Santander World Elite Mastercard review 2020

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Frequent fliers will enjoy this premium card with impressive perks.

The Santander World Elite Mastercard has some generous benefits that make it an ideal travel companion, but they come at a price.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £15 per month, your representative rate is 49.8% APR (variable).

49.8%

Representative APR

0%

Balance transfer fee

18 months

0% interest on balance transfers

18 months

0% interest on purchases

Details

IssuerSantander
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£15 per month
Balance transfers0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
Balance transfer fee0% for 18 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
Purchases0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances29.9%
Min credit limit£2,000
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available3
Incentive0.5% on £1 to £3000 of monthly spend. Maximum of £15 cashback paid per month. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Lounge accessMembership to LoungeKey, complimentary access to over 1000 airport lounges worldwide.
Cashback details0.5% on £1 to £3000 of monthly spend. Maximum of £15 cashback paid per month. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.

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Expert review

Only available to existing Santander Select or Private Banking customers, and going head-to-head with the slightly-more-expensive HSBC World Elite, this card offers interest-free periods on both balance transfers and purchases, as well as significant rewards and travel perks.

Cardholders can travel in style with free LoungeKey membership – one of the most popular programmes going – allowing unlimited access to airport lounges in over 120 countries. Plus when you use your card overseas, you won’t have to worry about pesky non-sterling transaction fees.

Other benefits include ongoing cashback, 24/7 Mastercard Concierge and World Elite Privileges discounts and offers.

The obvious downside here is the fairly hefty monthly account fee, but if you take advantage of the 3 additional cards available, you could get more out of the rewards and benefits schemes – potentially making that fee worth swallowing.

The Santander World Elite Mastercard is issued on the Mastercard network so it's accepted at nearly 53 million merchants across more than 210 countries and territories.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Earn cashback on purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases.
  • 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers for an introductory period.
  • No balance transfer fee within introductory period.
  • Mastercard Concierge.
  • Free LoungeKey airport lounge membership, with complimentary access for additional cardholders.
  • No extra fees for up to three additional cardholders.

Cons

  • Did we mention the monthly account fee?
  • Must be a Santander Select or Private banking customer.
  • High annual income requirement to open Select or Private bank accounts.

How does it compare with other matched 0% deals?

Table: sorted by length of 0% offer.
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Balance transfers Money transfers Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
HSBC Purchase Plus Credit Card Visa
0% for 18 months
(2.9% fee)
N/A
0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
£0
22.9% (variable)
Check eligibility
More Info
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).
Santander All in One Credit Card
0% for 26 months
(0% fee)
N/A
0% for 26 months reverting to 15.9%
£3 per month
21.7% (variable)
More Info
0.5% after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 15.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 21.7% APR (variable).
TSB Platinum Purchase Card
0% for 20 months
(2.95% fee)
N/A
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.95%
£0
19.9% (variable)
More Info
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 19.95% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 19.9% APR (variable).
Sainsbury's Bank Dual Offer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 20 months
(3% fee)
25.95%
(4% fee)
0% for 20 months reverting to 21.95%
£0
21.9% (variable)
More Info
Earn 750 bonus Nectar points each time £35 or more spent on Sainsbury's shopping, up to ten times in your first 2 months, up to a total of 7,500 points, offer available for new customers. Earn 3 Nectar points per £1 spent in Sainsbury's and Argos. Earn 1 Nectar point for every £5 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
MBNA 0% Transfer and Purchase Credit Card
0% for 18 months
(2.75% fee)
0% for 12 months
(4% fee)
0% for 18 months reverting to 20.93%
£0
20.9% (variable)
More Info
Introductory 0% purchase offer only applies to purchases made within 60 days of opening.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.93% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.9% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Platinum 18 Month 0% Purchase and Balance Transfer Visa
0% for 18 months
(2.9% fee)
N/A
0% for 18 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (variable)
More Info
Buy tickets for up to 3500 selected live events through Barclaycard entertainment and get 5% off tickets per year and exclusive presale tickets on selected festivals with 10% off ticket prices.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
Santander World Elite Mastercard
0% for 18 months
(0% fee)
N/A
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
£15 per month
49.8% (variable)
More Info
0.5% on £1 to £3000 of monthly spend. Maximum of £15 cashback paid per month. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £15 per month, your representative rate is 49.8% 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 through Santander's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0800 389 9905). 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're an existing Santander customer and you've compared cards and settled on the Santander World Elite Mastercard, 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 Santander World Elite Mastercard?

If Santander is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on Santander's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £2,000 and Santander does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Santander that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using the Santander World Elite Mastercard?

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 Santander World Elite Mastercard 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 29.9% (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

What is the minimum payment on the Santander World Elite Mastercard?

Each month you must pay at least 1% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £450.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £2,000.00 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 Santander World Elite Mastercard?

Yes, in fact, you can request up to 3 more. There's no fee for additional cards. Plus, with additional cards, you could earn cashback 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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