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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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In a nutshell:
Minimum credit limit
Up to 56 days
Interest-free each billing period
|Issuer||APS Financial Ltd|
|Min credit limit||£100|
|Max credit limit||Subject to status: £3,000|
|Credit limit note||Subject to status|
|Purchases interest-free period (days)||56|
|Additional cards available||4|
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As with most credit builder cards, the Cashplus Credit Card’s 49.9% 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 56 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).
As this card is on the Mastercard network, it’s accepted in more than 40 million locations worldwide. You’ll also be able to enjoy access to Priceless Cities experiences.
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.
Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The APR shown represents 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.
You can make manual repayments through Cashplus's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone . 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.
|Minimum amount||Fixed amount||Fixed percentage||Full amount|
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.
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 the card is £100, while the maximum is £3,000. 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.
Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino, buying currency, etc.) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.
The cash advance fee on the Cashplus Credit Card is 3%.
The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 49.94%, which is the same as the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).
Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.99% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£172.31), it'll cost you around £5.15.
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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