Virgin Money 28 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card review

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).

28 months

0% interest on balance transfers

21.9%

Representative APR

12 months

0% interest on money transfers

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerClydesdale Bank
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 28 months reverting to 21.9%
Balance transfer fee1% for 2 months reverting to 5%
Purchases0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 50 days
Money transfers0% for 12 months reverting to 23.9%
Cash advances27.9%
Minimum credit limit£0
Maximum credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available3
Additional Rewards InfoEnjoy exclusive offers and rewards on the Virgin Red app. Use of the Virgin Money lounges. Customers choosing a Man Utd card design will benefit from the United Reward scheme where each month customers can win a range of prizes including: matchday tickets, signed replica t-shirts, hospitality tickets and other exciting prizes. Up to 10% off cottages.com. Extra discounts on selected BCP airport carparks. £25 cashback on Virgin Money annual multi-trip travel insurance. £25 cashback on Virgin Money International money transfer. Earn up to 15% cashback with Virgin Money Cashback at selected major retailers through the app (offers allocated automatically).

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Expert review

If you’re looking to clear credit card debt faster (and more cheaply) this deal lets you transfer your balance to Virgin Money and enjoy 0% interest on it for 28 months.

Crucially, there’s a balance transfer fee of to consider. If you don’t need the full 28 months to clear your debt, then you should first consider offers with no balance transfer fee – which tend to come with slightly shorter interest-free periods. Not sure how long you need? Just divide your balance by the number of months at 0% (in this case 28) to see how much you’d need to pay off each month to be debt-free before the “revert rate” kicks in.

Try to avoid any additional spending on the card until you’ve cleared your debt. But if you do opt to use the card for purchases, you can register to earn cashback when you spend at over 500 well-known brands.

As with all Virgin Money cards, you can choose your favourite from a small selection of card designs. If you’re a Manchester United fan, you may be delighted to learn you can even opt for a card emblazoned with the club’s crest – Virgin Money is the official UK financial services partner of the football club (yes, that’s a thing apparently).

Finally, as this card is on the Mastercard network, you’ll also be able to enjoy access to Priceless Cities experiences.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Customers report excellent customer service when dealing with Virgin Money
  • Over two years of 0% interest to focus on reducing existing 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

Cons

  • Relatively high money transfer fee

Other balance transfer deals

Table: sorted by length of 0% balance transfer offer, promoted deals first
Name Product Balance transfers Balance transfer fee Purchases Annual/monthly fees Representative APR Incentive Link
Santander Everyday Long Term Balance Transfer Credit Card
0% for 33 months reverting to 21.9%
2.65% (min. £5) for 33 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% APR (variable)
Earn up to 15% cashback with your selected Retailer Offers at selected major retailers.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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HSBC Balance Transfer Credit Card
0% for 33 months reverting to 21.9%
2.84% (min. £5) for 2 months reverting to 2% (min. £5)
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% APR (variable)
Discounts and exclusive offers for dining experiences, leisure activities and shopping available through HSBC Home and Away.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Credit Card Transfer Plus Offer Mastercard
0% for 32 months reverting to 21.9%
1.99% fee, min £5
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% APR (variable)
1 point per £1 spent with M&S and 1 point per £5 spent elsewhere. Enjoy 55 days interest free, preferential rates plus no cash advance fee when buying M&S travel money with the card.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
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Santander All in One Credit Card
0% for 26 months reverting to 18.9%
0% for 26 months reverting to 3% (min. £5)
0% for 23 months reverting to 18.9%
£3 per month
24.7% APR (variable)
0.5% cashback on all your eligible purchases, paid monthly into card account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit. Terms apply.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 24.7% APR (variable).
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M&S Bank Shopping Plus Credit Card
0% for 24 months reverting to 21.9%
2.9% fee, min £5
0% for 24 months reverting to 21.9%
£0
21.9% APR (variable)
Earn 1 point for every £1 spent at Marks and Spencer's and 1 point for every £5 spent elsewhere. 100 points = £1 reward voucher. Points will be converted into reward vouchers 4 times a year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
Check eligibility
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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 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 £12). 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 28 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

Sorry – Virgin Money is no longer accepting applications for this card. However you may wish to consider one of the alternatives listed above.

Frequently asked questions

Can I withdraw cash using the Virgin Money 28 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" (such as withdrawing cash at an ATM, getting cashback at the till, spending at a casino or buying currency) often incur steep fees and/or higher rates of interest.

The cash advance fee on the Virgin Money 28 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 purchase 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 28 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.

How much does it cost to use the Virgin Money 28 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.99% charge (which is very standard). For example, if you spend 200 euros (£179.78), it'll cost you around £5.38 in fees.

What is the minimum payment on the Virgin Money 28 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 2 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 28 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).

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