Cards like Halifax Clarity

The Halifax Clarity card is almost synonymous with fee-free spending overseas, but there are plenty of good alternatives.

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Despite what the folks at Halifax would have you believe, the Clarity card, with its representative APR of 19.9%, isn’t the only credit card offering 0% fees for non-sterling transactions.

Cards like Halifax’s Clarity are especially popular as “secondary” credit cards – you might have one card for day-to-day use and another that you use when you’re out of the country. Just remember that if you take out one of these cards (or indeed the Clarity), when you use it abroad, decline dynamic currency conversion (DCC) – that’s when a merchant offers to charge you in pounds rather than the local currency. If the merchant’s bank converts the currency for you, it’ll be their fee structure and exchange rates that’ll apply.

Alternatives to the Halifax Clarity for overseas spending

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated January 23rd, 2020
Name Product Foreign usage charge (EU) Foreign usage charge (rest of world) Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
The Royal Bank Credit Card
0%
0%
9.9%
£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
0%
0%
9.9%
£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).
Tandem Bank Journey Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
24.9%
£0
24.9% (variable)
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).
Ulster Bank Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
9.9%
£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).
Coutts & Co Silk Credit Card Visa
0%
0%
14.71%
£0
14.7% (variable)
Eligible for Coutts Travel Rewards, receive a cash reward at participating retailers in selected countries.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.71% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 14.7% APR (variable).

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Further options

A small number of digital-only banks like Curve and Revolut offer alternative ways to get around fees when spending abroad.

With Curve, you can combine multiple bank cards into one – controlled through your Curve card and app. Even if your card issuer charges exchange fees, Curve will convert the currency for you at the standard Mastercard exchange rate. Just be aware that restrictions and limitations do apply – you can read our full guide to Curve to find out if it could be right for you.

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