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Tesco Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card review April 2020
Transfer your existing card debt and enjoy a rate of 0% for 26 months – buying you a healthy amount of time to focus on reducing the balance.
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In a nutshell:
0% interest on balance transfers
0% interest on money transfers
|Balance transfers||0% for 26 months reverting to 21.814%|
|Balance transfer fee||2.98% for 26 months reverting to 3.99% (min. £3)|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 56 days|
|Money transfers||0% for 12 months reverting to 21.814%|
|Min credit limit||£250|
|Max credit limit||Subject to status|
|Additional cards available||1|
|Incentive||1 point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco. Must have available credit to earn points. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers or can be exchanged for Partner rewards to receive money off a variety of restaurants, entertainment or Avios points.|
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If you’re paying an arm and a leg in interest on credit card debt, this deal lets you transfer it across to Tesco Bank, to enjoy an impressive 26-month 0% period – the card issuer’s longest in fact. By cutting out the interest payments, you could get debt-free sooner and more cheaply.
There is a transfer fee of 2.98% for 26 months reverting to 3.99% (min. £3) to consider, which will be particularly painful for those looking to transfer larger sums. If you don’t need 26 months to clear your debt, then it would be worth looking at no-fee balance transfer deals first.
As is the case with most balance transfer deals, when the 0% period’s through, any outstanding debt will start to incur interest at a fairly punishing rate. Because of that you should focus on clearing the debt before that point. Divide your balance by 26 to see what you’ll need to repay each month, and try not to use the card for any further spending (despite the fact that you’d earn Clubcard points for doing so).
Pros and cons
- Earn Tesco Clubcard points on purchases.
- 0% interest on transferred balances for 26 months.
- 0% interest on money transfers (transferring funds from the card to an account) for 12 months.
- No annual fee.
- Foreign transaction fees.
- Balance transfer and money transfer fee.
How does this card compare against other balance transfer deals?
When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 300 4278), 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 Tesco Bank Clubcard Credit Card for 26 Months Balance Transfer Mastercard
You can apply for this card online in around 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. If you’re looking to take advantage of the introductory rate on balance transfers, you’ll be asked during the application process if you’d like to bring a balance across.