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Balance Transfer Credit Cards

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Transfer your credit card balances to a 0% interest card.

See the best balance transfer cards that you can apply for today at MoneySuperMarket.

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You make fixed monthly repayments, always on time

You don't add any other new debt onto the card

Once the cheap promotional period ends, you don't switch again

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* You must always make at least the minimum repayment.

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You make fixed monthly repayments, always on time

You don't add any other new debt onto the card

Once the cheap promotional period ends, you don't switch again

Please increase your monthly repayment

At the current level it would take more than 10 years to clear your balance

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Cost to you

The total cost includes any balance transfer fees you pay when you move your debt, plus any interest you would pay after the 0% period ends. If you switch again at the end of the 0% period, you would avoid this interest. The cost also takes into account any cashback you may get from the credit card company, as money off your total balance.

As we know your monthly payment, we can work out how many months it would take you to repay the original balance. This will change if you alter your monthly payment, or add any extra spending or balance transfers to the card.

Introductory period

You’ll want to pay off your balance before the introductory period ends as the low interest rate will no longer apply. So it’s a good idea to have an estimate as to how much time you’ll need to pay off the balance of your credit card. You can work this out by dividing the balance by how much you think you’ll be able to pay off on a monthly basis. This can give you a good idea as to what kind of balance transfer period you should be looking for to make sure you pay off your balance while taking advantage of the low interest rate.

Purchase rates

Buying goods and services directly from your balance transfer credit card can be more expensive as the low or zero interest rate usually only applies to making actual balance transfers. It’s best to avoid using the card for spending until you check the rate with your provider.

Credit history

Your current credit score will go a long way in deciding which balance transfer credit card you qualify for – the better your rating, the better the deals you’ll be eligible for. A balance transfer credit card can also impact your credit score depending on how you make use of it.

This is worthwhile to note as your credit score gives lenders an idea of whether you’re likely to be able to repay a debt within a specified period of time. If you open a number of credit card accounts, this can lower your credit score. If, however, you have your account open for an extended period of time and pay off your monthly interest on time, your credit ranking will improve.

Interest rates

While the provider might advertise a given interest rate, it may not necessarily be what you pay. The APR is usually offered to 51% of consumers who are approved for the card – the actual rate you’re offered could differ as it’ll depend on a number of other factors. It’s best to check with the provider to see what you’d be eligible for a more tailored result for you and your specific spending habits.

What is a balance transfer card?

A balance transfer card allows you to transfer your existing credit card balance to a new credit account, which will often have a lower or zero percent interest rate. This allows you to avoid paying high interest rates as you settle your credit card debt.

The low or zero percent interest rate usually lasts for a set period of time, usually 12 to 18 months, but when this runs out you’ll be put back on the provider’s base rate – which is often higher. This would then make it a good time to look for your next balance transfer credit card.

Should I get a balance transfer credit card?

Balance transfer credit cards can be good if:

  • You’re going to be spending a significant amount of money paying off only your credit card interest rather than the credit itself
  • The interest rate is notably high on your existing credit card

This way you’ll make a dent on the actual balance and not just spending money on the accrued monthly interest.

However, they may not be the best option if:

  • The interest rate on your existing credit card is manageable
  • The transfer-fee could potentially cost more than the interest rate you’re currently being charged
  • You won’t be able to pay off your balance within the specified introductory period

Do balance transfers affect my credit score?

The way a balance transfer card will affect your credit score depends on how you use it including how much you’re transferring, the credit limit on your new balance transfer card and whether you’re planning to pay off the credit account in full.

Your credit card score will be positively impacted if:

  • Your accounts have been open for a long period of time – 15% of the credit score depends on the length of time your accounts have been open for
  • You only have one balance transfer credit card

Your credit score will be negatively impacted if:

  • You’re applying for a number of balance transfer cards
  • Only seeking out balance transfers with a low introductory period
  • You close your credit card account

How much is a balance transfer credit card?

It can cost anywhere from £60 to £300 to take out a balance transfer credit card which usually includes the low interest rate as part of the introductory period. You’ll also be charged a balance transfer fee — this can range from 1% to 4% for the best deals if you qualify.

The cost of a balance transfer credit card can vary significantly depending on the deal, the credit card balance you’re hoping to transfer as well as the introductory period. You’ll usually need a good credit rating to benefit from the best deals.

How does a balance transfer credit card work?

A balance transfer works by moving your debt from one credit card to another. The balance transfer credit card is what makes the transfer possible, which will then allow you to pay off your previous balance on your new card and effectively change the provider you’ll be repaying.

This means if you pay off your balance before the 0% interest deal expires, a balance transfer is effectively an interest-free loan. 

What is the best credit card balance transfer?

To find the best balance transfer credit card, it’s a good idea to shop around for the best deal with the MoneySuperMarket comparison tool.

Look out for the following to make sure you benefit from the most competitive offers:

  • A low-interest rate
  • A 0% balance transfer fee
  • A credit limit that can cover your previous balance
  • A long enough introductory period for you to pay off your debt

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