The Co-operative Bank Members’ Credit Card review 2021

An exclusive cashback credit card for Co-op members, with a higher earn-rate when used in-store.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.3% APR (variable).

18.3%

Representative APR

0%

Balance transfer fee

£0

Account fee

Up to 56 days

Interest-free each billing period

Details

IssuerThe Co-operative Bank
NetworkVisa
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers18.3%
Balance transfer fee0%
Purchases18.3%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances27.9%
Min credit limit£500
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1
Incentive1p earned for every £2 spent in The Co-operative Food stores (excluding in-store concessions) and 1p earned for every £3.33 spent anywhere else. Cashback will be added to your share of the Group profits and this will be paid to you twice a year.

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Expert review

This is a decent cashback credit card, even though the earn-rate isn’t the best you’ll see around. It gives you cashback wherever you spend, but you’ll enjoy a preferential rate when you use it at Co-op stores. As such, if you’re a frequent Co-op shopper, you’ll stand to benefit the most from the card.

While it does the job in terms of rewards, don’t expect fireworks from this card when it comes to perks and extras. There’s no balance transfer fee, but given the lack of 0% deals, carrying a balance on it isn’t especially convenient.

This card is more suitable for people who don’t have debt and plan to clear their balance in full each month instead. Provided that you do, you’ll be able to take advantage of up to 56 days of 0% interest on your purchases.

Finally, like with the vast majority of credit cards, using it abroad isn’t a good idea. The 2.75% foreign transaction fee (which is the percentage you’ll be charged on all your non-sterling spending) can quickly amount to a significant sum.

To apply, you’ll need to have held a Co-operative Bank or Smile current account for at least one month and to be a Co-op member. If that rules you out, don’t panic – we have a selection of other cashback cards you can check out.

The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card is issued on the Visa network (used by a whopping 3.3 billion cards), so you'll be able to use it at more than 46 million merchants across more than 200 countries and territories.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Earn points on day-to-day spending
  • 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 this card compare with other cashback cards?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Annual/monthly fees Purchases Representative APR Link Cashback details Representative example
Santander All in One Credit Card
£3 per month
0% for 20 months reverting to 17.9%
23.7%
Check eligibility
0.5% cashback after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid monthly into card account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 17.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 23.7% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
£0
24.5%
24.5%
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New Cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.5% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1% cashback on purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.5% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.5% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Card
£25 per annum
24.5%
29.8%
Check eligibility
As a new Cardmember, get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £125) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.75% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1.25% cashback on purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.5% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 29.8% APR (variable).
AIB Options 1 Credit Card
£0
18.9%
18.9%
0.5% after £5000 of yearly spend. Minimum of 12 transactions per year required. Maximum of £250 cashback paid per year. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. For initial £5K a £25 cashback is paid, plus an additional £1 for every further £200 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
smile Classic Credit Card
£0
19.9%
19.9%
0.25% after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account.
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).
Lloyds Bank Cashback Credit Card Mastercard
£0
19.94%
19.9%
0.25% on £1 to £4000 of yearly spend. 0.5% after £4001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid January into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Rewards Visa
£0
22.9%
22.9%
0.25% after £1 of yearly spend. Cashback paid On request into Card Account. Cashback paid annually or on request. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
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).
Vitality American Express Credit Card
£0 (but £4.75 fee for the Vitality programme)
24.5%
35.5%
0.5% on £1 to £10,000 of yearly spend and 1% thereafter. Paid on anniversary. Must spend £3,000 annually to earn cashback. Earn up to 2% additional cashback on first £1,000 spend each month based on Vitality products held and monthly activity points earned. New cardmember offer: earn £100 statement credit when £2,000 spent in first three months.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.5% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £0 per month (please note there is a £4.75 fee for the Vitality programme), your representative rate is 35.5% APR (variable).
Santander World Elite Mastercard
£15 per month
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
49.8%
0.5% cashback on £1 to £3000 of monthly spend. Maximum of £15 cashback paid per month. Cashback paid monthly into card account.
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).
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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 either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£10) 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

If you're an existing The Co-operative Bank customer and you've compared cards and settled on The Co-operative Bank Members' Credit Card, 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 Members' 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 Members' Credit Card?

Although it's possible, withdrawing cash from a credit card account is generally not a good idea, as "cash-like transactions" (such as withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino or buying currency) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.

The cash advance fee on The Co-operative Bank Members' 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 52% 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).

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

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.75% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£169.22), it'll cost you around £4.65 in fees.

What is the minimum payment on The Co-operative Bank Members' 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 tends to be a very expensive way to borrow money which can lead to persistent debt.

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