Santander credit cards
Santander offers two credit card options - the most famous being its 123 credit card which pays between 1% and 3% cashback depending on where you spend. Santander also has a card offering 0% for 15 months on both balance transfers and purchases with no balance transfer fee within the introductory period.
Compare Santander credit cards - Sorted by APR
- Great for
- Maximum £3 cashback per month per category: Supermarkets (1%) on spend up to £300, Department stores (2%) on spend up to £150 & Transport (3%) on combined spend up to £100
- Subject to status. You will receive the exact rate and offer advertised if your application is accepted
- But be aware that
- There is a £3 monthly fee - the first six months are refunded for new and existing 1|2|3 Santander current account customers
- You must have an income of £7,500 per year or more
If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 12.7% p.a. (variable) with a £3 monthly Fee your representative rate will be 18.4% APR (variable).
- Great for
- 0% for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers
- No fee to transfer a balance
- But be aware that
- You cannot transfer a balance from another Santander card
- The APR and length of the promotional offer are dependent on your personal circumstances. You must have an income of £7,500 per year or more
If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 18.9% p.a. (variable) your representative rate will be 18.9% APR (variable).
Guide to Santander credit cards
Santander is a Spanish banking group that incorporates the Eurozone’s largest bank in Banco Santander, S.A. Now one of the world’s largest banks, it gained a strong presence in the UK after its 2004 acquisition of Abbey National.
Santander strengthened this presence in 2008 when it took over both Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley and in 2010 these banks were merged, along with Abbey, under the Santander banner.
This has made Santander one of the UK’s biggest financial service companies, offering a range of current accounts, loans and credit cards. It is also one of the largest providers of mortgages and savings within the UK.
Santander’s credit card range includes cards which offer cashback on your everyday spending, and cards which allow you to spread the cost of purchases or balances from other cards. Some cards impose a monthly fee, so make sure you factor this in if you are considering applying for one.
Santander credit cards are fully regulated by the city regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Credit cards give you valuable consumer protection that cash and debit cards don’t. Under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, if you pay for goods or services using a credit card, the card provider is jointly liable with the retailer if something goes wrong. This protection only applies to items or services costing between £100 and £30,000. So, for example, if you ordered a bed costing £500 and the shop you bought it from goes bust before it is delivered, the credit card provider should provide you with a full refund.
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The higher the score, the stronger chance you have of getting the card. If you see a very low score, you're probably better off choosing a different card.
- Consider a different card
- Not eligible
- Your chances are good
- You've been pre approved
If you see a high score, you can be fairly confident. The scores aren't a guarantee, as acceptance of your application is at the sole discretion of the card issuer, but they should help guide your choice.
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