HSBC Rewards Credit Card review 2021

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Collect reward points and enjoy 0%-interest deals on both balance transfers and purchases... provided you meet the eligibility criteria.

Previously only available to Advance customers (Advance sits somewhere between HSBC's entry-level products and its "Premier" products, and offers preferential rates and personalised rewards), this card offers appealing perks to some existing HSBC customers.

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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).

Earn 10 points

per £1 spent with select partners

Earn 1 point

per £5 spent elsewhere

Up to 2,500 points

Intro bonus

21.9%

Representative APR

Details

IssuerHSBC
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 6 months reverting to 21.9%
Balance transfer fee2% (min. £5)
Purchases0% for 6 months reverting to 21.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances27.9%
Min credit limit£500
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1
IncentiveEarn up to 10 points for every £1 spent at selected retailers and 1 point for every £5 spent elsewhere. Bonus 2,500 reward points on anniversary if £10,000 spent in previous year for first 5 years.
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Expert review

If you fit the bill, this card can earn you rewards points on your spending, plus an introductory welcome bonus and anniversary bonuses too. And since your rewards points can be redeemed against any purchase you make using your card – it’s as good as cashback. The catch? Redeeming your points is, well, a bit of a kerfuffle – requiring you to use Mastercard’s Pay with Rewards app (or register with the Pay with Rewards website), then specify when you want your next purchase to be paid using your rewards points.

There’s an introductory interest-free period on purchases, allowing you to spread the cost of any large upcoming expenditure over 6 months.

The card also offers an interest-free period on balance transfers, so if you’re paying a hefty sum each month in interest on existing card debt, you could choose to bring it across to HSBC to take a break from interest and focus on clearing the debt. Bear in mind that any balance outstanding at the end of the introductory 0% period will start to accrue interest at the card’s less-favourable standard rate.

The HSBC Rewards Credit Card is issued on the Mastercard network so it's accepted at nearly 53 million merchants across more than 210 countries and territories.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Six months to spread the cost of purchases
  • Earn points on day-to-day spending
  • Up to 2,500 points introductory bonus
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible

How does it compare?

HSBC's card

Name Product Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
HSBC Rewards Credit Card
2,500 points
10 points per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
21.9% (variable)
Earn up to 10 points for every £1 spent at selected retailers and 1 point for every £5 spent elsewhere. 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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Other popular reward cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard
500 points
2 points per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% (variable)
Check eligibility
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).
M&S Bank Transfer Plus Mastercard
500 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
21.9% (variable)
Check eligibility
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 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
500 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
21.9% (variable)
Check eligibility
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 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
£100
1% cashback
1% cashback
£0
22.2% (variable)
Check eligibility
New Cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Cashback earn rates will change from the 4 August.
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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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

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 either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) 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

If you've compared cards and settled on the HSBC Rewards Credit Card, 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.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the HSBC Rewards Credit Card?

If HSBC is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on HSBC's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £500 and HSBC does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown HSBC that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the HSBC Rewards Credit Card?

Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino, buying currency, etc.) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.

The cash advance fee on the HSBC Rewards Credit Card is 2.99% (min. £3). For example, if you withdraw £50, you'll incur a fee of £3.00. Withdraw £250, and you'll incur a fee of £7.48.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 27.9%, which is 27% more than the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

Can I transfer a balance from another HSBC-branded card to the HSBC Rewards Credit Card?

No. HSBC doesn't accept balance transfers from credit cards issued through HSBC group, which includes M&S Bank, John Lewis and first direct cards.

Can I manage the HSBC Rewards Credit Card from an app?

Yes. You can manage this card through HSBC UK's free mobile banking app.

How much does it cost to use the HSBC Rewards Credit Card abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.99% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£174.17), it'll cost you around £5.21.

What is the minimum payment on the HSBC Rewards Credit Card?

Each month you must pay at least 2.5% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £180.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £800.00 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.

Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it tends to be a very expensive way to borrow money which can lead to persistent debt.

Can I request an additional HSBC Rewards Credit Card?

Yes, you can request one more. There's no fee for additional cards. Plus, with additional cards, you could earn points at a faster rate. Bear in mind that card debt accrued by additional cardholders is the sole responsibility of the account holder – not the additional cardholder.

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