Halifax has jumped to the top of the best buy balance transfer credit card tables by increasing its 0% period to an incredible 25 months.
Halifax has become the second provider to launch a balance transfer credit card with an interest-free period of more than two years.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
The lender's card previously offered 24 months at 0%, but this has now been increased to 25 months. Transfers are subject to a 3% fee, while there is also a three-month 0% period on purchases.
The balance transfer war
At the end of January Barclaycard became the first to offer a 25-month 0% card with its Platinum Visa. And while others haven't been willing to go quite that far, recent weeks have seen both NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland move to 24 months on their own interest-free periods.
The table below covers the cards offering the longest 0% terms on balance transfers.
So in truth there's very little difference between the top five balance transfer credit cards, all of which offer either 24 or 25 months interest-free and a fee of between £56 and £64. Great news if you have a decent stack of debt in need of clearing as you have plenty of choice!
The last time Halifax moved to the top of the best buy tables, within hours Barclaycard fired back with a new leading deal of its own. It did so again this time, cutting its fee from 3.2% to 2.9%.
Paying a smaller fee
Also worth noting are the two cards at the bottom of the table, which charge far smaller fees than the rest of the top ten.
Before you apply for a balance transfer card, work out how quickly you think you'll be able to clear the balance. If you can do it in 21 months or fewer, then it's probably a good idea to go for a card with a smaller balance transfer fee.
The Lloyds TSB Platinum is currently offering a half-price balance transfer fee, which is why it's so low. That offer was due to expire next week but has been extended for a month, so there's still a little time to take advantage.
Below are some more excellent options if you don't need a lengthy 0% period.