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Ulster Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card review

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Ulster Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card
3.5
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Representative example:
When you spend Β£1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
0% interest on balance transfers
13 months
Balance transfer fee
0%
Account fee
Β£0

Our verdict

Existing Ulster Bank customers can transfer debt from cards that aren't held with the RBS group to enjoy 13 months of 0% interest.

There are longer 0% deals than this available on the market (up to 28 months, in fact), but this card offers a noticeably lower balance transfer fee.

Remember that if you haven't cleared your balance when the 13 months are up, your remaining debt will start to accrue interest at the card's standard rate. Additionally, some cardholders will be given a higher standard rate than the advertised 24.9%, depending on Ulster Bank's assessment of their creditworthiness.

If you're an existing customer, you probably already use the Ulster Bank app and will be glad to know that, yes, you can track your card using the app. In fact, you can even lock and unlock it from the app, which is ideal when the card's missing and you're not sure if it's down the back of the sofa or in the hands of a thief!

Since it's on the Mastercard network, your Ulster Bank card will be accepted in more than 40 million locations worldwide and you'll get access to Priceless Cities experiences.

Pros

  • Over a year of 0% interest to focus on reducing existing card debt
  • Three months to spread the cost of purchases
  • No balance transfer fee
  • No annual fee

Cons

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

In this guide

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

If you already hold a mortgage, credit card, savings or current account with Ulster Bank, this deal lets you transfer that debt across to Ulster Bank and benefit from a lengthy 0% interest period.

Details

Product Overview

Issuer Ulster Bank
Network Mastercard
Representative APR 24.9%
Annual/monthly fees Β£0
Balance transfers 0% for 13 months reverting to 24.9%
Balance transfer fee 0%
Purchases 0% for 3 months reverting to 24.9%
Purchases interest-free period Up to 56 days
Money transfers 26.9%
Cash advances 26.9%
Minimum credit limit Β£350
Maximum credit limit Subject to status
Additional cards available 3
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Fees and charges

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

Application Requirements

Minimum Age 18
Minimum income Β£10,000
Residency UK residents
Availability Available to new customers

The Ulster Bank Balance Transfer Credit 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.

How does it compare?

Ulster Bank's card

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Name Product Finder score Finder score Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Annual/monthly fees Representative APR Incentive Link
Ulster Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card
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0% for 13 months reverting to 24.9%
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0% for 3 months reverting to 24.9%
Β£0
24.9% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend Β£1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% 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 Ulster Bank's app by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0800 046 6486). 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 Β£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 13 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 for the Ulster Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card

If you've compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 10 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

How long does it take to receive the Ulster Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card?

You'll know whether or not your application has been approved within 5 minutes of submission. As long as it's approved, Ulster Bank states your shiny new card will be with you in 5-7 working days.

If I miss a repayment, will I lose my interest free offer?

No, but there are plenty of other good reasons not to miss a credit card payment, like hurting your credit score and getting hit with a penalty fee.

How much can I transfer using Ulster Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card?

You'll be able to transfer up to 95% of your available credit limit. Credit limits are tailored to the applicant and will be based on Ulster Bank's assessment of your circumstances.

How can I request to change my credit limit on the Ulster Bank credit card?

You can do this through internet banking by selecting "Cards" from the main menu. In the "Manage your personal credit card" section select "Manage your credit card limit". Add your annual income, requested credit limit and the last 5 digits of your card. Finally, select "submit". Alternatively, you can call a customer adviser 0800 046 6486.

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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.

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