What is a no annual fee credit card?
It is a no frills form of credit card that does not charge an up-front annual fee to use.
Many cards have no annual fees and making them easy to manage, provided you meet the minimum monthly repayments.
What to watch out for
You will still be charged to use a no-fee credit card, but this will be “hidden” through having fewer card-rewards or higher interest rates.
It is not a “free” to use card as there will still be interest charges and transfer fees to pay, as well as late payment fees if you miss any monthly repayments on due balances.
You could also be charged additional fees for using your card overseas, unless your credit card offers no foreign fees as a benefit. There are specific travel credit cards for this purpose.
Rewards no annual fee credit card?
Typically a no-annual fee card is a simple no-nonsense credit card that just does exactly what it says on the tin, if you want a card simply to make credit purchases with or to transfer a balance to, this is the card for you.
However, you will enjoy less rewards than with a card that charges an annual fee to use, this is the trade-off of having a cheaper card. But many supermarket no annual fee credit cards still do offer retail point schemes that can help you save on your grocery shopping.
Will I get the best interest rates with a no-annual fee credit card?
It's unlikely, the interest rates will typically be slightly higher than a card that charges a fee to compensate, but you should still enjoy competitive interest rates.
With or without an annual fee, getting the best interest rates depends on your credit score, a credit card for those with bad credit can charge interest as high as 59% whereas with good credit can typically be around 15%.
Most cards offer interest free introductory periods, depending on whether it’s a balance transfer or purchase card.
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.