Allied Irish Bank (GB) business credit cards

Existing Allied Irish Bank (AIB) business banking customers can manage day-to-day business expenses with an AIB Visa credit card.

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AIB offers a small, straightforward business credit card range for companies with employees who incur business expenses. You can choose simplicity, with a straightforward charge card or perks, with a premium card offering benefits such as breakdown cover and travel benefits through the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection.

AIB business cards: Features and benefits

Here’s an overview of what you can get if you apply for an AIB business card:

  • Joining fee and annual fee. In order to get the card, you’ll have to pay a one-off fee when your application is accepted. Apart from that, AIB business credit cards have a fixed annual fee that depends on the card you choose.
  • Credit limit. Credit limits start from £500, while the maximum depends on your company’s credit status. If more than one of your employees needs a business credit card, you can set different credit limits for each of them.
  • Contactless payments. As you’d expect, staff will be able to use their cards for contactless payments up to £30.
  • Direct debit repayment. AIB collects monthly repayments directly from your AIB business account and sends you a bank statement for each of your employees.
  • 24-hour customer service. If something goes wrong and you need help, you can talk to someone on the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Misuse protection. If an employee to whom you gave the card misuses it, in some cases you’re entitled to a reimbursement from AIB.
  • Additional perks. If you opt for one of AIB’s more premium business cards, it’ll cost you more, but comes with a bunch of extra features, like VIP treatment at a selection of hotels.

What's the difference between a charge card and regular credit card?

With a charge card, you’re expected to clear your balance in full every month. As such, these cards don’t charge interest, although there are usually harsh fees if you fail to clear your balance. The benefits of charge cards include flexibility over payments (purchases at the start of the billing cycle are paid for at the end of the billing cycle) and in some cases, rewards on your spending. However, charge cards can come with a monthly or annual fee attached and do not usually offer purchase protection under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.

While charge cards are fairly rare in the consumer space, they’re more prevalent in business banking.

How to compare AIB business cards

There’s no single right credit card for every company. Before making a financial choice of any kind you should really think about your business’s needs and expectations.

The cards in AIB’s business range are designed to suit different needs, so chances are you’ll be able to identify which works best for you by looking at the spending habits of the employees who’ll be using them.

For example, if the person who’s going to use the card doesn’t need to travel much for business, the costs of a more premium option might not be worth shouldering, and they’re probably fine with a more basic option.

Compare business credit and charge cards

Table: sorted by interest rate on purchases.
Updated January 23rd, 2020
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
British Airways American Express Accelerating Business Card
22.9%
£210 per annum
81.6% (variable)
Earn 1.5 On Business Points for every £1 spent with BA on eligible flights and 1.5 Avios for every eligible £1 spent on credit card. Earn an extra 3,000 On Business Points annually when £20K or more spent by card anniversary.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £210 per annum, your representative rate is 81.6% APR (variable).
Capital on Tap Business Credit Card
39.9
£0
39.9% (variable)
Upgrade to Capital on Tap Business Rewards Card for £99 pa to earn 1 point for every £1 spent. 1 point can be redeemed for either 1 Avios or 1p in cashback. 10,000 bonus points when £5,000 spent in first 3 months. Up to 20 free supplementary cards available.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
Capital on Tap Business Rewards Card
39.9%
£99 p.a.
39.9% (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £1 spent. 1 points can be redeemed for either 1 Avios or 1p in cashback. 10,000 bonus points when £5,000 spent in first 3 months. Up to 20 free supplementary cards available.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
American Express Gold Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£125 (£0 in first year)
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Earn 20,000 bonus Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in first 3 months of Card membership. Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter.
American Express Platinum Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£595 p.a.
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Earn 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards® points when you spend £6,000 in first 3 months of Card membership. Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter.
Barclaycard Business Flex Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 24.9%
£0
24.9% (variable)
Business Rewards - giving a range of discounts and rebates (up to 66% off AA membership, save 20% on B2B marketing sites and access to 99 UK business credit reports for £75, 5% Avis rebate, 15% off Ryman's stationary, up to 15% off with APH, £60 driving credit and first year membership free with Zipcar, first year of FSB registration free, 20% off bPay by Barclaycard device, up to 15% off ecommerce website with cloudBuy, 5% rebate on online advertising spend with Bing, 10% off selected hotel reservations for business trips with booking.com, 4% rebate at over 5,000 hotels and 10,000 restaurants and 1% rebate at petrol stations at selected locations with the USA and Canada with Mastercard, 3% off business flights with flybmi and 25% off first £200 spend at Amazon Business).
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).
Toolstation Trade Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 24.9%
£0
24.9% (variable)
Apply for a card and spend on it between 11.11.19 and 31.3.20 and receive one prize draw entry to win 1 of 3 van wraps, maximum 10 entries.
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).
Travis Perkins Trade Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 24.9%
£0
24.9% (variable)
0% for 60 days on purchases made at Travis Perkins and participating group companies.
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).
Barclaycard Business Premium Plus Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 6 months reverting to 14.9%
£100 per annum
36.2% (variable)
0.5% after £1 of yearly spend. Maximum of £400 cashback paid per year. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. If less than £10 Cashback earned in any Cashback Year, it will not be credited to the account and will not be carried forward to the following year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £100 per annum, your representative rate is 36.2% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Business Select Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £32 per annum
26.4% (variable)
Business Rewards - giving a range of discounts and rebates (up to 66% off AA membership, save 20% on B2B marketing sites and access to 99 UK business credit reports for £75, 5% Avis rebate, 15% off Ryman's stationary, up to 15% off with APH, £60 driving credit and first year membership free with Zipcar, first year of FSB registration free, 20% off bPay by Barclaycard device, up to 15% off ecommerce website with cloudBuy, 5% rebate on online advertising spend with Bing, 10% off selected hotel reservations for business trips with booking.com, 4% rebate at over 5,000 hotels and 10,000 restaurants and 1% rebate at petrol stations at selected locations with the USA and Canada with Mastercard, 3% off business flights with flybmi and 25% off first £200 spend at Amazon Business).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £32 per annum, your representative rate is 26.4% APR (variable).

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