NatWest Reward Black Credit Card review 2020

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Earn reward points as you spend and avoid fees when you use your card abroad.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 37.1% APR (variable).

37.1%

Representative APR

0%

Balance transfer fee

0%

Foreign transaction charge

Up to 56 days

Interest-free each billing period

Details

IssuerNatWest
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
Balance transfers18.9%
Balance transfer fee0%
Purchases18.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Money transfers25.9%
Cash advances25.9%
Min credit limit£5,000
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1
Incentive1% Rewards earned on supermarket spend and 0.5% at their petrol stations, at least 1% Rewards earned at MyRewards retailers and 0.5% everywhere else when shopping at home and abroad. 5 Rewards is £5 when redeemed. Rewards can be converted into money and transferred to a current account, exchanged for gift cards or tickets with some retailers doubling their value or converted into money and donated to one of the RBS Group chosen charities.

Expert review

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Expert review

This premium NatWest card earns rewards points at a respectable rate on spending both at home and abroad. And if you are heading overseas, you’ll also benefit from Mastercard exchange rates on non-sterling transactions (card issuers normally add their own fee or margin on top of this).

Rewards points can be converted into cash, vouchers or even charitable donations. However, you’ll need to weigh up if the rewards you might earn will outweigh the annual fee, which is waived for NatWest Reward Black Current Account holders.

Similarly, if you anticipate carrying a balance on the card from month to month, then what you’ll pay in interest will probably outweigh any rewards you’ll earn. If you clear your balance in full each month, however, then you won’t pay interest on purchases – you’ll benefit from up to 56 days of 0% interest each billing cycle. This doesn’t apply to cash advances, but it does apply to overseas transactions – which isn’t always the case.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Avoid currency conversion charges when spending abroad
  • Earn points on day-to-day spending

Cons

  • Annual fee
  • Minimum annual income requirement of £15,000
  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
  • Only available to existing customers
  • You may be offered an opening credit limit as low as £5,000

How does it compare?

NatWest's card

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Name Product Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
NatWest Reward Black Credit Card Mastercard
N/A
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £2 spent
£84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum
37.1% (variable)
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1% Rewards earned on supermarket spend and 0.5% at their petrol stations, at least 1% Rewards earned at MyRewards retailers and 0.5% everywhere else when shopping at home and abroad. 5 Rewards is £5 when redeemed. Rewards can be converted into money and transferred to a current account, exchanged for gift cards or tickets with some retailers doubling their value or converted into money and donated to one of the RBS Group chosen charities.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum, your representative rate is 37.1% APR (variable).
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Name Product Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
M&S Bank Transfer Plus Mastercard
500 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
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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).
M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard
500 points
2 points per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% (variable)
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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).
M&S Bank Shopping Plus Mastercard
500 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% (variable)
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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).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
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1% cashback
1% cashback
£0
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New Cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the 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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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.

The verdict

With the dual benefit of fee-free overseas spending and a flexible reward points scheme, the NatWest Rewards Black credit card is a relatively premium credit card that could suit high-spending frequent travellers.

However, unless you’re an existing NatWest Reward Black current account customer, you’ll need to pay an £84 annual fee, which can put a big dent in any value you might be getting from your rewards points, especially if you don’t use your card that often.

Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through NatWest's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 788 8444). 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

If you’ve compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 15 minutes. Before you apply, check that you meet the eligibility requirements and have the information and documents you’ll need to make the process as straightforward as possible.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the NatWest Reward Black Credit Card?

If NatWest is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on NatWest's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £5,000 and NatWest does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown NatWest that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the NatWest Reward Black Credit Card?

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 NatWest Reward Black Credit Card is 3% (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 £7.50.

The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 25.9% (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

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