Can I Make Multiple Balance Transfers?

Can you make multiple balance transfers in the UK in 2021? We have seen this question a lot recently.

Multiple balance transfers usually occur in one of two different ways :-

  • You could be looking to make multiple balance transfers from several of your existing credit cards onto a new 0% balance transfer credit card
  • Alternatively, you could be planning to make repeated multiple balance transfers, from one card to another, at the end of each introductory balance transfer period.

Multiple Balance Transfers From Several Different Cards

Multiple Balance Transfers

If you currently have several different credit cards, all with an outstanding balance on them, then it is possible, and indeed quite common, to apply for a balance transfer credit card and make multiple balance transfers on to this new credit card.

The process for making multiple balance transfers is quite simple. You apply to make a balance transfer as normal. This transfer request can be made online, or by telephoning the customer services number of your new credit card company.

Then you simply provide the details for each existing card in turn, with the amounts you wish to transfer. For further details see our guide on how you transfer a balance from one credit card to another.

There are three issues to be aware of when you are making multiple balance transfers in this way:-

  • You will need to be given a large enough credit limit on the new card to allow you to make all of the balance transfers. If your new credit limit is not high enough, then you will not be able to transfer all of the outstanding balances.
  • You will need to pay a balance transfer fee for each balance transfer that you make. This fee should not be any higher than if you were transferring one large amount. Although do watch if you are transferring very small amounts. In this case the minimum balance transfer fee, if it exists, may end up costing you slightly more overall.
  • Finally, and most importantly, you will need to find a new credit card that is not issued by any of your existing card companies. This  is because you can not transfer a balance between cards issued by the same company. 

Some of the most popular featured 0% balance transfer credit cards include all of the following :-


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Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 25 months
Balance Transfer Fee:
2.85%
Purchases:
0% for 3 months
Representative APR:
21.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

HSBC Balance Transfer*
  • 0% interest for 25 months on balance transfers made within first 60 days of account opening
  • 2.85% balance transfer fee applies (minimum £5)
  • 0% interest on purchases for 3 months from account opening
  • At end of promotional period, balance transfers and purchases will revert to standard variable rate
  • Worldwide offers and discounts with HSBC home&Away
  • Manage your card online
  • Annual Fee: None
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Application Criteria

HSBC Balance Transfer*
  • You have an annual income or pension before tax of £6,800 or more
  • You are a UK resident
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You do not hold an HSBC Basic bank account
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Representative Example: 21.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 21.9% p.a. (variable)
Credit is subject to status, affordability and applicable terms and conditions
No balance transfers allowed to this card from first direct, HSBC, M&S or Partnership credit cards

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 24 months
Balance Transfer Fee:
3%
Purchases:
0% for 4 months
Representative APR:
20.6% APR (variable)
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Card Details

Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer
  • 0% interest for 24 months for balance transfers made within 60 days
  • 3% balance transfer fee, minimum £5
  • 0% interest on purchases for 4 months from account opening
  • All successful applicants will receive this exact rate and offer
  • Online account management
  • Annual Fee: None
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Application Criteria

Co-operative Bank Balance Transfer
  • Only available to customers who have held a Co-operative Bank or smile current account for 1 month or more
  • You are a UK resident
  • You have annual income of £10,000 or more
  • You are aged 18 or over
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Only available to Co-operative Bank customers
Representative Example: 20.6% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 20.6% p.a. (variable)
No balance transfers allowed to this card from Co-operative credit cards

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 18 months
Balance Transfer Fee:
2.9%
Purchases:
0% for 18 months
Representative APR:
22.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

HSBC Purchase Plus*
  • 0% interest for 18 months on balance transfers made within first 60 days of account opening
  • 2.9% balance transfer fee applies (minimum £5)
  • 0% interest on purchases for 18 months from account opening
  • At end of promotional period, balance transfers and purchases will revert to standard variable rate
  • Worldwide offers and discounts with HSBC home&Away
  • Manage your card online
  • Annual Fee: None
More Information

Application Criteria

HSBC Purchase Plus*
  • You have an annual income or pension before tax of £6,800 or more
  • You are a UK resident
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You do not hold an HSBC Basic bank account
More Information
Representative Example: 22.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 22.9% p.a. (variable)
Credit is subject to status, affordability and applicable terms and conditions
No balance transfers allowed to this card from first direct, HSBC, M&S or Partnership credit cards

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for up to 24 months
Balance Transfer Fee:
3%
Purchases:
0% for 3 months
Representative APR:
34.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

Capital One Balance Transfer
  • 0% on balance transfers for up to 18 months
  • 3% balance transfer fee
  • 0% on purchases for 3 months
  • Credit limit up to £86000
  • Online account management
  • Annual Fee: None
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Application Criteria

Capital One Balance Transfer
  • You are a UK resident
  • You have had credit cards in the past
  • You are a home owner
  • You have an income of more than £20,000 per year
  • You are aged 18 or over
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Representative Example: 34.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 34.94% p.a. (variable)
No balance transfers allowed to this card from Capital One or Post Ofice credit cards

Multiple Balance Transfers From One Card To Another

If you have previously done a balance transfer and your introductory balance transfer period is about to come to an end, then what are your options?

Well you can simply do another balance transfer. It is possible to do another balance transfer to another new credit card, so effectively making multiple balance transfers.

In this instance of course you are reliant on being approved for a new credit card. You require a new card, each time that you need to transfer the outstanding balance. The current coronavirus pandemic has increased the difficulty of being approved for a new credit card. As a result, you should not automatically assume that you can transfer a balance for ever.

We would always advise that you do make more than the minimum repayments of your outstanding balance every month. This will avoid the situation that you are left with a high outstanding balance and no opportunity to transfer it again.


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