Virgin Money Travel Credit Card review

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As of May 2020, this card has been discontinued and is no longer available. However, this information has been kept for historical purposes. You can use this page to browse the range of credit cards currently available from Virgin Money and to compare similar cards from other issuers.

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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).

12 months

0% interest on balance transfers

12 months

0% interest on purchases

21.9%

Representative APR

0%

Foreign transaction charge

Details

IssuerClydesdale Bank
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers0% for 12 months reverting to 21.9%
Balance transfer fee2% for 2 months reverting to 5%
Purchases0% for 12 months reverting to 21.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 50 days
Money transfers0% for 12 months reverting to 23.9%
Cash advances27.9%
Min credit limit£0
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available3
IncentiveEarn cashback when you shop online with over 500 top brands with Virgin Money Back.

Expert review

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Expert review

If you’re planning a trip abroad sometime soon, Virgin Money has designed this card to cater to most of your financial needs… Want a card that won’t penalise you with fees if you use it in another country? Check. Want to spread the cost of your holiday without it costing more? Check. Hoping to blag a discount on your travel insurance? You’re in luck.

Plus, if you already have an outstanding balance on another card, that needn’t stop you taking the plunge. You’ll be able to take advantage of the 26-month 0% introductory period on balance transfers too.

So what’s not to like? Honestly? Not a lot. You don’t want to use this card to withdraw cash at home or abroad – you’ll pay a fairly eye-watering 3% handling fee every time you do, and that part of your balance will be charged interest at a higher rate – 25.95%, to be precise. That’s fairly standard stuff for credit cards (although Tandem Bank is an exception).

Just remember to refuse dynamic currency conversion when you use this card. In other words if your charming waiter offers to bill you in your home currency, tell them to jog on. Nicely though.

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Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Foreign usage charge (EU) Foreign usage charge (rest of world) Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
Ulster Bank Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
9.9%
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
The Royal Bank Credit Card
0%
0%
9.9%
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
The NatWest Credit Card
0%
0%
9.9%
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
Santander Zero Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
0% for 12 months reverting to 18.9%
£0
18.9% (variable)
Retailer offers - 5 Welcome offers of up to 25% cashback at well-known retailers (must switch on Retailer Offers within 60 days of activating card).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
Nationwide Member Credit Card All Rounder Offer
0%
0%
0% for 15 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
Nationwide Member Credit Card Balance Transfer Offer
0%
0%
0% for 3 months reverting to 19.9%
£0
19.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
Halifax Clarity Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
19.95%
£0
19.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 19.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
Santander All in One Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
0% for 26 months reverting to 15.9%
£3 per month
21.7% (variable)
0.5% after £1 of monthly spend. Cashback paid Monthly into Card Account. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 15.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £3 per month, your representative rate is 21.7% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Rewards Visa
0%
0%
22.9%
£0
22.9% (variable)
0.25% after £1 of yearly spend. Cashback paid On request into Card Account. Cashback paid annually or on request. Maximum spend for cashback purposes is limited to credit limit.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
Post Office Money® Travel Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
24.93%
£0
24.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.93% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
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Virgin Money cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Purchases Balance transfers Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Link
Virgin Money 22 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
0% for 22 months
(3% fee)
£0
21.9% (variable)
Earn cashback when you shop online with over 500 top brands with Virgin Money Back.
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).
Virgin Money 20 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 21.9%
0% for 20 months
(1% fee)
£0
21.9% (variable)
Earn cashback when you shop online with over 500 top brands with Virgin Money Back.
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).
Virgin Money 18 Month All Round Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 15 months reverting to 21.9%
0% for 18 months
(2.9% fee)
£0
21.9% (variable)
Earn cashback when you shop online with over 500 top brands with Virgin Money Back.
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).
Virgin Money Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card
22.9%
0% for 6 months
(3% fee)
£0
22.9% (variable)
Earn 5,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase made within 90 days of account opening. Earn 0.75 Flying Club miles for every £1 spend. Spend £20K a year on your card and choose an extra benefit - an upgrade to premium, or a Companion ticket. Double miles when you spend directly with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays through the contact centre and online. Earn an additional 2,000 bonus miles if you spend £1K within 90 days of opening until 31.10.19.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
Virgin Money 16 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 3 months reverting to 27.9%
0% for 16 months
(3% fee)
£0
27.9% (variable)
Earn cashback when you shop online with over 500 top brands with Virgin Money Back.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.9% APR (variable).
Virgin Money 15 Month All Round Credit Card Mastercard
0% for 12 months reverting to 27.9%
0% for 15 months
(2.9% fee)
£0
27.9% (variable)
Earn cashback when you shop online with over 500 top brands with Virgin Money Back.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 27.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 27.9% APR (variable).
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Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0800 389 2875), 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 Virgin Money 12 Month Travel Credit Card Mastercard

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

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