TSB Classic Credit Card review June 2019

TSB Classic Mastercard
TSB Classic Mastercard

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

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.

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.

Key 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
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfer fee2.95% for 3 months reverting to 3%
Foreign usage charge (EU)2.95%
Foreign usage charge (rest of world)2.95%
Cash advance fee3% (min. £3)
Late payment fee£12
Exceeding limit fee£12
Additional card fee£0
Dormancy fee£0
Minimum Age18
AvailabilityAvailable to new customers
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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How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?

Comparison ordered by representative APR with affiliated products shown first.
Updated June 24th, 2019
Name Product Annual/monthly fees Min. credit limit Max credit limit Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,000
24.7%
Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a purchase rate of 24.7% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.7% APR (variable).
£0
£150
Subject to status: £1,200
24.9%
No fees for making purchases or withdrawing cash abroad – currencies are converted at the standard Mastercard exchange rate.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,000
29.3%
Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a purchase rate of 29.3% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.3% APR (variable).
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,000
29.8%
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).
£0
£100
Subject to status: £600
34.9%
Earn Asda vouchers every time you shop - 1% cashback on all Asda spend, 0.2% on all other transactions. Once £2.5 is earnt a voucher can be downloaded to spend in Asda stores.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 34.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 34.9% APR (variable).
£0
£150
Subject to status: £1,000
39.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a purchase rate of 39.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
£0
£250
Subject to status
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).
£14 per month. Customer with a card credit limit of £1200: £14 per month. Customer with a card credit limit of £225: £8 per month. Customer with a card credit limit of £250: £3 per month
£225
Subject to status: £1,200
28.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 0% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £14 per month. Customer with a card credit limit of £1200: £14 per month. Customer with a card credit limit of £225: £8 per month. Customer with a card credit limit of £250: £3 per month, your representative rate is 28.9% APR (variable).
£0
£200
Subject to status: £1,500
29.8%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.84% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.8% APR (variable).
£0
£250
Not specified
34.9%
Free Credit Checker provided by Noddle, customers receive free unlimited access to their credit report.
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).
£0
£250
Not specified
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).
£0
£50
Subject to status: £1,200
34.9%
Buy tickets for up to 3500 selected live events through Barclaycard entertainment and get 5% off tickets per year and exclusive pre-sale tickets on selected festivals with 10% off ticket prices.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 34.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 34.9% APR (variable).
£0
£200
Subject to status: £1,500
34.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 34.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 34.9% APR (variable).
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,200
35.9%
Free Credit Checker provided by Noddle, customers receive free unlimited access to their credit report.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 35.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 35.9% APR (variable).
£0
£200
Subject to status: £1,500
35.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 35.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 35.9% APR (variable).
£0
£200
Subject to status: £1,500
35.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 35.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 35.9% APR (variable).
£0
£200
Subject to status: £1,500
39.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
£0
£200
Subject to status: £1,500
39.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
£0
£250
Subject to status: £1,200
39.9%
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
£0
£100
Subject to status: £300
49.9%
Free Credit Checker provided by Noddle, customers receive free unlimited access to their credit report.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 49.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 49.9% APR (variable).
£0
£150
Subject to status: £1,000
59.9%
Representative example: When you spend £250 at a purchase rate of 59.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 59.9% APR (variable).

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Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 835 3846), 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 TSB Classic 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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