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The best 0% balance transfer credit cards

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20 May 2015

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When you choose a balance transfer credit card, you shouldn't just focus on the card with the longest 0% period.

It’s easy to compare credit cards that offer interest-free periods on purchases. All you need to know is how long the 0% period is – the longest offer will be the best card.

Things are more complicated with 0% balance transfer credit cards. As a general concept, these are great products. You can transfer an existing credit card debt to a new card and then not pay any interest on that debt for a long period – currently up to 36 months with Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Barclaycard or Virgin.

However, the problem is that you will have to pay a balance transfer fee. This is a percentage of the debt you’re transferring to your new balance transfer card. Many cards now charge around 2.5% but there are a few that are significantly cheaper.

So when you’re choosing a balance transfer card, you need to look at both the length of the 0% period and how expensive the fee is.

0% balance transfer cards with long interest-free periods

Let’s start by looking at the cards with the longest 0% periods.

Credit card

0% period on balance transfers

Balance transfer fee

Cost of transferring £2,000 balance

Representative APR

Barclaycard 36-Month Platinum Visa*

36 months

2.49%*

£49.80

18.9%

Virgin Money Balance Transfer Credit Card

36 months

2.50%

£50

18.9%

Halifax 36-Month Balance Transfer Credit Card

36 months

2.9%

£58

18.9%

Bank of Scotland Platinum 36-Month Balance Transfer Credit Card

36 months

3%

£60

18.9%

Barclaycard 35-Month Platinum Visa*

35 months

2.39%*

£47.80

18.9%

Tesco Bank Clubcard 35-Month Balance Transfer Credit Card

35 months

2.7%

£54

18.9%

MBNA Platinum Credit Card

35 months

2.99%

£59.80

18.9%

Lloyds Bank Platinum 35-Month Balance Transfer Credit Card

35 months

3%

£60

18.9%

Fluid 35-Month Balance Transfer Credit Card

35 months

3.1%

£62

18.9%

Virgin Money 34-Month Balance Transfer Credit Card

34 months

2.25%

£45

18.9%

Sainsbury’s Nectar Balance Transfer Credit Card

34 months

2.89%

£57.80

18.9%

HSBC Credit Card

34 months

3.3%

£66

18.9%

*Initial fee of 3.5% charged, then portion refunded

Compare the credit cards with the longest 0% period

0% cards with low balance transfer fees

However, if you’re willing to go for a card with a shorter interest-free period, you can pay a much lower fee or even no fee at all, as the table below shows.

Credit card

0% period on balance transfers

Balance transfer fee

Fee paid on £2,000 transfer

Representative APR after 0% period ends

Santander 123 Credit Card*

23 months

None

£0

16.5%

Tesco Bank Clubcard 18-Month No Fee Credit Card

18 months

None

£0

18.9%

Halifax All in One Credit Card

19 months

1%

£20

18.9%

Barclaycard Platinum

24 months

1.15%

£23

18.9%

Virgin Money Balance Transfer Credit Card

26 months

1.25%

£25

18.9%

Tesco Bank Clubcard 28 Month Balance Transfer Credit Card

28 months

1.49%

£29.80

18.9%

*£24 annual fee

Average credit rating

Sadly, some people won’t be able to get any of the cards we’ve highlighted in this article. That’s because the credit card companies are only willing to give these cards to people with good credit ratings.

If you want to improve your credit rating, follow the tips in How to build an excellent credit history.

Other options

If you want even longer to get back into the black, you could apply for a personal loan and use the money you’ve borrowed to pay off your credit card debt. Right now, the top personal loans are charging around 4% in interest.

0% is best

But if you can get one of the top 0% cards, go for one of them. Just make sure you pay off your minimum monthly repayment promptly every time. Otherwise your credit card provider will use your late payment as an excuse to withdraw your 0% deal.

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This article is regularly updated as credit cards are launched and withdrawn

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