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Virgin Money 24 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card review 2021
New customers looking to transfer their balance can benefit from a very competitive 0% interest period and no annual fee.
If you're not already a Virgin Money customer, this card gives you 20 months of 0% interest in order to transfer your existing debt.
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In a nutshell:
0% interest on balance transfers
0% interest on money transfers
|Balance transfers||0% for 24 months reverting to 21.9%|
|Balance transfer fee||1.25% for 2 months reverting to 5%|
|Purchases||0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 50 days|
|Money transfers||0% for 12 months reverting to 23.9%|
|Min credit limit||£0|
|Max credit limit||Not specified|
|Additional cards available||3|
|Incentive||Enjoy exclusive offers and rewards on the Virgin Red app.|
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The Virgin Money 20 Month Balance Transfer card offers one of the more competitive 0% interest periods on the market as well as a generous 12-month 0% interest period on money transfers.
If you pay off your transferred balance within 2 months, you’ll only pay a 1.5% balance transfer fee, which reverts to 5% after the 2 months are up.
While some competitor cards offer to waive this fee, the extended 0% interest period will likely suit those planning to pay off their balance over a longer period.
When it comes to purchases, you’ll also get 3 months interest-free, reverting to a variable 21.9% rate, which may be slightly higher than other similar balance transfer cards. You’ll also only get up to 50 days interest-free, while others may offer up to 56 days.
Ultimately, this card may be better suited to those looking for an especially generous 0% interest balance transfer period. While not best-in-class for either balance transfer period or purchase rate, it’s still a competitive card.
The Virgin Money 24 Month Balance Transfer 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
- Two years of 0% interest to focus on reducing your current credit card debt
- Three months to spread the cost of purchases
- A year of 0% interest on funds you transfer out from the card
- A relatively low balance transfer fee
- No annual fee
- Relatively high money transfer fee
How does it compare?
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You can make manual repayments through Virgin Money's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0800 389 2875). Alternatively you may wish to set up a direct debit.
A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and losing your promotional interest rate as a result (as well as damaging your credit score and incurring the late payment fee of £9). You could use a fixed-amount direct debit to ensure you've cleared your debt before the 0% period expires – simply divide your outstanding balance by 24 to see what you'll need to pay each month (this assumes you don't use the card for additional spending).
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 15 minutes. Before you apply, you'll be prompted to use the eligibility checker tool on the Virgin Money site to check that you have a decent likelihood of getting approved, without affecting your credit score. You'll need to provide your address details for the last three years. In most cases, you will get an instant response.
Next, before you actually 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
Can I withdraw cash using the Virgin Money 24 Month Balance Transfer 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 Virgin Money 24 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card is 5%.
The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 27.9%, which is 27% more than the standard purchases rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 50 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).
What should I do with my old credit card after transferring the balance to the Virgin Money 24 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card?
Transferring a balance doesn't automatically close your old account. In most cases, you'll want to close the old account(s) straightaway, especially if they have an annual/monthly fee or if you might be tempted to use them in the future. There is an argument that you should keep the old account open to help your credit score. That's because doing so keeps your "credit utilisation ratio" lower (that's a measure of how much credit you're using compared to what's available to you), and helps the average age of your credit accounts. However, unless you're just about to apply for a new mortgage, it's probably fair to say that most people would prefer to have no more bank accounts open than was truly necessary.
What is the minimum payment on the Virgin Money 24 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card?
Each month you must pay at least 1% of your balance at that point or £25.00 – whichever of the two figures is greater. So if you had, say, £2,450.00 outstanding, you'd pay £25.00, and if you had £10,000.00 outstanding, you'd pay £100.00.
Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it makes it much harder to get debt-free before that introductory 0% period expires.
Can I transfer money from the Virgin Money 24 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card to a bank account?
Yes. That's what's known as a "money transfer" (rather than a "balance transfer") in credit card jargon. You can arrange this from your online banking or using Virgin Money's app. New customers will pay no interest on this part of their card's outstanding balance for up to 12 months. The fee for a money transfer is 4% for 12 months reverting to 5% (for transfers made in the first 12 months).