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.
Zopa Credit Card review 2022
Zopa has launched an easy-to-manage variable rate credit card that aims to “put customers in control of their borrowing".
Zopa is broadening its product range with a credit card and savings account.
Doing its job: 3.5/5
In a nutshell:
Minimum credit limit
Up to 56 days
Interest-free each billing period
Foreign transaction charge
Tom Stelzer is a writer for Finder specialising in personal finance, including loans and credit, as well as small business and business loans. He has previously worked as a freelance writer covering entertainment, culture and football for publications like FourFourTwo and Man of Many. He has a Master of Media Arts and Production and Bachelor of Communications in Journalism from the University of Technology Sydney.
Zopa is a lender that has held a full UK banking licence since June 2020. Having started out offering personal loans, it’s now aiming to shake-up the world of fixed-term savings accounts and credit cards.
The Zopa credit card is offered with variable rates that are tailored to the individual applicant, starting as low as 9.9%. That means that the better your credit score, the lower the rate you’re likely to be offered. The representative APR (i.e. the rate that most cardholders will actually get) is 34.9%. That’s higher than most credit cards, so Zopa may be primarily targeting the “sub-prime” market – that’s applicants with limited or damaged credit histories.
Whatever rate you get offered, it’ll be pegged to the Bank of England base rate – so if interest rates generally start to rise, the rate on the Zopa card will too.
One of the main benefits of this card is the exchange rates. Use it abroad, and you’ll enjoy Visa’s standard currency conversion rates – most credit cards add hefty fees on top of this.
But where it comes into its own is in how you manage your card and account. The Zopa credit card can be managed via an easy-to-use app, which offers instant payment notifications, real-time balance updates and the ability to freeze your card at any time.
Customers looking for a credit card with all the quality-of-life features offered by the digital banks may want to keep an eye on the Zopa credit card.
Pros and cons
- Avoid currency conversion charges when spending abroad
- No annual fee
- Minimum annual income requirement of £10,000
You can make manual repayments through Zopa's app, by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0207 580 6060). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.
A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and damaging your credit score – making it harder and more expensive to borrow money in the future – and getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) 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 does it compare?
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Zopa customer reviews
Zopa has received positive reviews from customers, according to customer review platforms like Trustpilot and Reviews.io. It currently has an “excellent” rating at Trustpilot, with an overall customers review score of 4.5 out of 5, based on more than 17,000 reviews (updated 24 March 2022). Many customers praised Zopa’s customer service and simple application process, though some investors on the Zopa platform reported poor returns.
The Zopa app has also received good customer reviews (updated 23 December 2020), with a rating of 4.9 out of 5 on the Apple App Store (based on 7,300 reviews), and a rating of 4.4 out of 5 on the Google Play store (based on more than 3,300 reviews).
Zopa’s all about slick digital experiences and looking after everybody through a broad range of rates that are tailored to the individual. So if you’ve struggled to get approved for credit elsewhere, Zopa will still consider your application and may be able to help.
The currency conversion fee – or rather the lack of one – is one of the cards best features. Plus, unlike some cards offering this benefit, those transactions will still enjoy the same interest-free grace period that sterling transactions enjoy (up to 56 days) provided you clear your balance in full each month.
Ultimately this is a perfectly decent card so long as you clear your balance in full each month. If you don’t, that relatively high representative APR means that it could get expensive.
Zopa says more features are on the way, so watch this space.
How to apply
If you're interested in getting a Zopa credit card, you apply online at the Zopa site. You'll first be prompted to check your eligibility by handing over a few basic details about yourself. This step won't impact your credit score.
Frequently asked questions
What credit limit will I get with the Zopa Credit Card?
If Zopa is able to offer you this deal, the offer will specify a personalised credit limit based on Zopa's assessment of your situation. The minimum limit offered on the card is £200, while the maximum is £2,000. Once you've had the card for a while and shown Zopa that you're reliable, you may wish to apply for a credit limit increase.
Can I withdraw cash using the Zopa 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.
There's no cash advance fee on the Zopa Credit Card.
The interest rate on this part of your balance will be 34.9%, which is the same as the standard purchase rate (chargeable from the day of the transaction – the card's usual "up to 56 days interest-free" grace period won't apply).
What is the minimum payment on the Zopa Credit Card?
Each month you must pay at least 1% of your balance at that point or £5.00 – whichever of the 2 figures is greater. So if you had, say, £450.00 outstanding, you'd pay £5.00, and if you had £2,000.00 outstanding, you'd pay £20.00.
Paying only the minimum required amount each month is generally not advisable as it tends to be a very expensive way to borrow money which can lead to persistent debt.