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Royal Bank Credit Card review September 2019
Keep your interest low while avoiding fees whenever you travel.
The imaginatively-named Royal Bank Credit Card is a handy card to carry both at home and abroad – having low rates, no annual fee and no fees for foreign transactions.
Finder rating: ★★★★★
Doing its job: 5/5
In a nutshell:
Balance transfer fee
Foreign transaction charge
|Issuer||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|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|
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A very respectable option for people who don’t really want to have to think about their credit card, this deal is all about versatility and value over the long run.
You won’t find any headline-grabbing introductory 0% deals here – which is great if you don’t want the hassle of having to remember to switch cards after an introductory offer expires. Instead, this card comes with ongoing low (albeit variable) rates on purchases and balance transfers.
The downside of this is that if you’re transferring a balance or anticipating a large upcoming expenditure (or both), there are undoubtedly cheaper deals out there. Similarly, if you’re all about the rewards and perks, there are more specialised cards available on the market.
If you already have outstanding debt on a card elsewhere, there’s no fee to bring it across to RBS. It’ll start accruing interest straightaway, however, so if you don’t anticipate clearing it sharpish, consider a 0% balance transfer deal instead.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of this card is the fact that there are no fees for using it abroad – currencies are converted at the standard Mastercard rates – making it a hard-to-beat longer-term bet for use at home and on holiday.
How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?
Other low rate credit cards
When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0800 121 121), 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 Royal Bank 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.
Frequently asked questions
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Do I need to be an existing RBS customer?
Will I pay fees on cash withdrawals overseas?
How do I change my credit card limit?
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Our team evaluates credit cards to determine their value against similar products on the market.
We look at the how good the card is for its designated purpose – spending abroad, clearing debt, earning air miles etc. – how costly it is to use day-to-day and whether it offers much in the way of extras.