TSB Classic Credit Card review 2020

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Kick-start your credit history with this credit builder that offers 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers, available exclusively in-branch.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 26.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 26.9% APR (variable).

£500

Minimum credit limit

Up to 56 days

Interest-free each billing period

26.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerTSB
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 10 months reverting to 26.95%
Balance transfer fee2.95% for 3 months reverting to 3%
Purchases0% for 10 months reverting to 26.95%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances26.95%
Min credit limit£500
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1

Expert review

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Chris Lilly is a publisher at finder.com. He's a specialist in credit-based products including business and personal loans, mortgages and credit cards, and is passionate about helping UK consumers make informed decisions about their borrowing. In his spare time Chris likes forcing his kids to exercise more.

Expert review

For those looking to build or rebuild a positive credit record, TSB’s Classic Credit Card offers a chance to consolidate higher-rate balances you might have on other cards, and also to spread the cost of upcoming purchases.

As you might expect from a “credit builder”, the Classic card comes with no annual fee to worry about, plus opening credit limits (which are tailored to the applicant) are relatively small and the standard rate is relatively high. However, if you clear your balance in full each month, you won’t pay interest on purchases – you’ll benefit from up to 56 days of 0% interest each billing cycle.

Don’t forget that if you opt to take advantage of the balance transfer offer, there’s a fee of 2.95% for 3 months reverting to 3%, and that after any introductory offer periods have expired, your balance will start to accrue interest at a not-so-competitive rate.

The TSB Classic Credit Card is issued on the Mastercard network so it's accepted at nearly 53 million merchants across more than 210 countries and territories.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Nearly a year of 0% interest to focus on reducing any existing card debt you have
  • Almost a year to spread the cost of purchases
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible

How does it compare with other credit builders?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Annual/monthly fees Min credit limit Max credit limit Minimum income Rep. APR Incentive Link
TSB Classic Credit Card Mastercard
£0
£500
Not specified
Not specified
26.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 26.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 26.9% APR (variable).
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Tesco Bank Foundation Card
£0
£100
Subject to status
£5000
27.5%
Collect 1 Tesco Clubcard point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 Clubcard point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco in each purchase transaction.  Must have available credit to collect Clubcard points. Clubcard points are turned into Clubcard vouchers every 3 months or sooner using Faster Vouchers. Clubcard vouchers can be used in Tesco or with Clubcard Reward Partners to get even more value on dining out, hotel stays and travel.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.542% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.5% APR (variable).
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Vanquis Bank Chrome Credit Card
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,500
Not specified
29.5%
Representative example: When you spend £250 at a purchase rate of 29.5% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.5% APR (variable).
More Info
Vanquis Bank Aquis Visa
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,000
Not specified
29.8%
You could get a credit limit increase after your 5th statement and further increases every 5 months, up to £4,000.
Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a purchase rate of 29.84% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.8% 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 TSB's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0345 835 3846). Alternatively you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and damaging your credit score – making it harder and more expensive to borrow money in the future – and getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) 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

This card is currently only available in-branch – you can’t apply online. If you don’t fancy heading to your nearest branch, you may wish to consider one of the alternatives listed above, which are available online.

Frequently asked questions

What credit limit will I get with the TSB Classic Credit Card?

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

Can I withdraw cash using the TSB Classic 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 TSB Classic 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 26.95%, which is 0% 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 TSB Classic Credit Card abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.95% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£180.67), it'll cost you around £5.33.

What is the minimum payment on the TSB Classic Credit Card?

Each month you must pay at least 1% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £450.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £2,000.00 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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2 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    aized
    July 8, 2020

    i have zero credit – how can i get a credit card?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Tom
      July 10, 2020

      Hi Aized,

      Thanks for your question. There are a couple of things you can do to build your credit history and score:

      – If you’re not already on there, you should register on the electoral roll, as this helps credit providers verify your identity and address.

      – Using a current bank account can also help demonstrate to credit card companies that you are responsible with money and can pay off your debts on time.

      – You could also set up direct debits from your account to cover recurring bills like your phone or utilities bills, or even subscriptions like Netflix and Spotify. Just make sure you don’t miss any payments, as this can reflect badly on your credit score.

      – You could also consider taking out a credit-builder credit card, or a credit-builder alternative like LOQBOX, and use them to build your credit score by making your repayments on time.

      Unfortunately, when it comes to applying for a credit card. it’s also probably best to wait a few months after you’ve taken the steps above, as there can be a lag in how long it takes for this to be reported on your credit score.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Regards,

      Tom

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