The Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card review 2020

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Existing customers could enjoy up to 24 months interest-free with The Co-operative Bank.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.6% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.6% APR (variable).

24 months

0% interest on balance transfers

0%

Balance transfer fee

20.6%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerThe Co-operative Bank
NetworkVisa
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 24 months reverting to 20.6%
Balance transfer fee0%
Purchases0% for 4 months reverting to 20.6%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances27.9%
Min credit limit£500
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available3

Expert review

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Expert review

This is the Co-op’s only 0% deal on balance transfers. It’s only available to consumers who have a current account with the Co-op or with smile bank, but you don’t need to be a member to qualify.

If you bank with the Co-op and you’re looking to minimise interest and clear your card debt faster, this deal offers an appealing 24 months of 0% interest on balance transfers, and a balance transfer fee of 0%.

What’s more, you won’t lose your 0% deal if you make a late payment (although there are plenty of other reasons not to miss a repayment – not least of all your credit record). So it might give you greater peace of mind than other lenders.

All this makes it a decent balance transfer credit card. On the other hand, it doesn’t offer a whole lot of extras.

You won’t earn any rewards, but if you also anticipate using the card for upcoming purchases, the card comes with an introductory offer of 0% on purchases for 4 months. It’s not a lot but it can help you spread out the cost of a big purchase.

Finally, once the interest-free period on purchases is over, you’ll still benefit from a 56-day long billing cycle.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Two years of 0% interest to focus on reducing your current credit card debt
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Minimum annual income requirement of £10,000
  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
  • Only available to existing customers

How does it compare?

The Co-operative Bank's card

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Name Product Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
The Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card Visa
0% for 24 months reverting to 20.6%
0%
0% for 4 months reverting to 20.6%
£0
20.6% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 20.6% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 20.6% APR (variable).
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Other popular balance transfer deals

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Name Product Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
M&S Bank Transfer Plus Mastercard
0% for 28 months reverting to 19.9%
2.85% (min. £5)
0% for 6 months reverting to 19.9%
£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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HSBC Balance Transfer Credit Card
0% for 25 months reverting to 21.9%
1.5% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% (variable)
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 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Shopping Plus Mastercard
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
2.9% (min. £5)
0% for 20 months reverting to 19.9%
£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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The Royal Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card (eligibility criteria apply)
0% for 18 months reverting to 19.9%
0.49%
Transfers must be made within 3 months of account opening
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.9% p.a. (variable)
£0
19.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable), your representative rate is 19.9% 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

You can make manual repayments through The Co-operative Bank's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 600 6000). Alternatively you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and losing your promotional interest rate as a result (as well as damaging your credit score and incurring the late payment fee of £10).

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’ve compared cards and want to apply, 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 Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card?

If The Co-operative Bank is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on The Co-operative Bank's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on this card is £500 and The Co-operative Bank does not specify a maximum. Once you've had the card for a while and shown The Co-operative Bank that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.

Can I withdraw cash using The Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card?

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 Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card 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 27.9%, which is 35% more than the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).

What should I do with my old credit card after transferring the balance to The Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card?

Transferring a balance doesn't automatically close your old account. In most cases, you'll want to close the old account(s) straightaway, especially if they have an annual/monthly fee or if you might be tempted to use them in the future. There is an argument that you should keep the old account open to help your credit score. That's because doing so keeps your "credit utilisation ratio" lower (that's a measure of how much credit you're using compared to what's available to you), and helps the average age of your credit accounts. However, unless you're just about to apply for a new mortgage, it's probably fair to say that most people would prefer to have no more bank accounts open than was truly necessary.

How much does it cost to use The Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£180.67), it'll cost you around £4.97.

What is the minimum payment on The Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card?

Each month you must pay at least 2% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £225.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £1,000.00 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.

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2 Comments

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    joe
    October 8, 2020

    can i balance transfer from partners credit card?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Tom
      October 9, 2020

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, the Co-op Bank only lets you transfer a balance with 0% interest from another credit card that’s in your own name, not the name of someone else. You’ll also need to be an existing Co-op banking customer to be eligible.

      However, you may want to consider using a money transfer credit card, which lets you move money from your credit card to your bank account. This money could then be used to pay off your partner’s existing balance that you were looking to transfer.

      I hope this answers your question, but please let me know if you need further assistance.

      Regards,

      Tom

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