Bank of Scotland Classic Credit Card review

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This card is no longer available, but you can use this page to compare alternatives.

As of June 2020, this card has been discontinued and is no longer available. However, this information has been kept for historical purposes. You can use this page to browse the range of credit cards currently available from Bank of Scotland and to compare similar cards from other issuers.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.9% APR (variable).

16 months

0% interest on balance transfers

27.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

6 months

0% interest on purchases

Details

IssuerBank of Scotland
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 16 months reverting to 27.95%
Balance transfer fee3% for 3 months reverting to 5%
Purchases0% for 6 months reverting to 27.95%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances27.95%
Min credit limit£0
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1

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Expert review

Described by Bank of Scotland as “A credit card for customers with a good credit rating but who may not be eligible for the main range of Bank of Scotland credit cards”, this deal may be especially suitable for those with a more limited credit history. In cases where Bank of Scotland has not been able to offer customers the card they applied for, it may offer this card as an alternative.

The good news is that you could still score a 6-month 0% interest period on purchases with this card, and a 16-month 0% interest period on balance transfers too. If, on the other hand, you don’t anticipate carrying a balance from month-to-month, then you’ll be able to take advantage of up to 56 days of 0% interest on purchases each billing cycle.

Depending on how you would expect to use this card it may in fact not feel like the second-rate card that Bank of Scotland’s own description might imply.

Don’t forget that Bank of Scotland offers a free and instant eligibility checker tool so you can find out your chances of getting approved for this card (and any others in its range) without affecting your credit score.

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

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Annual/monthly fees Min credit limit Max credit limit Minimum income Rep. APR Incentive Link
Vanquis Bank Chrome Credit Card 24.7pc Visa
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,000
Not specified
24.7%
Stay in control of your account with online servicing, a mobile app, SMS and email alerts.
Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a purchase rate of 24.7% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.7% APR (variable).
Tandem Bank Journey Credit Card Mastercard
£0
£500
Subject to status: £1,500
£15000
24.9%
No fees for making purchases or withdrawing cash abroad – currencies are converted at the standard Mastercard exchange rate.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
TSB Classic Credit Card Mastercard
£0
£500
Not specified
Not specified
26.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 26.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 26.9% APR (variable).
Tesco Bank Foundation Clubcard Credit Card Mastercard
£0
£100
Subject to status
£5000
27.5%
Collect 1 Tesco Clubcard point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 Clubcard point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco in each purchase transaction.  Must have available credit to collect Clubcard points. Clubcard points are turned into Clubcard vouchers every 3 months or sooner using Faster Vouchers. Clubcard vouchers can be used in Tesco or with Clubcard Reward Partners to get even more value on dining out, hotel stays and travel.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.542% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.5% APR (variable).
Vanquis Bank Chrome Card 29.3pc Visa
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,000
Not specified
29.3%
Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a purchase rate of 29.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.3% APR (variable).
Vanquis Bank Aquis Visa
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,000
Not specified
29.8%
You could get a credit limit increase after your 5th statement and further increases every 5 months, up to £4,000.
Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a purchase rate of 29.84% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.8% APR (variable).
Capital One Classic Platinum Mastercard
£0
£200
Subject to status: £1,500
Not specified
29.8%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.84% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.8% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Forward Credit Card Visa
£0
£50
Subject to status: £1,200
£3000
33.9%
Buy tickets for up to 3500 selected live events through Barclaycard entertainment and get 5% off tickets per year and exclusive pre-sale tickets on selected festivals with 10% off ticket prices.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 33.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 33.9% 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.

Bank of Scotland’s range

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
Bank of Scotland Platinum Low Rate 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 Fee 0% Balance Transfer Mastercard
0% for 9 months reverting to 19.95%
0% for 22 months
(1.99% fee)
£0
19.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
Bank of Scotland Platinum 0% Purchase and Balance Transfer Mastercard
0% for 18 months reverting to 19.95%
0% for 18 months
(3% fee)
£0
19.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
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Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 964 5645), or alternatively set up a direct debit. A direct debit is a great idea because it protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee 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 for the Bank of Scotland Classic Credit Card

If you’ve compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 15 minutes. Before you apply, check that you meet the eligibility requirements and have the information and documents you’ll need to make the process as straightforward as possible.

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