Tesco Bank Low APR Credit Card review

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If short-lived 0% deals aren't your thing and you're more interested in a low, ongoing (albeit variable) rate, this card's hard to beat.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.942% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).

9.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Up to 56 days

Interest-free each billing period

£100

Minimum credit limit

Details

IssuerTesco Bank
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers10.362%
Balance transfer fee3.99%
Purchases9.942%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Money transfers10.362%
Cash advances24.942%
Min credit limit£100
Max credit limitSubject to status
Additional cards available1
Incentive1 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. Card can also be used as a Clubcard to collect standard points at 1 point per £1 spent on shopping and 1 point per £2 spent on fuel. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers which can be used towards shopping or exchanged for Partner Rewards.

Expert review

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Expert review

If you’re looking to keep things simple with a straightforward, cheap credit card and you collect Clubcard points, the Clubcard Credit Card with Low APR is a very strong contender.

Because the rates are low indefinitely, you don’t need to set any calendar reminders for expiring introductory deals. Just bear in mind that the rate is variable (meaning that Tesco Bank will periodically change it at their discretion) and, crucially, can be tailored to the individual applicant.

If you want to save interest on significant existing credit card debt, or if you’re looking to spread the cost of a large upcoming expenditure, there are better options (at least in the shorter-term) available from both Tesco Bank and other card issuers. There are numerous 0% interest offers available, which are great while the interest-free period lasts, but usually best ditched after that point.

As with all Tesco Bank credit cards, you’ll be able to earn additional Tesco Clubcard reward points on your day-to-day spending, and you’ll earn these at a higher rate when you shop at Tesco.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Customers report excellent customer service when dealing with Tesco Bank
  • A low ongoing interest rate (variable)
  • Earn Clubcard points on day-to-day spending
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
  • Relatively high balance transfer fee
  • Relatively high money transfer fee
  • You may be offered an opening credit limit as low as £100

Compare low rate credit cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
TSB Advance Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 7.95%
0% for 3 months
(0% fee)
£0
7.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 7.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 7.9% APR (variable).
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The Co-operative Bank 3 Year Fixed Rate Visa
8.9%
8.9%
(0% fee)
£0
8.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 8.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 8.9% APR (variable).
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MBNA Long Term Low Interest Credit Card
4.9% for 48 months reverting to 8.9%
4.9% for 48 months
(0.5% fee)
£0
8.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 8.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 8.9% APR (variable).
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Ulster Bank Credit Card Mastercard
9.9%
6.9%
(0% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
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).
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The Royal Bank Credit Card
9.9%
6.9%
(0% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
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).
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The NatWest Credit Card
9.9%
6.9%
(0% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
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).
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Tesco Bank Low APR Card
9.942%
10.362%
(3.99% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
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. Card can also be used as a Clubcard to collect standard points at 1 point per £1 spent on shopping and 1 point per £2 spent on fuel. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers which can be used towards shopping or exchanged for Partner Rewards.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.942% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
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Lloyds Bank Platinum Low Rate Mastercard
9.94%
9.94%
(5% fee)
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% 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 (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

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