Hot credit card deals, 4 May 2012Which? experts round up the best credit card deals
04 May 2012
Need a new credit card? The Which? Money experts have rounded up all the best credit card deals, analysing the whole market with no agenda other than to find you the best credit card for your needs.
Best credit cards for cashback
If you pay off your credit card bill in full every month, a cashback card will either give you a percentage of your spending as a cash refund or knock it off your bill.
- The Aspire MasterCard from Capital One offers 5% cashback for the first 3 months (max £100). You then earn 0.5% on an annual spend of up to £5,999, 1% on amounts between £6,000 and £9,999 and 1.25% on amounts above £10,000.
- The Platinum Cashback Card from American Express pays 5% cashback for the first three months (max £100), followed by a standard cashback rate of 1.25% on everything you spend. The card comes with an annual fee of £25 a year, so is only suitable for big-spenders. If you spend more than £10,000 in a year, you'll get 2.5% cashback during the anniversary month the following year.
To see more deals take a look at our cashback credit card table.
Best reward credit cards
Reward credit cards pay you a percentage of your spending, either as vouchers to use in-store or to pay for meals, days out or other leisure activities.
- The BHS MasterCard currently offers the best reward scheme on the market, with a 5% reward rate in-store (and at Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton) and double points on your first BHS purchase.
- The House of Fraser Recognition MasterCard offers the next best deal. The card offers 3% in-store, 3% at houseoffraser.co.uk and 1% elsewhere.
Take a look at our reward credit cards table for a round-up of the best deals each day.
Best 0%-on-purchases credit cards
These cards won't charge you interest on your shopping for up to 18 months. Make sure you make the minimum payment each month or you'll lose the deal.
- The best 0%-on-purchases credit card is currently Nationwide's Select Visa offering 0% for 18 months with a representative APR of 12.9%. This card is only available to Nationwide FlexAccount current account holders and comes with commission-free purchases abroad.
- Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Halifax currently offer the next best deals with 15 months interest-free. Cards from both Tesco and Marks & Spencer also come with reward schemes. Barclaycard is not far behind, offering 14 months interest-free, together with membership of its own Freedom reward scheme.
Take a look at our 0%-on-purchases credit card table for more great 0% deals.
Best credit cards for use abroad
If you want to avoid foreign exchange loading fees, these Best Rate credit cards are great for using abroad.
- For the over-50s, Saga's Platinum Visa has no foreign loading fees for use abroad and charges a reasonable 11.9% APR on new purchases. The card also includes 55 days interest-free on cash withdrawals, but charges 2% (min £2) for each withdrawal.
- For customers of all ages, the Halifax Clarity MasterCard also doesn't charge foreign loading fees or cash withdrawal fees. The card comes with a 12.9% APR on purchases and cash withdrawals. However, there is no interest-free period on cash withdrawals, so you'll pay interest from the moment you take out the cash.
See our credit cards for use abroad table for a round-up of the best deals on the market.
Best airline credit cards
You accumulate miles (or points) as you spend, which can then be redeemed against flights or travel-related expenses, such as car hire. The cards below include all taxes and charges on reward flight deals.
- The Thomas Cook Visa card rewards you at a rate of 1% of your UK and overseas spending. 'Travel Pounds' can be redeemed against holidays, flights or travel products at Thomas Cook and Going Places.
- NatWest/RBS YourPoints World MasterCard gives you one point for every £1 you spend. Points can be redeemed for flights with Easy Jet, BA or through travel company ebooker.com, or redeemed against products from brands such as amazon.co.uk, M&S, Boots and Harvey Nichols.
Our airline credit cards table shows more top travel reward deals.
Best credit cards for 0% balance transfers
If you owe money on your credit card and need some breathing space to pay it off, these providers offer the longest 0% balance transfer deals:
- The Barclaycard Platinum with Extended Balance Transfer Visa has the longest 0% deal on the market, at 22 months. There's a 2.9% (min £7.25) balance transfer fee if you transfer a balance within 60 days of taking out the card.
- Halifax offers a 22-month balance transfer MasterCard. The card comes with a higher balance transfer fee of 3.5% (min £3.50). There's also a Halifax 20-month 0% deal, which has a lower transfer fee of 3%.
Take a look at our 0% balance transfer table for a round-up of the best deals.
Best credit cards for borrowing
A card with a low typical APR can come in useful if you only want to hold one card and not switch too often.
- Sainsbury's Finance Low Rate MasterCard offers the lowest representative APR of 6.9%. You will need to be a Nectar card holder to get the card.
- Barclaycard Simplicity Visa charges a 7.9% representative APR. The card comes with the Freedom rewards scheme.
Our table of credit cards for borrowing rounds up the best deals each day.