Allied Irish Bank (GB) Classic Credit Card review 2021

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A straightforward credit card for existing AIB customers.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.79% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £8 per annum, your representative rate is 24.3% APR (variable).

24.3%

Representative APR

£8

Yearly account fee

Up to 56 days

Interest-free each billing period

£500

Minimum credit limit

Details

IssuerAllied Irish Bank (GB)
NetworkVisa
Annual/monthly fees£8 per annum
Balance transfers22.79%
Balance transfer fee1.5%
Purchases22.79%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances22.79%
Min credit limit£500
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1
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Chris Lilly is a publisher at finder.com. He's a specialist in credit-based products including business and personal loans, mortgages and credit cards, and is passionate about helping UK consumers make informed decisions about their borrowing. In his spare time Chris likes forcing his kids to exercise more.

Expert review

This credit card is as straightforward as it gets: it does the job, but doesn’t offer anything more than that. It’s only available to existing AIB customers.

If you don’t plan to carry a balance from month to month, then you’ll get up to 56 days of 0% interest on your purchases each billing cycle, which really is the main pro of this card. That’s in return for an account fee of £8 per annum.

Apart from keeping accounts “under one roof”, there’s little to encourage you to choose this card over others available on the market. Fees are very average, interest rates on purchases and balance transfers aren’t competitive and there are no perks or rewards to make the rest a bit more attractive.

If you’re looking to earn rewards on your spending or to spread the cost of upcoming expenditure, there are better deals out there, for those willing to shop around.

Finally, AIB cards are offered on the Visa network, so they’re accepted at over 20 million locations worldwide.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • The APR is relatively low

Cons

  • It's only available to existing customers
  • There's an £8 annual fee
  • You're unlikely to be approved if you have bad credit
  • There's plenty of better options out there that don't charge annual fees

How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
Santander Everyday Credit Card
0% for 18 months reverting to 20.9%
0% for 18 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 20.9%
£0
20.9% (variable)
Earn up to 15% cashback with your selected Retailer Offers at selected major retailers.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).
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The NatWest Balance Transfer Credit Card (eligibility criteria apply)
0% for 18 months reverting to 21.9%
0%, transfers must be made within the first 3 months of account opening
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9% p.a. (variable)
£0
21.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable), your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Transfer Plus Mastercard
0% for 29 months reverting to 21.9%
2.75% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £1 spent at Marks and Spencer's and 1 point for every £5 spent elsewhere. 100 points = £1 reward voucher. Points will be converted into reward vouchers 4 times a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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The Royal Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card (eligibility criteria apply)
0% for 18 months reverting to 21.9%
0%, transfers must be made within the first 3 months of account opening
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9% p.a. (variable)
£0
21.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable), your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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HSBC Balance Transfer Credit Card
0% for 29 months reverting to 21.9%
2.85% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (variable)
Discounts and exclusive offers for dining experiences, leisure activities and shopping available through HSBC Home and Away.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
0% for 20 months reverting to 21.9%
2.9% (min. £5)
0% for 20 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £1 spent at Marks and Spencer's and 1 point for every £5 spent elsewhere. 100 points = £1 reward voucher. Points will be converted into reward vouchers 4 times a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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HSBC Purchase Plus Credit Card Visa
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
2.9% (min. £5) for transfers in first 60 days
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
£0
22.9% (variable)
Discounts and exclusive offers for dining experiences, leisure activities and shopping available through HSBC Home and Away.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
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Santander All in One Credit Card
0% for 26 months reverting to 17.9%
0% for 26 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 20 months reverting to 17.9%
£3 per month
23.7% (variable)
0.5% cashback after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid monthly into card account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 17.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 23.7% APR (variable).
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John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Mastercard
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
2.9% (min. £5) at anytime reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 9 months reverting to 18.9%
£0
18.9% (variable)
Earn 5 points for every £4 spent in store or online at John Lewis, Waitrose and John Lewis Insurance. Earn 1 Point for every £4 spent elsewhere. Vouchers issued once customer reaches 500 points in Feb, Jun or Oct when vouchers are automatically issued to customers. Every 500 points is worth £5.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
first direct Credit Card
0% for 27 months reverting to 18.9%
2.29% (min. £5) for 3 months reverting to 2.9% (min. £5)
18.9%
£0
18.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
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Compare low rate credit cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
TSB Advance Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 7.95%
0% for 3 months
(0% fee)
£0
7.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 7.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 7.9% APR (variable).
The Co-operative Bank 3 Year Fixed Rate Credit Card
8.9%
8.9%
(0% fee)
£0
8.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 8.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 8.9% APR (variable).
MBNA Long Term Low Interest Credit Card
4.9% for 48 months reverting to 8.9%
4.9% for 48 months
(0.5% fee)
£0
8.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 8.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 8.9% APR (variable).
Ulster Bank Credit Card Mastercard
9.9%
6.9%
(0% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
The Royal Bank Credit Card
9.9%
6.9%
(0% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
The NatWest Credit Card
9.9%
6.9%
(0% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
Tesco Bank Low APR Card
9.942%
10.362%
(3.99% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
1 point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco, must have available credit to earn points. Card can also be used as a Clubcard to collect standard points at 1 point per £1 spent on shopping and 1 point per £2 spent on fuel. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers which can be used towards shopping or exchanged for Partner Rewards.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.942% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
Lloyds Bank Platinum Low Rate Credit Card
9.94%
9.94%
(5% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
Halifax Credit Card Mastercard
9.95%
9.95%
(5% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
Bank of Scotland Platinum Low Rate Credit Card
9.95%
9.95%
(5% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The APR shown represents the interest rate offered to most successful applicants. Depending on your personal circumstances the APR you're offered may be higher, or you may not be offered credit at all. Fees and rates are subject to change without notice. It's always wise to check the terms of any deal before you borrow.

Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through Allied Irish Bank (GB)'s app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 600 5204). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) or losing any promotional rates as a result.

You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.

Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:

Minimum amount Fixed amount Fixed percentage Full amount

How to apply

If you've compared your options and wish to apply for an AIB card, you'll need to head to a branch or phone AIB on 0345 600 5204.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the Allied Irish Bank (GB) Classic Credit Card?

If Allied Irish Bank (GB) is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on Allied Irish Bank (GB)'s assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £500 and Allied Irish Bank (GB) does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Allied Irish Bank (GB) that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the Allied Irish Bank (GB) Classic Credit Card?

Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino, buying currency, etc.) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.

The cash advance fee on the Allied Irish Bank (GB) Classic Credit Card is 1.5% (min. £3). For example, if you withdraw £50, you'll incur a fee of £3.00. Withdraw £250, and you'll incur a fee of £3.75.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 22.79% (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

How much does it cost to use the Allied Irish Bank (GB) Classic Credit Card abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£174.17), it'll cost you around £4.79.

What is the minimum payment on the Allied Irish Bank (GB) Classic Credit Card?

Each month you must pay at least 3% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £150.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £666.67 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.

Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it tends to be a very expensive way to borrow money which can lead to persistent debt.

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