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American Express Nectar Credit Card

American Express Nectar Credit Card

2016 award winner

American Express Nectar Credit Card

  • 20,000 Nectar points (worth £100) welcome offer to spend with Nectar partners
  • Up to 4 points per £1 with Nectar partners, 2 points per £1 spent elsewhere
  • First year of card membership with £0 annual fee £25 thereafter (T&Cs apply)
More info
25.0% APR
Representative (variable)
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be a permanent UK resident
  • be 18 or older
  • have a good credit rating

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 19.9% (variable) per annum, with a £25 annual fee, your representative APR is 25.0% APR (variable)
The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

2016 award winner

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

  • 1 Starpoint per £1 spent. 10000 point bonus for £1,000 spend in first three months
  • Redeem points on flights and luxury hotels
  • £75 annual fee
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36.2% APR
Representative (variable)
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be a permanent UK resident

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 19.9% (variable) per annum, with a £75 annual fee, your representative APR is 36.2% APR (variable)
British Airways American Express® Credit Card

British Airways American Express® Credit Card

2016 award winner

British Airways American Express® Credit Card

  • 9,000 bonus Avios when spending £1,000 within the first 3 months
  • Companion voucher when you spend £20,000 in one year
  • 1 Avios point for every £1 spent
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22.9% APR
Representative (variable)
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be 18 or older
  • have a current UK bank or building society account
  • have an annual household Income of £20,000
  • have a permanent UK home address
  • have no County Court Judgements
  • have been trading for 6 months if self-employed

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 22.9% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 22.9% APR (variable)
British Airways  American Express® Premium Plus Credit Card

British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Credit Card

2016 award winner

British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Credit Card

  • 25,000 bonus Avios when spending £3,000 within the first 3 months
  • 1.5 Avios for every £1 spent; 3 Avios for every £1 spent directly with British Airways
  • Companion voucher when you spend £10000 in one year
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76.0% APR
Representative (variable)
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be a permanent UK resident
  • be 18 or older
  • have a good credit rating

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 22.9% (variable) per annum, with a £195 annual fee, your representative APR is 76.0% APR (variable)
Tesco Bank Clubcard Credit Card for 40 Month Balance Transfer

Tesco Bank Clubcard Credit Card for 40 Month Balance Transfer

Tesco Bank Clubcard Credit Card for 40 Month Balance Transfer

  • Earn Clubcard points wherever you use the card plus the usual points in Tesco. Terms apply
  • 0% offer is applied to any balances or money transferred within the first 90 days of opening your account.
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18.9% APR
Representative (variable)
40
 months
0%interest on transfers
3
 months
0%interest on purchases
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be a permanent UK resident
  • be 18 or older
  • have a good credit rating
  • no balance transfers from Tesco Bank credit cards

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 18.941% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 18.9% APR (variable)
Tesco Bank 24 Month Clubcard Credit Card with 0% Balance Transfer Fee

Tesco Bank 24 Month Clubcard Credit Card with 0% Balance Transfer Fee

Tesco Bank 24 Month Clubcard Credit Card with 0% Balance Transfer Fee

  • The 0% offer applies to any balances transferred within the first 90 days of opening your account
  • Earn Clubcard points wherever you use the card plus the usual points in Tesco. Terms apply
  • Online application decision in 60 seconds
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18.9% APR
Representative (variable)
24
 months
0%interest on transfers
1
 months
0%interest on purchases
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be a permanent UK resident
  • be 18 or older
  • have a good credit rating
  • no balance transfers from Tesco Bank credit cards

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 18.941% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 18.9% APR (variable)
Virgin All Round Credit Card

Virgin All Round Credit Card

2016 award winner

Virgin All Round Credit Card

  • 25 months 0% for balance transfers, money transfers and purchases
  • 1.5% balance transfer fee in first 60 days, 5% thereafter
  • 2% money transfer fee in the first 60 days, 5% thereafter
More info
18.9% APR
Representative (variable)
25
 months
0%interest on transfers
25
 months
0%interest on purchases
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be 18 or older
  • be a UK resident
  • have good credit history
  • no balance transfers from Virgin Money plc

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 18.9% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 18.9% APR (variable)
Virgin Money No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card

Virgin Money No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card

2016 award winner

Virgin Money No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card

  • 0% balance transfer fee in first 60 days, 5% thereafter
  • 24 months 0% for money transfers (4% fee in first 60 days, 5% thereafter)
  • 3 months 0% on purchases
More info
19.9% APR
Representative (variable)
24
 months
0%interest on transfers
3
 months
0%interest on purchases
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be 18 or older
  • be a UK resident
  • have good credit history
  • no balance transfers from Virgin Money plc

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 19.9% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 19.9% APR (variable)
Capital One Balance Transfer Card

Capital One Balance Transfer Card

Capital One Balance Transfer Card

  • 0% interest on balance transfers for 6 months, with a balance transfer fee of 3%
  • Credit limit of £200 to £1,500
  • Online response in 60 seconds
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34.9% APR
Representative (variable)
6
 months
0%interest on transfers
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be 18 or older
  • not been declared bankrupt in the last 12 months
  • not had any CCJs or defaults in the last 12 months
  • no transfers from Capital One

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 34.94% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 34.9% APR (variable)
MBNA Platinum 41 Month Credit Card

MBNA Platinum 41 Month Credit Card

MBNA Platinum 41 Month Credit Card

  • 3.45% balance transfer fee for the first 60 days, 20.9% APR and 5% fee thereafter
  • 20 months 0% money transfers (4% transfer fee for first 60 days, 22.9 APR and 5% thereafter)
More info
18.9% APR
Representative (variable)
41
 months
0%interest on transfers
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be a UK resident for at least 3 years
  • be 18 or older
  • hold a UK bank or building society account
  • have a good credit history
  • eligibility check - see if you qualify without affecting your credit rating. Depending on the results, product details may vary
  • cannot transfer between MBNA accounts

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 18.9% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 18.9% APR (variable)
Chrome Credit Card 24.7% APR (variable)

Chrome Credit Card 24.7% APR (variable)

Chrome Credit Card 24.7% APR (variable)

  • New low APR card designed to help improve credit rating
  • Possibility to build Credit Limit up to £4000 over time
  • Online servicing, mobile app, SMS and email alerts
More info
24.7% APR
Representative (variable)
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be a permanent UK resident
  • be 18 or older
  • have not had bankruptcies in the last 12 months
  • not available to applicants who already hold a credit card provided by Vanquis Bank

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a rate of 24.7% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 24.7% APR (variable)
nuba transfer credit card

nuba transfer credit card

£20 Amazon voucher

nuba transfer credit card

  • 3.49% balance transfer fee within 60 days, 20.9% APR and 5% fee thereafter
  • 20 months 0% money transfers (4% transfer fee for first 60 days, 22.9 APR and 5% thereafter)
More info
18.9% APR
Representative (variable)
41
 months
0%interest on transfers
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be a UK resident for at least 3 years
  • be 18 or older
  • hold a UK bank or building society account
  • have a good credit history
  • eligibility check - see if you qualify without affecting your credit rating. Depending on the results, product details may vary
  • cannot transfer from MBNA accounts

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 18.9% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 18.9% APR (variable)
MBNA Platinum 40 Month Credit Card

MBNA Platinum 40 Month Credit Card

MBNA Platinum 40 Month Credit Card

  • 2.35% balance transfer fee for the first 60 days, 20.9% APR and 5% fee thereafter
  • 20 months 0% money transfers (4% transfer fee for first 60 days, 22.9 APR and 5% thereafter)
More info
18.9% APR
Representative (variable)
40
 months
0%interest on transfers
Can I get this card?
?
To get this card you must at least:
  • be a UK resident for at least 3 years
  • be 18 or older
  • hold a UK bank or building society account
  • have a good credit history
  • eligibility check - see if you qualify without affecting your credit rating. Depending on the results, product details may vary
  • cannot transfer between MBNA accounts

Additional criteria for acceptance from the lender may apply.

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a rate of 18.9% (variable) per annum, your representative APR is 18.9% APR (variable)

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Frequently asked questions

What are instant decision credit cards?

An instant decision credit card lets you know whether you have been accepted or not as soon as you have finished your application, so you don’t have to wait to see if you have access to credit.

Are they different to standard credit cards?

Whilst most credit cards can be quickly applied for online, in many cases after making an application it can take a card provider a few days to a week to get in touch within with the outcome of the application.

An instant decision credit card typically gives you an answer in as little as 60 seconds as to whether or not you’ve been successful.

How do instant decision credit cards work?

After submitting your application online there are three possible decisions that will be made; you will either be declined, referred or accepted.

This will be decided by using a credit referencing agency to give a score. These agencies have information on your borrowing, repayments history and ‘stability’ information (eg whether you’re on the electoral roll and how often you change address).

Your score will be compared against the credit card’s criteria, if your credit score is good and matches the criteria you’ll be instantly accepted. If your credit score is poor you’re likely instantly declined, but most credit card providers will at least get in touch to explain why your application was declined.

If you have been referred, your application was too close to make an automatic judgement on and is under closer review by the credit card provider. They may request for additional information from you to complete the application process.

How long will it take to receive an instant decision credit card?

Upon being accepted you will still need to wait for confirmation or for the card to arrive by post.

You may need to confirm the application by signing an agreement and posting it back before you card is issued. However, many companies now use electronic signing for online applications.

Are instant decision credit cards only for those with good credit?

There are instant decision cards available for those with bad credit, though these typically come with higher APRs and lower credit limits. The better your credit rating the better the offers you’ll be able to get on your credit card.

If you don't think you can clear your balance at the end of each month a low APR credit card may be more suitable.

Does getting instant decision matter?

Whilst instant decision credit cards can keep the hassle of applying for a card to a minimum, it’s shouldn’t be the only criteria you consider before making an application.

Make sure to examine all the features of the card to see if it’s offering the benefits and rewards you want, and you’ll be paying the best APR.

Also beware that too many applications as this can damage your credit rating. If you’ve been rejected rather than applying again it could be worth getting a credit report to see why you’ve been declined.

Many credit-card providers have online pre-application checks. Unlike with your actual credit card application this is a ‘soft-footprint’ credit check, which won’t be recorded on your credit history. However, this might not exactly match your credit score but it should give you a rough idea whether you’ll be accepted or not.

Does uSwitch compare all the credit cards on the market?

We compare credit over 100 credit cards from all of the major banks and credit card providers.

However, we do not compare all the credit cards that are available in the UK.

This is because some credit card providers have offers that are only available exclusively through their own website or branch, or through other comparison websites - in the same way some credit cards are exclusively available through uSwitch.

There are also many credit cards that are only available to people in member organisations and clubs.