Good afternoon everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start. A few days ago, I wrote a post titled I Paid $4,588 in Credit Card Annual Fees in 2019 – Was it Worth it? In that post, I shared the 21 credit cards that I plan on keeping and how I justify paying the annual fees on those credit cards. I felt bad for the 16 no annual fee cards that Laura and I have and decided to write a post about them too. Roughly half of the no annual fee credit cards were downgraded / converted from a credit card with an annual fee. Besides the rewards that some of the no annual fee credit cards provide, keeping no annual fee credit cards open long term is good for your credit score. It improves the length of credit history (average age of accounts), which represents 15% of your total credit score. It also helps with the amounts owed (your credit utilization ratio), which represents 30% of your total credit score. Lastly, it helps with payment history (paying your credit card bills on time), which represents 35% of your total credit score. For more info, check out this Doctor of Credit page.
Good morning everyone. As we approach the end of the year, I decided to take a look at my credit card spreadsheet and see how much my wife and I paid in annual fees this year. I removed all the no annual fee credit cards and here are the 26 credit cards that have annual fees (sorted alphabetically). I will break down this list into cards that I am 99% sure that I will cancel, 99% sure that I will keep, and the 50/50 cards that I might keep or cancel. Read through this post and let me know if you agree or disagree with my thinking.
Good morning everyone. A few months ago, I converted my Citi Premier Credit Card into a Citi Rewards+ Credit Card. My new Citi Rewards+ Credit Card arrived a few months ago and the 60 day conversion period just finished. This morning when I was looking at my Citi online account, I noticed a $50.41 credit on my Citi Rewards+ Credit Card. After doing some digging, I found out that this is a partial annual fee refund of the $95 from my Citi Premier Credit Card.
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. The calendar date may say October 7, but to me, it feels like Christmas morning! Let me explain. I just checked my Citi credit card statements and noticed this message on my 3 Citi AT&T Access More Credit Cards. According to the message, Citi did not reward me the correct number of Citi Thank You Points for purchases made on my Citi AT&T Access More Credit Cards. Citi is going to make an adjustment to my account in the next 2-3 billing cycles (actually, Citi credited the missing Citi Thank You Points on that statement).
Good morning everyone. As a result of my recent July Credit Card App-O-Rama, I now had 2 Citi Premier Credit Cards. The plan all along was to product change the first / oldest Citi Premier Credit Card into a new Citi Rewards+ Credit Card. I will keep the second / newest Citi Premier Credit Card as is because I need access to the Citi Thank You Point airline transfer partners. I called Citi and asked the rep to convert my Citi Premier Credit Card into a Citi Rewards+ Credit Card. The rep processed the conversion and stated the following:
- The conversion process would take a total of 51 days, starting on September 5, 2019.
- The conversion process would be completed on October 26, 2019 (if I wanted to stop the conversion process, I needed to call back before this date).
- My credit card account number would not change (but the credit card expiration date and CVV code would most likely change).
- It would take up to 11 days for benefits to kick in (I’m not sure if that is true, by credit card benefits seemed to kick in right away).
- My new Citi Rewards+ Credit Card would arrive in 10-14 days (but I could continue to use my existing Citi Premier Credit Card until the new credit card arrived).
After the call, I logged into my Citi online account and spotted my new Citi Rewards+ Credit Card beneath my Citi Premier Credit Card.