Virgin Money 20 Month All Round Credit Card review 2021
This card has the longest 0% deals among Virgin Money's three "all round" credit cards.
You say: ★★★★★We say: ★★★★★
Doing its job: 3.5/5
In a nutshell:
0% interest on balance transfers
0% interest on purchases
0% interest on money transfers
|Balance transfers||0% for 20 months reverting to 21.9%|
|Balance transfer fee||2.9% for 2 months reverting to 5%|
|Purchases||0% for 20 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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If you’re looking for a card that offers different types of 0% deals, this card is one of the best you can apply for with Virgin Money. It gets you its longest 0% period on purchases (20 months), plus 20 months on balance transfers and money transfers. Virgin Money offers two more “all round” credit cards, but this has the longest 0% deals.
More in general, the good thing about Virgin Money’s 0% cards is that there are a lot of them. Calculate how long it will take you to repay your old balance, your upcoming purchase or both, then just pick the card that comes closer to what you need. You can compare them all on this page.
On the downside, other credit card companies often have longer deals than Virgin, and the balance transfer and money transfer fees are also quite expensive. So, if you need to both pay back an old balance and spread out the cost of an upcoming purchase, you may want to compare other dual credit cards on the market.
Finally, spending with this card will allow you to earn cashback at selected retailers thanks to a scheme called Virgin Money Back. This is a comparatively rare reward among 0% credit cards.
The Virgin Money 20 Month All Round 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
- Over a year of 0% interest to focus on reducing existing card debt
- Over a year to spread the cost of purchases
- A year of 0% interest on funds you transfer out from the card
- No annual fee
- Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible
- Don't forget that balance transfer fee! If cutting the interest on existing card debt is your main reason for considering this card, check out no-fee deals first
- Relatively high money transfer fee
How does this card compare with similar products on the market?
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 either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£9) 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
You can apply for this card online in around 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. Don't forget to include the details of any other people you'd like to be cardholders.
Frequently asked questions
Can I withdraw cash using the Virgin Money 20 Month All Round 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 20 Month All Round 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 is the minimum payment on the Virgin Money 20 Month All Round 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.