AIB Visa Gold Card review 2021
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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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.
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
- No annual fee
- 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?
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.