What are zero interest credit cards?
While no cards are entirely ‘interest free’ many people commonly refer to some 0% purchase and 0% balance transfer cards as ‘0 interest’ credit cards or ‘no interest credit cards’. This is because both offer interest free periods, but there are certain things to consider and choosing the right ‘zero interest’ credit card is crucial.
0% purchase cards
A card offering 0% on purchases means you won’t pay any interest on purchases during the 0% introductory period, with some 0% deals lasting almost two years. During that time period your purchases will be interest free, although be aware of other charges such as cash withdrawal fees or overseas transaction fees.
The longer your 0% purchase period the longer you can avoid paying interest on your spending but be aware - when your 0% period ends you will pay interest on your outstanding balance. This interest rate it typically referred to as a ‘reversion rate’.
0% balance transfer cards
While a 0 interest purchase credit card allows you to pay no interest on new purchases, a 0% balance transfer card allows you to pay no interest on your outstanding balance - your credit card debt.
Crucially however many balance transfer cards also charge a transfer fee to transfer debts across from another card. This is typically a percentage of your balance.
Some of the best no interest credit cards offer 0% on both new purchase and outstanding balances.
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.
What does it mean if a card is listed as an “advertisement” or “promotion”?
We sometimes receive payment from card providers to display their cards in prominent locations.
These are adverts and are designed to be distinct and separate from the other cards on our comparison tables. We hope this makes it clear which cards are top-of-table deals and which cards are paid for promotions.