Bank of Scotland Platinum Balance Transfer Card

Balance transfer fee refund - refunds part of a 3% fee so overall a 1.5% fee is payable.

Our longest ever balance transfer deal could really help you save money.

  • 0% for up to the first 24 months on balance transfers (3% fee)
  • Refunds part of the 3% balance transfer fee so overall a 1.5% fee is payable
  • 0% for the first 3 months on purchases

Most customers will be offered our best rate of 17.9% APR (variable) and 0% for the first 24 months on balances transferred in the first 90 days (3% fee applies). Other customers will receive 0% for the first 21 months with a rate of 21.9% APR (variable), or the first 18 months with a rate of 25.9% APR (variable) on balances transferred in the first 90 days (3% fee applies). All customers will get 0% for the first 3 months on purchases.

To keep promotional rates you must pay at least the minimum payment by the due date and stay within your credit limit

This offer is not available on the high street but applying online only takes a few minutes.

Benefits and features

How the balance transfer fee refund works:

  • The standard balance transfer fee of 3% will be applied when a balance transfer is processed. For example, if a customer transfers £1,500 a BT fee of £45 will be applied
  • We'll refund 50% of that, i.e. £22.50 into the customer's credit card account within 60 days of the qualifying balance transfer completion date
  • Minimum balance transfer amount is £100.

This card also offers the following extras:

  • Transfers and payments made via Faster Payments
  • Manage your card using Internet and Mobile Banking services
  • You're covered against online fraud on the Internet
  • Card replacement service if you lose it
  • No annual fees to pay
  • No interest on purchases if you pay your balance in full by each payment date
  • Accepted in 31 million locations (just look out for the MasterCard logo)
  • Additional cards and card holders available
  • Around the clock service. 

Summary box

It’s always good to know the exact details so here is a clear summary of all the key credit card features. The information contained in this table summarises key product features and is not intended to replace any terms and conditions.

SUMMARY BOX - Bank of Scotland Platinum Balance Transfer Card
APR

Representative 17.9% APR (variable)
Rates from 17.9% APR (variable) to 25.9% APR (variable), depending on individual circumstances.

Interest
rates
  Introductory rate Monthly rate Annual rate
Purchases 0% p.a. for Purchases. This rate is fixed for 3  months from when we open your account. 1.385% or 1.667% or 1.941% 17.95% or 21.95% or 25.95%
Cash Withdrawals not applicable 1.385% or 1.667% or 1.941% 17.95% or 21.95% or 25.95%
Balance Transfers 0% p.a. on Balance Transfers you make in the first 90 days after we open your account. This rate is fixed for either 24, 21 or 18 months from when we open your account, depending on individual circumstances. 1.385% or 1.667% or 1.941% 17.95% or 21.95% or 25.95%
We may apply the standard interest rate during any special promotion period to any transaction if in any month you do not make at least your minimum payment by the minimum payment date or if you exceed your credit limit at any time.
Interest-free
period
  • Maximum 56 days for purchases if you pay the full balance shown on your previous and current statement on time.
  • No interest-free period on balance transfers or cash withdrawals.
Interest
charging
information
You will not pay interest on new purchases if you pay the full balance shown on your previous and current statement on time. Otherwise, the period over which interest is charged is as follows:
  From Until
Purchases date debited to your account paid in full
Cash Withdrawals date debited to your account paid in full
Balance Transfers date debited to your account paid in full
Allocation of payments   If you don't pay your balance in full we will allocate payments to balances with the highest interest rate before balances with lower interest rates. See section 6.1 of the terms and conditions for full details
Minimum repayment An amount equal to the total of interest, default charges and 1% of the balance shown in your statement (minimum £5, or the full balance if less than £5).
Credit limit Minimum credit limit £500. Your cash limit is 50% of your actual limit.
Maximum credit limit Subject to status.
Fees No annual fee.
Charges Cash withdrawals 3% or minimum £3.
Balance Transfers 3% for each individual Balance Transfer.
Copy statements £6 for copies of non-current statements.
Copies of transactions £5 for each copy of a record of a transaction.
Foreign Usage Payment scheme exhange rate Indicative rates can be found at https://www.mastercard.com/
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One or more of the following may apply:

Non-Sterling Transaction fee

2.95% of the amount of the sterling transaction value.

Cash fee

3% minimum £3
Default charges Late Payment charge £12
Returned Payment charge £12
Overlimit charge £12
These details are correct on 30/07/2013

Cost of Borrowing

Credit cards are designed to be a flexible form of borrowing. Paying the minimum amount every so often can help you manage your money more effectively, although we would not recommend that you make minimum payments for a long period of time once your promotional offers have ended. Once your account is open, you can set up a Direct Debit for any fixed amount over the minimum payment by calling 08457 29 39 49. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For longer term borrowing it may be more appropriate to choose a loan from us. If you would like to find out more about this you can call Bank of Scotland Personal Loans on 0845 600 4611, or visit www.bankofscotland.co.uk/loans or call into a Bank of Scotland branch, where our staff will be happy to help.

The following example highlights the difference between only paying the minimum and paying a fixed amount:

Illustrative exampleFor a purchase of £1,000 on your credit card…
Monthly Payment Minimum Payment each month £50 each month
Taking into account any introductory rates, how much interest will you be charged in the first year £115.85 £89.40
How much interest will you be charged in the second year? £138.79 £44.14
How long would it take to clear the balance? 18 years, 1 month 2 years, 0 months

The above example assumes the following: The transaction takes place on 1st January and you make no further transactions. You always make the payment each month on the 15th. Your statement is produced on the 1st of each month. You are on the best rate available.

Bank of Scotland is a responsible lender and we only want you to borrow what you can afford and in a way that is best for you. If you’d like to talk to us about the choices you’ve made or would like advice, we will be happy to refer you to a member of staff who will be able to help you. They will also be able to help you if you’re experiencing financial difficulties.

Your APR Explained

As we treat all our customers and their applications on an individual basis, the APR and interest rates we offer are determined by the details customers supply, along with an independent verification of credit and repayment history.

Most customers will be offered our best rate of 17.9% APR (variable) and 0% for the first 24 months on balances transferred in the first 90 days (3% fee applies). Other customers will receive 0% for the first 21 months with a rate of 21.9% APR (variable), or the first 18 months with a rate of 25.9% APR (variable) on balances transferred in the first 90 days (3% fee applies). All customers will get 0% for the first 3 months on purchases.

At least 51% of customers are offered our best rate of 17.9% APR representative (variable).

Apply

This credit card offer is only available online. You'll need to have your credit card details to hand if you want to transfer balances.

It only take a few minutes to apply and in most circumstances you'll get an instant decision.

Balance transfers can be made from most credit and some store cards, excluding other Bank of Scotland products.

The Bank of Scotland Credit Cards are issued by Bank of Scotland plc, Registered in Scotland No.SC327000.
Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ.
Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, except for lending where we are licensed by the Office of Fair Trading.
Credit facilities available subject to status to UK residents aged 18 or over.
We subscribe to The Lending Code; copies of the Code can be obtained from www.lendingstandardsboard.org.uk.

Bank of Scotland Platinum Credit Card

Representative Example

Purchase rate:
17.95% p.a. (variable)

Representative APR:
17.9% APR (variable)

With an example credit limit of:
£1,200

Credit limits and interest rates can vary based on your individual circumstances.