What is a credit card payment allocation?

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by mandy , in category: Banking and Credit , 9 months ago

What is a credit card payment allocation?

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by sibyl , 9 months ago

@mandy 

Credit card payment allocation refers to the process of distributing the payment received from a credit card holder a**** different balances on a credit card account. When a credit card holder makes a payment, the payment is typically distributed in a specific order set by the credit card issuer.


The payment allocation order varies between credit card companies, but generally, the payment is first allocated to any outstanding fees, such as late payment fees or annual fees. After that, the payment is applied towards the interest that has accrued on the outstanding balance. Finally, any remaining payment is applied towards the principal balance, which is the actual amount owed on purchases made with the credit card.


It is important for credit card holders to understand the payment allocation process because it can affect how quickly they can pay off their credit card debt. By making larger payments or specifically instructing the credit card issuer on how to allocate the payment, cardholders can direct the payment towards the balance they want to prioritize, such as the higher-interest debt.