Premium credit cards offer impressive rewards and benefits for those with a strong credit score.
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Having a premium card has long been a powerful status symbol, and it's no surprise with the extensive benefits cardholders enjoy, from concierge services, to access to exclusive airport lounges.
So if you're looking for a card with prestige, then a premium credit card could be the way to go. If you're looking for a few simple rewards or maybe even some cashback, then look at rewards credit cards and cashback credit cards.
The main selling point of premium cards is the exclusive benefits available to cardholders.
These will vary depending on the card you choose, but may include:
For some people, particularly those who travel frequently, these benefits can be very appealing – saving time and making life a little easier and more comfortable.
The added extras and personalised service that you get with a premium credit card doesn't come for free – with most premium cards you pay an annual fee, usually of around £250-300, although this varies.
The APR on premium credit cards can also look very high – often around the 50% mark.
This is because the annual fee has to be shown as part of the APR under Consumer Credit Act regulations.
So if the standard APR for purchases was 16.8%, for example, and the card had a £250 annual fee, the APR would have to be shown as 51.8% taking the fee into consideration.
Some of the very high-end premium credit cards are available on an invitation only basis, while others specify a minimum income that cardholders must meet.
Most premium credit cards will insist on a strong credit history, so it could be worth checking your credit report before you apply.
Some premium cards are actually charge cards. These differ from credit cards, in that they allow you to spend interest-free credit, but you must pay your balance in full every month.
However, they do not allow you to borrow money in the same way as a credit card.
It is also worth considering how valuable the benefits that come with a premium credit card will be to you personally before you sign-up and start paying the annual fee.
Premium cards can be great value for money if the benefits are relevant to you and you will make the most of them, otherwise, a standard credit card may be a more economical option.
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.
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