first direct Gold Credit Card review June 2019

first direct Gold Card Visa
first direct Gold Card Visa

Existing first direct current account holders can spread the cost of a large upcoming expenditure with 17 months of 0% interest on purchases.

If you already bank with first direct, the digital-only arm of HSBC, and are anticipating a large upcoming expenditure, this card could help you to spread the cost.

There’s also no annual or monthly fee to worry about. However, don’t forget that after the introductory 0% period expires, any outstanding balance will start to accrue interest at the card’s standard rate.

Here’s everything you need to know about this 0% purchase card, plus a comparison of similar deals from other issuers.

Key details

Issuerfirst direct
NetworkVisa
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers16.9%
Balance transfer fee2.9% (min. £5)
Purchases0% for 17 months reverting to 16.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances23.9%
Min. credit limit£500
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1
IncentiveEarn cashback with selected retailers via Visa Offers, customers can register up to five separate first direct Visa cards.
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfer fee2.9% (min. £5)
Foreign usage charge (EU)2.99%
Foreign usage charge (rest of world)2.99%
Cash advance fee2.99% (min. £3)
Late payment fee£12
Duplicate statement fee£5
Exceeding limit fee£12
Additional card fee£0
Dormancy fee£0
Minimum Age18
AvailabilityAvailable to existing customers
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 16.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 16.9% APR (variable).
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How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?

Comparison ordered by representative APR with affiliated products shown first.
Updated June 19th, 2019
Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%
0% for 28 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £1 spent at Marks and Spencer's and 1 point or 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 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% p.a. (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 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
N/A
£0
22.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent.
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).
0% for 26 months reverting to 20.95%
0% for 26 months reverting to 20.95%
£0
20.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 2 Nectar points per £1 spent on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).
0% for 24 months reverting to 19.95%
0% for 24 months reverting to 19.95%
£0
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.95%
0% for 28 months reverting to 19.95%
£0
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 2 Nectar points per £1 spent on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
0% for 3 months reverting to 20.95%
0% for 20 months reverting to 20.95%
£0
20.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 2 Nectar points per £1 spent on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).
0% for 26 months reverting to 20.95%
0% for 3 months reverting to 20.95%
£0
20.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 2 Nectar points per £1 spent on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).

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Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0800 24 24 24), or alternatively set up a direct debit. A direct debit is a great idea because it protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee 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 for the first direct Gold Card Visa

If you have compared cards and want to apply, 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 will need to make the process as straightforward as possible.

*Disclaimer: The offers compared on this page are chosen from a range of products finder has access to track details from and is not representative of all the products available in the market. Unless indicated otherwise, products are displayed in no particular order or ranking. The use of terms "Best", "Top", "Cheap" including variations, are not product ratings and are subject to our terms of use. You should consider seeking independent financial advice and consider your personal financial circumstances when comparing products.

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