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Slate from Chase Card Review

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Not every credit card on the market today is out to provide consumers with great rewards, because not every card customer can make the most of those rewards. Credit cards are just tools, and depending on who is wielding them, they could have a positive or a negative effect on that person’s finances. Some people just use credit cards to habitually buy what they can’t afford. For them, a great rewards credit card might actually be counterproductive.

A good example would be someone who has made mistakes with credit cards in the past and is now looking for some way to get out of the debt hole. Rather than trying to rack up rewards with spending, this individual would be better off finding a low-interest card or a card with an excellent introductory APR on balance transfers that will allow him to save money while reducing his debt.

Issuers design some cards for people looking to save money on costly interest payments. Slate® from Chase offers new applicants with good or excellent credit a 0% introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. After the 15-month introductory period, the APR will vary with the market based on Prime and the variable APR is currently 12.99% to 22.99% based on your creditworthiness. Notably, Slate from Chase does what the offer says: as an introductory offer you can transfer a balance to the card with no balance transfer fee if you do the transfer within the first 60 days your account is open. After the 60 days, balance transfers are assessed a fee of 3% of the amount transferred with a minimum of $5. Combined with the 0% APR period for purchases and balance transfers, this is a card that will likely save you money if you carry a balance and are committed to paying it down within 15 months. The Slate from Chase card has no annual fee and you can add an additional card user to your Slate account at no extra cost.

Slate from Chase includes a program that’s meant to help cardholders analyze and pay down their debt. The program is called “Blueprint,” and it allows cardholders to pick which purchases to pay off first. With Blueprint, customers have the option of designing their own plan:

  1. Full Pay. Avoid paying interest by paying off full categories of your choice. Chase will separate all of your purchases into different categories.
  2. Split. Inform Chase how much you want to pay and to what purchases you would like it applied to.
  3. Finish It. Set up a goal and a timeline and Chase will calculate your monthly payment schedule for you.
  4. Track It. Check out your spending trends and see where you stand with any goals you’ve set up.

It seems like a lot of work, and most people will probably prefer to just send a payment into a credit card and have it apply to the highest APR balance regardless of what the original purchase was. Psychologically, however, there is value in understanding exactly when a particular purchase has been paid off. That theory has been used to great effect by Dave Ramsey with the Debt Snowball, and this is sort of a similar application.

Another feature worth mentioning is Slate from Chase offers Patented Fraud Protection and zero liability on unauthorized purchases. Other than that that’s about all there is to the Slate from Chase card. For consumers looking for a great introductory rate with features to help you keep your debt in check, this card fits the bill. Remember to keep in mind that the best offer is given to excellent credit applicants. If you want more information or if you are interested in applying Visit the Slate from Chase secure application page.

Updated July 21, 2013 and originally published February 8, 2012. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar qixx ♦1,895 (Half-Dollar)

If you qualify for the 0% purchase APR then you could buy $1 coins from the US Mint in bulk and use them to pay another card. This would effectively leave you with a 0% balance transfer with zero fees. It would just take some extra time on your part. I don’t like the Blueprint feature. It should come with the disclaimer that using it is likely to cause you to may more interest on your purchases.

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avatar skylog ♦368 (Nickel)

i have had this card for a while now. in fact, i just received my replacement card, as my first card expired, i was fairly shocked that it had the more vertical alignment. i’m not sure why they made the change. it is just really odd.

the card itself does not provide too many benefits, but the blueprint is a intersting concept. i have yet to utilize it, but i have been meaning to look into it.

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avatar Ceecee ♦53 (Newbie)

This sounds like a great deal for someone who has a balance that they can pay off in the 15 month period. You rarely see balance transfers with no fee. It would be good for paying off a medical or dental bill, or something like that—as long as you can swing it in the time allowed.

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avatar Jamie

Chase Slate was the absolute worst company to deal with. I applied for an account and then when I realized because of restrictions on balance transfers that it wasn’t what I was looking for I called to close the account on the same day. A representative “closed” the account and confirmed that he did indeed close it for me, yet I received a card and a bunch of paperwork in the mail, so when I called back a week or two later it turned out the account was never closed, which also means a couple thousand dollars were transferred from that new credit line to another bank account since that transfer request was listed on my application. The other bank was able to transfer the money back into the account I will never use, but a payment was apparently due two days before the account was refunded (although the bill I received in the mail stated the bill’s due date was a week later from the date the representative advised of on the phone.. should have been 3 days from now)and I was charged a late fee. Although if the original representative would have simply closed the account as he said he did, none of this would have been a problem.

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