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TSB Classic Credit Card review March 2020
Kick-start your credit history with this credit builder that offers 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers, available exclusively in-branch.
Finder rating: ★★★★★
Doing its job: 3/5
In a nutshell:
0% interest on balance transfers
|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.
How does this card compare with other credit builders?
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
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.