18 tricks and hacks to meet your credit card’s minimum spending requirement

Get your sign-up bonus faster with these tips.

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There’s nothing like staring at a credit card’s massive sign-up bonus and knowing it could be yours soon. The catch? You must spend a certain amount of money to claim it.

Some cards are tough to crack, like the Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card (you have to spend £20,000 to land a premium upgrade). Others offer an easier path, like the American Express Rewards Low Rate Credit Card (you only have to spend £500).

Whatever the spending requirement, you’ll need reach it within a specified amount of time. Otherwise, your sign-up bonus is gone forever.

You don’t want to spend money unnecessarily just to hit the minimum spending requirements. That might erase the value of your rewards altogether. Instead, deploy your card intelligently and spend mostly on the must-haves. That way, you’ll breeze by your spending requirement without shelling out extra dough.

Ready to hit that big payday? Here are 18 super-effective hacks to hit your minimum spending requirement and maximise your bonuses.

Pay for the essentials

You’ll find that you can use your card to buy things you’d spend money on regardless. As much as you can, make those purchases with your new card.

1. Use your card all the time.

Now that you have a new card, start using it for everything. Whatever you’re buying — your morning coffee, cinema tickets or your next book for night-time reading – charge it to your credit card. Of course, use your card for everyday purchases like petrol and groceries.

You may even get bonus points or miles for certain types of spending. For example, the American Express Platinum Cashback Credit Card gives you 5% cashback in your first three months. That’s a sweet bonus as you’re working toward your minimum spending requirement.

American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card Oct 2018 screengrab

2. Buy gift cards for your regular shopping.

Feel like you’re constantly making trips to a certain shop? Consider using your credit card to buy gift cards for that location. You’ll get closer to your minimum spending requirement, and you can use the gift cards for purchases you’d make anyway.

For example, if you spend £60 a week at Sainsbury’s, you’ll spend over £720 within three months. You can use your credit card to buy £720 loaded onto a Sainsbury’s gift card, then use the gift card for your shopping.

If you’re worried about carrying a gift card with a large amount of money on it, buy multiple gift cards with smaller pound amounts. You may even be able to send your gift card to your email address or mobile phone.

Sainsburys gift cards screengrab October 2018

Use this strategy at other locations you frequent, such as coffee shops, pharmacies and petrol stations.

3. Pay your bills.

Many utility, car insurance and home insurance companies allow credit card payments. And you can usually use a card for your TV, broadband and phone bills and your TV licence. If you’ve been paying through your bank account, see if you can use your credit card instead.

4. Use bill-pay services.

You typically can’t pay your mortgage, car loan, tax bill or rent with a credit card. But other services can pay some bills on your behalf, accepting payment via credit card.

Once such payment service is Billhop, a Swedish company which expanded to the UK in 2017. It allows individuals and businesses to pay their bills through a credit card. Although loan and mortgage payments or credit card bills aren’t allowed through this system, you can pay your tax, utility or repair bills with your credit card, while earning rewards. Although a service charge of 2.95% applies, this method could help you rack up spending quickly.

Billhop screengrab October 2018

You don’t have to reach your spending requirement solo. In fact, you might be surprised how easy the process can be if you enlist your friends and family.

5. Add an additional cardholder.

If you regularly give money to your partner or children, consider adding them as authorised users to your credit card account. Their spending may count toward your minimum spending requirement. As an added sweetener, you might earn points, miles or cash back from their spending.

Alternatively, you could add your friends as authorised users to help hitting your spending requirement. Your pals can spend on your card account and pay you back later. As mentioned above, remember you’re responsible for any debt they may rack up.

Ask your card provider for details on adding authorised users. You may have to pay fees when adding new cards, so consider whether the cost is worth the rewards you’ll get. Finally, remember that you’re ultimately responsible for the debt accumulated by your additional cardholders.

6. Pay for dinner.

The next time that dinner bill arrives, pay for the meal and ask your friends to pay you back. They can send you money using any one of the excellent payment apps out there, like Apply Pay, Google Pay, Pingit, Snapcash and Venmo.

Pingit screengrab October 2018

This is an especially good tactic if your card gives you bonus points on dining. For example, the Costco TrueEarnings American Express Credit Card offers 3% cashback on all restaurant dining.

7. Buy things for your friends.

Ask your friends if they’re looking to make large purchases. Then buy the items and have your friends pay you back.

You can also try paying for your friends’ weekly expenses, such as their grocery bills. This might come with more hassle, though, as the purchases will be smaller, and you’ll probably need to be there in person.

Spend for the future

Certain expenses will come around sooner or later. Instead of waiting to spend money until you have to, spend while you’re trying to collect your sign-up bonus.

8. Book your next holiday.

If you plan on taking a holiday or mini break this (or next) year, consider charging it to your credit card. You can score some great deals if you book early, and you can usually cancel plans if you change your mind.

Some cards will give you bonus points or miles for travel spending. For example, you can receive 3 Avios points for every £1 spent on British Airways with the British Airways American Express Premium Plus credit card.

9. Buy gifts in advance.

Birthdays and religious holidays come around like clockwork. That’s a good thing, because it means you can get a head start on your present shopping. Plus you can avoid the Christmas retail rush.

10. Maintain your car.

If you’ve put off maintenance on your car, it could be a good time to get an inspection. You can also perform necessary repairs that you’d have to do later anyway.

11. Update your home.

Have you been waiting for the “right time” to renovate your home? Consider getting the job done by charging a few purchases to your card – now’s a great time to change the carpets or replace old appliances.

Manufactured spending is a secret strategy in the travel-hacking community. In general, it involves buying things that you can easily liquidate to pay off your credit card.

Manufactured-spending strategies change all the time — especially when businesses and card providers make rules to circumvent them. Before using a method you see here, do some research to see if it’s still valid.

12. Buy and resell items.

Consider using your credit card to buy merchandise – preferably at a discount – and then resell it.

Here’s a pro tip: Buy items through shopping portals like Nectar eshops, Quidco or epoints.com. This way, you can earn points on top of scooping up inventory.

Nectar eshops screengrab October 2018

13. Gift card churning.

Gift card churning involves buying gift cards and then reselling them at face value – or even a loss. You can buy and sell gift cards on platforms like CardYard, Zeek Marketplace, Zapper and eBay.

14. Payment-app cycling.

If you need a little boost ahead of your minimum-spend deadline, try payment-app cycling. Just use your credit card to send money through an peer-to-peer payment app – then have your recipient send the money back to you.

Credit card transfers often come with fees. That said, it’s best to use this strategy sparingly.

Other hacks outside the box

While at the end of our list, these more unusual or quirky hacks are just as good as anything else you can try.

15. Peer-to-peer lending.

To reach your minimum spending requirement, you don’t have to spend money — you can lend it.

That’s where peer-to-peer (P2P) lending comes in. You’ll make loans to other people and be repaid with interest. It’s essentially a way to park and even get a return on your extra money. Just make sure that you won’t need the money for a while.

For P2P lending platforms, try Funding Circle, Ratesetter and Zopa.

If you’re OK with not earning a return on your money, consider micro-lending platforms like Kiva, which allows you to help people around the world create opportunities for themselves. For example, you could help a Vietnamese family build a latrine or Senegalese women set up a chicken farm. Its website says it has a repayment rate of around 97% so this kind of investment is more about making yourself feel good about helping someone, than making a big profit.

Kiva screengrab leading October 2018

16. Donate to charity.

Making charitable donations is a great way to get closer to your minimum spend. If you already donate every year, you now have a reason to do it earlier. And if you’re not a regular giver, you can become one now. As an added benefit, most charitable gifts are tax-free.

17. Buy general-use gift cards.

One4all or Love2Shop are great choices because you can use them anywhere. Just remember that they usually have expiry dates.

18. Pay for business expenses.

You might use a company credit card for work-related expenses. If so, ask your employer if you can use your own credit card for those purchases and get reimbursed later. Just be aware, being reimbursed through your wages could have implications for your annual tax allowance.

Comparison of rewards credit cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Credit limits Rep. APR Incentive Link
M&S Bank Transfer Plus Mastercard
0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
19.9% (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 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard
0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
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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M&S Bank Shopping Plus Mastercard
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
19.9% (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 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
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American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
22.2%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
22.2% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the 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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American Express Rewards Credit Card
22.2%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
22.2% (variable)
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).
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British Airways American Express Card
22.2%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
22.2% (variable)
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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American Express Platinum Cashback Card
22.2%
£25 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
27.3% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £125) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 27.3% APR (variable).
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The American Express Nectar Credit Card
22.2%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
27.3% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 20,000 bonus Nectar 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. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 27.3% APR (variable).
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The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
22.2%
£75 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
38.8% (variable)
As a new Cardmember earn 20,000 points bonus when you spend £3,000 in the first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £75 per annum, your representative rate is 38.8% APR (variable).
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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
22.2%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
56.6% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first three months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 56.6% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express Premium Plus
22.2%
£195 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
74.7% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 74.7% APR (variable).
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The American Express Green Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£60 per annum
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
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.
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Tesco Bank Low APR Card
9.942%
£0
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
9.9% (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 9.942% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
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Maximiles Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 17.9%
£0
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
17.9% (variable)
Earn 1 Maximiles point for every £1 spent. 5000 bonus points when you make your first card purchase.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 17.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 17.9% APR (variable).
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The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card Visa
18.3%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
18.3% (variable)
1p earned for every £2 spent in The Co-operative Food stores (excluding in-store concessions) and 1p earned for every £3.33 spent anywhere else. Cashback will be added to your share of the Group profits and this will be paid to you twice a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.3% APR (variable).
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John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Mastercard
0% for 9 months reverting to 18.9%
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit not specified.
18.9% (variable)
Earn 1.25 points for every £1 spent in store or online at John Lewis, Waitrose and John Lewis Insurance. Earn 1 Point for every £4 spent elsewhere. Vouchers issued once customer reaches 500 points in Feb, Jun or Oct when vouchers are automatically issued to customers. Every 500 points is worth £5.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
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HSBC Premier Credit Card
0% for 9 months reverting to 18.9%
£0
Min. limit £1,500, max. limit not specified.
18.9% (variable)
A selection of rewards from a range of partners. Earn 1 point for every £1 spent within the UK and earn 2 points for every £1 spent outside the UK. Points can be redeemed for shopping vouchers and frequent flyer miles.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
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AIB Visa Option 1
18.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
18.9% (variable)
0.5% after £5000 of yearly spend. Minimum of 12 transactions per year required. Maximum of £250 cashback paid per year. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. For initial £5K a £25 cashback is paid, plus an additional £1 for every further £200 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
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Bank of China (UK) Great Wall International Classic Credit Card Visa
17.1%
£10 per annum
Min. limit £250, max. limit £10,000.
19% (variable)
Earn 10 points per £1 spent on card; points can be redeemed for selected gifts or card annual fee waiver.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 17.1% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £10 per annum, your representative rate is 19% APR (variable).
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Tesco Bank All Round Card
0% for 15 months reverting to 19.944%
£0
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
19.9% (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. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers or can be exchanged for Partner rewards to receive money off a variety of restaurants, entertainment or Avios points.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.944% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
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smile Classic Credit Card
19.9%
£0
Min. limit £200, max. limit not specified.
19.9% (variable)
0.25% after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account.
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 Balance Transfer Card
19.944%
£0
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
19.9% (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. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers or can be exchanged for Partner rewards to receive money off a variety of restaurants, entertainment or Avios points.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.944% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
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Tesco Bank Purchases Card
0% for 18 months reverting to 19.944%
£0
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
19.9% (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. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers or can be exchanged for Partner rewards to receive money off a variety of restaurants, entertainment or Avios points.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.944% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
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Bank of China (UK) Great Wall International Gold Credit Card Visa
12.7%
£40 per annum
Min. limit £250, max. limit £10,000.
20.1% (variable)
Earn 10 points per £1 spent on card; points can be redeemed for selected gifts or card annual fee waiver.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 12.7% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £40 per annum, your representative rate is 20.1% APR (variable).
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Sainsbury's Bank No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 20.95%
£0
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
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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Sainsbury's Bank Nectar Reward Credit Card
Sainsbury's Bank Nectar Reward Credit Card
0% for 17 months reverting to 20.95%
£0
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
20.9% (variable)
Earn 10,000 Nectar points if £400 spent at Sainsbury's, Argos or Tu Clothing during first two months of opening. Earn up to 3 Nectar points per £1 spent at 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).
Sainsbury's Bank Low Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 20.95%
£0
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
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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Santander All in One Credit Card
0% for 26 months reverting to 15.9%
£3 per month
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
21.7% (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 15.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 21.7% APR (variable).
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Sainsbury's Bank Dual Offer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 20 months reverting to 21.95%
£0
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
21.9% (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 21.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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Amazon Platinum Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.94%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
21.9% (variable)
Earn 1.5 Amazon reward points per £2 spent at Amazon.co.uk. Earn 0.5 Amazon reward point per £2 spent elsewhere. Whenever your Amazon reward points reach 1,000 a £10 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card will be automatically linked to your Amazon.co.uk account. For Amazon Prime members - earn 3 Amazon reward points per £2 spent at Amazon.co.uk and earn 0.5 Amazon Reward point per £2 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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Sainsbury's Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.95%
£0
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
21.9% (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 21.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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HSBC Rewards Credit Card
0% for 6 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
21.9% (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £5 spent on purchases. Bonus 2,500 reward points on anniversary if £10,000 spent in previous year for first 5 years.
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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IHG Rewards Club Credit Card Mastercard
22.9%
£0
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
22.9% (variable)
Receive 1 IHG Rewards Club point for every £1 spent in the UK. 2 IHG Rewards Club points for every £1 spent at any IHG location in the UK and 2 IHG Rewards Club points for every £1 spent abroad.
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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Barclaycard Rewards Visa
22.9%
£0
Min. limit £50, max. limit not specified.
22.9% (variable)
0.25% after £1 of yearly spend. Cashback paid On request into Card Account. Cashback paid annually or on request. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
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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Virgin Money Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card
22.9%
£0
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
22.9% (variable)
Earn 5,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase made within 90 days of account opening. Earn 0.75 Flying Club miles for every £1 spend. Spend £20K a year on your card and choose an extra benefit - an upgrade to premium, or a Companion ticket. Double miles when you spend directly with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays through the contact centre and online. Earn an additional 2,000 bonus miles if you spend £1K within 90 days of opening until 31.10.19.
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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NatWest Reward Credit Card Mastercard
18.9%
£24 per annum. Reward or Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
Min. limit £300, max. limit not specified.
23.7% (variable)
1% Rewards earned on supermarket spend and 0.25% at their petrol stations, at least 1% Rewards earned at MyRewards retailers and 0.25% everywhere else when shopping at home and abroad. 5 Rewards is £5 when redeemed. Rewards can be converted into money and transferred to a current account, exchanged for gift cards or tickets with some retailers doubling their value or converted into money and donated to one of the RBS Group chosen charities.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £24 per annum. Reward or Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 23.7% APR (variable).
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Royal Bank of Scotland Reward Credit Card Mastercard
18.9%
£24 per annum. Reward or Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
Min. limit £300, max. limit not specified.
23.7% (variable)
1% Rewards earned on supermarket spend and 0.25% at their petrol stations, at least 1% Rewards earned at MyRewards retailers and 0.25% everywhere else when shopping at home and abroad. 5 Rewards is £5 when redeemed. Rewards can be converted into money and transferred to a current account, exchanged for gift cards or tickets with some retailers doubling their value or converted into money and donated to one of the RBS Group chosen charities.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £24 per annum. Reward or Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 23.7% APR (variable).
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Topshop Mastercard
24.94%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
24.9% (variable)
Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Topshop and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1spent elsewhere. Bonus 500 points on second Topshop purchase which equals a £5 voucher.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
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Debenhams Mastercard
24.94%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
24.9% (variable)
Earn 3 points for every £1 spent at Debenhams, and 1 point for every £2 spent elsewhere. 500 points equals a £5 voucher which is issued quarterly.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
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Topman Mastercard
Topman Mastercard
24.94%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
24.9% (variable)
Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Topman and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1spent elsewhere. Bonus 500 points on second Topman purchase which equals a £5 voucher.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
Miss Selfridge Mastercard
24.94%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
24.9% (variable)
Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Miss Selfridge and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1 spent elsewhere. 500 points equals a £5 voucher which is issued quarterly. Bonus points for certain good credit actions.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
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Tesco Bank Foundation Card
27.542%
£0
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
27.5% (variable)
Collect 1 Tesco Clubcard point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 Clubcard point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco in each purchase transaction.  Must have available credit to collect Clubcard points. Clubcard points are turned into Clubcard vouchers every 3 months or sooner using Faster Vouchers. Clubcard vouchers can be used in Tesco or with Clubcard Reward Partners to get even more value on dining out, hotel stays and travel.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.542% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.5% APR (variable).
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Dorothy Perkins Mastercard
29.95%
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit not specified.
29.9% (variable)
Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Dorothy Perkins and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1 spent elsewhere. 500 points equals a £5 voucher which is issued quarterly. Bonus points in birthday month.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
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Evans Mastercard
29.95%
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit not specified.
29.9% (variable)
Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Evans and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1 spent elsewhere. 500 points equals a £5 voucher which is issued quarterly. Bonus points in birthday month.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
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Wallis Mastercard
29.95%
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit not specified.
29.9% (variable)
Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Wallis and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1 spent elsewhere. 500 points equals a £5 voucher which is issued quarterly. Bonus treat in birthday month.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
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Outfit Mastercard
29.95%
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit not specified.
29.9% (variable)
Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Outfit and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1 spent elsewhere. 500 points equals a £5 voucher which is issued quarterly. Bonus points in birthday month.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
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Vitality American Express Credit Card
22.2%
£6 per month
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
35.9% (variable)
0.5% on £1 to £5000 of yearly spend. 1% after £5001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. Must spend £3K annually to earn cashback. Earn between 0-2% additional cashback on first £1K spend each month. Cashback booster rate is based on number of eligible Vitality products held and monthly activity points earned two months prior.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £6 per month, your representative rate is 35.9% APR (variable).
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NatWest Reward Black Credit Card Mastercard
18.9%
£84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
Min. limit £5,000, max. limit not specified.
37.1% (variable)
1% Rewards earned on supermarket spend and 0.5% at their petrol stations, at least 1% Rewards earned at MyRewards retailers and 0.5% everywhere else when shopping at home and abroad. 5 Rewards is £5 when redeemed. Rewards can be converted into money and transferred to a current account, exchanged for gift cards or tickets with some retailers doubling their value or converted into money and donated to one of the RBS Group chosen charities.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 37.1% APR (variable).
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Royal Bank of Scotland Reward Black Credit Card Mastercard
18.9%
£84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
Min. limit £5,000, max. limit not specified.
37.1% (variable)
1% Rewards earned on supermarket spend and 0.5% at their petrol stations, at least 1% Rewards earned at MyRewards retailers and 0.5% everywhere else when shopping at home and abroad. 5 Rewards is £5 when redeemed. Rewards can be converted into money and transferred to a current account, exchanged for gift cards or tickets with some retailers doubling their value or converted into money and donated to one of the RBS Group chosen charities.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 37.1% APR (variable).
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Tesco Bank Clubcard Plus Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 24 months reverting to 19.944%
£7.99 per month
Min. limit £100, max. limit not specified.
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).
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Santander World Elite Mastercard
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
£15 per month
Min. limit £2,000, max. limit not specified.
49.8% (variable)
0.5% on £1 to £3000 of monthly spend. Maximum of £15 cashback paid per month. 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 £15 per month, your representative rate is 49.8% APR (variable).
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HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard
18.9%
£195 per annum
Min. limit £5,000, max. limit not specified.
59.3% (variable)
2 points for every £1 spend in the UK. 4 points for every £1 spend outside the UK. 40,000 Anniversary Points Boost - qualifying spend £12K in 12 months from account opening. Points can be redeemed for airline frequent flyer miles, retail vouchers from selected stores and luxury wines and champagnes or can be used to make donations made to the charity of the customer's choice.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 59.3% APR (variable).
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Virgin Money Virgin Atlantic Reward Plus Credit Card
22.9%
£160 per annum
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
63.9% (variable)
Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase made within 90 days of account opening. Earn 1.5 Flying Club miles for every £1 spend and 3 miles for every £1 spend with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays. Spend £10K a year on your card and choose an extra benefit - an upgrade to Premium, or a Companion ticket.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £160 per annum, your representative rate is 63.9% APR (variable).
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The Platinum Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£575 per annum
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
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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Name Product Annual/monthly fees Purchases Rep. APR Link Cashback details Representative example
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
£0
22.2%
22.2%
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New Cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the 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).
American Express Platinum Cashback Card
£25 per annum
22.2%
27.3%
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As a new Cardmember, get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £125) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 27.3% APR (variable).
AIB Visa Option 1
£0
18.9%
18.9%
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0.5% after £5000 of yearly spend. Minimum of 12 transactions per year required. Maximum of £250 cashback paid per year. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. For initial £5K a £25 cashback is paid, plus an additional £1 for every further £200 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
smile Classic Credit Card
£0
19.9%
19.9%
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0.25% after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account.
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).
Santander All in One Credit Card
£3 per month
0% for 26 months reverting to 15.9%
21.7%
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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 15.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 21.7% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Rewards Visa
£0
22.9%
22.9%
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0.25% after £1 of yearly spend. Cashback paid On request into Card Account. Cashback paid annually or on request. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
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).
Vitality American Express Credit Card
£6 per month
22.2%
35.9%
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0.5% on £1 to £5000 of yearly spend. 1% after £5001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. Must spend £3K annually to earn cashback. Earn between 0-2% additional cashback on first £1K spend each month. Cashback booster rate is based on number of eligible Vitality products held and monthly activity points earned two months prior.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £6 per month, your representative rate is 35.9% APR (variable).
Santander World Elite Mastercard
£15 per month
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
49.8%
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0.5% on £1 to £3000 of monthly spend. Maximum of £15 cashback paid per month. 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 £15 per month, your representative rate is 49.8% APR (variable).
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Name Product Incentive on opening Purchases Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
Dorothy Perkins Mastercard
1,000 bonus points on account opening.
29.95%
29.9%
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Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Dorothy Perkins and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1 spent elsewhere. 500 points equals a £5 voucher which is issued quarterly. Bonus points in birthday month.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
Evans Mastercard
1000 bonus points on account opening and 20% off purchases made within 7 days of account opening.
29.95%
29.9%
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Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Evans and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1 spent elsewhere. 500 points equals a £5 voucher which is issued quarterly. Bonus points in birthday month.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
Outfit Mastercard
29.95%
29.9%
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Earn 2 points for every £1 spent at Outfit and other Arcadia Group stores and online, and 1 point for every £1 spent elsewhere. 500 points equals a £5 voucher which is issued quarterly. Bonus points in birthday month.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
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Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Credit limits Rep. APR Incentive Link
British Airways American Express Card
22.2%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
22.2% (variable)
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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British Airways American Express Premium Plus
22.2%
£195 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
74.7% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 74.7% APR (variable).
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Virgin Money Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card
22.9%
£0
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
22.9% (variable)
Earn 5,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase made within 90 days of account opening. Earn 0.75 Flying Club miles for every £1 spend. Spend £20K a year on your card and choose an extra benefit - an upgrade to premium, or a Companion ticket. Double miles when you spend directly with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays through the contact centre and online. Earn an additional 2,000 bonus miles if you spend £1K within 90 days of opening until 31.10.19.
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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Virgin Money Virgin Atlantic Reward Plus Credit Card
22.9%
£160 per annum
Min. limit not specified, max. limit not specified.
63.9% (variable)
Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase made within 90 days of account opening. Earn 1.5 Flying Club miles for every £1 spend and 3 miles for every £1 spend with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays. Spend £10K a year on your card and choose an extra benefit - an upgrade to Premium, or a Companion ticket.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £160 per annum, your representative rate is 63.9% APR (variable).
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