HSBC Rewards Credit Card review 2020

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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).

21.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Up to 2,500 points

Intro bonus

Earn 1 point

per £5 spent

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 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.

Expert review

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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.

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 this card compare with other rewards cards on the market?

HSBC’s card

Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Max. intro bonus Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
HSBC Rewards Credit Card
2,500 points
1 point per £5 spent
£0
21.9% (variable)
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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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The competition

Table: sorted by length of 0% balance transfer offer, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Max. intro bonus Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
M&S Bank Transfer Plus Mastercard
500 points
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% (variable)
Check eligibility
More Info
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 Reward Plus Mastercard
2,500 points
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% (variable)
Check eligibility
More Info
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 Shopping Plus Mastercard
500 points
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% (variable)
Check eligibility
More Info
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).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
£100
1% cashback
£0
22.2% (variable)
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More Info
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 Rewards Credit Card
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.2% (variable)
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More Info
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).
British Airways American Express Card
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.2% (variable)
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More Info
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).
American Express Platinum Cashback Card
£125
1.25% cashback
£25 per annum
27.3% (variable)
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More Info
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).
The American Express Nectar Credit Card
20,000 points
2 points per £1 spent
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
27.3% (variable)
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More Info
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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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 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:

Minimum amount Fixed amount Fixed percentage Full amount

How to apply for the HSBC Advance Credit Card

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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