I have recently received a card from MBNA on the promise of 'no interest' for a year, in order to reduce my higher-interest debt elsewhere. Their initial transfer of funds worked. However, so far, I haven't been able to even access their online banking page.
Three efforts resulted in 3 messages indicating the site is 'down'. Telephone contact is virtually impossible - the automated system that 'sets up phone banking' will ask you a barrage of questions, some of which are impossible to answer, e.g. "what form of personal ID did you use when setting up your account" (I used none). Any sign that they are debiting my account for any unauthorized 'interest' or fee will result in my closing the account. Remember, you can always prevent a firm from debiting your accounts (if you have a Pre-authorized withdrawal) by asking your home bank to freeze the creditor out.
OTTAWA -- MBNA has re-designed their system and sent everyone new credit cards that work for about a month and then you get declined and the explanation is the pin is locking. We have had 3 credit cards in the last few months because their transition did not go well to their new system. Each time I waste at least an hour on the phone with them, then wait for a new card, then it only works for about a month.
They are rude, hung up on me when I told them what I thought of their current system. They will not let you speak to anyone of authority and they offer you 2500 points for your troubles and surprise you never get the points added. They are the most ridiculous people to deal with and I am done. Anyone have a good credit card company to recommend? I plan on never using MBNA card again.
I have been a card holder with MBNA since 2004. Several years ago, I called to see if I qualify for a lower interest rate (or if they had a low interest rate card) than the 19.99% I had at the time. Indeed, they reduced it to 11.99%, and I was allowed to retain the reward program for the card. I was just digging through my electronic statements, and realized that my interest rate has been increased to 21.99%!!! As I continued to look back in my statements, I realized this increase happened over a year ago, and nothing was mentioned in any of my electronic statements.
I assumed this was a mistake of some sort, so I called to resolve it. I was informed that it is within their right to increase my rate at any time, even though I have never missed a payment or overdrawn my balance, and always pay more than the minimum payment. They are required to send me a letter to notify me 60 days in advance. However, because I only receive electronic statements, I do not always open paper mail I receive from MBNA, because it has consistently been promotional offers.
While this increase is technically legal (I will be looking through my unopened mail for that letter!), I think it is horrible customer service to nearly double the interest rate for a reliable and loyal customer of 10 years, with only a paper letter, particularly when the customer only receives their statements electronically. I'm disgusted with them! I will be paying off my balance as soon as possible and closing my account.
A very long story made short, I put in a new driveway this year, and I paid for it with a credit card I expected to pay off with a tax refund in February. I went online and researched 0% cards so I could balance transfer from my well loved credit card and finance the drive for nothing: I found a 0% offer from MBNA. When I called them, I specifically asked if there was a fee. The answer was "no". A month later when I got the bill, there was a $225 3% percent of the balance transfer fee on the bill. I called. I was cut off. I called I was transferred around. I was cut off. This went on for fifteen minutes until I got a manager.
I told them what happened, we agreed to a $50 fine. I was told the info about the 3% was on the back of the paperwork. I told him I didn't HAVE paperwork and when I did get AFTER I agreed to the balance transfer over the phone, it was written so small I had to hunt for it to see it. Then, I set the account up for automatic payments. What did they do? They raised the minimum payment by $58 WITHOUT notifying me, so when the payment I made was short, I not only got socked with a late fee, they took my 0% from me AND a $47.00 finance charge.
I called five times, was treated like a criminal, and finally, I went from nice to nasty and got one girl to agree to give me back the 0%, and remove the finance charge. I didn't trust them, so I removed the automatic payments option. A month later, the finance charge was still there. I pulled out my trusted ten year old card, the one I had used to buy the drive in the first place, called them, and they offered me 4% with a flat $75.00 balance transfer fee. I arranged to have the whole balance placed back on the card, minus the $47.00 I didn't feel I owed MBNA. I called MBNA again, before the balance transfer went through, I called four more times to get the finance charge removed.
When they did, the transfer went through, the balance was zero, I closed the card. What did they do yesterday? They pulled the automatic payment out of my account (you know, the one I SHUT OFF) and made a payment on a closed account. I just called them again five minutes ago and got the "I'm sorries." I said, "Raising my minimum payment when I haven't made a charge is illegal. Taking money out of my account when I haven't authorized it is stealing, and accepting a payment on a closed account just proves how incompetent your company is. This has been a nightmare."
She apologized, and I repeatedly apologized to her, as a human... but MBNA is awful, just awful. What would have happened if they overdrew my account??? My money is being mailed back to me within 7-10 and I have no doubt I will have to call them about it. Does anyone out there know if my bank can stop automatic payments from their end? I'm worried about next month.
I have MBNA credit card since 1998 and not one experience negative whatsoever. In fact, the only customer service department who solved every issue I raised in less than 2 minutes. I missed payments by 2 days a few times and every time I called they fixed it to my satisfaction. No other credit card company is as client friendly as MBNA, as for I am concerned. Now I got 2 MBNA cards on my name, one to use on the net with lower limit. I congratulate MBNA staff to exceed my expectation.
I have been a customer card holder with MBNA since 2001. I have never defaulted on a payment or neglected to pay off a balance in full. I increased my credit limit from 10,000 to 15,000 last year. I chose not to use my card until I had a need to use it which I believe is my own prerogative. I called in just the other day to order cheques and I was informed that my available credit was decreased without any notification to myself (meaning no phone call, no letter and no e-mail to myself informing me that I was being penalized). This company decreased my available credit of $15,000 which I worked so long and hard to qualify for and obtain all the way down to $400.
I was told that they had to decreases my available credit limit because that I was not using my card and they had to minimize their risks just in case anything security-wise would have happened. I was shocked that I was treated like this and was unable to do anything about it. They also told me that I would now have to re-apply for another increase in credit which we all know would affect my credit rating once again because anytime you request a credit increase, it goes against your credit score.
People, can you imagine if I was at a business luncheon and the meal was over $400, how embarrassing that would be for me to not know that the card that I was holding now only had $400 worth of credit available instead of $15,000! What a fool I would look like not even having money to pay for a business luncheon.
I have now cancelled my card with them and I have now told everyone that I come into contact with that this MBNA company is the absolute worse company that you can deal with regarding anything. Their customer service is horrible and their ethics and controlling manipulating ways really gives banks a bad name. STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY as you will become a victim!
I held my credit card with the Bank of Scotland for around nine years with no problems at all until the company was taken over last year by MBNA. Until recently I paid off the full amount every month but while busy caring for my dying mother I made two payments that were a few days late. I accepted the fault was my own and expected to be charged interest on these amounts, which I immediately paid.
However, today I received another statement with interest charged. When I phoned to query this I was told that MBNA charge interest and CONTINUE TO CHARGE INTEREST until an account has been 'in the clear' for a further TWO MONTHS after the original late payment! I have so far been charged £59 for having sent in full payment a week late.
When I then asked to have a full statement sent to me so that I could close my account I was told that "a) this was 'impossible' to do until the statement's normal due date, and b) this statement would show a further interest charge as I was to be penalized for yet another month for the same late payment."
MBNA insist that what they are doing is absolutely legal and not 'dishonest' because customers are warned of this. Not on their statements, they aren't! It's quite possible that this may be mentioned on some other list of 'rules' sent out separately and only once, but I think it very unlikely that people who make a habit of paying off their card every month feel the need to dig out the rules as bedtime reading on a regular basis. In fact, if this practice is legal, it is certainly not moral and amounts to charging an interest rate that far exceeds the one they advertise.
I really would recommend that anyone who normally pays their card in full every month be made aware of this as it only takes the merest slip to send a single late payment and then find you are being penalized with 3 months' interest instead of one.
If your credit discipline is great, as in you never keep a balance maybe MBNA (or any credit card company for that matter) is probably fine. The truth about how these banks treat you mainly come out when you find yourself in a some credit "hot water". First, I don't have a sense of entitlement, as in I don't believe it is my "right" that a bank do what is in my best interest. Business is business, if I got myself in a jam, it's my responsibility to get out. Long story short, I had a balance of about 14K on my MBNA. Because I was late a few times, my interest jumped to a little over 21%. I tried calling around Sept/06 to negotiate a better rate as interest was killing me!
Some of the responses I got from them was: "I'm sorry, but we're not here to help you", or "We suggest going to credit counseling, it is your best course of action". Bottom line, nothing can be done. Before you read this and think to yourself "but you (as in me) are a total idiot for being late on 14K of debt, you get what you deserve"....you may be right, but Citibank is my one and only favorite bank, I was late with them and my interest jumped to 21% as well. However I called them, and in less than 5 minutes had my interest back down to two offers of 6.99% and 10.99%. This was on a balance of about 15K.
Maybe MBNA is operating within the law, but that argument falls apart when there is another bank that is willing to make a mutual deal where everyone walks out winning a little something. The advice MBNA gave was absolute bull, credit counseling is useless. Maybe because of the new bankruptcy laws, they aren't afraid of consumers filing anymore and are trying to back you into a corner. In any case, I've paid off all my MBNA debt within 2 months, transferred some to Citibank which I am happy to give my money to. I was originally intent on closing MBNA in protest when I finish paying it off, but decided a better course of action.
First, my limit is around $14K, so to have that at 0 balance helps my overall credit worthiness. I can probably annoy them a little but continuing to periodically use the card but pay it off immediately during grace period. For those of you who don't have MBNA and are considering them, there are so many other banks other than MBNA that are better to deal with. Stay away from these guys.
It's shocking what they said to me! I got MBNA card Feb 02, 0% then 12.99 FIXED after that. I was NEVER late even once!!! I was offered small balances transfers twice and paid down to zero, then Jan 05 transferred $3,700 then transferred $7,000. Oct 05, for total of $10k+ on the MBNA card. I paid on time, then the moment it went off initial transfer rate in Aug 06 MBNA jacked my rate to $28.24%!!!
I have called 'repeatedly' and they transferred me to outside credit counseling then the last lady at MBNA, **, said to me and *****I quote, "You are not using your card in an acceptable way." I said, "I have never been late!" She said,"MBNA isn't meant to be a long term card, MBNA is meant to be a revolving, swipe your card at the store so that we can get the exchange rate type of a card." I kid you not! That's what she said. She continued, "You have been making minimum payments too long and don't use the card as intended. We want you to pay down your card and charge it up with purchases."
She also attacked my credit, which I had a copy of and said, "You owe too much on credit cards." I said, "That's my business, and I have never missed a payment, so what do you care?" She said, "You're $45k in debt, that's too much." I said, "Not if I make $135k a year, it isn't." Get this- she said, "Well, if that was true then you'd have paid all your balances down by now and have really excellent credit." I said, "It's none of your business what I do with my money. What if I own 3 properties, then is that acceptable to you?" She said, "Well, we're getting nowhere with this, do you want to speak to a Manager?"
I said, "You better believe it." But he naturally wasn't available, so I called back today, Oct 16 2006 and she closed my account "per customer request"!!! I paid ON TIME every single month, NEVER once late. I cannot believe this treatment. Today I transferred the balance to my credit union, California Coast, They have always treated me right. I will NEVER do business with MBNA ever again!!!
OTTAWA, CALIFORNIA -- I won't leave my individual stories about how rudely I was treated by MBNA. I just want to advise anyone that is thinking of dealing with them. Times have been tough and we may not have been able to make consistent payments but the people at MBNA have been ridiculous. Leaving beyond rude messages on our answering machines. Calling us "immature" "irresponsible."
I don't care how far the payments are behind you don't treat your customers like that. Even when we do make a payment they are so unorganized that we get like 3 different people phoning us saying the same thing. This company has rude service and bad organization and I pity anyone who deals with them.