They usually include a fee as well, either a flat rate or percentage of the advanced amount. Additionally, if you use an ATM to access the cash, you often are charged a small usage fee. Along with separate interest rates, credit card cash advances carry
a separate balance from credit purchases, but the monthly payment can be applied to both balances. However, if you are only paying the minimum amount due, the card issuer is allowed by federal law to apply it to the balance with the lower interest rate. Since that is invariably the rate for purchases, the cash advance balance can sit and accrue interest at that high rate for months. In most cases, credit card cash advances do not quality for no- or low-interest rate introductory offers. On the plus side, they are quick and easy to obtain.