Credit card borrowers looking to transfer their debt onto an interest-free balance transfer card will be disappointed to find that the number of deals available has fallen year-on-year.
Research carried out by Moneyfacts.co.uk has found that in four years, the number of 0% balance transfer credit card deals has fallen by 66, from 126 available in February 2017 to just 60 available this month. As well as this, compared to a year ago, there are now 18 fewer 0% balance transfer deals available in the credit card charts, as during February 2020 borrowers had 78 deals to choose from.
In addition to the fall in deals available, the average number of interest-free days being offered on deals has also fallen. Four years ago, borrowers could get an average of 669 interest-free days in which to repay their credit card debt, whereas during February this year, the average number of interest-free days is 528.
The year-on-year fall in deals and interest-free terms suggests that borrowers looking to get the best 0% balance transfer deal may want to act soon rather than waiting. “It is hard to tell what attitude to risk credit card lenders will adopt during 2021 in light of the pandemic, and whether this may lead to a further reduction in interest-free balance transfer offers,” explained Rachel Springall, finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk. “Consumers looking to take advantage would be wise not to wait around too long and ensure they check their credit score before they apply. They should also be careful to weigh up the length of any deal and its fees, or even search for a shorter interest-free offer without fees instead.”