Manage your credit card
All you need to know about managing your credit card
A credit card has many benefits but to get the best from it, you need to be organised with your monthly payments otherwise you could end up paying fees and charges.
There are two main fees you need to know about. Both of these fees are £12.
- Late payment fee - if you're late paying your monthly bill
- Over limit fee - if you go over your credit limit
Here are some tips on how to avoid paying charges and interest on your credit card:
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Keep on top of your payments. Your statement will tell you when the minimum payment has to reach your account each month.
There are many ways to pay your credit card bill. Make sure you have enough money in your account before a payment is due to come out and send it in plenty of time.
If your statement date or payment date doesn't suit, give us a call and we can change it to one that works for you.
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Keep track of your credit limit and how much you have available to spend. You can do this any time by registering for online banking or calling 0345 742 4365.*
If you've already gone over your credit limit make sure that your minimum payment is enough to bring you back within your credit limit, otherwise you'll need to pay more to avoid another over limit fee.
If you need a higher or lower credit limit we're happy to discuss this with you. A credit scoring system based on your current financial status is used to decide the fairest and most appropriate amount for you. If you think you'll have difficulty covering your credit card borrowings, please let us know immediately and we'll give you all the help we can.
*Lines are open 24 hours a day. Calls cost up to 10p per minute plus up to 16p connection charge from BT lines. Calls from other networks may vary. Calls may be recorded.
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If you pay your full balance, and you paid the full balance shown on the previous month's statement by the payment dates, we will not charge you interest on the purchases on the statement.
In an emergency it can be useful to withdraw cash from an ATM using your credit card but it may be cheaper to use your debit card. We charge interest of 3% from the date the advance is charged to your account. This is higher than the rate charged for purchases.
Going on holiday, or taking a business trip? Your credit card can be a safe and convenient payment method to make transactions abroad.
Our credit cards are widely accepted at millions of overseas retailers and ATMs. To use your credit card, just look for the Visa and MasterCard logos in retailers or on cash machines next time you are abroad, then use your card as normal.
Find out more about using your card abroad and the associated costs.