Ulster Bank Credit Card review 2021

Keep your interest rate low and avoid fees when you use your card on holiday.

If you don't plan to carry a balance from month to month, the imaginatively named Ulster Bank Credit Card is a handy option to carry both at home and abroad, with low rates, no annual fee and no fees for foreign transactions (currencies will be converted at Mastercard's standard rates).

Finder rating: ★★★★★

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 12.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 12.9% APR (variable).

12.9%

Representative APR

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Balance transfer fee

0%

Foreign transaction charge

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerUlster Bank
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers12.9%
Balance transfer fee0%
Purchases12.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Money transfers26.9%
Cash advances26.9%
Min credit limit£350
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available1
Minimum Age18
Minimum income£10,000
ResidencyUK residents
AvailabilityAvailable to existing customers
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfer fee0%
Money transfer fee0%
Foreign usage charge (EU)0%
Foreign usage charge (rest of world)0%
Cash advance fee3% (min. £3)
Late payment fee£12
Duplicate statement fee£0
Additional card fee£0
Dormancy fee£0

Review by


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

A very respectable option for people who don’t really want to have to think about their credit card, this deal is all about versatility and value over the long run.

You won’t find any headline-grabbing introductory 0% deals here, which is great if you don’t want the hassle of having to remember to switch cards after an introductory offer expires. Instead, this card comes with ongoing low rates on both purchases and balance transfers. However, they’re not fixed, so if the Bank of England base rate changes, or if Ulster Bank simply decides to restructure its credit cards, your rate could change. If you clear your balance in full each month, you’ll also benefit from up to 56 days of 0% interest on your purchases (this doesn’t apply to cash advances).

If you’re transferring a balance or anticipating a large upcoming expenditure (or both), there are undoubtedly cheaper deals out there, at least in the short term. Similarly, there are more rewarding options available for those who spend on their credit card frequently but don’t carry a balance from month to month. This card might appeal most to existing Ulster Bank customers seeking simplicity and flexibility, who anticipate using their card abroad.

The Ulster Bank 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

  • Avoid currency conversion charges when spending abroad
  • No annual fee

Cons

  • Minimum annual income requirement of £10,000
  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
  • Only available to existing customers

How does it compare?

Ulster Bank's card

Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Representative APR Incentive Link
Ulster Bank Credit Card Mastercard
12.9%
12.9%
(0% fee)
£0
12.9% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 12.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 12.9% APR (variable).
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The Co-operative Bank 3 Year Fixed Rate Credit Card
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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 8.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 8.9% APR (variable).
MBNA Long Term Low Interest Credit Card
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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 8.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 8.9% APR (variable).
TSB Advance Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 9.95%
0% for 3 months
(0% fee)
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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
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1 point per £4 spent (£4 minimum) in Tesco and 1 point per £8 spent (£8 minimum) outside Tesco, must have available credit to earn points. Card can also be used as a Clubcard to collect standard points at 1 point per £1 spent on shopping and 1 point per £2 spent on fuel. Points are converted to Tesco vouchers which can be used towards shopping or exchanged for Partner Rewards.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.942% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The representative APRs shown represent 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 Ulster Bank's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0800 046 6486). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) 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

If you've compared cards and want to apply, completing the secure online application form takes about 10 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.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to receive the card?

You'll know whether or not your application has been approved within 5 minutes of submission. As long as it's approved, Ulster Bank states your shiny new card will be with you in 5-7 working days.

Do I need to be an existing Ulster Bank customer?

No, and if you have card debt elsewhere, you may decide to apply for a balance transfer.

Will I pay fees on cash withdrawals overseas?

Yes. While Ulster Bank doesn't charge a fee for non-sterling transactions using this card, withdrawing cash abroad will incur a fee, (and the ATM owner may add its own fee on top too). Find out more about using a credit card overseas.

How do I change my credit card limit?

You can do this through internet banking by selecting "Cards" from the main menu. In the "Manage your personal credit card" section select "Manage your credit card limit". Add your annual income, requested credit limit and the last 5 digits of your card. Finally, select "submit". Alternatively, you can call a customer advisor (0800 046 6486).

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