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Johnson1220
06-24-2009, 12:58 PM
I am so mad ! :mad: I just received a notice from CHASE that they are increasing the APR to 12.24% on the Disney VISA starting August 1, 2009! That is more than double what we were getting. They are saying it is b/c of the economy and that they are doing it across the board. Once the economy rebounds there may be a chance that it is lowered. I am so angry. They did say that vacations booked here will still get the 6 month APR. I am thinking of stopping using this after our September vacation I am so mad...

Did anyone else get this notice !?!

austinosphere
06-24-2009, 01:06 PM
I'm sorry. I know higher APRs are no fun. But it's going to be a pretty across the board thing I think.

Look at the bright side - maybe this will encourage us to pay off our credit cards each month.

(I'm a bad one at that).

gracie1
06-24-2009, 01:14 PM
If you don't plan on using it anymore, they normally have an "opt out" plan where you can choose not to take the increase and they will just close the account. I owe on mine as well and may just transfer to another card if I get the letter. I have 4 chase cards and have only received a letter about one of them and that card I don't even use so I just shredded the card

a1tinkfans
06-24-2009, 01:36 PM
Just want to say that MANY banks and financial institutions are cutting back lines of credit, lowering limits, sometimes significantly and increasing %. As a small business owner, it can be a NIGHTMARE for several reasons, including but not limited to having no/limited access to previously "open" $$ that then disappears...
AND more importantly to many ....WHEN your credit limit is lowered your DEBT ratio goes UP thus your CREDIT score goes DOWN............
THIS is happening across the board to people that PAY off their cards each month and are on time customers.

BUT, keep in mind that if you OPT out or close accounts it WILL ALSO affect your credit score (DOWN), more so now as it makes it "appear" as though you were unable to handle the account and pulled out of it....so tread carefully.............
SAD that so many good people are being "brandished with the same paintbrush" of the many many people that made POOR decisions and were/are living above their means and came crashing down.....:sad2:
And the bailouts? WHAT have they accomplished...IMHO..NOTHING...we're getting deeper add deeper into debt....and if I hear that "well we needed to do something now to avoid it getting worse later" theory....I might explode:laughing:. Seriously, SCARE tactics should not rule this great country. How about
HARD work and SELF respect and Higher education WILL get you to a better place, not an easy or fast fix, but own accomplished with PRIDE.
OKAY, enough ranting...(that felt good though):rotfl2:
As far as I am concerned the % can be 25%, I could care less as I do not pay a PENNY in credit card interest.......I just avoid it and un necessary DEBT like the plague. Wishing everyone GOOD financial times......
Heres to Better Times Ahead.............or heres to HOPING for Better Times SOON Ahead :hippie:

jacos11
06-24-2009, 01:48 PM
We got the letter and I will be closing the card as soon as it's paid off. We will use our visa rewards card through our local credit union.

gracie1
06-24-2009, 01:50 PM
I owe on my disney visa and will be putting the rest of my vacation on there. Right now I am on the 0%. If it goes up, then I will just have to deal with it. I just hope that they don't drop the limit down to make me over the limit. If so I will be transferring to another card :headache:
I have always heard that the more accounts you close how it will affect your credit score. I never had that problem (knock on wood) :thumbsup2
Right before I decided to buy my house 3 years ago I closed all my accounts except for 6 (I closed 21 cards) You got it, it was not a typo, 21 cards:rotfl2:
Not that I need to justify myself, but I had these cards and just didn't use them very much. So I closed them all. I was looking for a house and a few months later I went to settlement and my credit score was a 745 :thumbsup2
I thought maybe it would show up later down the road but when I took out a loan for some home stuff I still had the same score.
I guess it depends on wether the cc reports :confused3 Not sure. But am just happy that I haven't experienced problems with closing accounts and opting out of them.

n2mm
06-24-2009, 01:55 PM
Doesn't matter who you are it seems to be happening to everyone. I got the same notice too. I'm that person who pays her balance each month no matter what it is, so they make no money off of me. It really doesn't matter to me what my interest rate is, I don't pay any interest to Chase. But I do manage to get about 500 rewards points per year. I have a Visa through my FCU w/an 8% fixed rate and I use that one if I have to carry a balance. My daughter got the same notice from Chase and she closed her account.

Green Tea
06-24-2009, 02:17 PM
I'm that person who pays her balance each month no matter what it is, so they make no money off of me. .

They still make money off you-aprox. 3% of every charge you make. 500 points a year is $50,000 a year charged. So they are making $1500 a year off you. Don't think they are in the business of making no money.;)

n2mm
06-24-2009, 02:30 PM
They still make money off you-aprox. 3% of every charge you make. 500 points a year is $50,000 a year charged. So they are making $1500 a year off you. Don't think they are in the business of making no money.;)

Impossible. I've never paid one penny more than what I've charged. I just charged my DVC purchase today and will pay off the card as soon as it shows up on my online bill. I only use my charge for bill projects when I have the money sitting in my savings account. If I charged $9,800 today and pay $9,800 next week, how did they make any money off of me....? I don't see your logic. Or do you mean the vendors are paying, because it's not me! I could care less if the vendors are paying.

Disneefun
06-24-2009, 02:39 PM
Impossible. I've never paid one penny more than what I've charged. I just charged my DVC purchase today and will pay off the card as soon as it shows up on my online bill. I only use my charge for bill projects when I have the money sitting in my savings account. If I charged $9,800 today and pay $9,800 next week, how did they make any money off of me....? I don't see your logic. Or do you mean the vendors are paying, because it's not me! I could care less if the vendors are paying.

Green Tea meant that the stores have to pay a fee to the CC companies for every purchase you make. so every time you swipe, the cc's do make money, you're just not the one paying it directly (although we all pay it in the form of higher prices, but that's another post)

minnie1928
06-24-2009, 02:45 PM
Impossible. I've never paid one penny more than what I've charged. I just charged my DVC purchase today and will pay off the card as soon as it shows up on my online bill. I only use my charge for bill projects when I have the money sitting in my savings account. If I charged $9,800 today and pay $9,800 next week, how did they make any money off of me....? I don't see your logic. Or do you mean the vendors are paying, because it's not me! I could care less if the vendors are paying.

They are making money off of you...it's called interchange income. You didn't pay for it directly (like interest) but you did generate the income for them. Interchange income is BIG business. Anytime you use a card (debit/credit) with a Visa or Mastercard logo, interchange income is being generated.

I got my notice today, but honestly I could care less. I don't carry balances, I just rake in the reward points. I'll be keeping my card.

cepmom
06-24-2009, 02:46 PM
Impossible. I've never paid one penny more than what I've charged. I just charged my DVC purchase today and will pay off the card as soon as it shows up on my online bill. I only use my charge for bill projects when I have the money sitting in my savings account. If I charged $9,800 today and pay $9,800 next week, how did they make any money off of me....? I don't see your logic. Or do you mean the vendors are paying, because it's not me! I could care less if the vendors are paying.

I think she meant the percent the merchants get charged everytime you use the card....the banks are making plenty of money from them even if you pay your charges off each month.

I pay my charge cards off each month as well, and am waiting to get the letter stating they are lowering my limit or raising my APR. So far it hasn't happened.....yet.

n2mm
06-24-2009, 02:55 PM
I think she meant the percent the merchants get charged everytime you use the card....the banks are making plenty of money from them even if you pay your charges off each month.

I pay my charge cards off each month as well, and am waiting to get the letter stating they are lowering my limit or raising my APR. So far it hasn't happened.....yet.


Makes sense (or cents). I got my notice yesterday. I only use my card to get the rewards points. I wondered if they will lower my limit. That really wouldn't make a difference to me either. I imagine they will just close it one day. Since Disney is my biggest vendor--esp. DVC or AP. I only use this card for big purchases, home remodeling, and travel expenses. I've had my federal credit union Visa for 25 years and it's always been good to me! (this is my card of choice).

wall*e2008
06-24-2009, 03:02 PM
I think she meant the percent the merchants get charged everytime you use the card....the banks are making plenty of money from them even if you pay your charges off each month.

I pay my charge cards off each month as well, and am waiting to get the letter stating they are lowering my limit or raising my APR. So far it hasn't happened.....yet.

I have two Chase Visas, one being the Disney one. Both of the statements had an insert. The two APRs were raised, but we have never carried a balance on either of them, so I could not tell you what they were or what they got raised to. I have had my limits raised on one of the cards each month.

I think this is all to hedge their bets with the new rules.

Green Tea
06-24-2009, 03:19 PM
how did they make any money off of me....? I don't see your logic. .

As the above prosters provided, Chase makes money from the vendor every time you swipe. About 3% of the transaction. Banks don't just provide a service for nothing.

RachaelA
06-24-2009, 03:25 PM
We had 0% for a year and now we have 12% (or whatever it is). We never carry a balance so I could care less what my interest rates are.

Disneyliscious
06-24-2009, 03:31 PM
SAD that so many good people are being "brandished with the same paintbrush" of the many many people that made POOR decisions and were/are living above their means and came crashing down.....:sad2:


While I agree that the above statement plays a role in this, lets not forget about the honest, hardworking Americans who made every payment on time and then got laid off from their jobs. Being at a job for 20+ years and getting a credit card because you can afford it is not making a poor decison. Every person who is breathing is at risk of being laid off. Its not fair to blame those people. Their lack of ability to pay is not their fault. If everyone could pay in cash....we wouldn't need credit. The fact is.....we do need it....and as a nation, we are being taken advantage of by it.

Lets also not forget that the CC companies are just as much at fault for approving credit lines whch are beyond the means of re-payment for those who are already in poverty. In fact, they are more to blame then those who can't re-pay the line of credit.

It takes somone with some kind of intelligence to write the criteria used in approving those for a credit card. All it takes to get a credit card are a decent credit score and a job. You're not even required to have a GED to get a credit card. As a society, we cannot blame the uneducated when they are being taken advantage of by the educated.

Its a SICK, SICK system.

wall*e2008
06-24-2009, 03:52 PM
While I agree that the above statement plays a role in this, lets not forget about the honest, hardworking Americans who made every payment on time and then got laid off from their jobs. Being at a job for 20+ years and getting a credit card because you can afford it is not making a poor decison. Every person who is breathing is at risk of being laid off. Its not fair to blame those people. Their lack of ability to pay is not their fault. If everyone could pay in cash....we wouldn't need credit. The fact is.....we do need it....and as a nation, we are being taken advantage of by it.
Lets also not forget that the CC companies are just as much at fault for approving credit lines whch are beyond the means of re-payment for those who are already in poverty. In fact, they are more to blame then those who can't re-pay the line of credit.

It takes somone with some kind of intelligence to write the criteria used in approving those for a credit card. All it takes to get a credit card are a decent credit score and a job. You're not even required to have a GED to get a credit card. As a society, we cannot blame the uneducated when they are being taken advantage of by the educated.

Its a SICK, SICK system.


The bolded is flawed thinking. A CC is a tool that is used to not have to carry large amount of cash around when you are making a purchase. It should only be used to buy an item that you have the money in the bank to pay it off with. If you did that every month then the day you lose your job you would not have a balance and you would not use it to buy more stuff you did not need.

Just making payments is NOT living within your means. A loan is needed for a home but nothing else. One should save to buy a car and then buy it. If you need a car, but the best one you can for the money you have saved. Buy clothes when you have the money and on and on.

If you are laid-off and your unemployment and savings is not enough to make your monthly payments, then you need to reconsider the debt you are carrying and/or save more for the emergency.

crisi
06-24-2009, 03:54 PM
As the above prosters provided, Chase makes money from the vendor every time you swipe. About 3% of the transaction. Banks don't just provide a service for nothing.


And some places will give you a 3% discount if you pay cash (ask if you are making a large purchase) or they'll only take their own store cards - to avoid this.

HeyIt'sMe
06-24-2009, 05:09 PM
I recently got the notice too - - - - going from 10.15% to Prime + 9.99% "which as of May 17, 2009 would be 13.24%" (that's what my notice stated). Glad we don't have a balance. And we won't be using that card anymore just on principle!

momx2
06-24-2009, 08:35 PM
I recently got the notice too - - - - going from 10.15% to Prime + 9.99% "which as of May 17, 2009 would be 13.24%" (that's what my notice stated). Glad we don't have a balance. And we won't be using that card anymore just on principle!

That's what mine says also. We don't carry a balance, but it really *issed me off. I might cancel, but I want my rewards.

dclfun
06-24-2009, 08:47 PM
The bolded is flawed thinking. A CC is a tool that is used to not have to carry large amount of cash around when you are making a purchase. It should only be used to buy an item that you have the money in the bank to pay it off with. If you did that every month then the day you lose your job you would not have a balance and you would not use it to buy more stuff you did not need.

Just making payments is NOT living within your means. A loan is needed for a home but nothing else. One should save to buy a car and then buy it. If you need a car, but the best one you can for the money you have saved. Buy clothes when you have the money and on and on.

If you are laid-off and your unemployment and savings is not enough to make your monthly payments, then you need to reconsider the debt you are carrying and/or save more for the emergency.

Some people have NO CHOICE but to use a CC for an emergency. These are people who live within their means but make very little income and have a card expressly for an emergency only such as a home repair, car repair, or medical bill, etc. While most people can save "something" each month to build an emergency fund I know people who really can't, not without going without food or necessities. So I don't blame those people for what they've done merely to survive. There are lots of people that are a few paychecks away from being homeless, literally and if a job is lost, then they may not have recourse. It's easy to judge people for what could be thought of as a poor choice but we're not in their shoes. My husband died and I became severely disabled all in the same month- trust me we didn't plan on that contingency. He had no life insurance as he was a childhood diabetic and couldn't qualify. I dug us back out of the trenches, but at the time I had CC debt and had no way around it as myself and my four kids had to survive. I think what the CC companies are doing is unconscionable for everyone- the people who have more debt than they should ( and who now will take longer to pay off their debt) and those who pay their bill every month but have still found their limits lowered for no good reason. "The economy" and minimizing their losses when they still make enormous profits isn't a good excuse for hurting people, esp. those who are in a bad situation through no fault of their own---Kathy

pixie921
06-24-2009, 08:53 PM
I just read on another message board that Chase sent the poster a notice that the minimum payments would be increasing from 2% to 5%. Has anyone else heard that this might be happening?

ETA: This increase is happening to people on creditboards.com, too, but it doesn't seem clear yet if it will affect all accounts across the board.

jennifer293
06-24-2009, 09:15 PM
We had a business account with Advanta Bank Corp for quite a while now, always paid it off every month and had a fairly decent interest rate with them. Well last month we got a letter stating that the company that they contracted their business accounts with had decided to close all of their accounts. Within 1 1/2 weeks our card no longer worked and it was the only card we carried. We have since gone to cash and life is much easier for me, but it is about to kill DH not being able to charge charge charge!!!