A balance transfer card could stop you from paying hundreds of pounds in interest on your credit card debt. Used correctly, it could also help you become debt-free faster. Use our calculator to find out how much you could save.
Enter how much you’d like to transfer (the total amount of debt you want to move from your credit cards) and how much you can afford to repay each month.
It will let you know how much you could save in interest payments by transferring your debt and how long it will take to pay off your balance.
This varies from card to card, typically from six months up to 35 months.
You should aim to pay off your balance before the 0% promotional period ends to get the full advantage of a balance transfer card. If you’re not able to clear your debt, you’ll be moved to your lender’s standard interest rate, which can be very costly.
Typically, you’ll be charged a balance transfer fee that’s a percentage of the amount you’re transferring from each card, usually between 1% and 5%.
Bear this in mind because, if you have multiple cards to transfer, the fees can mount up.
Not all cards charge transfer fees, though. But they may offer shorter 0% interest promotional periods as a result.
It’s a good option for people looking to consolidate their debt into one place, but you’ll need to be sure you can make the repayments on time. Late or missed payments could mean you lose your introductory 0% rate.
Also be aware that, once the 0% promotional period ends, you’ll need to pay the card’s standard interest rate on any remaining balance.
These interest rates are usually high, so you should be aiming to clear all of your debt while the 0% deal is still valid.
Check if you’re eligible for cards before you apply, using our smart search. It won’t affect your credit rating.