Cashplus Credit Card review 2021

Available by invitation only, the Cashplus credit card is designed for customers who are looking to improve their credit score. The credit card can be easily managed online or via mobile app.

Digital banking company Cashplus offers a solid credit builder credit card to people whose credit score makes it difficult to be accepted for other kinds of credit – whether they have bad credit or because it’s the first time they’re borrowing money. For now, it’s an invitation-only credit card and you can only apply if you receive a letter or an email from Cashplus.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).

£50

Minimum credit limit

39.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerAPS Financial Ltd
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Min credit limit£50
Max credit limitNot specified
Credit limit noteLinked to primary cardholder limit
Purchases39.94%
Additional cards available4

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Chris Lilly is a publisher at finder.com. He's a specialist in credit-based products including business and personal loans, mortgages and credit cards, and is passionate about helping UK consumers make informed decisions about their borrowing. In his spare time Chris likes forcing his kids to exercise more.

Expert review

As with most credit builder cards, the Cashplus Credit Card’s 39.9% rate on purchases means you absolutely want to use this card responsibly and avoid carrying a balance from month to month. However, provided you do pay your bill in full and on time, you’ll get a decent level of flexibility – up to days of 0% interest on your purchases each billing cycle.

Other appealing features of this card include the lack of an annual fee and the smart mobile app (which you’d expect to be pretty decent given that Cashplus is a digital-only credit card start-up).

The Cashplus Credit Card is issued on the Mastercard network so it's accepted at nearly 53 million merchants across more than 210 countries and territories.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Applicants with low credit scores may be eligible
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • A steep interest rate on purchases
  • You may be offered an opening credit limit as low as £50

How does it compare?

Cashplus's card

Name Product Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Minimum income Representative APR Incentive Link
Cashplus Credit Card Mastercard
£0
Min. limit £50, max. limit not specified.
Not specified
39.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
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Name Product Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Minimum income Representative APR Incentive Link
Marbles Classic Credit Card
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit £1,200.
Not specified
29.7%
You could get a credit limit increase after three months. Choose a monthly repayment date that suits you and change it up to twice a year.
Representative example: Assumed credit limit £1,200, representative 29.7% APR (variable), purchase rate 29.75% p.a. (variable).
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Aqua Classic Credit Card
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit £1,200.
Not specified
29.7%
Representative example: Assumed credit limit £1,200, representative 29.7% APR (variable), purchase rate 29.75% p.a. (variable).
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Aqua Classic Balance Transfer Card
Aqua Classic Balance Transfer Card
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit £1,200.
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34.9%
Representative example: Assumed credit limit £1,200, representative 34.9% APR (variable), purchase rate 34.95% p.a. (variable).
Please note: you can’t have two Aqua accounts or open an Aqua account within 12 months of opening a Marbles, Fluid or Opus account, issued by New Day
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Tesco Bank Foundation Card
£0
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
£5000
27.5%
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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).
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The representative APRs shown represent 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.

Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through Cashplus's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0330 024 0924). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and damaging your credit score – making it harder and more expensive to borrow money in the future – and getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) 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

If you're a Cashplus customer and have received an email or a letter inviting you to apply for its credit card, then you can do it. As of February 2019, the Cashplus credit card is not open to spontaneous applications.

Once you've got the invitation code, looked around and decided this credit card has got what you're looking for, you can apply online. Cashplus says it shouldn't take more than a few minutes, and it'll let you know instantly whether your application has been successful.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the Cashplus Credit Card?

If Cashplus is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on Cashplus's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £50 and Cashplus does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Cashplus that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the Cashplus Credit Card?

Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (such as withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino or buying currency) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.

The cash advance fee on the Cashplus Credit Card is 3% (min. £0.01). For example, if you withdraw £50, you'll incur a fee of £1.50. Withdraw £250, and you'll incur a fee of £7.50.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 39.94%, which is the same as the standard purchases rate.

How much does it cost to use the Cashplus Credit Card abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.99% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£170.75), it'll cost you around £5.11.

What is the minimum payment on the Cashplus Credit Card?

Each month you must pay at least 5% of your balance at that point or £10.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £190.00 outstanding, you'd pay £10.00, and if you had £800.00 outstanding, you'd pay £40.00.

Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it tends to be a very expensive way to borrow money which can lead to persistent debt.

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