John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Card review 2021

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A versatile rewards card that earns points anywhere Mastercard is accepted and offers perks tailored to loyal customers.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

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).

18.9%

Representative APR

18 months

0% interest on balance transfers

£0

Account fee

9 months

0% interest on purchases

Details

IssuerJohn Lewis Financial Services
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
Balance transfer fee2.9% (min. £5) at anytime reverting to 3% (min. £5)
Purchases0% for 9 months reverting to 18.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances23.9%
Min credit limit£250
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available3
IncentiveEarn 5 points for every £4 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.
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Expert review

If you’re a fan of John Lewis and Waitrose, this credit card can earn you loyalty points wherever you use it, and at an enhanced rate when you use it at John Lewis or Waitrose. The points you accumulate can be exchanged for John Lewis and Waitrose vouchers three times a year, in units of £5. Any extra points above the nearest £5 are carried over into the next reward period. Points can be spent online or in-store at any John Lewis store, or Waitrose supermarket.

To draw in new customers, there’s an introductory bonus plus introductory 0% periods on both purchases and balance transfers. So if you already have an outstanding balance with another credit card provider, you can apply to bring it across to this card, and pay no interest on that balance for a set period (after which the card’s standard rate kicks in). Alternatively if you’re anticipating a large expenditure, you can use the card’s 0% on purchases period to spread the cost without incurring interest.

You’d expect decent customer service from John Lewis and Waitrose, and indeed it does offer a 24-hour customer support helpline, charged at local rate. You can also register for online account servicing or download the free mobile app, to carry out a range of tasks including making payments, viewing your current balance and recent statements, requesting a balance transfer or credit limit change or switching to paperless monthly statements.

You can also request cards for up to three other nominated people on your account, which could help you earn points faster (just remember you’ll be solely responsible for the card debt). This can be done online, via the app, or in a John Lewis Partnership or Waitrose store.

Ultimately, there are longer 0% deals around for both purchases and balance transfers, and there are better ongoing interest rates out there. However, for regular Waitrose/John Lewis shoppers who don’t need longer offers, and don’t plan on carrying a balance from month to month, the perks could make this a card worth carrying.

M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card

M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card

  • 0% on balance transfers for 20 months
  • 0% on purchases for 20 months
  • No annual fee

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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Pros and cons

Pros

  • Over a year of 0% interest to focus on reducing existing card debt
  • Earn points on day-to-day spending
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
  • Don't forget that balance transfer fee! If cutting the interest on existing card debt is your main reason for considering this card, check out no-fee deals first

John Lewis stores have been a fixture of our major high streets since 1864, when the first one opened on London’s Oxford Street. The company is one of the best-known employee-owned businesses in the UK, with its staff all given a share of its annual profits.

Like many of its competitors, John Lewis’ expansion of its business has seen it set up its own financial services arm, which offers a range of other products besides the John Lewis credit card. Its card is provided by HSBC banking group, and is issued on the Mastercard network, which means it’s accepted in more than 35 million outlets around the world.

How does this card compare?

The Partnership card

Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Rep. APR Incentive Link
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 5 points for every £4 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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The competition

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Rep. APR Incentive Link
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 Transfer Plus Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
21.9% (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 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
0% for 20 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
21.9% (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 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% 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. 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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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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Name Product Annual/monthly fees Purchases Rep. APR Link Cashback details Representative example
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
£0
22.2%
22.2%
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).
Santander All in One Credit Card
£3 per month
0% for 20 months reverting to 17.9%
23.7%
Check eligibility
0.5% cashback 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 17.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 23.7% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Card
£25 per annum
22.2%
27.3%
Check eligibility
As a new Cardmember, get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £125) 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. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 27.3% APR (variable).
AIB Options 1 Credit Card
£0
18.9%
18.9%
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%
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).
Barclaycard Rewards Visa
£0
22.9%
22.9%
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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Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial 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 0.75 Flying Club miles for every £1 spend and 1.5.miles for every £1 spend with Virgin Atlantic or Virgin Holidays. Spend £20K 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., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
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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Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through John Lewis Financial Services's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 300 3830). 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 for the Partnership Card

Completing the secure online application form takes about 15 minutes, or alternatively you can apply in store. But first, check that you meet the eligibility requirements. You'll need to be a resident of the UK (excluding the Channel Islands), unless you're serving in the Armed Forces. Your annual income should be more than £6750, and you'll need a good credit history, with no history of County Court Judgments or bankruptcy. You must ensure that you can meet the repayments as missed payments incur a charge and could have severe consequences on your ability to obtain future credit.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Mastercard?

If John Lewis Financial Services is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on John Lewis Financial Services's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £250 and John Lewis Financial Services does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown John Lewis Financial Services that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Mastercard?

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 John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Mastercard is 2.5% (min. £2.5). For example, if you withdraw £50, you'll incur a fee of £2.50. Withdraw £250, and you'll incur a fee of £6.25.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 23.9%, which is 26% 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 John Lewis-branded card to the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Mastercard?

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

How much does it cost to use the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Mastercard abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£174.17), it'll cost you around £4.79.

What is the minimum payment on the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership Mastercard?

Each month you must pay at least 3% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £150.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £666.67 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.

Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it makes it much harder to get debt-free before that introductory 0% period expires.

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One Comment

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    Tom
    January 31, 2020

    Hi John,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, you can only apply for the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership card online, and not in-store. While you can be approved almost instantly when you apply online, you won’t be able to use the card until it has been sent to you and you’ve been able to activate it.

    I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have any further questions.

    Regards,

    Tom

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