What are 0% fee balance transfer cards?
These are cards that allow you to transfer a balance onto a different card without being charged the usual upfront transfer fees that are typically around 1-4%.
How do no-fee balance transfer cards work?
Balance transfer credit cards with zero fees work just the same as any other balance transfer credit card, just they don’t charge an upfront fee to transfer your balance.
A balance transfer card allows you transfer existing credit card debts to it. Many typically offer a 0% interest period so you can avoid paying interest on your card debts for a set period of time.
What are the advantages of a no-fee balance transfer credit card?
Obviously the man advantage is you don’t need to pay any upfront fees for the transferring your balance.
If you’re savvy and pay off your credit card balance in full before the 0% interest period expires you could avoid paying any charges related to your card altogether.
What’s the disadvantage of a 0% fee balance transfer credit card?
While it is free to transfer your existing card debts, no fee balance transfer cards generally have a shorter 0% interest offer than their fee charging counterparts.
So, if you’re not careful you could easily slip into paying interest when the 0% interest period expires.
The trick to successfully avoiding paying interest on card debts is to simply divide the a mount you owe by the length of the remaining 0% period and set up direct debits for this amount each month.
How to find a no-fee balance transfer credit card
Filter the tables by ‘transfer fee’ to find the balance transfer cards that charge zero for upfront transfer fees.
Also it’s worth understanding the difference between initial and effective fees. Many cards charge an initial upfront fee that is refunded once you make your first repayment, the fee after the refund is the effective fee.
Some cards may have an effective fee of 0% but will charge an initial fee, so it’s worth checking out the small print and comparing carefully.
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.