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Capital One Balance Transfer Mastercard review

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Capital One Balance Transfer Mastercard
3.4
★★★★★
Finder score
Representative example:
When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 34.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 34.9% APR (variable).
0% interest on balance transfers
24 months
0% interest on money transfers
6 months
Account fee
£0

Our verdict

Capital One's credit card for applicants with lower credit scores.

Capital One is known for providing credit cards for bad credit, and this card is no exception, offering a competitive balance transfer deal for those with lower credit scores.

However, it comes with a maximum credit limit of £1,500, and the 0% interest period is only 6 months, which is reasonable for a card geared towards those with bad credit, but might not suit those struggling to pay off a large existing balance.

It's also worth noting that the balance transfer facility comes with a 3% fee attached, and that after the 0% introductory period any outstanding balance will start to accrue debt at the card's standard purchases rate (see table below).

Pros

  • Applicants with low credit scores may be eligible
  • Customers report excellent customer service when dealing with Capital One
  • Two years of 0% interest to focus on reducing your current credit card debt
  • Three months to spread the cost of purchases
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Don't forget that balance transfer fee! If cutting the interest on existing card debt is your main reason for considering this card, check out no-fee deals first
  • You may be offered an opening credit limit as low as £200

In this guide

  • Our verdict
  • Details
    • Product overview
    • Fees and charges
    • Application requirements

Details

Product overview

Issuer Capital One
Network Mastercard
Annual/monthly fees £0
Balance transfers 0% for up to 24 months reverting to 34.94%
Balance transfer fee 3%
Purchases 0% for 3 months reverting to 34.94% (subject to eligibility)
Purchases interest-free period Up to 56 days
Money transfers 0% for 6 months reverting to 34.94%
Cash advances 34.94%
Minimum credit limit £200
Maximum credit limit Subject to status: £8,000
Additional cards available 3
Potential costs 2.6 ★★★★★
Doing its job 4.0 ★★★★★
Extras 3.3 ★★★★★
Overall Finder Score 3.4 ★★★★★

Fees and charges

Minimum monthly payment 3% or £5 (whichever is greater) or the total of any interest, default fees and charges, 1/12th of annual fee plus 3% of the outstanding balance.
Annual/monthly fees £0
Balance transfer fee 3%
Money transfer fee 3%
Foreign usage charge (EU) 2.75%
Foreign usage charge (rest of world) 2.75%
Cash advance fee 3% (min. £3)
Late payment fee £12
Duplicate statement fee £0
Exceeding limit fee £12
Additional card fee £0
Dormancy fee £0

Application requirements

Availability Available to new customers

How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
1 - 10 of 51
Name Product Finder score Finder score Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Annual/monthly fees Representative APR Incentive Link
Santander Everyday No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card
3.5
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 12 months reverting to 23.9%
0% for 12 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 23.9%
£0
23.9% APR (variable)
Sign up for Santander Boosts to receive cashback, vouchers, offers and prize draws from selected retailers.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 23.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 23.9% APR (variable).
Check eligibility
Santander Everyday Long Term Balance Transfer Credit Card
4.3
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 26 months reverting to 23.9%
3% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 23.9%
£0
23.9% APR (variable)
Sign up for Santander Boosts to receive cashback, vouchers, offers and prize draws from selected retailers.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 23.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 23.9% APR (variable).
Check eligibility
HSBC Purchase Plus Credit Card
3.8
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 16 months reverting to 24.9%
3.49%, min £5
0% for 18 months reverting to 24.9%
£0
24.9% APR (variable)
Discounts and exclusive offers for dining experiences, leisure activities and shopping available through HSBC Home and Away.
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). You might get different interest rates and promotional periods to those shown here, because these depend on your circumstances.
Check eligibility
HSBC Balance Transfer Credit Card
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 27 months reverting to 24.9%
3.49% fee, min £5
0% for 3 months reverting to 24.9%
£0
24.9% APR (variable)
Discounts and exclusive offers for dining experiences, leisure activities and shopping available through HSBC Home and Away.
When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable). You might get different interest rates and promotional periods to those shown here, because these depend on your circumstances.
Check eligibility
M&S Bank Credit Card Purchase Plus Offer Mastercard
4.1
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 12 months reverting to 24.9%
0%
0% for 20 months reverting to 24.9%
£0
24.9% APR (variable)
1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
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).
Check eligibility
M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard
3.9
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 26 months reverting to 24.9%
3.49%, min £5
0% for 3 months reverting to 24.9%
£0
24.9% APR (variable)
1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
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).
Check eligibility
Santander All in One Credit Card
4.5
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 15 months reverting to 23.9%
0% for 15 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 15 months reverting to 23.9%
£3 per month
29.8% APR (variable)
0.5% after £1 of monthly spend. Maximum of £10 cashback paid per month. Cashback paid monthly into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 23.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 29.8% APR (variable).
Check eligibility
The Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card Visa
4.1
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 24 months reverting to 20.6%
3% (minimum £5)
0% for 4 months reverting to 20.6%
£0
20.6% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.6% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.6% APR (variable).
TSB Platinum Balance Transfer Card
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 24 months reverting to 22.95%
2.95% for 3 months reverting to 5%
0% for 3 months reverting to 22.95%
£0
22.9% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
M&S Bank Credit Card Shopping Plus Offer Mastercard
4.1
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
0% for 15 months reverting to 23.9%
3.49% (min. £5)
0% for 18 months reverting to 23.9%
£0
23.9% APR (variable)
1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 23.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 23.9% APR (variable).
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Approval for any credit card depends 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. Most of the data in Finder's comparison tables is provided by Moneyfacts.

Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through Capital One's app by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (03444 812 812). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and losing your promotional interest rate as a result (as well as damaging your credit score and incurring the late payment fee of £12). You could use a fixed-amount direct debit to ensure you've cleared your debt before the 0% period expires – simply divide your outstanding balance by 24 to see what you'll need to pay each month (this assumes you don't use the card for additional spending).

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've compared cards and settled on the Capital One Balance Transfer Mastercard, completing the secure online application form takes about 15 minutes. Before you apply, check that you meet the eligibility requirements and have the information and documents you'll need to make the process as straightforward as possible. You can request a balance transfer as part of your application.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the Capital One Balance Transfer Mastercard?

If Capital One offers you this deal, it will specify a personalised credit limit based on Capital One's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on the card is £200, while the maximum is £8,000. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Capital One you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the Capital One Balance Transfer Mastercard?

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 Capital One Balance Transfer Mastercard is 3% (min. £3). For example, if you withdraw £50, you'll incur a fee of £3.00. Withdraw £250 and you'll incur a fee of £7.50.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 34.94%, which is the same as the standard purchase rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

What should I do with my old credit card after transferring the balance to the Capital One Balance Transfer Mastercard?

Transferring a balance doesn't automatically close your old account. In most cases, you'll want to close the old account(s) straightaway, especially if they have an annual/monthly fee or if you might be tempted to use them in the future. There is an argument that you should keep the old account open to help your credit score. That's because doing so keeps your "credit utilisation ratio" lower (that's a measure of how much credit you're using compared to what's available to you) and helps the average age of your credit accounts. However, unless you're just about to apply for a new mortgage, it's probably fair to say that most people would prefer to have no more bank accounts open than was truly necessary.

How much does it cost to use the Capital One Balance Transfer Mastercard abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£168.44), it'll cost you around £4.63 in fees.

Can I transfer money from the Capital One Balance Transfer Mastercard to a bank account?

Yes. That's what's known as a "money transfer" (rather than a "balance transfer") in credit card jargon. You can arrange this from your online banking or using Capital One's app. New customers will pay no interest on this part of their card's outstanding balance for up to 6 months. The fee for a money transfer is 3%.

Finder credit card scores

★★★★★ — Excellent
★★★★★ — Good
★★★★★ — Average
★★★★★ — Subpar
★★★★★ — Poor

Our experts score balance transfer cards to determine their value against similar products on the market. We look at a number of important factors, like the length of the balance transfer offer, the balance transfer fee, any restrictions to making a transfer, plus the potential costs involved with running the card both in the short and longer term.

You can read more about our scoring criteria on our credit card methodology page.

We show offers we can track - that's not every product on the market...yet. Unless we've said otherwise, products are in no particular order. The terms "best", "top", "cheap" (and variations of these) aren't ratings, though we always explain what's great about a product when we highlight it. This is subject to our terms of use. When you make major financial decisions, consider getting independent financial advice. Always consider your own circumstances when you compare products so you get what's right for you. Most of the data in Finder's comparison tables has the source: Moneyfacts Group PLC. In other cases, Finder has sourced data directly from providers.
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