Best balance transfer and 0% purchase cards

22 June 2020

Whether you're planning a big purchase or want to reduce the amount you pay in interest, there are a range of credit cards to suit a variety of spending patterns. 


Before you take the plunge it is worth thinking about what you want a credit card to do and what you want to use it for.

If you will be clearing your balance in full each month, you may do better out of a cashback or reward card. If you’re planning to travel then check our guide to the best fee-free cards to take abroad.

This round-up contains our Moneywise Best Buys for balance transfer, money transfer and 0% interest cards - putting you in charge of your money and letting you know how to get the most out of your plastic. 

Top balance transfer credit cards

If you are in debt then a balance transfer card, if used properly, can be a great way to manage that debt and reduce the amount you’ll need to pay back.

Look for a card that offers a substantial 0% period, so you can clear your debt before it reverts to its normal APR and you end up paying interest. Remember 0% interest doesn't mean free - many of these cards will charge a balance transfer fee.

TSB Platinum Balance Transfer Credit Card
30 months 0% balance transfer with 2.95 fee, 19.9% APR

MBNA Balance Transfer Credit Card
29 months 0% balance transfer with 2.75% fee, 20.9% APR.

This card has a 29-month 0% period with a fee of 2.75%.

Virgin Money Balance Transfer Credit Card
25 months 0% balance transfer with 1.5% fee, representative 21.9% APR.

This card has a 0% balance transfer over 25 months with a fee of 1.5%.

Halifax Balance Transfer Credit Card 
26 months 0% balance transfer with 1.2% fee, representative 19.95% APR.

This card has a 29-month 0% period with a fee of 1.2%.

Balance Transfer Credit Card - Virgin Money
25 months 0% balance transfer with 1.5% fee, representative 21.9% APR.

This card has 25 months at 0% and comes with a fee of 1.5%

Fee-free balance transfer credit cards

NatWest/RBS/Ulster Bank Balance Transfer Credit Card - Existing Customers Only
0% on balance transfers for 20 months, no fees, 19.9% APR

This card offers no fees on a 20 month balance transfer, but is for existing customers only. 

Santander Everyday Credit Card
0% balance transfer for 18 months with no transfer fee, representative 18.9% APR

This has a 18-month balance transfer period and charges no monthly account fee.

Longest 0% interest purchase credit cards

If you are going to spend large amounts, find a credit card offering 0% on purchases - ideally one with a long interest-free period that charges a reasonable interest rate after the introductory deal.

Bank of Ireland Purchase Credit Card
0% on spending for 24 months, 19.9% APR variable

This card offers a 0% rate for 24 months. Pay the card off in full before the 0% period ends to avoid interest.

Sainsbury’s Bank Dual Credit Card
0% on spending for 20 months, representative 20.9% APR variable. You must have a Nectar card for at least six months

Tthe Sainsbury’s Bank Dual Credit Card which offers 0% interest on spending for 20 months. However, you could be offered fewer months depending on your circumstances. It comes with a representative APR of 20.9% variable.

This card lets you collect Nectar points whenever you shop. You could earn 750 bonus points each time you spend £35 or more on Sainsbury’s shopping with your credit card, up to ten times in your first two months - that’s a maximum of 7,500 points.

Best credit cards for money transfers

Money transfers work similarly to balance transfers, except the cash is paid into your current account so you can use it to pay off a loan or an overdraft instead of credit card balance.

But remember to watch out for the high fees associated with these accounts - you can often pay between 3% and 4% for money transfers. 

MBNA Platinum Credit Card
0% money transfer fee for 24 months with a 2.99% transfer fee, representative of 22.9% AER

MBNA's card offers a 24-month transfer period with a 0% fee.

Tesco Bank Clubcard Credit Card (Money Transfer)
0% money transfer for 12 months with 3.94% transfer fee, representative 19.9% APR variable

Tesco Bank offers a 12-month transfer period which is subject to a 3.94% fee.

How are Moneywise Best Buys selected?

We look across as much of the market as possible to find the best deals using industry data from Defaqto.

All our picks are nationally available - online, by post or by phone. We try and pick products that are available to both new and existing customers, but we’ll highlight some offers for existing customers if they’re much better than what else is on offer.

We select accounts which offer the longest 0% purchase, balance transfer and money transfer periods - while also taking into account the interest rate after this period. We prioritise cards that do not charge a monthly fee.

We reserve the right to use our discretion at all times.

First published on 18 March 2017

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Can I ask that someone at Moneywise reads through this article and corrects all the errors?1. Headline for Halifax Balance Transfer Card states 0% fee with 19.9% APR but description states it has a "relatively high fee of 3£ compared to its rivals".2. Barclays Platinum With Balance Transfer: "This card has a slightly shorter 0% period but has a cheaper fee at just 19.9%." The balance transfer fee has been replaced with the APR!There may even be other errors as I stopped looking after the first two cards!

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