Swapping your existing credit card could help you to:
- Move from one card type to another, e.g. from a balance transfer to a purchase card.
- Take advantage of new introductory interest rates.
For example, if you used your existing credit card to transfer a balance which is now paid off, and you now need a card with lower interest rates for purchases, a swap could be a good option.
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Frequently asked questions about switching credit cards
Think about your main reason for switching from your existing credit card. The lowest and longest lasting interest rates are usually offered on a primary transaction type.
Card purchases – perhaps you’re planning a larger purchase and need to spread the cost over a number of months, or you’re looking for a credit card to manage your everyday spending.
Just be aware, unless a 0% p.a. promotional rate for purchases applies, to avoid paying interest on purchases you need to pay off your monthly statement balance in full every month.
Balance transfers – you could consolidate credit card balances you hold elsewhere, making your outgoings easier to keep track of. Just bear in mind that transfer fees may apply.
At Lloyds Bank, you can transfer balances from most credit cards and store cards which display the Mastercard®, American Express®, or Visa® logos, but not from loan companies, bank accounts or other Lloyds Bank credit cards.
Money transfers – with selected credit cards you can transfer funds to your UK current account, helping you to manage cash-only purchases and unexpected expenses. Transfer fees may apply.
It’s important to know, if you make a purchase using money transferred from your credit card to your current account, the purchase will not be protected under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 – unlike some credit card purchases.
Applying to swap your credit card could affect your credit score in a few ways:
- Any full application for credit will be recorded on your file at the Credit Reference Agencies.
- If your application is approved, the total amount of credit available to you may increase, which could limit further credit applications being approved, at least in the short term.
The way you manage your borrowing is also important. For instance, if you miss a payment or go over your credit limit, in addition to fees, charges and the possibility of losing any promotional interest rates, your credit rating could also be affected.
Before you switch to a new credit card, consider if this is the right borrowing option for you and if you’ll be able to make repayments, even if your circumstances change.
If you’ve got a balance on your existing credit card, it’ll simply move to your new credit card when you swap. However, it’s important to know you’ll lose your previous interest rates, including any introductory or promotional rates.
Introductory interest rates on the card you swap to are limited to new transactions only.
That means the standard interest rates on your new credit card will apply to any outstanding balances moved across, so make sure you understand any change in costs.
If this standard interest rate will be higher than you’re paying already, or promotional interest rates apply to the balance on your existing credit card, you may choose to:
- Wait and pay off the balance on your existing credit card before you swap.
- Apply for a second credit card instead, keeping your balances separate. Bear in mind that you can’t transfer balances between Lloyds Bank credit cards.
- Accept an increase in costs, but aim to repay the balance sooner rather than later.
It’s useful to know that payments you make are always allocated to balances with the highest interest rates first, helping to keep your interest costs to a minimum.
To check the interest rates which apply to your existing credit card, refer to:
- Your monthly statement – the transaction pages include a breakdown of the interest rates which apply to your balance, along with the expiry dates for any introductory or promotional rates.
- Your account terms and conditions – these are issued by post after your application is approved, or if the terms of your account have changed, so make sure you’re looking at the latest version.
You could make some changes to your existing credit card, so it better suits your needs:
- Increase your credit limit for added flexibility, without applying for or swapping to a new card, subject to status and security checks.
- Check for promotional interest rates on your existing credit card. We may contact you by email or post when new rates are available, but you may also see offers advertised when you log on to Internet Banking or the Mobile Banking app.
- Add additional cardholders, so you can keep track of family spending in one place. Just be aware, cardholders must be aged 18 or over, and you’ll be responsible for all spending and repayments.
When an application is approved, your PIN will be delivered by post within 5 working days. Your new card will follow, arriving within 7 working days.
We send these items separately for security. If your card doesn’t arrive within 2 days of your PIN being delivered, please call us on 0345 606 2172. Speak to an adviser 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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