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Chase SlateSlate® from Chase Review:  Chase’s primary value credit card offers a competitive 0% rate that lasts 15 months on purchases and balance transfers. However, the unique benefit of this offer is that the card charges no fees on balance transfers.

 

Citi Simplicity® Citi Simplicity® Card Review : The Citi Simplicity® card offers the longest 0% introductory rates on purchases and balances transfers presently available*. It also differs from most credit cards in that it does not charge late fees or penalty rates. These are unique benefits some consumers will find beneficial in the long run.

Chase SapphireChase Sapphire Card ® Review:  Chase offers two versions of their Sapphire card. While both cards offer substantial sign-up bonuses – $100 for the no fee Sapphire and $400 to $500 for the Sapphire Preferred card – there are substantial differences between these cards. Chase Sapphire Preferred is targeted to large spenders and international travelers. It offers a 25% bonus when rewards are used for travel and charges no foreign transaction fees. The no annual fee Sapphire card lacks these features, but offers very competitive value and a sign-up bonus worth considering.

0% APR Credit Card Reviews

Citi® Diamond Preferred® MasterCardCiti® Diamond Preferred® Card Review:  The Citi® Diamond Preferred® Card essentially offers the exact same benefits as the Citi Simplicity® Card. Applicants get a 0% interest rate for 18 months on purchases and balance transfers, plus a similarly low long term interest rate*. Ultimately, the primary difference between these two value products is the color of the card.

Rewards Credit Card Reviews

Capital One Venture CardCapital One Venture Card Review:  The Capital One Venture card is one of the highest yielding rewards cards on the market. Consumers earn two miles for every dollar spent. These miles can be redeemed for statement credits against any travel purchases made, essentially making this a 2% cash back credit card.

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E Duhaime October 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Thanks. I already have chase. So I know I can’t transfer to that. Something will come up I am sure. Just excessive fees after the fact I have found. And they are monthly. Have low rate. 6. Percent. And excellent credit.

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P Duhaime October 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Looking for best way to pay off. High balance credit card. Want no fees. Zero percent. Excellent credit. Already with chase so can’t use slate.

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Jeff Weber Jeffrey Weber October 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Unfortunately, Slate is the only major credit card that waives balance transfer fees. You can still get the card if you already have a Chase card, but you CANNOT transfer balances from one Chase card to another and get the 0% rate. Thus, Citi’s 18 month 0% APR offers are likely the best option for you at the moment.

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