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What are money transfer credit cards?

Money transfer credit cards are designed for people who want to transfer money straight into their bank account from a credit card, usually to help pay off existing debts.

You’ll pay a fee for transferring the cash straight into your account. And you’ll need to have a strict approach to using a money transfer card the interest rate you’ll pay on any outstanding balance will typically jump up to nearly 19% after the interest-free period comes to an end.

So should I use a money transfer to pay off debts?

Getting into more debt to pay off existing debts is a bad idea unless you’re very disciplined.

But if you’re strict and need cash to pay off an expensive overdraft or payday loan, then you can shift the debt on to the money transfer credit card and pay it off within the 0% period. Many of the leading cards now offer up to 36 months interest free.

What are the catches?

Remember, you’ll have to pay a fee of up to 4% to transfer the cash to your account. You’ll usually need to transfer the money within 60 days of opening your account, otherwise you’ll lose out on the interest-free deal and the transfer fee will go up.

If you’re strict then a money transfer card could help you pay debts off faster

You should also pay off the debt before the 0% window ends, otherwise you’ll start to pay interest on your debt. If you know you’re not going to be able to pay off the balance in time you should consider applying for a credit card that offers a low rate of interest for the life of the debt, rather than a 0% deal for a limited period.

If you’ve already got credit card then you may not be able to get another one from the same provider. Always check the terms and conditions thoroughly before applying.

The little-known way to getting accepted

Our credit card search tool estimates the likelihood of being accepted for a credit card WITHOUT leaving a mark on your report.

All you need to do is enter your details and it will return a list of deals, with an indication of how likely you are to be accepted.

Just click on the ‘Will I get this card?’ button next to each deal and you’ll get a score out of 10 which is colour-coded red, amber and green. The closest to 10 are most likely to accept your application.

Are there any alternatives to money transfer credit cards?

Yes – if you’re paying interest on your overdraft, some current accounts offer interest-free and fee-free overdrafts, so you should consider switching to one of these. These deals may be limited to just a few months, so if you need longer to pay it off then a money transfer card may be better.

Where to next?

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