Santander World Elite Mastercard review September 2019

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.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

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).

18 months

0% interest on balance transfers

0%

Balance transfer fee

18 months

0% interest on purchases

49.8%

Representative APR

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 HSBC’s 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 – which means access to over 1000 airport lounges world wide. 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 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.

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.
  • No extra fees for up to three additional cardholders.

Cons

  • Monthly fee.
  • Must be a Santander Select or Private banking customer.
  • High annual income requirement to open Select or Private bank accounts.

How does this card compare with other rewards credit cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated September 17th, 2019
Name Product Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
N/A
1 point per £4 spent
1 point per £8 spent
£0
5.9% p.a. (variable)
1 Tesco Clubcard point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 Clubcard point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco in each purchase transaction. Exclusions apply. Clubcard points collection rates are subject to change. Must have available credit. Clubcard points are converted to Clubcard vouchers which can be used on your shopping in Tesco, or get even more value through Clubcard Rewards Partners.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 5.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 5.9% APR (variable).
2,500 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
9.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 2,500 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend £1,000 in your first 3 months, and 1 point for virtually every £1 spent thereafter.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
2,500 points
2 points per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Double points on spend in M&S for first 12 months (2 points per £1). Then earn 1 point for every £1 spent at Marks and Spencer's and 1 point or every £5 spent elsewhere. 100 points = £1 reward voucher. Points will be converted into reward vouchers 4 times a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
500 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £1 spent at Marks and Spencer's and 1 point for every £5 spent elsewhere. 100 points = £1 reward voucher. Points will be converted into reward vouchers 4 times a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
N/A
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn Asda vouchers every time you shop - 1% cashback on all Asda spend, 0.2% on all other transactions and 10% on selected insurance products. Once £2.5 is earnt a voucher can be downloaded to spend in Asda stores.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
N/A
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent.
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).
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months, and 1 point for virtually every £1 spent thereafter.
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).
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% p.a. (variable)
5,000 Avios when you spend £1,000 within 3 months of account opening. Earn 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent. Spend £20K in 12 months and get 2 for 1 travel when redeeming Avios for a BA reward flight. Earn up to 90,000 bonus Avios points per calendar year, 4,000 points per friend/family member that successfully applies for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card) and uses the Referral Programme.
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).
£100
1% cashback
1% cashback
£0
22.9% p.a. (variable)
5% after £1 of yearly spend for introductory period of 3 months. 0.5% on £1 to £5000 of yearly spend. 1% after £5001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. 5% intro cashback in the first 3 months (max £100). Must spend £3K annually to earn cashback.
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).
20,000 points
2 points per £1 spent
2 points per £1 spent
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
28.2% p.a. (variable)
20,000 Nectar points when you spend £2K within 3 months of account opening. Earn 2 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent at Nectar partners and elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 28.2% 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

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0800 389 9905), 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 Santander World Elite Mastercard

If you’re an existing Santander Select or Private Banking customer, you can complete the secure online application form, which 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.

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