RBS Reward Black Credit Card review January 2020
Earn reward points as you spend and avoid fees when you use your card abroad.
Finder rating: ★★★★★
Doing its job: 3.5/5
In a nutshell:
Balance transfer fee
Foreign transaction charge
Earn 1 point
per £2 spent
|Issuer||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|Annual/monthly fees||£84 per annum. Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum|
|Balance transfer fee||0%|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 56 days|
|Min. credit limit||£5,000|
|Max credit limit||Not specified|
|Additional cards available||1|
|Incentive||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.|
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This premium RBS card earns reward points at a respectable rate on spending both at home and abroad. 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).
Once your balance has grown to £5 or more, reward 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 hefty annual fee (which is waived for RBS Reward Black current account holders). Don’t forget RBS offers the option to add one additional cardholder, which could boost your reward earnings (though the account holder is solely responsible for all spending on both cards).
The best earn-rates are to be had at RBS MyRewards partner retailers (at the time of writing, these include Caffe Nero, Missguided and French Connection, among others) and at supermarkets (RBS states that this includes, but is not limited to: Asda, Iceland, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, ALDI, LIDL, Tesco, The Co-operative and Waitrose).
Unless you already hold a Reward Black current account, this card mostly makes sense if you travel abroad quite often and can benefit from the lack of foreign transaction fees. If you don’t, you may want to consider its RBS sister, the RBS Reward credit card, that offers similar rewards for a much cheaper annual fee.
Finally, this card is a bit lacking in terms of perks and extras. If you’re in it for the 0% deals, or would also like insurance and travel benefits, you’ll have to keep looking (our rewards credit card page may help!).
How does this compare with other rewards cards?
When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 724 2424), 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 for the RBS Reward Black Credit Card
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.