Spotlight On: Barclaycard's 18-month 0% balance transfer
Saturday 26 February 2011
Barclaycard is offering a 0 per cent on balance transfers for 18 months to its Platinum credit card.
The good points
It's the longest-ever 0 per cent deal. The company also offers £20 cashback on the handling fee for those transfering £3,000 or more to the card. However, that offer expires on Monday.
The bad points
The handling fee is 2.9 per cent, which means a hefty upfront charge of £87 if you transfer £3,000. Barclaycard announced the deal on Wednesday so those wanting to take advantage of £20 off the handling fee had only five days to do so.
The credit card market seems, surprisingly, to be becoming more competitive with longer 0 per cent deals being offered. Barclaycard's typical charge rate is 16.9 per cent, which is not the most expensive. But switching to a 0 per cent deal means doing your sums. If you don't pay off the balance within the period, you could end up paying more.
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