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).

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 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.

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 this card compare with other rewards credit cards

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Name Product Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
M&S Bank Reward Plus Mastercard
2,500 points
2 points per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% (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 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).
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M&S Bank Shopping Plus Mastercard
500 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £5 spent
£0
19.9% (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).
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American Express Rewards Credit Card
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.2% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 5,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
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American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
£100
1% cashback
1% cashback
£0
22.2% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express Card
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.2% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 5,000 bonus Avios when you spend £1,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
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The American Express Nectar Credit Card
20,000 points
2 points per £1 spent
2 points per £1 spent
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
27.3% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 20,000 bonus Nectar points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 27.3% APR (variable).
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American Express Platinum Cashback Card
£125
1.25% cashback
1.25% cashback
£25 per annum
27.3% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £125) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 27.3% APR (variable).
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The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
20,000 points
6 points per £1 spent
2 points per £1 spent
£75 per annum
38.8% (variable)
As a new Cardmember earn 20,000 points bonus when you spend £3,000 in the first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £75 per annum, your representative rate is 38.8% APR (variable).
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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
10,000 points
2 points per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
56.6% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 56.6% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 points
3 points per £1 spent
1.5 points per £1 spent
£195 per annum
74.7% (variable)
As a new Cardmember, earn 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 74.7% APR (variable).
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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:

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How to apply for the Santander World Elite Mastercard

You can apply by visiting the Santander website and completing an online application form. Before you apply, check that you meet all the eligibility requirements and ensure you have the relevant personal and financial information you’ll need to complete your application.

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