RBS Reward Credit Card review 2020
Get cashback at a range of different earn-rates with this RBS Reward Credit Card.
Finder rating: ★★★★★
Doing its job: 3.5/5
In a nutshell:
Balance transfer fee
Up to 56 days
Interest-free each billing period
Minimum credit limit
|Issuer||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|Annual/monthly fees||£24 per annum. Reward or Reward Black Current Account holders: £0 per annum|
|Balance transfer fee||0%|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 56 days|
|Min credit limit||£300|
|Max credit limit||Not specified|
|Additional cards available||1|
|Incentive||1% Rewards earned on supermarket spend and 0.25% at their petrol stations, at least 1% Rewards earned at MyRewards retailers and 0.25% 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 card offers you the opportunity to earn cashback on all of your spending, but how much you’ll earn depends on where you use it.
The best earn-rates are to be had at RBS MyRewards partner retailers 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).
You’ll also earn rewards on the rest of your shopping, but at a lower rate. Don’t forget the option to add an additional cardholder could boost your cashback earnings (though the account holder is solely responsible for all spending on both cards).
With an annual fee that’s waived for Reward current account holders, it’s existing RBS customers who are responsible for their household’s weekly shopping and who don’t anticipate carrying a balance from month to month that will stand to benefit the most from this deal. As with all reward credit cards, it’s a smart idea to weigh up what you’re likely to earn from the card versus what it’s likely to cost you.
While it does the job in terms of rewards, this card is a bit lacking in terms of extras and perks. It offers no 0% deals on balance transfers or purchases, so if you need to pay back old debt or spread the cost of an incoming purchase, it isn’t the right card for you.
Pros and cons
- Earn points on day-to-day spending
- Annual fee
- Minimum annual income requirement of £10,000
- Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
- Only available to existing customers
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 either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) 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
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.
Frequently asked questions
What credit limit will I get with the RBS Reward Credit Card?
If Royal Bank of Scotland is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on Royal Bank of Scotland's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £300 and Royal Bank of Scotland does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Royal Bank of Scotland that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.
Can I withdraw cash using the RBS Reward 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 RBS Reward 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 25.9% (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 RBS Reward Credit Card abroad?
Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£181.54), it'll cost you around £4.99.