Barclaycard launches interest-free balance transfer credit card
Barclaycard has revamped its top two balance transfer credit cards, with one of its Platinum credit cards now offering a market-leading 23 months interest free.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
Previously its top offer had been the 22-month Platinum credit card, offering 0% interest for the first 22 months with a balance transfer fee of 2.9%. This has now been rejigged to offer 23 months of interest-free borrowing with a reduced transfer fee of 2.8%.
Meanwhile, the 21-month Platinum card will now offer 22 months of 0% interest, though its transfer fee is unchanged at 2.6%.
Let's take a look at what this means for the best buy tables:
As you can see, if you discount the HSBC credit card which is only open to existing current account holders, Barclaycard offers the two top cards on the market.
What makes its cards such clear winners is not only the length of the 0% period, which allow you to spread those repayments, but also the fantastic balance transfer fees.
The importance of the balance transfer fee
Credit card providers do not offer you the best part of two years free from interest as a goodwill gesture. They still want to make a bit of money out of you.
There's two ways they do that. One way is to hope that you don't clear all of your debt by the time the 0% period comes to an end, so that you then start paying interest of around 19% on your debts. That's not a sure thing though.
The other way they benefit is via the balance transfer fee. This is charged at the outset and is a percentage of the sum you are transferring onto the balance transfer card.
Let's take the cards above and see what fee you are looking at paying for a transfer of £5,000.
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