This section will give you a much better understanding of the things you need to take into consideration before choosing a card.
Credit cards can fall under a few different categories. Understanding these will help you to decide the type of card you are looking for. Here are some of the types of cards that we have to offer.
A Balance Transfer card can help reduce the interest you pay on your current credit card debts. This type of card lets you transfer all or part of a credit card or some store card (if they have the Visa®, Mastercard® or Amex® logo) balances onto a new credit card. You may receive a 0% introductory offer. When this introductory offer ends, the balance that remains on your account will start to be charged at the standard rate of interest.
A Purchase card is often used for buying everyday goods or services. It may include a promotional 0% period. This can be useful if you need to make a large purchase, as you will not pay any interest. When the 0% period ends you will be charged your standard rate. You will be required to pay the minimum payment on time each month.
Combined cards will often have 0% interest introductory offers for both purchases and balance transfers. A balance transfer will let you transfer the balance from one credit card or store card (if they have the Visa®, Mastercard® or Amex® logo), on which you may be paying interest, to another credit card. It can also be helpful if you want to make a large purchase so you can spread its cost for a promotional period.
Reward cards give you something back when you spend on the card. Each time you shop you can collect points and use them to get shopping vouchers, cashback, travel and more.
Reward cards do not usually have a low APR. This means that they would benefit people who spend around £350 or more per month on their credit card. If you tend to spend less than £350 per month then you may not earn as much in Rewards to cover the Annual fee that Reward cards normally charge.
Low rate credit cards could save you money on charges and interest. Low rate credit cards normally have a lower APR (between 6% and 15%) than standard balance transfer and rewards cards. These cards tend to have an APR of between 15% and 25%. A Low rate card may be useful if you don’t want to worry about promotional periods ending as it has one interest rate.
Your biggest commitment is to pay back what you borrow plus any interest charged and stay within your credit limit. Each month you must pay back at least the minimum amount on time. This amount is shown on your statement. Please read your credit card terms and conditions carefully so you understand how your credit card works.
Even if your card offers a 0% interest period on purchases, if you do not make the minimum payment on time each month, you will be charged interest on top of your purchases. If you only pay the minimum each month, you will end up paying more interest over a longer period of time. It will also take more time to pay off your balance.
Interest charges will apply on balance transfers (outside of a promotional offer), credit card cheques or cash withdrawals made on your credit card even if you pay off your balance in full.
If you miss or make a late payment, you will be charged a fee. To help avoid this fee, you can choose to pay between the minimum and full amount by Direct Debit each month. Missing a payment could also have a bad effect on your credit rating. This can make it hard to get credit in the future.
You should also stay within your credit limit to avoid being charged a fee.
When we make a decision to lend, we consider a number of factors, such as credit history (i.e. if credit card payments have been maintained and how long the current account has been held), current level of borrowing and financial commitments.
If successful, you will get a credit limit and any applicable promotional rates, which will be based on your current status.
At least 51% of successful applicants will receive the representative APR. You may be offered a different promotional period, rate or product which will be based on your current status. Please check all the features of the credit card to make sure that they still meet your needs as they may differ from the card you applied for first of all.