1. More Time to Pay Monthly Bills – Card Companies will be required to mail monthly bills at least 21 days before the payment’s due.
2. Same Due Date Each Month – The payment due date will have to be the same on every monthly statement.
3. More Information about Minimum Payments – Credit Card Bills will have to show how long it will take to pay off the balance if you are making only minimum monthly payments and options for paying off the balance in 36 months.
4. More Restrictions for Exceeding Credit Limits – Before you can be charged an over-the-limit fee, you’ll need to “opt-in” or give your card issuer permission to complete transactions that will exceed your credit limit. If you sign up, you can still be charged for exceeding your limit. If you don’t sign up and make a charge that puts you over your limit, the card issuer may or may not decline the transaction. But either way, you can’t be charged an over-the-limit fee if you don’t sign up.
5. More Favorable Terms For Paying Off Balances with Higher Interest Rates – Currently, for accounts with different interest rates, such as cash advances and balance transfers, your payments typically go toward paying off balances iwth the lowest interest rates first. In the future, payments in excess of the minimum amount will be required to pay off balances with the highest interest rate first.
6. Prohibition on Increasing the Interest Rates on Existing Balances – Under most circumstances card issuers won’t be allowed to increase rates on existing balances but will be allowed to increase rates for future purchases after the first year. A penalty rate can’t go into effect unless you don’t make a required payment within 60 days of its due date. In that case, you’ll need to be given a 45-day notice that tells you why your rate was increased. The penalty rate must be decreased to the original rate after six months in a row of timely payments.
7. More Notice Before Rates Can Be Increased on Future Balances – Rates can’t be increased during the first year after your account is opened. After the first year, you’ll have to be given at least 45 days’ notice before your rate can be increased. Plus, you’ll have the ability to close your account and maintain your current rate.