Halifax Online Balance Transfer and Purchase Credit Card Mastercard Review November 2019

For those seeking for more than just a break from interest, this versatile card has a lengthy offers on balance transfers and purchases.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

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).

20 months

0% interest on balance transfers

20 months

0% interest on purchases

19.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerBank of Scotland
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 20 months reverting to 19.95%
Balance transfer fee3% (min. £3)
Purchases0% for 20 months reverting to 19.95%
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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Chris Lilly is a publisher at finder.com. He's a specialist in credit-based products including business and personal loans, mortgages and credit cards, and is passionate about helping UK consumers make informed decisions about their borrowing. In his spare time Chris likes forcing his kids to exercise more.

Expert review

This is a so-called “balanced” card, which means that the 0% offer applies both to balance transfers and future purchases. If you need to transfer an existing credit card balance to save interest, but also anticipate making further purchases on your card, this deal ticks both boxes.

The 0% deal is fairly long (although not the longest on the market) and there is no annual fee. However, the 3% (min. £3) balance transfer fee can amount to quite a sum, especially if you have a large balance to transfer. If your only focus is paying back debt while spending as little as possible in fees and interest, there are more competitive deals out there. If you also want the 0% deal on purchases instead, this card is worth a thought.

In any case, if you go for this card, keep in mind that after the introductory rate period expires any outstanding balance will be charged interest at a significantly higher rate, both on purchases and old balances. You really need a plan to have paid it all off by then.

Finally, don’t expect too much in terms of rewards and perks. This card is strictly about the financial side of things, so you’ll have to get your cool discounts and treats someplace else.

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

Table: sorted by length of 0% balance transfer offer, promoted deals first
Updated November 13th, 2019
Name Product Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
2.9% (min. £5)
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
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 27 months reverting to 19.9%
2.7% for transfers in first 60 days
0% for 27 months reverting to 19.9%
19.9% p.a. (variable)
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 26 months reverting to 20.93%
2.89% for 2 months reverting to 5%
0% for 26 months reverting to 20.93%
20.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.93% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).
0% for 26 months reverting to 15.9%
0% for 26 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 26 months reverting to 15.9%
21.7% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 15.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 21.7% APR (variable).
0% for 25 months reverting to 20.95%
3% (min. £3)
0% for 25 months reverting to 20.95%
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 19.9%
2.49%
0% for 24 months reverting to 19.9%
19.9% p.a. (variable)
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 19.94%
3% (min. £3)
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.94%
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.95%
3% (min. £3)
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.95%
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).

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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 Online Balance Transfer and Purchase Credit Card Mastercard

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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