Bank of Scotland Platinum Balance Transfer Card

An unmissable introductory offer: our longest ever combined credit card offer on balance transfers and purchases - exclusively available online only.

Credit available subject to status, to UK residents aged 18 or over. You can transfer balances to us (£100 minimum) from most credit cards and some store cards, excluding other Bank of Scotland products. All promotional rates apply from the date we open your account. You must pay at least the minimum payment by the due date each month and stay within your credit limit to keep promotional rates.

  • 0% for 28 months from account opening on balance transfers within the first 90 days.
    Minimum £100 balance transfer. At least 51% of customers will get a representative rate of 18.9% APR (variable). Others will get a representative rate of either 21.9% APR (variable), or 25.9% APR (variable).
  • 1.5% fee applies on each balance transfer made in the first 90 days.
    3% fee applies on each balance transfer made after the first 90 days.
  • 0% for 12 months from account opening on purchases.

Representative example [?]
Representative
18.9% APR
(variable).
Purchase rate
18.95% p.a
(variable).
Based on borrowing
£1,200
over 12 months.
This example is for illustrative purposes and serves as a guide only. Your actual credit limit and rate will vary based on your individual circumstances and may differ from the example shown.

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Platinum Credit Card

About your card

Here are some of the extra benefits you get with your Bank of Scotland Credit Card

  • Cover against online fraud and your transactions are protected by Bank of Scotland Secure when you shop online with participating retailers.
  • Manage your card online using Internet Banking and Mobile Banking.
  • Make Faster Payments to your card within a matter of hours, giving you more flexibility and control over your finances. 
  • Accepted wherever you see the MasterCard sign at over 33 million locations worldwide.

What is a representative example?
The representative example is an illustration of the rate that the majority of customers will get. If a credit card is described as having a particular representative APR, then at least 51% of the applicants accepted will get that rate. Other customers may get a different rate based on their individual circumstances.

We use an example borrowing amount of £1,200 to calculate our representative example but in reality this figure could be different. This figure is not the credit limit you will be receiving and is for illustrative purposes only.

The purchase rate is the rate of interest you'll be charged on purchases made with your credit card after any introductory offer has ended. A variable rate means that your interest rate may change over time.

What does APR mean?
Annual Percentage Rate (APR) tells you how much your borrowing will cost over an average year. It takes into account interest charged as well as any additional fees you'll have to pay (such as any annual fees). This figure is given to allow you to make an easy and fair comparison between different credit cards.

How do we decide the APR you get?
We treat all applications on an individual basis. So the APR you get is determined by the details supplied on your application, along with an independent verification of your credit and repayment history.

At least 51% of customers will get a representative rate of 18.9% APR (variable). Others will get a representative rate of either 21.9% APR (variable) or 25.9% APR (variable).


This offer is exclusively available online only and it takes just minutes to apply.

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 18.9% APR (variable)
Rates from 18.9% 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 12  months from when we open your account. 1.456% or 1.667% or 1.941% 18.95% or 21.95% or 25.95%
Cash Withdrawals not applicable 1.456% or 1.667% or 1.941% 18.95% 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 28 months from when we open your account.
1.456% or 1.667% or 1.941% 18.95% 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 1.5% fee applies on Balance Transfers you make in the first 90 days from when we open your account. 3% fee applies on Balance Transfers you make after 90 days from when we open your account.
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 MasterCard Currency Conversion Tool.
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 as of 11/07/2014

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 £0.00 £0.00
How much interest will you be charged in the second year? £146.21 £31.87
How long would it take to clear the balance? 18 years, 3 months 1 year, 10 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.

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 under registration no. 169628.

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