Santander Everyday Credit Card review: longest fee-free balance transfer

As the longest balance transfer credit card that charges no fees, it could be the ultimate debt-busting deal.

If you’ve racked up credit card debt that you want to clear cheaply, a balance transfer credit card is a great option.

These cards allow you to pay no interest on debt for up to 32 months (at the time of writing), meaning you can focus on whittling away what you owe rather than lining the bank’s pockets any further with hefty interest payments.

The catch with many of these cards – especially those with the longest 0% windows – is that you’ll be charged a fee up front, which can be anywhere up to 3% of the total balance your switching.

So on a £2,000 transfer, you’ll have up to £60 added to what you owe.

Definitely cheaper than simply paying interest, but still a sizeable sum of money.

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A savvier option

Santander Everyday credti card review (Image: Santander/loveMONEY)If you want the cheapest possible option, you should look to the few genuinely fee-free balance transfer credit cards on the market.

At present, the longest offer you can get is Santander’s Everyday Credit Card at 27 months, reverting to a representative APR of 18.9% thereafter.

Although you’ll have five fewer months to clear your debt than the longest offer on the market, having more than two years to whittle away what you owe is still a generous offer.

If you don’t manage to clear it in full, you can simply shift to another fee-free card when the offer expires.

And even if there isn’t one on the market at that time (deals tend to change quite rapidly in this space), you can at least be certain that any fee you pay will be far smaller because your balance is far lower.

If you are interested in this card, you should use an eligibility checker (we have one here) to work out your chances of being accepted without leaving a mark on your credit score.

If the chances are high, you can apply with confidence. If they aren’t great, you can look elsewhere with no harm done.

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How it compares to the 'top' cards

If you really just want to choose the longest balance transfer offer, or simply want to see how the Everyday card compares, here it is along with the top 0% cards by duration at the time of writing.

Product

Balance transfer length

Fee

Cost of switching £2,000

Typical APR

HSBC Balance Transfer Card 32 months 1.4%* £28/£3*  

Post Office Balance Transfer card

32 months

2%

£40

19.9%

Sainsbury’s Bank 30 Month Balance Transfer card

30 months

3%

£60

19.9%

Virgin Money 29 Month Balance Transfer card

29 months

1.75%

£35

20.9%

Santander Everyday card

27 months

0%

£0

18.9%

*Total cost depends on whether you qualify for the £25 cashback offer (available if you switch at least £300 to the card)

Other fee-free options

If you aren’t eligible for the Everyday card, or you’ve checked your chances of qualifying and the results aren’t great, you could consider one of the other fee-free options out there.

They aren’t as long, but they won’t cost you anything.

Product

Balance transfer length

Typical APR

Sainsbury's Bank 0% Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card

22 months

19.9%

Barclaycard Platinum 20 Month Balance Transfer* 20 months* 19.9%

Halifax No Fee 0% Balance Transfer card

20 months

19.9%

*Get £20 cashback if you switch more than £2,000

Our verdict

If you have an excellent credit rating, the Santander Everyday credit card really is one of the best options out there for clearing debt cheaply.

It’s not too far from the longest (fee-charging) offers, while at the same time it’s streets ahead of the nearest fee-free cards.

If you’re interested, you can apply here, or you can look at more balance transfer options in our best buy tables.

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