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TSB Classic Credit Card review 2020
Kick-start your credit history with this credit builder that offers 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers, available exclusively in-branch.
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In a nutshell:
Minimum credit limit
Up to 56 days
Interest-free each billing period
|Balance transfers||0% for 10 months reverting to 26.95%|
|Balance transfer fee||2.95% for 3 months reverting to 3%|
|Purchases||0% for 10 months reverting to 26.95%|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 56 days|
|Min credit limit||£500|
|Max credit limit||Not specified|
|Additional cards available||1|
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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
- 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
- Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
How does it compare with other credit builders?
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.