HSBC Premier Credit Card review April 2020

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A card with 0% offers and perks aplenty – but it's only available to a select few.

“Premier” is HSBC’s suite of services exclusively for high-earners or individuals who have large sums invested with the company. To apply for this card you’ll need to already have a Premier bank account.

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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).

18 months

0% interest on balance transfers

18.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Earn 1 point

per £1 spent

Details

IssuerHSBC
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
Balance transfer fee1.4% (min. £5)
Purchases0% for 9 months reverting to 18.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances18.9%
Min credit limit£1,500
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available3
IncentiveA 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.
Lounge accessMembership to LoungeKey, access to over 750 airport lounges worldwide. Charged at £20 per person per visit.

Expert review

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Expert review

If you’re an existing existing HSBC Premier customer, it would be easy enough to sleepwalk your way into taking out this versatile card, which seemingly ticks all the boxes. But on closer inspection there are some catches that make it worth considering your other options too.

If your primary focus is paying off existing card debt or spreading the cost of a large upcoming purchase, this all-rounder comes with introductory 0% interest periods suitable for both. However there are longer 0% deals on the market, or deals with no balance transfer fee attached.

There’s also an enticing ongoing rewards programme allowing you to collect Premier Points on all your day-to-day spending. Premier Points can be redeemed as vouchers or exchanged for frequent flyer miles with HSBC’s partner airlines. You can even apply for one additional card, for a partner or family member, to boost your points earnings. But when you opt to redeem points as vouchers, you might get less back than you were expecting – just £5 for 1,500 points (£1,500 of spending).

Frequent travellers can take advantage of some meaningful discounts and perks however, including “Premier Privileges” and free LoungeKey membership – giving access to over 750 airport lounges worldwide. But you’ll still need to pay a small fee for each airport lounge visit. And the diverse Premier Privileges require exploring the app or site to search for relevant deals.

Ultimately, Premier customers could do a lot worse than take out this card – after all there’s no annual fee to worry about. The thing is, they could do better too.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • 0% interest on balance transfers for an introductory period.
  • 0% interest on purchases for an introductory period.
  • No annual fee.
  • Rewards points for every £1 you spend.
  • Extended warranty cover on selected household appliances.
  • Access to HSBC Premier Privileges (discounts and experiences).
  • Free LoungeKey airport lounge membership.

Cons

  • Must be an existing HSBC Premier Bank customer.
  • Unless you convert them into miles, your Premier Points have little value.
  • Balance transfer fee.
  • Foreign transaction fees.
  • You’ll still need to pay a small fee for each airport lounge visit.

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

HSBC’s card

Updated April 4th, 2020
Name Product Rewards earn rate Balance transfers Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
HSBC Premier Credit Card Mastercard
1 point per £1 spent
0% for 18 months
(1.4% fee)
0% for 9 months reverting to 18.9%
£0
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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Other rewards cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated April 4th, 2020
Name Product Rewards earn rate Balance transfers Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
American Express Rewards Credit Card
1 point per £1 spent
N/A
22.9%
£0
22.9% (variable)
Earn 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months, and 1 point for virtually every £1 spent thereafter.
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).
British Airways American Express Card
1 point per £1 spent
N/A
22.9%
£0
22.9% (variable)
5,000 Avios when you spend £1,000 within 3 months of account opening. Earn 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent. Get a Companion Voucher when you spend £20,000 each year. Earn up to 90,000 bonus Avios points per calendar year, 4,000 points per friend/family member that successfully applies for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card) and uses the Referral Programme.
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).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
1% cashback
N/A
22.9%
£0
22.9% (variable)
5% on £1 to £2000 of yearly spend for introductory period of 3 months. 0.5% on £1 to £5000 of yearly spend. 1% after £5001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. 5% intro cashback in the first 3 months (max £100). Must spend £3K annually to earn cashback.
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).
The American Express Nectar Credit Card
2 points per £1 spent
N/A
22.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
28.2% (variable)
20,000 Nectar points when you spend £2K within 3 months of account opening. Earn 2 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent at Nectar partners and elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 28.2% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Card
1.25% cashback
N/A
22.9%
£25 per annum
28.2% (variable)
5% on £1 to £2500 of yearly spend for introductory period of 3 months. 1% on £1 to £10000 of yearly spend. 1.25% after £10001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. 5% intro cashback (max £125).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 28.2% APR (variable).
The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
6 points per £1 spent with selected partners
2 points per £1 spent elsewhere
N/A
22.9%
£75 per annum
39.7% (variable)
Earn 20,000 points when you spend £3,000 within 3 months of account opening. Earn 6 points for every £1 spent at Marriott properties globally and 2 points for virtually every other £1 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £75 per annum, your representative rate is 39.7% APR (variable).
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
2 points per £1 spent with selected partners
1 point per £1 spent elsewhere
N/A
22.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
57.6% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first three months of Cardmembership. Offer ends 29 June 2020. Terms apply.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 57.6% APR (variable).
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
3 points per £1 spent with selected partners
1.5 points per £1 spent elsewhere
N/A
22.9%
£195 per annum
76% (variable)
25,000 Avios when you spend £3K within 3 months of account opening. Earn 3 Avios for virtually every £1 spent directly with BA, and 1.5 Avios for virtually every £1 spent everywhere else. Spend £10K in 12 months to redeem the Avios for a companion ticket on a BA flight. Earn up to 90,000 bonus Avios points per calendar year, 9,000 points per friends/family that uses Referral Programme and successfully apply for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 76% 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.

How to apply for the HSBC Premier Credit Card

If you’ve compared cards and want to apply, just log into your internet banking or launch the app, and HSBC will pre-fill the application form for you. You can expect an instant decision and if it’s good news and you’re offered the card, it’ll then arrive by post within two weeks.

Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 7404 404), 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:

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