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MBNA Long 0% Balance Transfer Credit Card review January 2020
Enjoy 0% interest for 29 months when you transfer your existing card debt to MBNA's longest balance transfer deal.
If you have existing credit card debt and you’re looking to clear it quicker by minimising the amount you have to pay in interest and fees, this offer may appeal to you.
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In a nutshell:
0% interest on balance transfers
0% interest on money transfers
|Balance transfers||0% for 29 months reverting to 20.93%|
|Balance transfer fee||2.75% for 2 months reverting to 5%|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 56 days|
|Money transfers||0% for 12 months reverting to 20.93%|
|Min. credit limit||£0|
|Max credit limit||Not specified|
|Additional cards available||3|
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MBNA’s longest balance transfer deal is all about that table-topping 0% period – so don’t expect bells and whistles and bear in mind that it’s only likely to be available to those with good excellent histories.
On the plus side, it’s quick and easy check whether or not you’re likely to be approved before you apply, by using MBNA’s eligibility checker – which won’t affect your credit score. If you’re not eligible for this card, MBNA will show you which card’s are still on the table.
Don’t forget that a transfer fee applies (which could be painful for those transferring larger balances), but the good news is this is reduced for transfers made within a set introductory period. And finally, you should aim to clear your balance in full before the 0% period is over. At that point any outstanding balance will start to accrue interest at the card’s standard rate.
How does this card compare with other balance transfer deals?
When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 606 2062), 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 MBNA Long 0% Balance Transfer Credit Card
If you’ve compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 15 minutes. Before you apply, MBNA requires you to use its “clever Check” eligibility tool, to see which cards you’d stand a strong chance of being approved for. This part of the process involves a “soft” credit check, and won’t hurt your credit score at all. If you then do then opt to apply for a card, MBNA will run a full, “hard” credit search, which has a small (but usually short-lived) negative effect on your credit score.