The HSBC Balance Transfer Credit Card is issued on the Visa network (used by a whopping 4.2 billion cards), so you'll be able to use it at more than 100 million merchant locations across more than 200 countries and territories.
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You can make manual repayments through HSBC's app by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 7404 404). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.
A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and losing your promotional interest rate as a result (as well as damaging your credit score and incurring the late payment fee of £12). You could use a fixed-amount direct debit to ensure you've cleared your debt before the 0% period expires – simply divide your outstanding balance by 27 to see what you'll need to pay each month (this assumes you don't use the card for additional spending).
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:
How to apply
First, you can use Finder's eligibility checker to find out if you'd be likely to get approved for the HSBC Balance Transfer Credit Card. This won't impact your credit score. If it's good news, you can then proceed to HSBC's online application, which takes 10–15 minutes to complete. You can request a balance transfer as part of your application.
Existing HSBC customers can alternatively apply in-branch (make sure to take photo ID, proof of address and a recent bank statement).
Frequently asked questions
Can I transfer a balance from an HSBC card to another HSBC-branded credit card?
What should I do with my old credit card?
Transferring a balance doesn't automatically close your old account. In most cases, you'll want to close the old accounts straightaway, especially if they have a annual/monthly fee or if you might be tempted to use them in the future. There is an argument that you should keep the old account open to help your credit score. That's because doing so keeps your "credit utilisation ratio" lower (that's a measure of how much credit you're using compared to what's available to you), and helps the average age of your credit accounts. However, unless you're just about to apply for a new mortgage, it's probably fair to say that most people would prefer to have no more bank accounts open than was truly necessary.
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Our experts score balance transfer cards to determine their value against similar products on the market. We look at a number of important factors, like the length of the balance transfer offer, the balance transfer fee, any restrictions to making a transfer, plus the potential costs involved with running the card both in the short and longer term.
You can read more about our scoring criteria on our credit card methodology page.
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