Update: I’m surprised that this offer is still available, but don’t know if it will last past the end of the year. Details are below, but the Slate card is offering 0% interest for 15 months with no balance transfer fee, no application fee, and no annual fee. Keep in mind that you have 60 days from the date of account opening to request a balance transfer with no fee. If you have multiple Chase credit cards, the 60 day period may also give you some time to consolidate your credit lines together to make your Slate credit line bigger.
New, improved offer! The Slate® from Chase is now available with 0% APR on both balance transfers and purchases for 15 months, and the best part: NO balance transfer fee! There are different flavors of this card, but you should see it mentioned right at the top of this specific offer link. You can literally borrow money for free and pay it back in 15 months with no interest (keeping in mind you’ll still need to satisfy the minimum payment each month until then). No annual fee.
It is very rare these days to find a no balance transfer fee 0% APR offer that is available to all (as opposed to being targeted only to specific customers). You can verify in the Pricing & Terms section of the application, down in the Fees box:
None on transfers made within 60 days of account opening. All other transfers: Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Make sure you initiate that balance transfer within the first 60 days.
Lower your interest on balances!
This is a great opportunity for those people with good to excellent credit but are still working hard to lower their debt payments with no fees at all, as now you can have all your money applied directly into cutting down your principal instead of having it go towards interest. That way, your balance owed will go down that much faster.
Chase Blueprint is a free feature on select cards that lets you break down your balances into things that you want to pay in full each month and bigger purchases that you wish to pay off over time.
Earn interest with the money?
It’s been a while since I did any sort of credit card arbitrage, but you can still get some pretty high rates with certain rewards checking accounts. Another good option is U.S. Savings Bonds.
If you wish to get cash from this balance transfer offer without it being classified as a “cash advance”, one idea is to ask for the balance transfer as a check or electronically transferred to your bank account. You may need to call them for this. Another option is to request money to be transferred to other non-Chase credit cards that you have, ideally already with a balance on them. This will create a negative balance, after which you request a refund check be sent to you. I know that Citibank had a feature on their site to request a credit balance refund, which only showed up when you have a negative balance.
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