M&S Bank Reward Plus Credit Card review 2020
Earn M&S points while you spend with the most rewarding card available from M&S Bank.
The M&S Bank Reward Plus Credit Card is designed to reward you every time you use it, and not surprisingly, if you’re already a regular customer, you’ll stand to benefit more than most.
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In a nutshell:
Earn 2 points
per £1 spent with select partners
Earn 1 point
per £5 spent elsewhere
Up to 500 points
|Rep. APR||19.9% (variable)|
|Incentive||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.|
|Incentive on opening||500 points on opening worth £5.|
|Additional Rewards Info||No cash advance fee & 55 days interest free when buying M&S Travel Money with the card, with free home delivery when purchasing £500 in currency or more. Preferential rates on Travel Money for M&S Credit Card customers purchasing from M&S Bureaux. 54 currencies available. Opt-in to Premium Club for £10 pm to receive triple points on M&S purchases, 48 hot drinks vouchers worth £132 pa, £45 worth of Treats and Delights vouchers pq, £40 worth of M&S vouchers to spend on M&S home or clothing per year, a birthday gift worth £10, exclusive rewards, offers and discounts.|
|Purchases||0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%|
|Purchases interest-free period (days)||55|
|Balance transfers||0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%|
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The Reward Plus card offers introductory and ongoing rewards on spending both in-store and elsewhere, and the rewards you’ll earn come in the form of M&S points. All this means that you’ll need to be a very regular Marks and Sparks shopper to get the most out of the card, both in terms of earning and redeeming points.
Provided that sounds like you though, there are additional appealing perks you’ll be able to enjoy besides earning points – especially if you opt to upgrade to “Premium Club” for a small monthly fee.
If you currently carry an outstanding balance on another card, don’t worry – that needn’t stop you switching, as you can enjoy a 0% interest period on balance transfers. However if transferring a balance to pay less interest and clear debt faster is your main objective, there’s a more specialised M&S Bank card for that.
If you’re anticipating a large expenditure on your new credit card, this deal also comes with 6 months of 0% interest on purchases, allowing you to spread the cost at no additional expense.
The card is issued on the Mastercard network, meaning it can be used at more than 35 million merchants and ATMs worldwide.
The M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard 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
- Earn points when you spend in-store and elsewhere.
- Earn reward points faster with additional cardholders.
- An “all-rounder” – allowing you to earn rewards, transfer a balance and spread the cost of forthcoming purchases.
- Enjoy tailor-made offers and priority access to new-season previews and sales.
- More specialised 0% deals are available for balance transfers or large expenditures.
- The rewards offered by this card are not surprisingly heavily-biased towards shopping at M&S – when shopping elsewhere the rewards may disappoint.
You can make manual repayments through M&S Bank's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0800 997996). 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
First, you can use Finder's eligibility checker to find out if you'd be likely to get approved for the M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard. This won't impact your credit score. If it's good news, you can then proceed to M&S Bank's online application, which takes 10-15 minutes to complete.
Frequently asked questions
What credit limit will I get with the M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard?
If M&S Bank is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on M&S Bank's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £500 and M&S Bank does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown M&S Bank that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.
Can I withdraw cash using the M&S Bank Reward Plus 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 M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard 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 23.9%, which is 20% more than the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 55 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).
Can I transfer a balance from another M&S Bank-branded card to the M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard?
How much does it cost to use the M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard abroad?
Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.99% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£177.37), it'll cost you around £5.30.
What is the minimum payment on the M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard?
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 M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard?
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.