Halifax Clarity Card review September 2019

If you plan to use your card overseas at merchants and atms, but aren’t so keen on the fees, this popular Halifax card could be useful for your next trip.

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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).

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Balance transfer fee

19.9%

Representative APR

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Foreign transaction charge

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerBank of Scotland
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers19.95%
Balance transfer fee0%
Purchases19.95%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances19.95%
Min. credit limit£0
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1

Expert review

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Expert review

The Halifax Clarity Credit Card is one of the most popular cards on the market for taking overseas, with zero fees on spending abroad. Cards like the Clarity card use Mastercard currency conversion rates, so as well as swerving the fees, you can rest assured that the charges haven’t simply been hidden in an inflated exchange rate.

If you do opt to take this card away on your next trip, just bear in mind that if you use it to withdraw cash, the local ATM may still charge you a fee. If you’re outside of the EU, some merchants might also levy a surcharge on credit card transactions. There’s one other important catch to note too: If you withdraw cash overseas, it’ll start to accrue interest from the day the funds leave your account (it won’t benefit from the grace period that applies to regular purchases, provided you clear your balance in full each month).

If you do opt for the Clarity, whenever you’re presented with the option to pay in the local currency or for the local merchant/bank to convert your funds to the local currency for you, choose to pay in the local currency (otherwise the it will be the local bank or merchant whose currency conversion fee structure will apply, rather than your card issuer’s).

Being a Mastercard, you’ll be able to use it at over 43 million locations worldwide. Plus, as a little bonus, you’ll have access to exclusive entertainment and travel experiences through the Mastercard Pricless Cities programme.

If, however, you’re planning to use the card for anything other than overseas spending, there are probably more suitable cards available from both Halifax and other card issuers.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases.
  • No cash withdrawal fees when you’re abroad.
  • No annual fee.

Cons

  • No 0% introductory offers.
  • No rewards.
  • Balance transfer fee.

How does this card compare with other cards for overseas spending?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated September 16th, 2019
Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
9.9%
6.9%
£0
9.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
9.9%
6.9%
£0
9.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
24.9%
N/A
£0
24.9% p.a. (variable)
No fees for making purchases or withdrawing cash abroad – currencies are converted at the standard Mastercard exchange rate.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
9.9%
9.9%
£0
9.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
9.9%
9.9%
£0
9.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
9.9%
6.9%
£0
9.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
14.9%
14.9%
£0
14.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 14.9% APR (variable).
0% for 12 months reverting to 15.9%
0% for 12 months reverting to 15.9%
£0
15.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 15.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 15.9% 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

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 944 4555), 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 Halifax Clarity Credit Card

If you’ve 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’ll need to make the process as straightforward as possible.

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