Coutts and Co Silk Credit Card review 2021

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Enjoy luxurious gifts and 24/7 expert advice for your travels with this VIP credit card.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

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).

14.7%

Representative APR

0%

Foreign transaction charge

£0

Account fee

Up to 46 days

Interest-free each billing period

Details

IssuerCoutts & Co
NetworkMastercard
Rep. APR14.7% (variable)
Annual/monthly fees£0
Additional Rewards InfoThank You From Coutts - as spending increases cardholders automatically become eligible for a choice of gifts.
Lounge accessMembership to LoungeKey, access to over 700 airport lounges worldwide. Charged at £20 per person per visit.
Purchases14.71%
Purchases interest-free period (days)46
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Expert review

A private bank known for its three-century-long history and for being used by the British Royal Family, Coutts isn’t exactly your average financial institution.

However, if you are lucky enough to be part of Coutts’ exclusive club of customers, this credit card’s impressive series of perks is within your reach.

While “gold” credit cards usually charge expensive annual fees that are balanced out by generous reward programmes and wide ranges of perks, Coutts Silk Credit Card comes for free and sticks to high-quality services and luxurious gifts.

Especially suitable for frequent travellers, this card’s benefits include fee-free spending abroad, LoungeKey access and the opportunity to get a series of gift cards to spend in flights, hotels, experiences, food and drink and more.

Coutts’ Concierge Team will advise you and solve problems for you 24 hours a day, be it to deal with accommodation and car hire or to book exclusive dinner reservations and theatre tickets.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Avoid currency conversion charges when spending abroad
  • Airport lounge access
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
  • Only available to existing customers

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Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first

If (as is the case for most of us) a Coutts credit card is out of your reach right now, there are plenty of cards like Coutts credit cards on the market to make you feel like a VIP. American Express offers an impressive selection of cards catering to all sorts of consumers, all with rewards attached, from lounge access to hotel upgrades.

Much more of a luxury option than your average credit card, premium American Express cards come with perks aplenty. Expect to pay an annual fee, but in some cases this will be waived for the first year.
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Rep. APR Incentive Link
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
22.2%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
56.6% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first three months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 56.6% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express Premium Plus
22.2%
£195 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
74.7% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 74.7% APR (variable).
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The Platinum Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£575 per annum
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
N/A (this product is a charge card).
As a new Cardmember, earn 30,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £4,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
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With an American Express reward card you earn points on almost everything you purchase. With pure reward cards, instead of just cashback, you build up points for all the spending you do and these can be exchanged for exclusive rewards including flights, hotels, gift cards and more.
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Rep. APR Incentive Link
American Express Rewards Credit Card
22.2%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
22.2% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 5,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
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The American Express Nectar Credit Card
22.2%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
27.3% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 20,000 bonus Nectar points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 27.3% APR (variable).
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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
22.2%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
56.6% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first three months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 56.6% APR (variable).
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With an American Express cashback card you’ll be able to enjoy cashback on almost everything you purchase.
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Rep. APR Incentive Link
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
22.2%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
22.2% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Cashback earn rates will change from the 4 August.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
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American Express Platinum Cashback Card
22.2%
£25 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
27.3% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £125) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Cashback earn rates will change from the 4 August.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 27.3% APR (variable).
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American Express has teamed up with BA to enable you to earn Avios on your day-to-day spending. You can use your Avios to buy flights, hotel stays, car hire and more.
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Rep. APR Incentive Link
British Airways American Express Card
22.2%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
22.2% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 5,000 bonus Avios when you spend £1,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
22.2%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
56.6% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first three months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 56.6% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express Premium Plus
22.2%
£195 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
74.7% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 74.7% APR (variable).
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Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through Coutts & Co's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (020 7753 1000). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, or losing any promotional rates as a result (although there's no penalty fee for late payments to worry about, there are still plenty of other good reasons not to miss a payment).

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 Silk Credit Card

Coutts is well-known for the high standards it sets to accept new customers. If you try to apply online, you'll be asked about your annual income and total assets, and if you don't have either a £1 million to invest or an annual income of at least £500,000, you'll just get a message that suggests an alternative banking option.

If you do manage to become a customer and you can't wait to have Coutts Silk Credit Card in your wallet, you can speak to your financial adviser or call Coutts' customer service.

Frequently asked questions

Can I withdraw cash using the Coutts & Co Silk Credit Card?

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 Coutts & Co Silk Credit Card is 2% (min. £1.5). For example, if you withdraw £50, you'll incur a fee of £1.50. Withdraw £250, and you'll incur a fee of £5.00.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 14.71% (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 46 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

What is the minimum payment on the Coutts & Co Silk Credit Card?

Each month you must pay at least 5% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £90.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £400.00 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.

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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