Can You Pay Off a Credit Card With Another Credit Card?

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You can pay a credit card bill with another credit card, but it’s not like a regular credit card purchase. This is done by using either a balance transfer or a cash advance.

Paying Off a Credit Card with a Cash Advance

Take a look at some of the pros and cons of using cash advances.

Pros

  • The obvious advantage for cash advances is that cash is accepted everywhere.
  • You can take out a cash advance from one card and use it to pay off another if the card you want to pay off has a brick and mortar branch.
  • This works with cards that are issued through banks, but for cards that are online only, you would have to deposit the cash after having received the advance, making the whole process a little cumbersome.

Cons

This isn’t a great idea if you have any other options.

  • Due to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, credit card companies can only charge a late fee once per every two statement periods.
  • Cash advances include an upfront fee, plus a higher interest rate than regular credit card purchases. It will probably cost more to take out a cash advance than to miss a credit card payment.

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Using a Balance Transfers To Pay Off a Credit Card

Used strategically, balance transfers can be a great option to save on interest. Many credit cards have 0% APR for balance transfers for the first year, among other perks, as a way to convince you to bring your debt from a competitor to the new card.

Pros

  • You can use this to your advantage if your current balance is something you can pay off within the first 12 months of having your new credit card.
  • This way you won’t have to pay interest on your debt.

Cons

  • If you cannot pay off your balance by the end of the introductory period, then interest will usually be applied to the entire balance that you transferred, even the part you paid off.
  • If you had been carrying that balance for a while, that means you could end up paying interest on interest.

How To Do a Balance Transfer

You can do a balance transfer over the phone with an agent from your new credit card company or you can do it online. All you need is the account number from your old credit card and some patience. Banks want to make balance transfers as easy as possible, but they can still take some time.

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Beware of Scams

Be wary of any agents that call you to take information for balance transfers that you did not initiate, especially if it’s a recorded pitch. Calls like this are usually phishing scams. If this happens and you do want to do a balance transfer, then hang up and call your credit card company back on the customer service number posted online. Otherwise, you can report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission.

Takeaway

You can use one credit card to pay another in a roundabout way. Cash advances are rarely a good idea to pay off other credit cards. Balance transfers can save you money if used strategically, but they can increase your money woes as well. Make sure you do all your math before committing.

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About the Author

Diane Fogle is the owner and sole freelance writer at The Little Green Bird. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.  The research skills gained through that program, combined with a love of learning and intellectual freedom, have led her to a passion for helping businesses communicate with their customers. She lives in Colorado where she hikes with her husband, two young daughters and an old greyhound.

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