Balance transfers can be useful when:

  • You want to make one monthly payment. A transfer could help manage multiple credit payments. 
  • Reducing borrowing costs. Transferring a balance with a higher rate of interest to a lower one could help to reduce your credit card costs. 

Can I make a balance transfer?

A balance transfer must be to a different provider than your existing credit card. So, for example, you can’t balance transfer between MBNA credit cards. You can transfer balances from credit or store cards that have a Visa®, Mastercard® or American Express® logo.

£100 is the minimum you can transfer at MBNA. 

93% of your credit limit is the maximum you can transfer at MBNA. This is to allow for a balance transfer fee and any other fees, as well as charges or transactions which haven’t yet reached your account.

Important to check

  • Transfer rates. Are there introductory or promotional rates available, or is the balance transfer on a standard interest rate?
  • Transfer fees. A balance transfer often comes with a fee for transferring. This is usually a percentage of the transfer amount.

Balance transfers are subject to status and security checks.

How does a balance transfer work?

Here's an example:

A credit card offers 0% on balance transfers for 12 months, with no other balances on the card.

Existing balance

Your existing credit card has a balance of £2,000 and an interest rate of 20%.

Balance transfer

Transferring the balance incurs a 1% transfer fee.

After completing the transfer, your outstanding balance would be £2,020 – the £2,000 transferred from the other card, plus the 1% transfer fee which works out as £20.

Paying it back

Then, if you pay back £202 on time, each month, the balance will be clear in 10 months without paying any interest subject to no additional spend being made on the card. Remember that standard interest rates apply to any remaining balance when any promotional rates expire.

Things to think about before making a balance transfer

  1. Fees and interest rates. Read and check all the details to make sure that a balance transfer is right for you. Remember that when introductory offers end, the interest rates are likely to be higher.
  2. Be realistic. Make sure you know how long it will take you to repay and that you can afford to repay the balance.
  3. If you pay late or miss a payment, you may have to pay fees, lose any promotional offers you have, and it could damage your credit score.
  4. Promotional interest rates may not apply to all transactions. Make sure you understand the terms of your balance transfer and the fees and costs.
  5. Remember, you’ll need to keep making payments. Until your balance transfer is complete, you’ll need to keep up your regular payments on your existing credit or store card.

Balance transfer with us

At MBNA you can ask for a balance transfer from any card from another lender that has a Visa®, Mastercard® or American Express® logo. You can do this as part of your credit card application, and afterwards using the MBNA Mobile App and Online Services (where you’ll be able to see any available offers), or by contacting us.

Subject to approval of your request, the transfer will normally arrive by the next working day. Working days do not include weekends or bank holidays.

Learn more about our balance transfer credit cards


A quick recap

Here’s what you’ve learnt about balance transfers: 

  • A balance transfer is where you move an existing credit balance to a different credit card with another provider. 
  • They can be useful for managing your monthly credit payments and often have introductory or promotional offers. 
  • It’s important to check the interest rates, when the offer rates end and any additional costs, such as transfer fees – and make sure you can afford the repayments. 
  • The minimum you can transfer with us is £100 and the maximum is 93% of your credit limit. 

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