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.
thinkmoney Credit Card Review January 2020
A straightforward card issued by Capital One for people whose credit rating is less than perfect.
Finder rating: ★★★★★
Doing its job: 3.5/5
In a nutshell:
Up to 56 days
Interest-free each billing period
|Balance transfer fee||3%|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 56 days|
|Min. credit limit||£200|
|Max credit limit||Subject to status: £1,500|
|Additional cards available||3|
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If your credit score isn’t high, if you’ve missed repayments in the past or if you’ve had CCJs, getting a credit card can be particularly tricky. Specialist cards, such as the thinkmoney credit card, offer more lenient criteria for approval in return for higher rates and lower credit limits.
thinkmoney is perhaps better known for its current account and loan products. Those who are not existing thinkmoney customers looking to keep their finances under one roof may struggle to see the appeal of this simple yet potentially expensive card.
The good news is that if you don’t carry a balance from month to month, you’ll be able to take advantage of up to 56 interest-free days on your spending, meaning that despite that high rate, the card could cost you nothing.
thinkmoney’s credit card is issued on the Mastercard network, so it’s accepted at more than 35 million merchants and ATMs worldwide.
How does this card compare with other credit builders?
When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0344 481 2812), 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 thinkmoney credit card
If you’ve compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 15 minutes. Before you apply, you can use thinkmoney’s “QuickCheck” service to find out if you’re likely to get approved. You’ll need to provide your address details for the last three years, and you’ll generally receive a response within one minute.
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