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M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard review 2023

Pay off your credit card debt while collecting M&S points on your day-to-day spending.

This card offers the longest 0% on balance transfers period of all M&S Bank’s credit cards, and also offers 0% interest on purchases for an introductory period. There’s no annual fee to worry about, so provided you clear your existing balance before the 0% period expires, this could be an almost catch-free option.

  • 28 months 0% interest on balance transfers plus reward points on day-to-day spending.
  • Balance transfer fee of 2.99% fee, min £5
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 23.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 23.9% APR (variable).

28 months

0% interest on balance transfers


Representative APR


Account fee

Earn 1 point

per £5 spent


IssuerM&S Bank
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 28 months reverting to 23.9%
Balance transfer fee2.99% fee, min £5
Purchases0% for 3 months reverting to 23.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 55 days
Cash advances29.9%
Minimum credit limit£500
Maximum credit limitSubject to status
Additional cards available1
1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
Additional Rewards InfoNo 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 Club Rewards for £10 pm to receive triple points on M&S purchases, triple points on purchases abroad, unlimited free next day delivery on M&, 3x £15 Clothing and Home vouchers, 32 hot drinks vouchers worth £88 pa, £20 Christmas Clothing and Home voucher, a birthday M&S voucher worth £12.
Potential costs★★★★★
Doing its job★★★★★
Overall Finder rating★★★★★
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88% of M&S Bank customers in our 2023 customer satisfaction survey would recommend the brand to a friend
Best suited to regular M&S customers

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Chris Lilly is a publisher at He's a specialist in personal finance, from day-to-day banking to investing to borrowing, and is passionate about helping UK consumers make informed decisions about their money. In his spare time Chris likes forcing his kids to exercise more.

Expert review

Unless you’re highly organised and have cracking self-discipline, the safest way to get free of card debt is to avoid additional spending on your new balance transfer card. But if further spending is unavoidable, this competitive M&S deal has you covered – with 3 months 0% interest on purchases and the opportunity to earn loyalty points translating into vouchers to spend in-store or online. To look at it another way, the card incentivises further spending.

You’ll be able to earn points pretty much whenever you use the card, and you’ll earn points at a better rate per £1 when you spend with M&S. If you’re looking for rewards you can redeem elsewhere, you might prefer to check out a more versatile rewards programme or even a cashback credit card.

Don’t forget, it’s free to add an additional cardholder, and doing so could help earn loyalty points faster. You’ll be solely responsible for all spending on the account, regardless of which card was used, since credit cards cannot be held jointly.

If you’re a Marks & Sparks regular looking to clear card debt, this card offers a competitive solution (albeit at the expense of a balance transfer fee), just remember that getting debt-free before the 28 months is up should be your priority.

Pros and cons


  • Customers report excellent customer service when dealing with M&S Bank
  • Over two years of 0% interest to focus on reducing existing card debt
  • Three months to spread the cost of purchases
  • Earn points on day-to-day spending
  • No annual fee


  • 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

Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The representative APRs shown represent 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

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 losing your promotional interest rate as a result (as well as damaging your credit score and incurring the late payment fee of £12). You could use a fixed-amount direct debit to ensure you've cleared your debt before the 0% period expires – simply divide your outstanding balance by 28 to see what you'll need to pay each month (this assumes you don't use the card for additional spending).

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 Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer 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. You can request a balance transfer as part of your application.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer 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 Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard?

Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (such as withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino or buying currency) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.

The cash advance fee on the M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer 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 29.9%, which is 25% more than the standard purchase 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 Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard?

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

What should I do with my old credit card after transferring the balance to the M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard?

Transferring a balance doesn't automatically close your old account. In most cases, you'll want to close the old account(s) straightaway, especially if they have an annual/monthly fee or if you might be tempted to use them in the future. There is an argument that you should keep the old account open to help your credit score. That's because doing so keeps your "credit utilisation ratio" lower (that's a measure of how much credit you're using compared to what's available to you) and helps the average age of your credit accounts. However, unless you're just about to apply for a new mortgage, it's probably fair to say that most people would prefer to have no more bank accounts open than was truly necessary.

How much does it cost to use the M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.99% charge (which is very standard). For example, if you spend 200 euros (£176.27), it'll cost you around £5.27 in fees.

What is the minimum payment on the M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard?

Each month you must pay at least 2.5% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the 2 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 makes it much harder to get debt-free before that introductory 0% period expires.

Can I request an additional M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer 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.

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