MBNA Long 0% Balance Transfer Credit Card review November 2019

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.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.93% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).

29 months

0% interest on balance transfers

20.9%

Representative APR

12 months

0% interest on money transfers

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerMBNA Limited
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 29 months reverting to 20.93%
Balance transfer fee2.75% for 2 months reverting to 5%
Purchases20.93%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Money transfers0% for 12 months reverting to 20.93%
Cash advances20.93%
Min. credit limit£0
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available3
Minimum Age18
Minimum income£14,000
ResidencyMust hold a UK bank/building society account. Must hold permanent UK address for 3 years.
AvailabilityAvailable to new customers
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfer fee2.75% for 2 months reverting to 5%
Money transfer fee4% for 12 months reverting to 5%
Foreign usage charge (EU)2.95%
Foreign usage charge (rest of world)2.95%
Cash advance fee5% (min. £0)
Late payment fee£12
Duplicate statement fee£0
Exceeding limit fee£12
Additional card fee£0
Replacement card fee£0
Dormancy fee£0

Expert review

Chris Lilly

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Chris Lilly is a publisher at finder.com. He's a specialist in credit-based products including business and personal loans, mortgages and credit cards, and is passionate about helping UK consumers make informed decisions about their borrowing. In his spare time Chris likes forcing his kids to exercise more.

Expert review

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?

Table: sorted by length of 0% balance transfer offer, promoted deals first
Updated November 15th, 2019
Name Product Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
0% for 23 months reverting to 19.9%
0% for transfers in first 3 months
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.9% p.a. (variable)
19.9% p.a. (variable)
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).
0% for 23 months reverting to 19.9%
0% for transfers in first 3 months
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.9% p.a. (variable)
19.9% p.a. (variable)
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).
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
2.9% (min. £5)
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
19.9% p.a. (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 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
0% for 12 months reverting to 19.9%
3% (min. £3)
19.9%
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn Asda vouchers every time you shop - 1% cashback on all Asda spend, 0.2% on all other transactions and 10% on selected insurance products. Once £2.5 is earnt a voucher can be downloaded to spend in Asda stores.
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).
0% for 29 months reverting to 19.95%
3% (min. £3)
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.95%
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
0% for 29 months reverting to 19.95%
3% (min. £3)
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.95%
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 2 Nectar points per £1 spent on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
0% for 29 months reverting to 20.93%
2.75% for 2 months reverting to 5%
20.93%
20.9% p.a. (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.93% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).
0% for 29 months reverting to 21.9%
3% for 2 months reverting to 5%
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
21.9% p.a. (variable)
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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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 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.

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