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Bank of Scotland Classic Credit Card review January 2020
The Classic Card may not have the super-competitive rates of other Bank of Scotland cards, but the bar for getting approved is lower.
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In a nutshell:
0% interest on balance transfers
|Issuer||Bank of Scotland|
|Balance transfers||0% for 16 months reverting to 27.95%|
|Balance transfer fee||3% (min. £3)|
|Purchases||0% for 6 months reverting to 27.95%|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 56 days|
|Min. credit limit||£0|
|Max credit limit||Not specified|
|Additional cards available||1|
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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?
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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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