The Citi Simplicity® Card Review
If you need a credit card with no annual fee, no late fees and a low interest rate, then the Citi Simplicity® Card, a Credit Cards House advertiser, is just what you’re looking for. This card boasts an impressive introductory interest rate as well as no late fees or penalty APR if you miss a payment.
Citi Simplicity Credit Card
The Citi Simplicity card offers members no late fees, no penalty fees and no annual fee. As a cardmember, you’ll enjoy 0% interest for the first 21 months on balance transfers from the date of the first transfer (then a variable APR of 18.24% - 28.99% (Variable), based on your creditworthiness, applies). This industry leading 0% introductory rate applies to transfers made within the first 4 months of account opening. There is a $5 or 3% balance transfer fee (whichever is greater for balances transfers completed within four months of opening your account).
You also receive a 0% introductory APR on purchases for 12 months from when you open the account. After the intro period ends, the variable APR of 18.24% - 28.99% (Variable), based on your creditworthiness, applies.
In addition, you won’t be penalized with fees or a higher interest rate if you accidentally miss a payment. Missing a payment will still affect your credit score so it's important to strive to pay your credit card bill on time. However, it is nice to know that if a payment date is missed you won’t have to pay a late fee.
- No annual fee
- No late fee or penalty rate assessed if you miss a payment
- 0% intro APR for the first 21 months on balance transfers (then an APR of 18.24% - 28.99% (Variable), based on your creditworthiness, applies)
- 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months (then an APR of 18.24% - 28.99% (Variable), based on your creditworthiness, applies). Great for paying off large purchases with the 0% APR period
- Low interest rate after introductory rate period
Cardmembers of the Citi Simplicity Card will enjoy some extra time to pay down the balance of large purchases with the 0% interest rate for the first 21 months of opening an account. To see how much you can save, let’s say you have a $10,000 balance on a credit card at a 20% interest rate. By transferring your credit card balance to the Citi Simplicity Card and paying off the balance during the 21 month 0% introductory interest rate, you could save $3,200 in interest fees. While the 3% balance transfer fee would be $300, it is still worth the massive $3,200 savings.
If you have a poor credit rating it may be difficult to be approved for the Citi Simplicity Card. Also, some might be tempted to skip a payment because there are no late fees or penalty rates attached to missing a payment. While you won’t have to pay any fees or interest, payments more than 30 days late can negatively impact your credit score.
Here are a few other drawbacks:
- Offers no rewards or points on purchases
- Charges a 3% balance transfer fee (or $5, whichever is greater)
The Citi Simplicity Card is not for everyone, but if you’re interested in no annual fees, no late fees and no penalty fee ever, then this card is perfect for you. There are some better cards out there that offer cash back rewards and more perks, but if you're looking for a balance transfer offer, with no annual fee and an impressive 21 month 0% interest period, you can’t go wrong.
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Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.