AIB Visa Gold Card review 2022

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).
Minimum credit limit£5,000
Maximum 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.

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 Representative APR Incentive Link
M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
0% for 24 months reverting to 21.9%
0% for 24 months
(2.9% fee)
£0
21.9% APR (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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Santander All in One Credit Card
0% for 23 months reverting to 18.9%
0% for 26 months
(0% fee)
£3 per month
24.7% APR (variable)
0.5% 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 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 24.7% APR (variable).
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Royal Bank of Scotland Purchase & Balance Transfer Credit Card (existing customers only)
0% for 23 months reverting to 21.9%
0% for 23 months
(2.49% fee)
£0
21.9% APR (variable)
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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NatWest Purchase & Balance Transfer Credit Card (existing customers only)
0% for 23 months reverting to 21.9%
0% for 23 months
(2.49% fee)
£0
21.9% APR (variable)
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 23 months reverting to 22.9%
0% for 23 months
(2.9% fee)
£0
22.9% APR (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 Credit Card Rewards Offer Mastercard
0% for 12 months reverting to 19.9%
0% for 12 months
(2.9% fee)
£0
19.9% APR (variable)
Double points on spend in M&S for first year (2 points per £1). Then 1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
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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Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Representative APR Link Incentive Representative example
M&S Bank Credit Card Rewards Offer Mastercard
0% for 12 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% APR (variable)
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Double points on spend in M&S for first year (2 points per £1). Then 1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
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 Shopping Plus Credit Card
0% for 24 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% APR (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 Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% APR (variable)
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1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
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).
Santander All in One Credit Card
0% for 23 months reverting to 18.9%
£3 per month
24.7% APR (variable)
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0.5% 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 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 24.7% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
25.3%
£0
25.3% APR (variable)
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New cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first three months of Cardmembership and an extra £20 bonus cashback. Offer ends 6 July 2022. Terms and minimum spend apply. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.5% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1% cashback on purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 25.3% APR (variable).
American Express Rewards Credit Card
25.3%
£0
25.3% APR (variable)
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As a new Cardmember, earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 point for every £1 spent thereafter.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 25.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 25.3% APR (variable).
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Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Representative APR Incentive Link
Allstar Plus ‘All-in-one’ Business Fuel Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£3.99 per card per month
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Up to 44 days interest free on purchases (subject to status), savings on fuel at 1,600 discount diesel sites plus a 10% saving on vehicle servicing, repair, tyres and car washes at venues nationwide.

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American Express Platinum Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£595 p.a.
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £6,000 in first 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter.

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American Express Gold Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £175
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in first 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter. Earn 10,000 extra Membership Rewards® points when you spend £20,000 per quarter.

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Juni Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
0%
(0 fee)
£0
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Made for ecommerce companies only. Earn 1% cashback on all virtual Juni card spend.

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The Platinum Card
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The Platinum Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£575 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Limited time offer: earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £6,000 in your first 6 months of Cardmembership. Offer ends 1 June 2022. Terms apply. Plus, get up to £100 in statement credits every year at Harvey Nichols (Offer valid for current and new Platinum Cardmembers). Terms Apply.

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Barclaycard Select Business Charge Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
N/A
£42 per annum
3.6% APR (variable)

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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.

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 (£170.04), it'll cost you around £4.68 in fees.

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