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opus card review 2020
A money transfer credit card for those trying to rebuild a positive credit history.
Finder rating: ★★★★★
Potential costs: 2/5
Doing its job: 2.5/5
In a nutshell:
Minimum credit limit
Up to 48 days
Interest-free each billing period
|Balance transfer fee||3% (min. £3)|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 48 days|
|Min credit limit||£250|
|Max credit limit||Not specified|
|Additional cards available||1|
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Using your credit card to withdraw cash is normally a bad idea – with most card issuers charging a fee and a higher rate of interest for the privilege.
The opus card aims to provide a way around this, by offering the facility to transfer money from your credit card to your bank account, giving you greater control over how you use your credit.
For example, say you’re getting married and you need to pay various people in cash. You can use the opus card app to quickly and easily transfer funds from your card to your current account as and when you need to, and that could work out cheaper and easier than a cash advance (it certainly would on this card).
There are several catches, however.
There’s a money transfer fee of 3% (min. £3) to consider. It’s also worth noting that while, like most cards, the opus card won’t charge you any interest at all on your purchases if you clear your balance in full each month, money transfers and cash advances (withdrawing cash from your card) are exempt from this. That means any funds you transfer out will start to accrue interest straightaway.
Finally, since it’s designed to be accessible to those with less-than-perfect credit histories, the opus card also comes with relatively high rates of interest. What’s more, rates are tailored to the applicant, meaning that you might be offered a different (higher) rate than those advertised. Credit limits are also tailored to the applicant.
Pros and cons
- Applicants with low credit scores may be eligible
- No annual fee
- A steep interest rate on purchases
- A punishing rate of 49.95% on cash withdrawals
As this card is on the Mastercard network, it’s accepted at more than 40 million locations worldwide. You’ll also be able to enjoy access to Priceless Cities experiences.
How does it compare?
NewDay Ltd's card
Other popular credit builders
When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0333 414 1077), 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
When you submit an application for a credit card, the card issuer will run a full credit check, which has a slight (and usually short-lived) negative effect on your credit score.
Since that’s particularly unhelpful for those trying to rebuild their credit ratings, the opus site offers a “FastCheck” facility – essentially a soft credit search which won’t affect your credit score, but which can tell you your likelihood of approval before you apply. To run the FastCheck, you need to give some basic details about yourself, including where you’ve lived over the last three years.
After using the FastCheck service, if you’re happy to proceed, the simple online application form takes around 10-15 minutes to complete. You won’t usually have to wait more than a couple of minutes to find out if your application has been successful. Don’t forget to take a close look at what you’re offered, since rates and credit limits will be based on your specific circumstances, taking into account factors like credit score, income and level of debt.
Frequently asked questions
What credit limit will I get with the Opus Credit Card?
If NewDay Ltd is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on NewDay Ltd's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £250 and NewDay Ltd does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown NewDay Ltd that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.
Can I withdraw cash using the Opus 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 Opus 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 49.95%, which is 25% more than the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 48 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).
How much does it cost to use the Opus Credit Card abroad?
Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.95% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£180.91), it'll cost you around £5.34.
What is the minimum payment on the Opus Credit Card?
Each month you must pay at least 1% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £450.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £2,000.00 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 transfer money from the Opus Credit Card to a bank account?
Yes. That's what's known as a "money transfer" (rather than a "balance transfer") in credit card jargon. You can arrange this from your online banking or using NewDay Ltd's app. This part of your card balance will incur interest of 39.95%. The fee for a money transfer is 3% (min. £3).