Tesco credit card gives a free year to pay off debtsNew 12-month balance transfer deal with no fee

17 September 2014

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Consumers can give themselves an extra year to pay off credit card debt, free of charge, thanks to a new deal from Tesco Bank.

The new Low Fee Clubcard Credit Card includes a 12-month 0% deal on balance transfers, with no fee attached. 

This is the longest fee-free deal on the market by some distance, making it the ideal choice for consumers with small credit card debts (or any which can be cleared within the 12-month window).   

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Balance transfer fees

Tesco Bank was already the market leader for fee-free 0% balance transfer credit cards before the announcement of this new deal, having launched a similar 10-month deal last month.

The next longest fee-free balance transfer deal is the five-month deal offered with the Danske Visa/MasterCard.

If your debt is likely to take longer than a year to clear, then you're best off choosing a card with a longer 0% deal, as the APR on the Tesco card shoots up to 18.9% after 12 months. 

You'll have to pay a one-off transfer fee if you want a longer deal, but these often pale in comparison to the interest charges you'll face on debt that isn't cleared within a 0% balance transfer period.

There are credit cards that offer 0% balance transfer deals for up to 34 months, but these typically charge around 3% of the sum transferred. However, there are plenty of cards with shorter deals that charge less.


This card also charges 0% interest on purchases made within the first 12 months.

Applicants will receive Clubcard loyalty points on all of their credit card spending, at a rate of five Clubcard points for every £4 spent in Tesco stores and one point for every £4 you spend elsewhere.

This is an identical rewards scheme to the one offered with Tesco Bank's 32-month Balance Transfer Credit Card and one that could prove especially fruitful for regular Tesco shoppers. 

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