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Review of the Barclaycard Financing Visa® Credit Card

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Brendan Harkness By Brendan Harkness Nov 21, 2018 | Updated Dec 03, 2019
Our rating
Min. credit level: Fair
Annual Fee: $0
Regular APR: 15.99% – 28.74% Variable
This card was formerly known as the Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards.

In the market for a new computer? Eagerly anticipating the next iPhone model?

You’re about to check out from the Apple store, when you see that flashy offer: “Take 18 months to pay at no interest!”

Is that a good idea?

Apple wants you to apply for the Barclaycard Financing Visa®, which is designed to help you pay for your next computer or iPhone (or anything else from Apple).

This is not the same card as the Apple Card announced on March 25, 2019.

The major feature of this card is the deferred financing offer. You’ll get a certain amount of time to pay for purchases from Apple at no interest, with more time given for larger purchases.

But since this is a deferred financing offer, rather than a true 0% introductory APR, it comes with some strings. If you make a late payment or fail to pay back the full balance by the end of the term, you’ll be charged interest for the entire length of the plan, going all the way back to the purchase date.

So if you slip up, you’ll be charged a whole lot of interest. This is not how credit cards with 0% introductory APRs work; with those cards, once the intro period ends you’ll only be charged interest on any balance that remains. There are no retroactive interest charges. Those cards can also be used to make purchases anywhere, not just Apple.

We discuss how to get the most out of this card below, and explain how to use deferred interest financing offers safely if you do end up taking one. If you follow our guidelines and plan ahead, the Barclaycard Financing Visa can be a valuable way to help you get that new Apple Watch, iPhone, or whatever you have your eye on.

Barclaycard Financing Visa®

Barclaycard Financing Visa®

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Min. credit levelFair
Details
Annual Fee$0
Regular APR15.99% – 28.74% Variable
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Our Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars

We give this card 3 out of 5 Stars because it’s a mix of good and bad. It offers a decent reward rate at Apple and gives you time to finance purchases, but those rewards are a bit restricted and the financing offer is only deferred interest, rather than 0% APR.

Why We Like It

  • Deferred financing offers can give you extra time to pay off purchases
  • Use it to make an Apple purchase instantly upon approval

Why It Could Be Better

  • Deferred financing is not as good as a true 0% intro APR period, and you could end up being charged interest
  • No rewards
  • No special perks at Apple, like early access to sales or discounted products

The Barclaycard Financing Visa might be a good choice if you’re planning to buy an expensive computer or other hardware from Apple, but there are quite a few other options that could work better. Check out some of those alternative cards below.

Insider Advice: Getting The Most Out of Your Card

  • Follow the terms to pay over time: This card is designed to help you make big purchases at Apple, where purchases made within the first 30 days are eligible for deferred financing plans, with term lengths that depend on how much you spend. All purchases made within the first 30 days will be counted in the deferred financing plan.
  • You can use the deferred financing offer again: After using your initial deferred interest offer for purchases within the first 30 days, you can renew that offer by calling customer support and requesting a new deferred financing plan. That will give you 60 days to make purchases from Apple, which will qualify for a deferred financing plan depending on how much you spend.
  • But beware the deferred interest offers: The financing plans are deferred interest, which means if you make a late payment or don’t pay off the entire balance on time you’ll be charged interest going all the way back to the purchase date. Make every monthly payment on time, and be sure to pay off the entire balance by the end of the term.
  • Set up an appropriate repayment plan: If you use a deferred financing offer, divide your total balance by the number of months in the term. The result is the monthly payment you’ll need to make to pay off the entire loan by the end of the term. Set up autopay for this amount every month to use the deferred financing safely and effectively.
  • Put it away and just make payments: After using a deferred financing offer, don’t use the card for more purchases because you’ll be charged interest at a high rate. Instead, put the card away and just make your monthly payments on time until you’ve paid off the entire balance.
  • Consider other options: Instead of using this card to finance a large Apple purchase, consider using other cards with true 0% introductory periods. They don’t use deferred interest, and their 0% rates apply to any purchases you make.

Where Can I Use the Barclaycard Financing Visa?

You can use this card anywhere Visa credit cards are accepted, which is pretty much everywhere.

But it will be best to only use this card for big purchases at Apple, rather than for general spending. Check out the following sections to learn why.

The Benefits

Deferred Financing Plans

The Barclaycard Financing Visa comes with a deferred financing offer, giving you an opportunity to pay off purchases over time at no interest. Most people probably get this card because of this feature, with the aim of taking some time to pay off a new computer or iPhone.

You’ll receive special financing for purchases made from Apple within the first 30 days of opening the account. After the first 30 days, all purchases will be given the standard APR of 15.99% – 28.74% Variable.

After using this initial deferred financing offer, you can contact customer support to request another deferred financing term for more purchases. You’ll then have 60 days to make purchases from Apple, which will qualify for deferred financing again.

The length of your deferred financing term will depend on how much you spend:

Total Amount Spent Term Length
Less than $499 6 months
$499 to less than $999 12 months
$999 and over 18 months

This financing offer will automatically apply to the total amount you spend at Apple during the specified time period, aggregating all of your purchases. The total amount spent will be used to determine the length of the term. You’ll still earn rewards on any purchases that qualify for financing.

The deferred financing plans only apply to purchases made from physical Apple stores, the Apple Online Store, or 1-800-MY-APPLE. iTunes purchases do not qualify, and neither do Apple products bought from other retailers.

Take note that this is a deferred financing offer, rather than a true 0% APR offer. That means if you make a late payment or fail to pay back the entire balance by the end of the term, you’ll immediately be charged interest for the entire length of the term, going all the way back to the purchase date.

Say, for example, you buy a new MacBook Pro for $2,000, getting an 18-month deferred interest plan with a regular APR of 28%.

If your first month’s payment comes in late by just a day or two, you’ll immediately be charged interest at 28% APR for the full 18 months. That comes to $840 in interest! And that will be added to your balance right as you start paying it off.

Similarly, if you failed to pay off the entire $2,000 balance by the end of the term — even if you paid $1,999 and only had $1 left to go — you’ll be charged $840 in interest.

This is why deferred financing offers are so dangerous, and why we recommend using credit cards with true 0% introductory rates on purchases instead. They let you carry a balance at 0% APR, and there is no deferred financing; once the 0% period runs out, you’ll only be charged interest on any balance that remains unpaid. They can also be used anywhere, and don’t have purchase requirements to activate the 0% APR.

I used the Barclaycard Financing Visa’s deferred financing offer to buy a MacBook Pro a couple years ago. I paid it off on time, and it didn’t cost me any more than the regular purchase price.

Deferred financing plans aren’t evil — they’re just a potentially costly way to pay for something. In many cases they work out fine, and people are able to pay over time for purchases that wouldn’t be affordable otherwise, without getting burned with extra interest. But it’s easy to make a mistake, and the consequences could be expensive.

Follow these three instructions to stay safe with deferred financing plans:

  • Divide the total balance by the length of the term (in months) to find the payment amount you should make each month
  • Always make that monthly payment on time, and try to be early to allow for processing times (set up autopay to make this easier)
  • Pay off the entire balance by the end of the financing term (this should happen automatically if you make that payment every month)

Your statement will show a minimum required payment each month, but if you only pay this minimum amount you probably won’t pay back the entire balance on time. Don’t assume that if you just pay the minimum amount they ask for, everything will be fine. Many people have paid just the minimums, thinking they were doing everything right, only to find a leftover balance at the end which triggered the retroactive interest charges.

Instead of just paying the minimum, divide your total balance by the number of months in the term: that should be your monthly repayment amount. There is no penalty for early repayment, so you should do so if possible. Consider dividing by one less than the number of months in your term, which could help avoid potential problems by paying off the balance a month early.

If you took a deferred financing offer and now find yourself in a situation where you won’t be able to finish paying it off by the end of the term, consider transferring that balance over to a different card with a 0% rate. There are many great balance transfer credit cards, with long 0% periods that could give you 12 or 18 months to finish paying off the balance, or even more.

Free FICO Credit Score

As a cardholder you can check one of your FICO credit scores for free whenever you’d like, based on your TransUnion credit report. You’ll also see the key factors affecting your score, such as if your revolving credit utilization is too high.

Many credit cards today offer a free credit score of some kind, although it’s a bit more rare to find on a retail store credit card. There are several ways to access some of your FICO credit scores for free, whether you have credit cards that offer that service or not.

Shopping Protections

  • Price Protection: If you buy an eligible item and find it being advertised for less, you can be reimbursed for the price difference.
  • Warranty Manager: Eligible manufacturer’s warranties of three years or less can be extended by up to one additional year.

Travel Protections

  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver: Eligible rental cars are covered against damage and theft when you decline the rental agency’s own insurance.
  • Global Assistance Services: 24-hour assistance with lost and stolen card reporting, emergency card replacement or cash advance, and more.

Other Benefits

  • $0 Fraud Liability Protection: You won’t be held liable for unauthorized transactions (contact customer support immediately if you suspect fraud).
  • ID Theft Protection: Provides assistance if you believe you’ve become a victim of identity theft.

Visa Signature Benefits

In addition to the benefits above, if you’re approved for a Visa Signature version of this card you’ll also get a variety of other perks. You may be approved for a Visa Signature if your starting credit limit is $5,000 or more.

If you get a Visa Signature card you may have access to the following benefits, among others:

  • Luxury Hotel Collection: At eligible hotels, get a $25 food and beverage credit, VIP guest status, automatic room upgrades, and more.
  • Concierge: A 24/7 personal assistant you can call for help with travel plans and reservations, shopping, and more.
  • Fine Wine & Food: Invitations to exclusive dining events and wine tastings, as well as discounts at restaurants and gourmet retailers.
  • Entertainment Services: Includes special offers for entertainment, sports, and cultural events.
  • Travel Services: Special deals and discounts on hotels, car rentals, cruises, and more.

The Terms & Fees

Purchase APR Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR
15.99% – 28.74% Variable 15.99% – 28.74% Variable 29.24% Variable
Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Balance Transfer Fee Cash Advance Fee
$0  3% 3%, $5 minimum 5%, $10 minimum
Penalty APR Late Fee Returned Payment Fee
None Up to $39 Up to $39

The terms for this Barclaycard are simple, like any other credit card, except for the deferred financing plans described above.

Any purchases you make from Apple after the initial 30-day period will accrue interest at the rate shown above. All purchases from merchants other than Apple will get that rate as well.

But did you know that you don’t have to pay interest on credit card purchases at all? As long as you pay off your statement balance in full each billing period, you won’t be charged interest on new purchases.

However, if you’re carrying a large balance from a deferred financing plan, it won’t be feasible to pay the statement balance in full every month. If you’re using a deferred financing plan, you should just stick this card in the proverbial sock drawer and make payments each month to pay off the balance by the end of the term.

You can check the terms and conditions here for the Barclaycard Financing Visa.

Customer Support

Barclays Phone Support 1-866-928-8598
Apple Phone Support 1-800-275-2273

We’ve received many reports of poor customer support from users of the Barclaycard Financing Visa. Most of the complaints are about having a hard time dealing with customer service agents, or administrative errors that Barclays made, or problems making payments.

Although it’s difficult to say who exactly is at fault in these situations, it’s clear that many people have had issues with this card compared to others.

If you use this card be sure to completely understand the terms, especially regarding the deferred financing offer. Make your payments early, as soon as your monthly statement is generated if possible. And if you contact customer support about a serious issue, be sure to get any responses confirmed or in writing so you have a record to refer to.

The Bottom Line

The Barclaycard Financing Visa® is one of your few options for earning rewards at the Apple store, and it could be a good way to finance large Apple purchases. But overall this card doesn’t have a ton of attractive features.

Here are the main points to remember:

  • Use this card for the deferred interest financing at Apple during the first 30 days (or call to get additional deferred interest periods later on)
  • Don’t use this card to buy anything else! Just put it away in a safe spot (not your wallet or purse)
  • Divide your balance by the number of months in your financing term; that’s how much you need to pay each month to finish paying off the balance on time
  • Set up autopay for at least that much so you never miss a payment
  • If you make a late payment or fail to pay back the full balance by the end of the term, you’ll be charged interest for the entire length of the plan

As long as you follow those guidelines and use this card responsibly, you should be all set to pay off your purchases safely. But remember that 0% APR offers are a much better deal than deferred financing.

The Barclaycard Financing Visa might be a good pick to help finance your next computer or smartphone, but there are quite a few other options to consider. See some alternative card recommendations below.

Applying for the Barclaycard Financing Visa

You can apply for this card by clicking the Apply Now button below. You’ll first be taken to Apple’s website, where you must click “Apply at Barclaycard.” Then you’ll be taken to Barclays’ website to submit your information. You can also apply for this card in Apple stores.

After being approved, you’ll be given instructions on how to use the card to finance a purchase from Apple. You’ll be able to use it as soon as you’re approved, and approvals often take less than a minute. For online purchases, after linking your new card to your Apple ID, the card will appear as a payment option when checking out at apple.com.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must create an Apple ID
  • Must be 18 to apply
  • Personal identifying information, including birth date, Social Security number, and phone number
  • Total household income and source of income
  • Monthly mortgage/rent payment
Barclaycard Financing Visa®

Barclaycard Financing Visa®

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Min. credit levelFair
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Regular APR15.99% – 28.74% Variable
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Alternatives to the Barclaycard Financing Visa

Although the following cards are better in various ways, they do lack one important feature that the Barclaycard has: the ability to be used instantly upon approval. In most cases you can’t use general-use credit cards instantly after being approved, but you can with many store cards, including this Barclaycard.

Maybe you need a new phone fast, or you don’t want to wait the week or two it could take to get your credit card. In that case you may need to go with the Barclaycard Financing Visa so you can apply and make a purchase today.

 

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$0
Regular APR16.49%–24.49% Variable
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Amazon sells many Apple products, and the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card (Review) provides more cash back for them than you’ll get from the Barclaycard. And you’re not limited to just Apple, you’ll get the same excellent reward rate for everything else you buy from Amazon. This card does not offer a 0% APR for purchases, however, so it won’t be a good option if you want to finance a purchase.

You’ll need an Amazon Prime membership to use this card. But if you don’t have one you can still get the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card (Review).

Rewards

Spending Rewards
  • 5% cash back at:
    • Amazon.com
    • Whole Foods Markets
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Restaurants
    • Gas stations
    • Drugstores
  • 1% cash back for all other purchases
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • $70 Amazon gift card instantly upon credit approval

So you’ll get 5% cash back on the very wide variety of merchandise you’ll find on Amazon. New Apple computer? Check. New socks? Check. New toilet bowl nightlight? Check.

If you can find it at the Apple store, there’s a good chance you can find it on Amazon too. That cash back can add up to a whole lot when you’re buying expensive electronics.

The latest iMac Pro starts at $4,999, not including tax. If you bought that with the Barclaycard you’d earn nothin back. But if you bought that computer with the Amazon Prime Rewards card you’d earn 5% back, for a total of $249.95, and that’s enough for a fancy new pair of AirPods.

Benefits

The Amazon Prime Rewards card comes as a Visa Signature, so you’ll likely get some of the same Visa perks that are mentioned above for the Barclaycard. The Amazon card does not provide a free FICO score, however.

  • Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection: At eligible hotels you’ll get a $25 food and beverage credit, automatic room upgrades when available, VIP guest status, and more.
  • Visa Signature Concierge: Call any time for non-emergency assistance, like help making dining or travel reservations.
  • Shopping Protections: Such as Purchase Protection and Extended Warranties.
  • Travel Protections: Like Auto Rental Collision Damage Waivers, Lost Luggage Reimbursement, Roadside Dispatch, and several more.

Terms & Fees

You’ll pay no annual fee for the Amazon Prime Rewards card, but it requires an Amazon Prime membership ($119 per year for a standard plan).

If you apply for this card but don’t have a Prime membership, if you’re approved you’ll be given an Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card (Review) instead. The basic Amazon Rewards card offers 3% back at Amazon and Whole Foods, but the other terms are similar to the Prime Rewards card. If you ever cancel your Prime membership you’ll be downgraded to that card as well.

You won’t get a 0% APR with this card, so if you carry a balance you’ll be charged interest at a rate of 16.49%–24.49% Variable.

Read more in our Review of the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature and Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature

 

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

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Min. credit levelGood
Details
Annual Fee$0
Regular APR16.49% - 25.24% Variable

The Chase Freedom Unlimited® (Review) is a flat-rate cash back card, meaning it offers the same reward no matter where you shop. You can redeem those rewards easily, and you’ll also get a true 0% intro APR for quite a while.

Rewards

Spending Rewards
  • 1.5% cash back on all purchases
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • $150 bonus for spending $500 in the first 3 months

The 1.5% reward rate is pretty typical for a flat-rate credit card. The Freedom Unlimited’s signup bonus is also relatively normal, offering a solid 30% return on spend.

The best card for flat-rate cash back is the Citi® Double Cash Card - 18 month BT offer (Review), offering 2% cash back for every purchase (1% back for purchases, and 1% back for payments). But this card doesn’t have a 0% introductory purchase APR, so it’s only good for earning rewards, not financing purchases (it does have a long 0% APR offer for balance transfers, however).

Benefits

Like the Barclaycard, the Freedom Unlimited is available as either a Visa Signature or Visa Platinum. If you’re approved with a credit line of $5,000 or more, you’ll get a Visa Signature with enhanced benefits. Otherwise you’ll get a Visa Platinum, with basic benefits.

  • $100 Cash Back Referral Bonus: You’ll get $100 cash back for every friend you refer who successfully applies for the Freedom Unlimited, up to $500 per year.
  • Shop Through Chase: Earn extra cash back at select retailers via Shop Through Chase, like Saks, Under Armour, Macy’s, and the Apple store (current offers at the time of publication).
  • Credit Journey: Use your login details to access this comprehensive credit monitoring tool, which provides your VantageScore 3.0 based on your TransUnion credit report.
  • Shopping Protections: Including Purchase Protection and Extended Warranties.
  • Travel Protections: Such as Travel and Emergency Assistance Services and Auto Rental Collision Damage Waivers.

If you’re approved for a Visa Signature card, you’ll also get the following:

  • Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance: If your trip is cancelled or interrupted for a covered reason, like sickness or severe weather, you can be reimbursed up to $6,000 per trip and $1,500 per person.

Terms & Fees

The Chase Freedom Unlimited has no annual fee. It offers an introductory purchase and balance transfer APR of 0% for 15 months, followed by a regular rate of 16.49% - 25.24% Variable.

That’s on the long side for a reward credit card, and it will let you pay off some expensive Apple purchases for over a year without being charged interest. And this isn’t a deferred interest offer, so there’s no danger of retroactive interest charges being applied to the entire balance. Instead, after the intro period runs out, you’ll only be charged interest on any balance that remains.

Read more in our Review of the Chase Freedom Unlimited Credit Card

 

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$0
Regular APR14.49–25.49% Variable
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The Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express (Review) is an excellent credit card for earning rewards at U.S. supermarkets. You’re probably wondering why a U.S. supermarket-focused credit card is good for buying Apple merchandise — but let me explain (hint: it has something to do with buying gift cards).

Rewards

Spending Rewards
  • 3% cash back at U.S. supermarkets, up to $6,000 in purchases per year (then 1%)
  • 2% cash back at
    • U.S. gas stations
    • Select U.S. department stores
  • 1% cash back for every other purchase
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • $150 cash bonus for spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months

It would be surprising to find a supermarket that carried any significant Apple merchandise. But they do often sell gift cards for stores that carry Apple products, like the Apple store itself or others like Walmart.

So, here’s the basic strategy:

  1. Use the Blue Cash Everyday to buy gift cards at U.S. supermarkets which can be used at a store that sells Apple merchandise, earning 3% cash back in the process (on the first $6,000 in purchases, then 1%).
  2. Use those gift cards to buy whatever Apple merchandise you want.

Ta da! You’ll effectively earn 3% cash back on your Apple purchases, as long as it’s your first $6,000 of U.S. supermarket spending, but it takes that extra step of buying gift cards. You can use this strategy to buy anything, as long as you can buy gift cards at a retailer where you’ll earn rewards. As another example, the Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card (Review) provides 5% back on the first $25,000 per year spent at office supply stores, which includes Staples — and Staples sells a wide variety of gift cards.

There is a downside to this strategy, however. Most credit cards come with a variety of shopping protections, which often include Purchase Protection, Return Protection, and Extended Warranties. These can come in handy if you have an issue with your purchase. But you won’t get these perks if you pay with gift cards instead of credit cards.

Take note that the purchase of general-use gift cards, like Vanilla Visa Gift Cards, may be counted as a cash advance rather than a typical purchase. Cash advances won’t earn rewards and will start to accrue interest at a very high rate immediately, rather than being subject to the 0% intro APR.

The upgraded version of this card, the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express (Review), is even better, offering 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets up to $6,000 in purchases per year, then 1%. But it also has a $95 annual fee, and its 0% intro APR period is shorter (Rates & Fees).

Benefits

The Blue Cash Everyday is an Amex rather than a Visa, so it has an entirely distinct set of benefits from the Barclaycard. Some of them will be quite similar, however, like the shopping and travel protections.

  • Amex Offers: A changing selection of merchants where you can get discounts or more cash back, like Dollar Shave Club, Pier 1 Imports, Wayfair, and Starbucks.
  • Entertainment Access: Provides pre-sale tickets to a variety of sports, music, and cultural events in big cities around the world.
  • Complimentary ShopRunner Membership: Enroll in ShopRunner, which provides free two-day shipping and returns at select online retailers.
  • Shopping Protection: You’ll get Purchase Protection.
  • Travel Protections: Car Rental Loss & Damage Insurance and a Global Assist Hotline.

Terms & Fees

There is no annual fee for the Blue Cash Everyday card (Rates & Fees).

You’ll get an introductory purchase and balance transfer APR of 0% for 15 months, and then a regular rate of 14.49–25.49% Variable (Rates & Fees). This is almost as long as the 18 months you can get with the Barclaycard, but in this case it applies to any purchases you make, from any retailer.

That includes the gift cards mentioned above, so you can use this card to get a long 0% rate on any Apple merchandise you buy using them.

Read more in our Review of the American Express Blue Cash Everyday® and Blue Cash Preferred® Cards

 

U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card

U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card

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Min. credit levelFair
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Annual Fee$0
Regular APR14.24%–25.24% Variable
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The U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card was designed for one purpose: to give you a very long time to pay off purchases or balance transfers. And that makes it a good option for buying expensive Apple gadgets.

Rewards

There are no rewards for using this card.

Benefits

There aren’t many benefits with the U.S. Bank Platinum card, but that’s not a big downside because this card isn’t intended for people who want luxurious perks. But it does have Cell Phone Protection, a relatively rare benefit that would go well with an iPhone.

  • Free Credit Score: Cardholders can check their VantageScore 3.0 credit scores for free, based on their TransUnion credit reports.
  • Cell Phone Protection: Provides up to $600 in coverage against damage or theft of cell phones, when you pay your phone bill with the card.
  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver: Decline the rental company’s own insurance to get coverage against collision damage and theft of eligible rental vehicles.

Terms & Fees

There is no annual fee for the U.S. Bank Visa Platinum, and it currently has the longest introductory APR offer for purchases and balance transfers available on any credit card: 0% for 20 billing cycles, followed by a regular rate of 14.24%–25.24% Variable.

That’s even longer than the longest deferred financing term of the Barclaycard, which also requires you to spend at least $999. But this 0% offer can be used for any purchase of any size, from any merchant — including Apple. And purchases will qualify for the 0% rate for the entire duration of the intro period, rather than just the first 30 days.

Barclaycard Financing Visa®

Barclaycard Financing Visa®

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Min. credit levelFair
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Annual Fee$0
Regular APR15.99% – 28.74% Variable
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  • DM-ATL

    Barclay is one of the worst Banks to get a credit card from. I have rewards and apple rewards. They reduced my credit line significantly. While others like bank of America and Amex increased my CL including others I have 6 Amex 3 charge and 3 CCs all of my cards have an average of about 15K Barclay have 3500 and 2000 they reduced rewards by 1100 and apple $350. Never late paid everything. Maybe because I only do the 0% and don’t charge nothing else and pay off before the promo.

    Either way I found Barclay and HBSC the worst and they are not US Banks. I stay away from foreigner owned Banks. Amazon gives you 0% Everytime depending on your purchase. Target you get 5% off your total. Walmart does special financing all the time. Only reason why I’m keeping is because of the age of my accounts

  • tdl

    I found their customer service to be atrocious. I wanted to use their card to finance a new macbook in an apple store, but the application wasn’t instantly approved and needed further review (815 FICO score and $125K income). Since I was already at the Apple Store, I called to see if they could expedite, and was told my application had been assigned for review with a department that was only open M-F (this was Saturday afternoon). I asked why that department needed to review, and was told it was just randomly assigned but they wouldn’t assign it elsewhere. No answer to why this this specific department needed to be involved, or who they were. When I asked if there was someone who could explain why this mysterious department needed to be involved, the rep became incensed and threatened to put my application on hold for 90 days. I told him I had better options and asked to speak to someone who could help and he hung up on me.

    Ended up buying the computer from B&H for $200 less.

  • Stephan

    Barclaycard is the worst credit card in my wallet. They don’t charge interest per statement. That means that if a charge comes through the day before closing, they will charge you full interest on that purchase. On top of that, getting the reward is difficult. They will forget to send the reward and then make you fight them to get it. The only good reason to get this card is the special financing on a computer or phone purchase. Aside from that this card is garbage.

    • Sterling Lutes

      This is not true, if it is true you have a real case on your hands and should get a lawyer. Banks must allow a 21 day minimum grace period before any interest can be charged to your purchase. Barclay states there is 20 days (statement close date plus 20 day grace = 21 day grace) from the statement close date that purchases will be charged interest if the full statement is not paid.

  • Ghada Goeh

    It’s the worst company in the world and you should avoid it at all costs.

  • James Baglia

    Barclays is the absolute worst credit card company I have ever had the displeasure of encountering. Their customer service and security/fraud team is HORRIBLE. I have had several credit cards with multiple other companies (mostly Chase and American Express) for over a decade without a single issue. I’ve had this card for just 3 months and it has been a constant nightmare. They will lie to you repeatedly, put you on hold for hours, tell you you’ll get a refund for a fraudulent charge multiple times only to never refund you, tell you you’ll receive a callback multiple times only to NEVER call you back ONCE. Their app constantly crashes, their website constantly crashes, and they have zero interest in protecting their customers. I’m usually one of the most patient people I know (I’ve been teaching children since I was 14), but I have never felt as frustrated as Barclays has made me. I don’t even want to keep typing this because just thinking about them is pissing me off. Please, please avoid Barclays at all costs.

  • Troy117

    Don’t do it!…..the hidden fees alone will get you along with delayed payment posting while triggering intrest fees, their customer service will not work with you and they have no problems submitting your name to their lawer for collection which they will get and garnish you.
    Happy my other CC worked with me after a set-back just to get me back on track now all my cards are back to $0 ballance.

  • Sterling Lutes

    I was surprised when I read through all 13 of these comments and saw how upset so many people are with this company. I have had this card since 2015 and paid off a mac book pro and an iPad over the 18 months with 0% interest. I have also used this card as my daily card since my initial charges were paid off with no issue of late fees, interest, or the credit line changing–although I pay off my balance a few days early to only leave 2-4% of my credit line on my statement balance at the end of my credit period like everyone should do to keep good credit without paying any interest. My current credit score is 757 and when I signed up in 2015 it was around 720. All in all I have lots of cards and this is actually my favorite card I love apple products and those rewards are perfect for me. Sounds like some people on these comments do not like credit cards in general not just this specific one. Deferred interest is not a terrible thing it sure can become terrible if you do not pay it off in time but then again if you don’t plan on paying the full amount off in time don’t apply for a credit card its not free money its a way to organize your money to make you more flexible month to month or in the case of the sign up bonus over the corse of 18.

  • Sterling Lutes

    Again this cannot be true, and if it is get a lawyer. Banks cannot give cutoff times on a weekend or holiday. If your payment date falls on one then your payment will be due on the next business day by 5pm (no bank can set cutoffs before 5pm either)

  • Joe Todaro

    Total scam artists. I made a $2,600 purchase through Apple in March of 2018 with 18 months of deferred interest. I have made over $2,700 in payments and I see that my deferred interest balance is still at $2,167. I call customer service and they tell me that my payments have been going to my everyday purchases instead of my deferred interest. So in other words the best way to use this card is either make the deferred interest purchase and never use the card again or use the card and whatever everyday purchases you make, make sure you pay that off in full (so you are getting zero interest on that I guess) and pay extra so that the deferred interest balance goes down. So I now have 6 days to pay the $2,167 or else I’ll get hit with over $600 in grandfathered interest. Apple should be ashamed of themselves for partnering with such a crooked bank. No wonder why this bank has been hit with over 5.2 billion dollars in fines since 2000 and I know of one lawsuit that they had to pay over $250 million to a software company for breach of contract. This bank should be closed down and the executives put in jail.