Bank of Scotland Classic Mastercard review April 2019

Bank of Scotland Classic Mastercard
Bank of Scotland Classic Mastercard

The Classic Card may not have the super-competitive rates of other Bank of Scotland cards, but the bar for getting approved is lower.

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 9-month 0% interest period on purchases with this card, and a 18-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.

Key details

IssuerBank of Scotland
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 18 months reverting to 27.95%
Balance transfer fee3% (min. £3)
Purchases0% for 9 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
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfer fee3% (min. £3)
Foreign usage charge (EU)2.95%
Foreign usage charge (rest of world)2.95%
Cash advance fee3% (min. £3)
Late payment fee£12
Duplicate statement fee£5
Exceeding limit fee£12
Additional card fee£0
Replacement card fee£0
Dormancy fee£0
Minimum Age18
AvailabilityAvailable to new customers
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).
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How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?

Comparison ordered by representative APR with affiliated products shown first.
Updated April 19th, 2019
Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9%
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 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
N/A
£0
22.9%
Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent.
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).
0% for 28 months reverting to 20.95%
0% for 28 months reverting to 20.95%
£0
20.9%
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 2 Nectar points per £1 spent on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.95%
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.95%
£0
19.9%
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).
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.95%
0% for 29 months reverting to 19.95%
£0
19.9%
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 2 Nectar points per £1 spent on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
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).
0% for 3 months reverting to 20.95%
0% for 22 months reverting to 20.95%
£0
20.9%
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 2 Nectar points per £1 spent on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).
0% for 27 months reverting to 20.95%
0% for 3 months reverting to 20.95%
£0
20.9%
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 2 Nectar points per £1 spent on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% 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 Mastercard

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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