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Credit card support

Coronavirus payment break

App available to customers aged 11+ with compatible iOS and Android devices and a UK or international mobile number in specific countries. Anytime Banking available to customers aged 11+ with an Ulster account.

Coronavirus credit card support

It's important that you make at least your minimum monthly payment on time to avoid affecting your ability to get credit in the future. If you are finding it difficult to pay your monthly credit card payments as a result of coronavirus, then remember that you can reduce payments to the minimum amount.

Direct Debits

If you have a direct debit set up for your monthly payments, you can cancel that via the mobile app or through Online Banking. You can still make one off payments every month to ensure you pay at least your minimum  monthly payment

Monthly payments

Paying your minimum monthly payment can help you reduce your costs in the short term, however it means that it would take longer to pay off your credit card debt. If you are able to pay more than the minimum monthly payment you could clear your balance sooner and prevent interest from building up.

Applying for a credit card payment break

If you still feel that you cannot pay the minimum monthly payment, you can apply for a credit card payment break for up to 3 months and pay £1 or more into your credit card account based on what you can afford during the break period. If you have an instalment plan setup, this will be cancelled, and your remaining balance will be added to your overall credit card balance.

How to apply

Simply log into our mobile app, tap 'Help' at the bottom of the screen followed by 'Message us' and quote 'coronavirus credit card' in your message. 

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Paying your minimum monthly payment can help you reduce your costs in the short term, however it means that it would  take longer to pay off your credit card debt. If you are able to pay more than the minimum monthly payment you could clear your balance sooner and prevent interest from building up.

 

Credit card payment break FAQs

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Icon expand What is a credit card payment break?

A credit card payment break will mean you only need to make a £1 monthly payment to your credit card for 3 months. Over the break, interest will still be added to your bill each month, so your credit card balance will increase over the payment break. 

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No, you don’t need to worry, taking a payment break and reducing your payment to £1 will not impact your credit score as long as you pay the £1 each month.

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Yes, you can continue spending as normal but please ensure your balance stays within the limit. 

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Once we have received your request, we will review it and contact you within 7 days with the outcome of your request.

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Icon expand I currently pay my credit card by Direct Debit, do I need to do anything?

If your direct debit is set to the minimum payment, then you will not need to do anything. If your direct debit is set up to pay in full or a fixed amount we will amend this for you to take the minimum payment. However, if your full or fixed payment direct debit is due to be taken in the next 6 working days this is likely to still be taken.

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If you don’t have a direct debit set up, then you must still make your £1 monthly payment by your due date. You can only make this in the mobile app or Anytime Banking. 

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Icon expand I have several Ulster Bank credit cards, can I take a payment break on them all?

Yes you can, please include each card when you apply.

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Yes, if you set up the payment break you will still get your statement, however your monthly payment due will show as £1 (if you apply and are accepted for a payment holiday). 

Is your existing credit card payment break coming to an end?

When your payment break comes to an end we'll get in touch to let you know what you need to do. Find out more about your options

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