Avios and Sainsbury’s Nectar points scheme
From 25 January 2021, Sainsbury’s Nectar points can be exchanged for Avios air miles, as part of an agreement between Sainsbury’s and British Airways. This means that any Nectar points you earn on your card can be converted to Avios and spent on BA flights, accomodation, car hire and other travel-related products and services. Under the scheme, points can be swapped at a rate of 400 Nectar points to 250 Avios.
Pros and cons
- Almost two years of 0% interest to focus on reducing existing card debt
- Almost two years to spread the cost of purchases
- Earn points on day-to-day spending
- Up to 7,500 points introductory bonus
- No annual fee
- Minimum annual income requirement of £10,000
- Don't forget that balance transfer fee! If cutting the interest on existing card debt is your main reason for considering this card, check out no-fee deals first
- Relatively high money transfer fee
How does it compare with other matched 0% deals?
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The representative APRs shown represent 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.
You can make manual repayments through Sainsbury's Bank's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (08085 40 50 60). 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 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 23 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:
How to apply
If you've compared cards and settled on the Sainsbury's Bank Dual 23 Month Offer Credit Card, 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
Can I withdraw cash using the Sainsbury's Bank Dual 23 Month Offer Credit Card?
Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (such as withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino or buying currency) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.
The cash advance fee on the Sainsbury's Bank Dual 23 Month Offer 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 25.95%, which is 18% more than the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).
What should I do with my old credit card after transferring the balance to the Sainsbury's Bank Dual 23 Month Offer Credit Card?
Transferring a balance doesn't automatically close your old account. In most cases, you'll want to close the old account(s) straightaway, especially if they have an annual/monthly fee or if you might be tempted to use them in the future. There is an argument that you should keep the old account open to help your credit score. That's because doing so keeps your "credit utilisation ratio" lower (that's a measure of how much credit you're using compared to what's available to you), and helps the average age of your credit accounts. However, unless you're just about to apply for a new mortgage, it's probably fair to say that most people would prefer to have no more bank accounts open than was truly necessary.
How much does it cost to use the Sainsbury's Bank Dual 23 Month Offer Credit Card abroad?
Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£166.94), it'll cost you around £4.59 in fees.
What is the minimum payment on the Sainsbury's Bank Dual 23 Month Offer Credit Card?
Each month you must pay at least 2.25% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £200.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £888.89 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.
Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it makes it much harder to get debt-free before that introductory 0% period expires.
Can I request an additional Sainsbury's Bank Dual 23 Month Offer Credit Card?
Yes, you can request one more. There's no fee for additional cards. Plus, with additional cards, you could earn points at a faster rate. Bear in mind that card debt accrued by additional cardholders is the sole responsibility of the account holder – not the additional cardholder.
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