Discover it® Balance Transfer review

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Recommended Credit Score

Good to Excellent (670 - 850)

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Best for overall balance transfer value

Annual Fee:
$0
Purchase Intro APR:
0% for 6 months
Balance Transfer Intro APR:
0% for 18 months
Regular APR:
13.74% - 24.74% Variable
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Discover it® Balance Transfer: Details and benefits

The Discover it Balance Transfer earns you 5 percent cash back on rotating categories each quarter (up to $1,500 in purchases, then 1 percent) and 1 percent on all other purchases (activation required). For October through December of this year, you’ll earn on purchases at the following places: Amazon.com, Target and Walmart.com.

You won’t be charged an annual fee and at the end of your first year of card ownership, Discover will double all of the cash back you’ve earned with their Cashback Match™ feature.

Advantages
  • Zero percent APR on balance transfers for 18 months (13.74 percent - 24.74 percent variable thereafter)
  • Cashback Match™ feature (Discover will match all the cash back you’ve earned at the end of your first year)
  • No annual fee
  • No foreign transaction fees
Disadvantages
  • 3 percent intro balance transfer fee, up to 5 percent fee on future balance transfers (see terms)*
  • Must activate every quarter
  • Rather short zero percent APR on purchases for 6 months (13.74 percent - 24.74 percent variable thereafter)

Is the Discover it Balance Transfer worth it for you?

For no annual fee, the Discover it® Balance Transfer is a great option for those searching for a flexible cash back card.

You’ll earn a significant amount of cash back in different categories each quarter and as a welcome bonus, Discover will double all of the rewards you’ve earned at the end of your first year.

If you’re interested in completing a balance transfer, keep in mind you’ll owe a 3 percent fee for the first balance transfer. Additional transfers made thereafter will be charged a 5 percent fee (see terms)*.

Get the most value from the Discover it Balance Transfer

Discover’s list of security features will keep your account safe in the event of card loss or theft. You can enjoy free Social Security number and new account alerts, $0 Fraud Liability and a Freeze it® on/off switch for your account, should you suspect any fraudulent activity.

To opt into Discover’s security alerts, activate at www.discover.com/freealerts.

How much are the Discover it Balance Transfer rewards worth?

Say you maxed out the quarterly bonus category each quarter, effectively spending $1,500 every three months. In doing so, you’d earn $300 worth of cash back for the year.

When you include your Cashback Match™ welcome bonus, you’d earn $600 worth of cash back by the end of your first year.

How to redeem rewards

Redeem your cash back rewards at any time in any amount as a statement credit, electronic bank deposit, gift card (in $20 increments) or shop on Amazon.com.