Before you start thinking of going in for a balance transfer, you need to first know what a credit card balance transfer actually means. To put it in the simplest of terms, balance transfer in credit cards means that you transfer the amount you owe on one card to another card. By doing this you actually end up paying for the first card and owe that amount on the other credit card. One main reason why someone might go in for a balance transfer could be that the other card offers lower interest rates which would mean it would be cheaper to pay it back through the other card.
There are many banks that offer credit cards that have balance transfer facilities available on them. Some such banks are:
The balance transfer facility provided by ICICI Bank allows the balance of any credit card to be transferred to their cards. The repayments for such transfers can be done in either 3 or 6 months’ worth of instalments. There is an interest charged on the amount that is transferred and is payable along with the amount transferred. The bank also offers the option to foreclose the payments provided all the balance amount and interest is paid up.
The facility for balance transfers of credit cards offered by SBI again follows the same general principle and can be initiated by either logging into the credit card account or sending the bank a specific SMS or even just calling up their customer care facilities. The repayment periods can be 2 months or 6 months however, an interest of 1.7% per month is charged only if the tenure is 6 months.
The facility offered by HSBC for balance transfers can be taken for tenures that range from 3 months, all the way up to 24 months. The interest rates are also charged as per the tenure and a processing fee may also be applicable. Just like SBI the balance transfer facility can be utilised by either calling the bank, sending them an SMS or even by simply sending them an SMS. HSBC does offer the facility to foreclose on the balance transfer, for which no extra fee may be charged.
Even Kotak Mahindra bank offers balance transfer facilities. They will allow a minimum of Rs. 2,500 to be transferred. There is no limit on the maximum amount as long as the amount being transferred is not more than 75% of your credit cards limit. There is a processing fee that will be charged for the options, and it is based on the amount that is being transferred. The application process, once again, can be initiated through calls, SMS or the online portal maintained by the bank.
Axis Bank too offers this facility and with them, the minimum amount that can be transferred is Rs. 5,000. The tenures available are 3 months and 6 months, with the shorter of the two not attracting any interest while the latter, 6 months, will have an interest charged on the transfer.