Compare Danske Bank credit card review 2021

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The straightforward credit card for existing Danske Bank customers that's, well... a bit standard.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.85% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).

0%

Balance transfer fee

22.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

5 months

0% interest on balance transfers

Details

IssuerDanske Bank
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 5 months reverting to 22.85%
Balance transfer fee0%
Purchases0% for 5 months reverting to 22.85%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 59 days
Cash advances22.85%
Min credit limit£250
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available3
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Expert review

With its biggest selling point being its simplicity (there’s a single rate of interest applicable for all repayments), this card might appeal to those purely seeking a bit of payment flexibility each month.

Provided you don’t carry a balance from month to month, you’ll enjoy up to 59 days of 0% interest on your purchases each billing cycle. So if you buy something at the start of the billing cycle, you can pay it off at the end of the cycle, without having to pay for the privilege. However, this doesn’t apply to cash advances (that’s when you withdraw cash using your card).

Realistically, if you have a specific purpose in mind, such as spreading the cost of an upcoming expenditure or minimising the amount of interest you’re paying on existing card debt, there are cheaper options out there.

If you already have an outstanding card debt with another bank, you could take advantage of this card’s 5-month 0% balance transfer deal, and bring your balance across to get a break from interest. Remember that if you don’t clear your balance in full within the 5 months, any outstanding balance will start to accrue interest at the card’s standard rate.

As this card is on the Mastercard network, it’s accepted in more than 40 million locations worldwide. You’ll also be able to enjoy access to Priceless Cities experiences.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • No balance transfer fee
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible

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

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
Santander Everyday Credit Card
0% for 18 months reverting to 20.9%
0% for 18 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 20.9%
£0
20.9% (variable)
Earn up to 15% cashback with your selected Retailer Offers at selected major retailers.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).
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The NatWest Balance Transfer Credit Card (eligibility criteria apply)
0% for 18 months reverting to 21.9%
0%, transfers must be made within the first 3 months of account opening
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9% p.a. (variable)
£0
21.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable), your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Transfer Plus Mastercard
0% for 29 months reverting to 21.9%
2.75% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £1 spent at Marks and Spencer's and 1 point for every £5 spent elsewhere. 100 points = £1 reward voucher. Points will be converted into reward vouchers 4 times a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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The Royal Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card (eligibility criteria apply)
0% for 18 months reverting to 21.9%
0%, transfers must be made within the first 3 months of account opening
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9% p.a. (variable)
£0
21.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable), your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
Check eligibility
HSBC Balance Transfer Credit Card
0% for 29 months reverting to 21.9%
2.85% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (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 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
Check eligibility
M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
0% for 20 months reverting to 21.9%
2.9% (min. £5)
0% for 20 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £1 spent at Marks and Spencer's and 1 point for every £5 spent elsewhere. 100 points = £1 reward voucher. Points will be converted into reward vouchers 4 times a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
Check eligibility
HSBC Purchase Plus Credit Card Visa
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
2.9% (min. £5) for transfers in first 60 days
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
£0
22.9% (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 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
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Santander All in One Credit Card
0% for 26 months reverting to 17.9%
0% for 26 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 20 months reverting to 17.9%
£3 per month
23.7% (variable)
0.5% cashback after £1 of monthly spend. 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 17.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 23.7% APR (variable).
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John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Mastercard
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
2.9% (min. £5) at anytime reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 9 months reverting to 18.9%
£0
18.9% (variable)
Earn 5 points for every £4 spent in store or online at John Lewis, Waitrose and John Lewis Insurance. Earn 1 Point for every £4 spent elsewhere. Vouchers issued once customer reaches 500 points in Feb, Jun or Oct when vouchers are automatically issued to customers. Every 500 points is worth £5.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
first direct Credit Card
0% for 27 months reverting to 18.9%
2.29% (min. £5) for 3 months reverting to 2.9% (min. £5)
18.9%
£0
18.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The APR shown represents 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.

Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through Danske Bank's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0800 660033). 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 (£8) or losing any promotional rates as a result. 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 5 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 Danske Bank Mastercard Standard

If you have compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 15 minutes. Existing customers can simply log in to eBanking to access the form.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the Danske Bank Standard Mastercard?

If Danske Bank is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on Danske Bank's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £250 and Danske Bank does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Danske Bank that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the Danske Bank Standard Mastercard?

Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino, buying currency, etc.) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.

The cash advance fee on the Danske Bank Standard Mastercard is 2.75% (min. £2.75). For example, if you withdraw £50, you'll incur a fee of £2.75. Withdraw £250, and you'll incur a fee of £6.88.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 22.85% (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 59 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

How much does it cost to use the Danske Bank Standard Mastercard abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£171.85), it'll cost you around £4.73.

What is the minimum payment on the Danske Bank Standard Mastercard?

Each month you must pay at least 3% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £150.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £666.67 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.

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