The Co-operative Bank Members’ Credit Card review November 2019

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

Finder rating: ★★★★★

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).

0%

Balance transfer fee

18.3%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Earn 1 point

per £3.33 spent

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 and Department 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.

Expert review

Chris Lilly

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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.

How does this card compare with other cashback cards?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated November 18th, 2019
Name Product Annual/monthly fees Purchases Rep. APR Cashback details Representative example
£0
22.9%
22.9%
5% after £1 of yearly spend for introductory period of 3 months. 0.5% on £1 to £5000 of yearly spend. 1% after £5001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. 5% intro cashback in the first 3 months (max £100). Must spend £3K annually to earn cashback.
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).
£25 per annum
22.9%
28.2%
5% on £1 to £2500 of yearly spend for introductory period of 3 months. 1% on £1 to £10000 of yearly spend. 1.25% after £10001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. 5% intro cashback (max £125).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 28.2% APR (variable).
£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).
£0
18.9%
18.9%
0.5% after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account.
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).
£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).
£3 per month
0% for 26 months reverting to 15.9%
21.7%
0.5% 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 15.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 21.7% APR (variable).
£0
22.9%
22.9%
0.25% after £1 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. Cashback on purchases until 31.8.23. 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).
£0
34.95%
34.9%
0.5% on £1 to £20000 of yearly spend. Maximum of £100 cashback paid per year. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is £20000
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 34.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 34.9% APR (variable).
£15 per month
0% for 18 months reverting to 18.9%
49.8%
0.5% 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.
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

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 600 6000), 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 Co-operative Bank Members’ Credit Card

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.

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