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12 Jul 2020

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Credit cards for non-borrowers

Andy Britchford, personal finance analyst at moneyfacts.co.uk takes a look at the credit card options available to consumers who pay their balance in full every month.

“As the problem of indebtedness in the UK worsens, every day we either see advertisements in the press for the ‘best deals’, or have our door mats littered with ‘tempting deals’, with every company seeming to boast that it has the best credit card, loan rate or debt management solution.

“But not everyone uses a credit card in the same way. Many consumers don’t ‘carry over’ a monthly balance on their credit card, and therefore do not pay any interest charges. For these customers, the features they look for in a credit card deal are very different.

“As the interest rate is not an important factor for those repaying their balance in full every month, the number of interest free days, donations, loyalty schemes and cash back deals are more likely to influence their choice of plastic. Of course these additional features would probably appeal to the majority of consumers, but for those holding a balance the number one priority must be to secure the cheapest deal in terms of interest rate.

“Today, around 80 ‘incentive ‘ based credit cards are available, offering a variety of loyalty reward schemes and cash back deals.

“If you can be disciplined enough to use your credit card for your day to day purchases, while keeping the money aside to repay your statement at the end of each month, then it can be a win win situation. The beauty for the savvy consumer is that they can earn interest on the savings for that month, as well as receiving cash back or incentives ‘free of charge’ from your credit card provider.

“So, if you are one of these customers that credit card companies make no money from, what deals are available?

“Typically on a cash back deal, you can expect to receive between 0.5% and 1% of your credit card spend. So spending £10K on your credit card during the course of a year could earn you £100, not a bad return for doing nothing!

“Loyalty schemes vary between lenders, both in the collection of points against spend and also in the conversion rate from points to value of goods. But it is important to remember that loyalty rewards are only good if you use them, there is no point choosing the highest reward scheme if the points can not be redeemed with retailers which you would use.

“If you are not someone who pays credit card interest, why not take the opportunity to make some money from your card provider; after all it’s nice to be able to turn the tables every now and again.”

 

 Cash Back Cards


Card

Purchase Rate (APR)

Intro Purchase

Intro Cashback

Standard Cashback

Amex Blue

12.9%

N/A

N/A

£1 – 0.5%
£3.5K+ – 1.0%

Egg Money MasterCard

7.9%

N/A

N/A

£1 – 1.0%
Guaranteed until 31.01.07

Leeds BS MasterCard

16.9%

0% for 6 months (must be opened by 01.01.07)

N/A

£1 – 0.5%

Morgan Stanley Cashback MasterCard

15.9%

N/A

Triple Cash Back until 01/02/07
£1 – 3.0%
£2K+ – 1.5%

£1 – 1.0%
£2K+ – 0.5%

Norwich & Peterborough Visa

14.9%

N/A

N/A

£1 – 0.5%
£12K – 1.0%
Max spend £25K per year

Yorkshire BS Classic Visa

15.4%

0% for 6 months

N/A

£1 – 1.0%
£2K+ – 0.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loyalty Schemes


Card

Intro Purchase

Standard APR

Loyalty Scheme

Airmiles MasterCard

3.9% for 6 months

17.9%

AIRMILES: 1 AirMile for every £5 spent through AirMiles Travel Agency where miles have not been used in whole or part payment for booking, in addition to standard rate of 1 AirMile for every £20 spent (purchases only).

Amazon.co.uk MasterCard

0% for 6 months

15.9%

AMAZON POINTS: 1 point for every £1 spent at any Amazon website, 0.5 points for every £1 spent elsewhere. When 1500 points are earned a £15 Amazon voucher will be sent for you to spend at Amazon.co.uk.

ASDA MasterCard

N/A

19.7%

ASDA VOUCHERS: 0.5% ASDA Money Back on every £1 spent, vouchers are sent every November. If card used during any month, an additional reward will be received.

Co-operative Bank Dividend Visa

0% for 6 months

15.9%

DIVIDEND: Dividend paid at 1p for every £1 spent in Co-op Group stores, paid at 1p for every £2 spent elsewhere. Dividend can be combined with Co-op store loyalty card which can earn a further 3p for every £1 spent on Co-op brand products and fresh foods, and 1p for £1 spent on all other groceries. Accumulated over 6 months and paid to customer as a voucher twice a year (May and December). This voucher is redeemable for cash or goods at Co-op stores.

Morgan Stanley Buy & Fly! MasterCard

N/A

16.9%

TRAVEL POINTS: 200 points on first purchase and double points for first 6 months after account opening if you make a purchase before 01.01.07.  One buy and fly! point for every £10 of purchases appearing on the card statement. Points valid for 3 years from when they are added to the buy and fly! account.

Nectar Amex

N/A

12.9%

NECTAR POINTS: 4 Nectar points earned for every £1 spent in Nectar sponsors, 1 Nectar point earned for every £1 spent elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: www.moneyfacts.co.uk                                    Figures Correct at 30.10.06

NOTES TO EDITORS:Moneyfacts Group
Moneyfacts is the UK’s leading independent provider of personal financial information and our data is used and trusted throughout the financial industry. 

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