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    • Product Overview
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    • Application Requirements

118 118 Money Credit Card review 2024

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118 118 Money Guaranteed Rate Card
3.6
★★★★★
Finder score
Representative example:
When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 49% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 49% APR (variable).
Minimum credit limit
£500
Interest-free each billing period
Up to 51 days
Balance transfer fee
0%

Our verdict

118 118 Money's credit card is commendably simple – charging almost no fees, and one single rate of interest.

For most people, credit card rates and fees are an absolute minefield. Your average credit card charges different interest rates for different people and different types of transactions, and dozens of different fees. 118 118 Money's answer is a card that's a bit easier to get your head around: rates are still tailored to the individual, but your rate's for any type of transaction you make. Plus, there are almost no fees.

Until recently, you could use your card for free cash withdrawals, but that feature's now been removed, and in reality, it wasn't doing anybody any favours. You should never use a credit card to withdraw cash (or get cashback at the till) because that's recorded in your credit record and can hurt your credit score and/or put off would-be lenders. Now, this card charges a punishing for cash advances. It's really gone from one extreme to the other!

You can use the card abroad without getting hit with non-sterling transactions, and once again, you'll pay your normal rate of interest. Being a Mastercard, the card will be accepted pretty much anywhere that takes card payments. Bear in mind that if you're on holiday abroad and a restaurant offers to bill you in sterling rather than in the local currency, for example, you should say no – otherwise it'll be the merchant's bank's currency conversion fee structure that'll apply, and not 118 118 Money's.

Despite an APR that's on the high side, if you can manage to pay off your balance each month, you could end up never paying any interest or fees... so it doesn't necessarily matter.

So what's the catch? Well, there isn't really a catch as such. Just that, like any credit card, you can fall into a trap of long-term debt if you only make the minimum required payment each month. You've also got to get approved for the card in the first place, obviously, but the good news is the card is designed with people who don't have excellent credit ratings in mind. Finally, keep in mind that you may still be charged fees by third parties – like ATM fees from a cash machine provider (thankfully these are getting rarer).

Pros

  • Applicants with low credit scores may be eligible
  • Avoid currency conversion charges when spending abroad
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Minimum annual income requirement of £8,400
  • As with most credit builders, this card packs a fairly steep interest rate on purchases
  • A punishing interest rate of 49% on cash withdrawals
  • A punishing fee of 5% on cash withdrawals (you should avoid using a credit card to withdraw cash in any case)

In this guide

  • Our verdict
  • Details
    • Product Overview
    • Fees and charges
    • Application Requirements

Best known for the moustachioed chaps in short shorts at the centre of relentless TV advertising campaigns, 118 118 Money is now a fully-fledged financial services provider. It's started to make a name for itself serving the non-standard (bad credit) market with personal loans and now this almost-fee-free credit card.

Details

Product Overview

Issuer 118 118 Money
Network Mastercard
Representative APR 49%
Annual/monthly fees £0
Balance transfers 49%
Balance transfer fee 0%
Purchases 49%
Purchases interest-free period Up to 51 days
Money transfers 49%
Cash advances 49%
Minimum credit limit £500
Maximum credit limit Subject to status
Additional cards available 3
Incentive
Potential costs 3.4 ★★★★★
Doing its job 3.8 ★★★★★
Extras 4.0 ★★★★★
Overall Finder Score 3.6 ★★★★★

Fees and charges

Minimum monthly payment 5% or £10 (whichever is greater) or the total of any interest, default fees and charges plus 3.5% of the outstanding balance plus any arrears.
Annual/monthly fees £0
Balance transfer fee 0%
Money transfer fee 0%
Foreign usage charge (EU) 0%
Foreign usage charge (rest of world) 0%
Cash advance fee 5% (min. £0)
Late payment fee £12
Replacement card fee £0
Duplicate statement fee £0
Exceeding limit fee £0
Additional card fee £0
Dormancy fee £0

Application Requirements

Minimum Age 18
Minimum income £8,400
Availability Available to new customers

The 118 118 Money Guaranteed Rate Card is issued on the Mastercard network, so it's accepted at more than 50 million merchant locations across more than 210 countries and territories.

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.

“Credit builder” cards are designed as a stepping stone to cards with better rates. With no fees, the 118 118 Money card could suit those with a less-than-perfect credit history looking to rebuild their credit score.

Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through 118 118 Money'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.

Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:

Minimum amount Fixed amount Fixed percentage Full amount

Bottom line

Is the 118 118 Credit Card any good?

118 118 Money scrapped this card’s predecessor back in 2019, presumably because (and there’s no nice way of putting this) it was awful. Thankfully, the card issuer’s latest effort is much, much better. In fact it’s a great card… just with a high interest rate. Pay off your balance in full each month and you’ll enjoy all its good bits without it costing you a penny.

How to apply

First, you can use Finder's eligibility checker to find out if you'd be likely to get approved for the 118 118 Money Guaranteed Rate Card. This won't impact your credit score. If it's good news, you can then proceed to 118 118 Money's online application, which takes 10–15 minutes to complete.

Frequently asked questions

What will my credit limit be on the 118 118 Money credit card?

The guaranteed minimum credit limit on the 118 118 Money card is 500, if you're approved. Provided you use the card responsibly (stay within your limit and make all payments on time) this could increase over time. 118 118 Money doesn't specify a maximum credit limit.

What is a "credit builder" card?

A credit builder credit card is aimed at customers with limited or poor credit histories, but who are looking to improve their credit score in order to be eligible for other financial products. By showing the provider that you can responsibly handle a credit card account, you'll make yourself more likely to be approved for other credit products in future.

What is my interest-free period on the 118 118 Money credit card?

Your interest-free period is the amount of time you have to pay off your purchases and cash advances before you are charged interest. With the 118 118 Money card, you'll have up to 51.000000000000000000000000000000 days interest-free on pretty much any transaction. This means that if you make a purchase on the first day of the billing period, it'll be included in your bill at the end of the billing period, which you'll have around three weeks to pay – giving you a maximum of 51.000000000000000000000000000000 days of 0% interest credit. It doesn't mean that every transaction will get 51.000000000000000000000000000000 days interest-free – transactions towards the end of the billing period will get fewer interest-free days.

Does the 118 118 Money Credit Card guarantee "zero fees"?

No – it used to. 118 118 Money previously promised to not charge any fees based on how you use your card. Now it charges a cash withdrawal fee and a late payment fee, while foreign transactions, balance transfers and overlimits (going over your agreed credit limit) don't incur a fee. You may also incur third party fees, such as ATM usage fees, and will naturally need to pay interest on any purchases or transactions you make that you don't pay off before your payment due date.

So can I just pay the fee and make late repayments on the 118 118 Money card?

No. A small fee is just one of the consequences of being late with a credit card repayment. Firstly, a late repayment basically means you're borrowing for longer, so 118 118 Money will charge you additional interest. Secondly, any late repayments will be reported back to credit reference agencies, so the next time you apply to borrow money (perhaps car finance, a personal loan, a mortgage etc.) you'll be very likely to be offered a higher rate because of your tarnished track record.

Does the 118 118 Money card have a monthly account fee?

No. 118 118 Money relaunched its credit card in 2019, ditching the monthly account fee for new customers.

Finder credit card scores

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

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

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