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The Royal Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card review 2021
Existing RBS customers can transfer debt from cards that aren't held with the RBS group to enjoy 18 months of 0% interest.
If you already bank with RBS but have card debt elsewhere, this deal lets you transfer the balance to RBS and enjoy a long interest-free period, allowing you to clear debt faster and more cheaply.
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In a nutshell:
0% interest on balance transfers
Balance transfer fee
|Issuer||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|Balance transfers||0% for 18 months reverting to 21.9%|
|Balance transfer fee||0%|
|Purchases||0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9% p.a. (variable)|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 56 days|
|Min credit limit||£250|
|Max credit limit||Not specified|
|Additional cards available||1|
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There are a number of longer 0% deals than this available on the market (up to 31 months, in fact) but this one comes with the benefit (particularly for those transferring larger sums) of a smaller balance transfer fee than its peers.
Remember that if you don’t clear your balance in full within the 18 months, any outstanding balance will start to accrue interest at the card’s standard rate (this “revert” rate may be higher than the advertised rate, depending on RBS’s assessment of your circumstances).
If you are an existing customer, you probably already use the RBS app and will be glad to know that, yes, you can track your card using the app (you can even lock and unlock it from the app). iPhone users will also be pleased to hear all RBS cards are compatible with ApplePay.
The Royal Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card is issued on the Mastercard network so it's accepted at nearly 53 million merchants across more than 210 countries and territories.
Pros and cons
- Applicants with low credit scores may be eligible
- Over a year of 0% interest to focus on reducing existing card debt
- Three months to spread the cost of purchases
- No balance transfer fee
- No annual fee
- Minimum annual income requirement of £10,000
You can make manual repayments through Royal Bank of Scotland's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 724 2424). 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 18 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 for the Royal Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card
First, you can use Finder's eligibility checker to find out if you'd be likely to get approved for The Royal Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card. This won't impact your credit score. If it's good news, you can then proceed to Royal Bank of Scotland's online application, which takes 10-15 minutes to complete. You can request a balance transfer as part of your application.
Frequently asked questions
How long does it take to receive the RBS credit card?
You'll know whether or not your application has been approved within 5 minutes of submission. As long as it's approved, RBS states your shiny new card will be with you in 5-7 working days.
If I miss a repayment, will I lose my interest free offer?
No, but there are plenty of other good reasons not to miss a credit card payment, like hurting your credit score and getting hit with a penalty fee.
How much can I transfer using the RBS Balance Transfer Credit Card?
You'll be able to transfer up to 95% of your available credit limit. Credit limits are tailored to the applicant and will be based on RBS's assessment of your circumstances.
How do I request to change my credit limit on the RBS credit card?
You can do this through internet banking by selecting "Cards" from the main menu. In the "Manage your personal credit card" section select "Manage your credit card limit". Add your annual income, requested credit limit and the last 5 digits of your card. Finally, select "submit". Alternatively, you can call a customer advisor 0345 724 2424.