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  • Details
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    • Fees and charges
    • Application Requirements

Santander World Elite Mastercard review

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Santander World Elite Mastercard
4.4
★★★★★
Finder score
Representative example:
When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £15 per month, your representative rate is 49.8% APR (variable).
Earn rate
1p per £1 spent
Balance transfer fee
0%
0% interest on balance transfers
18 months

Our verdict

Frequent fliers will enjoy this premium card with impressive perks.

Only available to existing Santander Select or Private Banking customers, and going head-to-head with the slightly-more-expensive HSBC World Elite, this card offers interest-free periods on both balance transfers and purchases, as well as significant rewards and travel perks.

Cardholders can travel in style with free LoungeKey membership – one of the most popular programmes going – allowing unlimited access to airport lounges in over 120 countries. Plus when you use your card overseas, you won't have to worry about pesky non-sterling transaction fees.

Other benefits include ongoing cashback, 24/7 Mastercard Concierge and World Elite Privileges discounts and offers.

The obvious downside here is the fairly hefty monthly account fee, but if you take advantage of the 3 additional cards available, you could get more out of the rewards and benefits schemes – potentially making that fee worth swallowing.

Pros

  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn cashback on purchases
  • 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers
  • No balance transfer fee within introductory period
  • Mastercard Concierge.
  • Free LoungeKey airport lounge membership, with complimentary access for additional cardholders.
  • No extra fees for up to three additional cardholders.

Cons

  • £15 monthly account fee
  • Must be a Santander Select or Private banking customer.
  • High annual income requirement to open Select or Private bank accounts.

In this guide

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

The Santander World Elite Mastercard has some generous benefits that make it an ideal travel companion, but they come at a price.

Details

Product Overview

Issuer Santander
Network Mastercard
Representative APR 49.8%
Annual/monthly fees £15 per month
Balance transfers 0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
Balance transfer fee 0% for 18 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
Purchases 0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
Purchases interest-free period Up to 56 days
Cash advances 29.9%
Minimum credit limit £2,000
Maximum credit limit Subject to status
Additional cards available 3
Incentive
0.5% on £1 to £3000 of monthly spend. Maximum of £15 cashback paid per month. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Lounge access Membership to LoungeKey, complimentary access to over 1400 airport lounges worldwide.
Additional Rewards Info Eligible to World Elite privileges.
Potential costs 4.1 ★★★★★
Doing its job 4.8 ★★★★★
Extras 3.8 ★★★★★
Overall Finder Score 4.4 ★★★★★

Fees and charges

Minimum monthly payment 1% or £5 (whichever is greater) or the total of any interest, default fees and charges, monthly fee plus 1% of the outstanding balance plus any arrears.
Annual/monthly fees £15 per month
Balance transfer fee 0% for 18 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
Foreign usage charge (EU) 0%
Foreign usage charge (rest of world) 0%
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

Minimum Age 18
Minimum income £10,500
Residency UK Resident
Availability Available to existing customers

The Santander World Elite Mastercard is issued on the Mastercard network, so it's accepted at more than 50 million merchant locations across more than 210 countries and territories.

How does it compare?

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Name Product Finder Score Finder score Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Representative APR Link Incentive Representative example
Santander World Elite Mastercard
4.4
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
N/A
0.5% cashback
0.5% cashback
£15 per month
49.8% APR (variable)
0.5% on £1 to £3000 of monthly spend. Maximum of £15 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 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £15 per month, your representative rate is 49.8% APR (variable).
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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).
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Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through Santander's app by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0800 912 3123). 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, getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) or losing any promotional rates 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 an existing Santander customer and you've compared cards and settled on the Santander World Elite 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.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the Santander World Elite Mastercard?

If Santander offers you this deal, it will specify a personalised credit limit based on Santander's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £2,000, and Santander does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Santander you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the Santander World Elite 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 Santander World Elite 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 29.9% (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

What is the minimum payment on the Santander World Elite Mastercard?

Each month, you must pay at least 1% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the 2 figures is greater. So if you had, say, £450.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £2,000.00 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.

Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it makes it much harder to get debt-free before that introductory 0% period expires.

Can I request an additional Santander World Elite Mastercard?

Yes, in fact, you can request up to 3 more. There's no fee for additional cards. Plus, with additional cards, you could earn cashback at a faster rate. Bear in mind that card debt accrued by additional cardholders is the sole responsibility of the account holder – not the additional cardholder.

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