Nationwide launches new credit card offer in time for Christmas

14 November 2013

From 14 November 2013, Nationwide Building Society is increasing its interest free purchase offer on both the Select Credit Card (available to main current account customers) and Nationwide Credit Card for all new customers¹. Combined with the interest free balance transfer period and low balance transfer fee, these are amongst the best value credit cards on the high street.

Anyone opening a Nationwide Select Credit Card² online, in branch or via the telephone will be able to take advantage of an interest free purchase offer of 15 months, along with an interest free balance transfer offer of 26 months, with a balance transfer fee of 2.4% (minimum £5). For the Nationwide Credit Card, new customers will have the option of taking out an interest free purchase offer of 15 months or an interest free purchase offer of three months that will be combined with an interest free balance transfer offer of 26 months with a transfer fee of 2.4%³ (minimum £5).

Paul Carvell, Nationwide’s head of credit cards, said: “With Christmas fast approaching, many people will be looking to use a credit card to help spread the cost. This new interest free purchase period is one of the best offers available on the high street and could help you manage the cost of the festive season. Our Select Credit Card also offers 0.5% cashback* on anything purchased in pounds sterling, so you could earn whilst you spend.

“If you’re looking to take out a new credit card at this time of the year, you should look at the length of the purchase offer period to ensure you’re getting best value for money. Alternatively, if you are looking to transfer a balance, you shouldn’t just take into consideration the balance transfer period, you should also consider the fee.”

Additional benefits come with Nationwide’s credit cards, such as access to Simply Rewards where you can receive savings at various retail outlets, family restaurants and leisure facilities. Nationwide’s Select Credit Card offers 0.5% cashback on anything that is purchased in pounds sterling, as well as unlimited commission-free purchases abroad. With Nationwide’s Credit Card, customers are rewarded with a commission-free allowance which builds up whenever purchases are made in pounds sterling.

The Nationwide Credit Card has a 17.9% APR representative (variable) and the Select Credit Card has a 15.9% APR representative (variable).

Access the UK Card Association’s website to better understand the costs of credit cards.

Notes to Editors:
¹This offer is available to new account openings where the customer has not held a Nationwide credit card for the past year. The rate will apply from the date the account is opened. Balance transfers at 0% must be made within three months from account opening and are subject to a fee of 2.4% (minimum £5).

²The Select Credit Card is available to any members who:

1. Hold a FlexAccount with a Visa debit card (not cash card or cash card+) and:
Have been paying in £750+ a month (excluding internal transfers) for the last three months; or
Complete an account switch to us (from a non-Nationwide account) using our Current Account switch team or have done so in the last four months; or

2. Hold a FlexDirect or FlexPlus account
³Offers may be withdrawn at any time.
* Sterling purchases only (balance transfers, cash advances and payment protection insurance premiums are excluded)
Nationwide credit cards are available to those aged 18+ and are subject to circumstances. Nationwide subscribes to the Lending Code.

Representative example – Nationwide Credit Card:
17.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 17.9% p.a. (variable).

Representative example – Select Credit Card:
15.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 15.9% p.a. (variable).

About Nationwide Building Society
Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as the second largest savings provider and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million members.

Customers can manage their finances in-branch, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 15,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

Please note: If you are a customer looking for information on our products and services, please visit the main website.