I would imagine many business owners like me have struggled with reduced cash flow over the past 18-24 months...what more appropriate time to make use of an existing credit line? I have two Citibank credit cards including a Citibank Driver's Edge card that I've had for over 22 years. Never was late on payments; often had a zero balance, received rebates on two car purchases, and systematically established a very substantial credit line. My interest rate in 2007 was 9.9% Over the past year I reluctantly allowed my balance to climb, as my rate also climbed to 14.9%. In November I was late on one payment and..... "bang!"..... late fees, reduction in credit line, and slammed me with a 29.9% interest rate! Discussions/pleas with the representatives are like talking to emotionless robots. Gee, thanks Citibank, for your concern about the hardship your 20-year Customer is experiencing. As if 14.9% interest isn't enough interest to make? Yesterday I withdrew enough money from my IRA to pay off both accounts; frankly I'd rather pay the 10% penalty and pay our government extra taxes that allow Citibank to exploit and benefit from my hardship. Fortunately the economy is begining to cycle-back, my income is growing, and I vow to never to do business with Citbank again; and will take advantage of any opportunity I have to disuade friends, family, and clients from dealing with this huge corporate theif.
We have banked at citibank for over 30 years, currently a citigold client. Tried to get the branch ownership of our accounts moved from where we opened it to where we have lived for more than 20 years. Citibank doesn't do that - they "want clients to experience good service from every branch" no matter where. That may be their philosophy but we are looking for a "banking relationship" with a banker at the branch where we live. Should there be a problem, we want to be able to go into our local branch and get it resolved. How can it make sense to call the branch where the account was opened or go to that location; we haven't been there in the last 20 years. After numerous calls and follow up on my part to the 2 involved branches, we have decided to research and select a new bank.
I paid off my credit card balance. Rightfully didn't question not receiving a statement the following month; because the balance was paid in full. The next month, I get a past due statement for a balance of $2.17. Funny, the full-exact balance had been paid. Accrued finance charges, OK. (I can only imagine how many customers don't expect a $1 statement in the mail once the full balance was paid/or how many customers magically didn't receive the first ever missed statement of their account history). Also funny, this was the first time in nearly 10 years that I didn't receive a statement. I have perfect payment history and wanted the 1 payment past due cleared. An "Account Manager" refused, because there was no bank error. I certainly made no error. Citibank refused to let me talk to someone else, as he was the highest and they no longer allow calls to be escalated to anyone higher. Wow. No "big picture" for the business or your customers. No "care" at all. Amazing how you stay in business. Disgusting.