available on CardRatings)

 

HSBC Cash Rewards Mastercard® credit card

Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card

 

 

U.S. Bank Cash+™ Visa Signature® Card

 

 

 

U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card (This card is not currently available on CardRatings)

 

 

 

"You can see how the variety among offers makes choosing a balance transfer card a bit of a challenge," continues Stubbs. "However, rising interest rates will make it more difficult to carry a balance in 2019, so consumers should learn how to comparison shop because it’s a particularly good time to consolidate or transfer debt."

The article explores how to shop for a balance transfer credit card, compares different offers, and explains how to use a balance transfer credit card responsibly for maximum debt reduction.

See the full report from CardRatings.com here: "2019 Comparisons: Balance transfer credit cards"

CardRatings.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq: QNST), a pioneer in delivering online marketplace solutions to match searchers with brands in digital media. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information and tools they need to research, find and select the products and brands that meet their needs. CardRatings.com is a member of the company’s expert research and publishing division.

About CardRatings.com:
CardRatings.com, an innovator in the online credit-card-ratings space, has been offering independent online credit-card ratings and reviews of credit-card offers since 1998. The website collects and maintains data on more than 850 credit-card offers and carefully compiles objective lists of the top credit cards by card type, making it easy for consumers to find the right card to fit their needs.

Website:  www.cardratings.com
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