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The Co-operative Bank Members’ Credit Card review

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The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card Visa
3.5
★★★★★
Finder score
Representative example:
When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.2% APR (variable).
Balance transfer fee
0%
Account fee
£0
Interest-free each billing period
Up to 56 days

Our verdict

An exclusive cashback credit card for Co-op members, with a higher earn-rate when used in-store.

This is a decent cashback credit card, even though the earn-rate isn’t the best you’ll see around. It gives you cashback wherever you spend, but you'll enjoy a preferential rate when you use it at Co-op stores. As such, if you're a frequent Co-op shopper, you'll stand to benefit the most from the card.

While it does the job in terms of rewards, don’t expect fireworks from this card when it comes to perks and extras. There’s no balance transfer fee, but given the lack of 0% deals, carrying a balance on it isn’t especially convenient.

This card is more suitable for people who don’t have debt and plan to clear their balance in full each month instead. Provided that you do, you'll be able to take advantage of up to 56 days of 0% interest on your purchases.

Finally, like with the vast majority of credit cards, using it abroad isn’t a good idea. The 2.75% foreign transaction fee (which is the percentage you'll be charged on all your non-sterling spending) can quickly amount to a significant sum.

To apply, you'll need to have held a Co-operative Bank or Smile current account for at least one month and to be a Co-op member. If that rules you out, don't panic – we have a selection of other cashback cards you can check out.

Pros

  • Earn points on day-to-day spending
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Minimum annual income requirement of £10,000
  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
  • Only available to existing customers

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  • Details
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Earn 0.5% cashback when you use your card in a Co-op store and 0.3% cashback when you use your card elsewhere.

Details

Product Overview

Issuer The Co-operative Bank
Network Visa
Representative APR 18.2% APR (variable)
Annual/monthly fees £0
Loyalty scheme Dividends Cashback
Incentive 1p earned for every £2 spent in The Co-operative Food stores (excluding in-store concessions) and 1p earned for every £3.33 spent anywhere else. Cashback will be added to your share of the Group profits and this will be paid to you twice a year.
Purchases 18.2%
Purchases interest-free period (days) 56
Balance transfers 18.2%
Potential costs 4.5 ★★★★★
Doing its job 3.5 ★★★★★
Extras 3.0 ★★★★★
Overall Finder Score 3.5 ★★★★★

Fees and charges

Minimum monthly payment 2% or £5 (whichever is greater) or the total of any interest, default fees and charges plus 1% of the outstanding balance.
Annual/monthly fees £0
Balance transfer fee 0%
Foreign usage charge (EU) 2.75%
Foreign usage charge (rest of world) 2.75%
Cash advance fee 3% (min. £3)
Late payment fee £10
Exceeding limit fee £10
Additional card fee £0
Dormancy fee £0

Application Requirements

Minimum Age 18
Minimum income £10,000
Availability Available to existing customers

The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card is issued on the Visa network (used by a whopping 4.2 billion cards), so you'll be able to use it at more than 100 million merchant locations across more than 200 countries and territories.

How does this card compare with other cashback cards?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
1 - 14 of 14
Name Product Finder Score Finder score Annual/monthly fees Purchases Representative APR Link Cashback details Representative example
Santander All in One Credit Card
4.5
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£3 per month
0% for 15 months reverting to 23.9%
29.8%
Check eligibility
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).
Additional account needed
Santander Edge Credit Card Mastercard
4.5
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£3 per month
23.9%
29.8%
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Limited time offer: Switch to Santander Edge or Edge Up current account and get £175 cash. Existing Santander Edge current account customers can also receive £18 for opening a Santander Edge credit card between 21 May and 2 July 2024. T&Cs apply.
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).
Amex® Cashback Everyday Credit Card
3.8
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£0
31%
31%
Check eligibility
Welcome offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Terms and minimum spend apply. 18+, subject to status.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 31% APR (variable).
Amex® Cashback Credit Card
3.7
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
31%
36.7%
Check eligibility
Limited time offer: Get 5%* cashback (up to £125) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership and the first year free* for new Cardmembers. Offer ends 2 July 2024. Terms apply.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 36.7% APR (variable).
Pulse Card Mastercard (existing NewDay customers only)
3.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£0
Your interest rate will stay the same as your current NewDay card
Get 0.25% cashback every time you shop, up to a maximum of £150 cashback per year
If you are a current NewDay customer and have been invited to transfer to a Pulse Card, your interest rate and credit limit will remain the same.
MBNA Limited Platinum Visa
4.5
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£0
13.94%
13.9%
0.25% after £1 of yearly spend. Cashback paid January into Card Account. Earn 0.25% cashback on purchases within the first 36 months of account opening. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 13.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 13.9% APR (variable).
Additional account needed
AIB Options 1 Credit Card
3.5
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£0
17.44%
18.9%
0.5% after £5000 of yearly spend. Minimum of 12 transactions per year required. Maximum of £250 cashback paid per year. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. For initial £5K a £25 cashback is paid, plus an additional £1 for every further £200 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 17.44% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
Lloyds Bank Cashback Credit Card Mastercard
3.3
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£0
22.94%
22.9%
0.25% on £1 to £4000 of yearly spend. 0.5% after £4001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid January 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 22.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
Halifax Cashback Credit Card Mastercard
3.5
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£0
22.94%
22.9%
0.25% on £1 to £4000 of yearly spend. 0.5% after £4001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid January 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 22.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Rewards Visa
4.3
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£0
28.9%
28.9%
0.25% after £1 of yearly spend. Cashback paid On request into Card Account. Cashback paid annually or on request. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 28.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 28.9% APR (variable).
Vitality American Express® Credit Card (Vitality Members only)
3.3
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£0 (but £4.75 fee for the Vitality programme)
31%
46.8%
0.5% on £1 to £10,000 of yearly spend and 1% thereafter. Paid on anniversary. Must spend £3,000 annually to earn cashback. Earn up to 2% additional cashback on first £1,000 spend each month based on Vitality products held and monthly activity points earned. New cardmember offer: earn £100 statement credit when £2,000 spent in first three months.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £4.75 per month, your representative rate is 46.8% APR (variable).
Additional account needed
Santander World Elite Mastercard
4.4
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£15 per month
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
49.8%
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).
Lloyds Bank World Elite Mastercard
4.2
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£15 per month
22.94%
55%
0.5% on £1 to £15000 of yearly spend. 1% after £15001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary 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 22.94% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £15 per month, your representative rate is 55% APR (variable).
Halifax World Elite Mastercard
4.2
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
£15 per month
22.94%
55%
0.5% on £1 to £15000 of yearly spend. 1% after £15001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary 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 22.94% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £15 per month, your representative rate is 55% APR (variable).
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Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through The Co-operative Bank's app by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 600 6000). 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 (£10) 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 The Co-operative Bank customer and you've compared cards and settled on The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card, 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 Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card?

If The Co-operative Bank offers you this deal, it will specify a personalised credit limit based on The Co-operative Bank's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £500, and The Co-operative Bank does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown The Co-operative Bank you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card?

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 Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card 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 27.9%, which is 53% more than 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).

How much does it cost to use The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£169.02), it'll cost you around £4.65 in fees.

What is the minimum payment on The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card?

Each month, you must pay at least 2% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the 2 figures is greater. So if you had, say, £225.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £1,000.00 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.

Finder credit card scores

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

Our experts score cashback credit cards to determine their value against similar products on the market. We look at a number of important factors, like welcome bonuses, introductory and ongoing earn-rates, any limits or restrictions to earning cashback, 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.

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