Q: Is there such thing as a credit card that doesn’t charge cash advance fees? Mine charges really high fees and I would like to avoid them if at all possible.
A: When it comes to cash advances, many credit cards are notorious for ripping off customers with outrageous fees and interest rates. This is really unfair, because personally I don’t see any valid reason why you should be charged more than what you would for a standard purchase. To the best of my knowledge there is no such thing as a no cash advance fee credit card, but fortunately, you do have a couple other options which I will discuss in a moment.
The typical credit card cash advance fee is:
Upfront fee of 3% or $10.00 minimum (whichever is greater)
Even if you only borrow the money for an hour, you will still have to pay this very expensive fee!
Cash advance interest rate
The APR on cash advances is typically much higher than your purchase APR. For example, most of my cards have an interest rate for cash advances in the mid-20’s percent. Keep in mind this is in addition to the upfront fee you have to pay.
Think about it… if you took a cash advance for $300 and paid it back just two days later, due to the $10 fee the annualized rate you paid to borrow that money, it would equal a whopping 39,608 percent!
A credit card with no cash advance fee may not be possible, but fortunately you do have some options.
- If you need the money to pay someone that doesn’t accept card payments, you may want to ask if they will accept a Paypal payment. You can use your credit card to make Paypal payments and most banks typically treat those the same as any other purchase.
- The best option though is not only the most flexible, but it will also save you money. This is about the closest you can come to a no cash advance fee credit card… When you apply for a new card, some offers (but not all) will give you 0% APR on both purchases and balance transfers. With the 0% on purchases, you now have the freedom to make new purchases interest free while the promotional period is in effect. This can save you a considerable amount of money!
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