RBS Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard review 2020

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With one of the most generous 0% transfer periods on the market, the RBS Longer Balance Transfer card does exactly what it says on the tin.

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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).

28 months

0% interest on balance transfers

19.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

3 months

0% interest on purchases

Details

IssuerRoyal Bank of Scotland
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 28 months reverting to 19.9%
Balance transfer fee2.75%
Purchases0% for 3 months reverting to 19.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Money transfers26.9%
Cash advances26.9%
Min credit limit£300
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1

Expert review

Tom Stelzer

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Tom Stelzer is a writer for Finder specialising in personal finance, including loans and credit, as well as small business and business loans. He has previously worked as a freelance writer covering entertainment, culture and football for publications like FourFourTwo and Man of Many. He has a Master of Media Arts and Production and Bachelor of Communications in Journalism from the University of Technology Sydney.

Expert review

The RBS Longer Balance Transfer credit card certainly lives up to its name – offering an extended 28-month 0% period on balance transfers, as well as an introductory 3 months 0% on purchases.

However, you’ll need to pay a 2.75% balance transfer fee, which may negate the benefit of the longer 0% transfer period for those looking to transfer an especially large balance.

You’ll also need to transfer the balance within the first 3 months to get the 0% offer, and will only be able to transfer up to 95% of your available credit limit (with a minimum transfer of £100).

There’s no annual fee and the representative APR is a healthy 19.9%, which makes it a relatively competitive card even without the longer balance transfer period.

Overall, the RBS Longer Balance Transfer credit card is an option for anyone looking to transfer a balance and wanting as much time as possible to do so. For those looking to transfer a smaller balance, the regular RBS Balance Transfer card may be a better bet, as it charges no fees when you transfer a balance across.

How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?

RBS’s card

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Name Product Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
Royal Bank of Scotland Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
Royal Bank of Scotland Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 28 months reverting to 19.9%
2.75%
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% (variable)
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).
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The competition

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
M&S Bank Shopping Plus Mastercard
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
2.9% (min. £5)
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% (variable)
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).
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HSBC Purchase Plus Credit Card Visa
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
2.9% (min. £5) for transfers in first 60 days
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
£0
22.9% (variable)
Discounts and exclusive offers for dining experiences, leisure activities and shopping available through HSBC Home and Away.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
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TSB Platinum Balance Transfer Card
0% for 29 months reverting to 19.95%
2.95% for 3 months reverting to 3%
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.95%
£0
19.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 19.95% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 19.9% APR (variable).
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NatWest Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
NatWest Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 28 months reverting to 19.9%
0%
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% (variable)
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).
Royal Bank of Scotland Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
Royal Bank of Scotland Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 28 months reverting to 19.9%
2.75%
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% (variable)
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 Transfer Plus Mastercard
0% for 28 months reverting to 19.9%
2.85% (min. £5)
0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% (variable)
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).
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Ulster Bank Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
Ulster Bank Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 28 months reverting to 19.9%
0%
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% (variable)
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).
first direct Credit Card Visa
0% for 27 months reverting to 18.9%
2.29% (min. £5) for 3 months reverting to 2.9% (min. £5)
18.9%
£0
18.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% 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 online or over the phone (0345 724 2424), or alternatively 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 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 for the RBS Longer Balance Transfer Credit Card

If you have compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 10 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.

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