AIB Visa Gold Card review 2021

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If you're looking for a no-frills card to offer you flexibility with your spending, the Visa Gold Card from AIB (formerly First Trust Bank) could fit the bill.

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£0

Account fee

£5,000

Minimum credit limit

Details

IssuerAIB
NetworkVisa
Annual/monthly fees£0
PurchasesN/A (this product is a charge card).
Min credit limit£5,000
Max credit limitNot specified
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Expert review

Available to existing customers only, AIB’s Visa Gold Card is a charge card. That means you’re expected to clear your balance in full every month. As such, these cards don’t charge interest, although there are usually harsh fees if you fail to clear your balance.

The primary benefit of a charge card is flexibility over payments – purchases at the start of the billing cycle are paid for at the end of the billing cycle, so you can enjoy up to 56 days interest-free. If you do expect to carry a balance month to month, then this isn’t the card for you.

Similarly, if you’re are looking to spread the cost of an upcoming purchase or earn rewards as you spend, there are better deals out there.

The AIB Gold Charge is issued on the Visa network (used by a whopping 3.3 billion cards), so you'll be able to use it at more than 46 million merchants across more than 200 countries and territories.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
  • Only available to existing customers

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

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
Santander All in One Credit Card
0% for 20 months reverting to 17.9%
0% for 26 months
(0% fee)
£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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M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
0% for 20 months reverting to 21.9%
0% for 20 months
(2.9% fee)
£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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HSBC Purchase Plus Credit Card Visa
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
0% for 18 months
(2.9% fee)
£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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M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard
0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%
0% for 6 months
(2.9% fee)
£0
19.9% (variable)
Double points on spend in M&S for first 12 months (2 points per £1). Then 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).
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Tesco Bank Clubcard Plus Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 24 months reverting to 19.944%
21.814%
(3.99% fee)
£7.99 per month
37.7% (variable)
1 point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco, must have available credit to earn points. Card can also be used as a Clubcard to collect standard points at 1 point per £1 spent on shopping and 1 point per £2 spent on fuel. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers which can be used towards shopping or exchanged for Partner Rewards.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.944% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £7.99 per month, your representative rate is 37.7% APR (variable).
Sainsbury's Bank Nectar Dual Offer Credit Card Mastercard
Sainsbury's Bank Nectar Dual Offer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 21 months reverting to 20.95%
0% for 21 months
(3% fee)
£0
20.9% (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 3 Nectar points per £1 spent in Sainsbury's and Argos. 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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Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard
0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% (variable)
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Double points on spend in M&S for first 12 months (2 points per £1). Then 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).
M&S Bank Transfer Plus Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (variable)
Check eligibility
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).
M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
0% for 20 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (variable)
Check eligibility
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).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
22.2%
£0
22.2% (variable)
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New Cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Cashback earn rates will change from the 4 August.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
American Express Rewards Credit Card
22.2%
£0
22.2% (variable)
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As a new Cardmember, earn 5,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
British Airways American Express Card
22.2%
£0
22.2% (variable)
Check eligibility
New Cardmember offer: Earn 5,000 bonus Avios when you spend £1,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
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Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
The Platinum Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£575 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
As a new Cardmember, earn 30,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £4,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
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The American Express Green Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£60 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
1 point earned for virtually every £1 spent. Rewards points can be used as currency to buy flights and package holidays through American Express Travel. Reward points can also be redeemed for a wide range of products, experiences, travel and hotel stays. If you're an existing Cardmember, invite your friends to join American Express and you'll get 5,000 points if they are approved.
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AIB Gold Charge
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£0
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Coutts and Co Silk Charge Mastercard
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£0
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Coutts Concierge service that gives you 24/7 access to expert help and advice, from flight information, tickets, accommodation, car hire, emergency currency lost passports, messaging and interpretation services.
American Express Basic Charge Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£0
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Access to tickets for must-see music, theatre and film events, often before they go on sale to the general public with American Express Experiences.
Allied Irish Bank (GB) Visa Gold Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£75 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
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How to apply for the AIB Visa Gold Card

To apply for a Visa Gold card, you'll need to call in to any AIB branch. You'll need to show proof of your identity and address (such as your passport, driving licence and a gas or electricity bill) if AIB doesn't already hold this information.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the AIB Gold Charge?

If AIB is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on AIB's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £5,000 and AIB does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown AIB that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the AIB Gold Charge?

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 AIB Gold Charge is 1.5% (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 £3.75.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be .

How much does it cost to use the AIB Gold Charge abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£174.17), it'll cost you around £4.79.

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