Balance Transfer Credit Cards

Picking a balance transfer credit card can be confusing. But this latest listing of card offers, along with our Transfer Savings Estimator, shows how much you can save. Whether you're consolidating other credit card balances, or simply moving one balance to a new card, the Savings Estimator factors in any introductory rate, how long you'll keep the balance and any balance transfer fee. So check out this list of offers from our partners and find the one that's best for you.

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 APPLY ONLINE

at Bank of America's
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Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • 0% Introductory APR for 18 billing cycles for balance transfers made in the first 60 days, then 11.24% - 21.24% Variable APR.
  • Balance transfer fee of either 3% of the amount of the transfer or $10 (whichever is greater) applies
  • No annual fee
  • The perfect card for those seeking a simple yet convenient-to-use credit card
  • $0 Liability Guarantee, so you're not responsible for any fraudulent charges made on your account
  • If you apply for a card over the phone and are approved, our representatives can transfer your balance over the phone
  • See additional BankAmericard® Credit Card details
 APPLY NOW

at Bank of America's
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or call Bank of America at
877-827-8836


Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0% Intro APR for 18 billing cycles for balance transfers made in the first 60 days
    Balance Transfer Fee
    3.00%
    Regular APR
    11.24% - 21.24% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers
    Annual Fee
    $0
    Credit Needed
    Excellent/Good
    Potential Savings Estimate*
 APPLY ONLINE

at Chase's
secure site

Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Chase Slate named "Best Credit Card for Balance Transfers" three years in a row by MONEY Magazine
  • $0 Introductory balance transfer fee for transfers made during the first 60 days of account opening
  • 0% Introductory APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers
  • Monthly FICO® Score and Credit Dashboard for free
  • No Penalty APR - Paying late won't raise your interest rate (APR). All other account pricing and terms apply
  • $0 Annual Fee
  • See additional Chase Slate® details
 APPLY NOW

at Chase's
secure site

Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0% for 15 months
    Balance Transfer Fee
    0.00%
    Regular APR
    13.24%-23.24% Variable
    Annual Fee
    $0
    Credit Needed
    Excellent/Good
    Potential Savings Estimate*
 APPLY ONLINE

at American Express's
secure site

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Credit Needed
Excellent Credit
  • Earn $100 back after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. You will receive cash back in the form of statement credits.
  • Earn Cash Back: 3% at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases, 2% at U.S. gas stations & select U.S. dept stores, 1% on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • Simple and straightforward: With the Blue Cash Everyday Card, you can start earning cash back. No rotating reward categories. No enrollment required.
  • Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit. Cash back is earned only on eligible purchases.
  • No annual fee. Plus, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months, then a variable rate, currently 13.24% to 23.24%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
  • See additional Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express details
 APPLY NOW

at American Express's
secure site

or call American Express at
877-915-6432


Credit Needed
Excellent Credit
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0% for 12 months
    Balance Transfer Fee
    3.00%
    Regular APR
    13.24%-23.24% Variable
    Annual Fee
    $0
    Credit Needed
    Excellent Credit
    Potential Savings Estimate*
 APPLY ONLINE

at American Express's
secure site

 APPLY BY PHONE
Credit Needed
Excellent Credit
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Use your Card 20 or more times on purchases in a billing period and earn 20% more points on those purchases less returns and credits. Terms and limitations apply.
  • 2x points at US supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x); 1x points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • You can use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points to pay for all or part of your flight, hotel booked and paid in advance, vacation or cruise booking.
  • No annual fee. Plus, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months, then a variable rate, currently 13.24% to 23.24%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
  • See additional The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express details
 APPLY NOW

at American Express's
secure site

or call American Express at
877-217-0904


Credit Needed
Excellent Credit
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0% for 12 months
    Balance Transfer Fee
    3.00%
    Regular APR
    13.24%-23.24% Variable
    Annual Fee
    $0
    Credit Needed
    Excellent Credit
    Potential Savings Estimate*
 APPLY ONLINE

at Chase's
secure site

Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate
  • Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases — it's automatic
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers. After the intro period, a variable APR of 14.24-23.24%. Balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount transferred, $5 minimum
  • Enjoy new 5% categories every 3 months like gas stations, restaurants, select grocery stores, and wholesale clubs
  • Cash Back rewards never expire as long as your account is open
  • No Annual Fee
  • See additional Chase Freedom® details
 APPLY NOW

at Chase's
secure site

Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0% for 15 months
    Balance Transfer Fee
    5.00%
    Regular APR
    14.24%-23.24% Variable
    Annual Fee
    $0
    Credit Needed
    Excellent/Good
    Potential Savings Estimate*
 APPLY ONLINE

at Discover's
secure site

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Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • You could turn $200 into $400 with Cashback Match™. We'll automatically match all the cash back you earn at the end of your first year. New cardmembers only.
  • Earn 5% cash back in new bonus categories like gas, restaurants, Amazon and more - up to $1500 every quarter you activate. Plus, unlimited 1% cashback on all other purchases.
  • Redeem your cash back for any amount, any time. Cash rewards never expire.
  • 100% U.S. based customer service.
  • FICO® Credit Scores for free on statements and online.
  • No annual fee.
  • See additional Discover it® details
 APPLY NOW

at Discover's
secure site

or call Discover at
877-419-9478


Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0% for 18 months
    Balance Transfer Fee
    3.00%
    Regular APR
    11.24% - 23.24% Variable
    Annual Fee
    $0
    Credit Needed
    Excellent/Good
    Potential Savings Estimate*
 APPLY ONLINE

at Capital One's
secure site

Credit Needed
Excellent, Good
  • One-time $100 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months
  • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day
  • No rotating categories or sign ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus, cash back doesn't expire and there's no limit to how much you can earn
  • 0% intro APR on purchases for 9 months; 13.24%-23.24% variable APR after that
  • Balance transfers also have a 0% intro APR for 9 months; 13.24%-23.24% variable APR after that; a 3% fee applies to each balance transferred
  • Pay no annual fee or foreign transaction fees
  • See additional Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card details
 APPLY NOW

at Capital One's
secure site

Credit Needed
Excellent, Good
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0% intro on balance transfers for 9 months
    Balance Transfer Fee
    3.00%
    Regular APR
    13.24% - 23.24% (Variable)
    Annual Fee
    $0
    Credit Needed
    Excellent, Good
    Potential Savings Estimate*
 APPLY ONLINE

at Citi's
secure site

 APPLY BY PHONE
Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • The only card with no late fees, no penalty rate, and no annual fee...ever.
  • 0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers and Purchases for 21 months. After that, the variable APR will be 13.24% - 23.24% based on your creditworthiness.
  • There is a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
  • The same great rate for all balances, after the introductory period.
  • Save time when you call with fast, personal help, 24 hours a day - just say "representative"
  • Enjoy the convenience of setting up your own bill payment schedule on any available due date throughout the month.
  • See additional Citi Simplicity® Card details
 APPLY NOW

at Citi's
secure site

or call Citi at
877-328-9712


Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0%* for 21 months*
    Balance Transfer Fee
    3.00%
    Regular APR
    13.24% - 23.24%* (Variable)
    Annual Fee
    $0*
    Credit Needed
    Excellent/Good
    Potential Savings Estimate*
 APPLY ONLINE

at Citi's
secure site

 APPLY BY PHONE
Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Get 0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers and Purchases for 21 months. After that, the APR will be 12.24%-22.24% based upon your creditworthiness.*
  • There is a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer.
  • Let our 24/7 concierge service help book your hotel rooms, flights and more.
  • $0 liability on unauthorized purchases and Citi® Identity Theft Solutions.
  • No annual fee*
  • Free access to FICO® Scores*
  • See additional Citi® Diamond Preferred® Card details
 APPLY NOW

at Citi's
secure site

or call Citi at
877-342-7930


Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0%* for 21 months*
    Balance Transfer Fee
    3.00%
    Regular APR
    12.24%-22.24%* (Variable)
    Annual Fee
    $0*
    Credit Needed
    Excellent/Good
    Potential Savings Estimate*
 APPLY ONLINE

at Citi's
secure site

 APPLY BY PHONE
Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Earn cash back twice on every purchase with unlimited 1% cash back when you buy, plus an additional 1% as you pay for those purchases.
  • Balance Transfers do not earn cash back
  • 0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers for 18 months. After that, the variable APR will be 13.24% - 23.24% based on your creditworthiness
  • Click 'Apply Now' to see the applicable balance transfer fee and how making a balance transfer impacts interest on purchases.
  • No categories to track, no caps on cash back, no annual fee*
  • See additional Citi® Double Cash Card details
 APPLY NOW

at Citi's
secure site

or call Citi at
877-589-1038


Credit Needed
Excellent/Good
  • Balance Transfers Intro APR
    0% for 18 months*
    Balance Transfer Fee
    3.00%
    Regular APR
    13.24% - 23.24%* (Variable)
    Annual Fee
    $0*
    Credit Needed
    Excellent/Good
    Potential Savings Estimate*
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Choosing a balance transfer credit card

Balance transfers can be a great tool for managing finances, if you use them to strike a course toward freedom from debt, not to put yourself on a path toward more of it.

It gives you a fresh chance to pay off debt without high interest compounding the debt each month, because balance transfer offers usually come with an introductory period during which little or no interest is charged.

It does not, however, grant you "card blanche" to ring up new charges. That's the temptation that will be dangled in front of you: Cards with a 0 percent balance transfer period often come bundled with a 0 percent period for new purchases. These combo offers have become the norm, found in nine out of 10 balance card offers.

That means one part of your brain -- let's name it Responsible You -- will wisely seek a good balance transfer card, determined as you are to whittle down a debt. But then that same card will whisper to you "Take me out and use me, I won't charge you interest -- yet." Irresponsible You will be tempted. Resist, or the move you took to eliminate debt will add it instead.

Before the transfer, set your goal and then do the math. In the goal-setting department, one key question is: How much can you realistically afford to devote each month to paying off your balance? Knowing that number will help you set a payoff date. If you're math-challenged, don't worry. A balance transfer calculator will help crunch the numbers.

The process itself is relatively simple. You can call the issuer to transfer the debt, perform the transfer online or use a convenience check provided by an issuer. But here's the part that trips people up: Don't immediately stop making payments to your old issuer. Continue to make minimum payments on the old card until your old issuer confirms that the balance has been transferred per your instructions.

Once the transfer has been made, keep an eye on your bank statements to verify the debt has been passed successfully, and then faithfully make your new payments to start knocking that debt down in size.

Updated: May 27, 2015

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