Origin Credit Card review 2020

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If you’ve had credit problems in the past and struggle to get approved for a credit card, you may have a better chance of acceptance with the Origin credit card.

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Representative example: When you spend £250 at a purchase rate of 59.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 59.9% APR (variable).

£150

Minimum credit limit

Up to 56 days

Interest-free each billing period

59.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerVanquis Bank
NetworkVisa
Annual/monthly fees£0
Purchases59.94%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Money transfers59.94%
Cash advances59.94%
Min credit limit£150
Max credit limitSubject to status: £1,000
Additional cards available1

Expert review

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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

As with any credit card, each repayment you make on the Origin card is reported back to credit reference agencies, so provided you use it responsibly (staying within your limits and making at least the minimum monthly repayments on time), it should have a positive effect on your credit score.

What “credit builder” cards offer that you don’t necessarily get with other cards is the emphasis on helping those with bad credit (Vanquis Bank, which issues this card, states that it “looks for ways to accept you when other issuers may not”) and the opportunity to grow your credit limit pretty quickly – after five months in this case.

It’s a smart idea to keep tabs on your credit score and take advantage of the eligibility checkers now provided by most card issuers (these use a “soft search” to tell you your chances of getting approved for a card without affecting your credit score) to ensure you’re getting the best rate available to you.

It’s worth noting that due to its APR, which is very high even by credit builder standards, this card isn’t likely to be suitable for long-term use, and you should aim to avoid carrying a balance from month to month.

The Origin Credit Card is issued on the Visa network (used by a whopping 3.3 billion cards), so you'll be able to use it at more than 46 million merchants across more than 200 countries and territories.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Applicants with low credit scores may be eligible
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • A steep interest rate on purchases
  • A punishing rate of 59.94% on cash withdrawals

How does it compare?

Vanquis Bank's card

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Name Product Annual/monthly fees Min credit limit Max credit limit Minimum income Rep. APR Incentive Link
Vanquis Bank Origin Credit Card Visa
£0
£150
Subject to status: £1,000
Not specified
59.9%
Representative example: When you spend £250 at a purchase rate of 59.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 59.9% APR (variable).
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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 26.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 26.9% 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

You can make manual repayments through Vanquis Bank's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0330 099 3001). Alternatively you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and damaging your credit score – making it harder and more expensive to borrow money in the future – and getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) 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, you can use Vanquis Bank’s “Eligibility check” service to find out if you’re likely to get approved. You’ll need to provide your address details for the last three years and you’ll generally receive a response within one minute.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the Origin Credit Card?

If Vanquis Bank is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on Vanquis Bank's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on the card is £150, while the maximum is £1,000. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Vanquis Bank that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the Origin 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 Origin 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 59.94%, which is the same as the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

How much does it cost to use the Origin Credit Card abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.99% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£181.49), it'll cost you around £5.43.

What is the minimum payment on the Origin Credit Card?

Each month you must pay at least 3% of your balance at that point or £10.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £316.67 outstanding, you'd pay £10.00, and if you had £1,333.33 outstanding, you'd pay £40.00.

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 Origin 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 Vanquis Bank's app. This part of your card balance will incur interest of 59.94%. The fee for a money transfer is 3% (min. £3).

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