Putting all credit cards on the table

Putting all credit cards on the table

Whatever credit card you need, we’ve got a great pack to pick from when you compare credit cards with MoneyHub.
MoneyHub experts say:
“Credit cards are like fire – a great tool if used well…used badly, they can burn. Different types of credit cards can help you cut debt costs, spread the cost of a purchase, get rewards, or are good overseas. So choose which one is right for you.”
Loan ProviderCredit cardsInterest-free periodInterest rateMonthly fee (EUR)CashbackOur Rating
Luminor Visa infinite5012%€20.00xLook Closer
MoneyHub Credit Card013%€0.000Look Closer
Inpay Platinum *4512%€12.902Look Closer
Placet Group credit card4524%€0.005Look Closer
Inpay Metal *4512%€27.902Look Closer
Swedbank Platinum credit card4014%€14.900Look Closer
Holm Liisi credit card1514%€0.000Look Closer
LHV4016%€1.000Look Closer
LHV Gold credit card4016%€0.000Look Closer
Swedbank Gold credit card with free repayment4017%€5.990Look Closer
Inpay Standard *3518%€2.502Look Closer
Luminor Black4518%€5.500Look Closer
Swedbank credit card with free repayment3019%€1.590Look Closer
Credit card with SEB fixed repayment45Interest free. The entire limit on the agreed day of the following month€1.600Look Closer
SEB Gold credit card45Interest-free until next month's payment date€3.500Look Closer
Mastercard prepaid credit card4516%€0.000% - 1% hüvitisLook Closer

Credit Cards FAQ

How do we calculate our star ratings?

Our star ratings are based on the headline rate offered, our consumer base feedback, additional charges, ease of business, and value-added benefits.

What is a credit card?

A credit card is a payment card, usually issued by a bank or lender, allowing its users to purchase goods or services or withdraw cash on credit.

How do lenders decide whether to give you a credit card?

A lender determines how ‘risky’ you are to lend to and considers your income and other financial commitments. It can then either accept or decline you. The criteria differ between lenders – you could be accepted by one but declined by another.

Why do lenders offer different interest rates? Why are they not all the same?

Lenders have different selection criteria. Those offering lower interest rates tend to only lend to a small segment of borrowers. Alternatively, those offering higher rates tend to favour most borrowers, regardless of income or personal financial circumstances.

What are the pros and cons of owning a credit card?

Credit cards are helpful if used well but can be costly and damaging if poorly used. The main advantages are that:

  • Can offer cheap borrowing or rewards
  • Let you spread the cost of a purchase
  • Let you transfer expensive debt to 0% (if you get a balance transfer card)
  • Give you extra protection on purchases
  • It can boost your credit history when managed well, meaning you’re more likely to be accepted for credit in future.

The main disadvantages are:

  • This can lead to a build-up of debt if you can’t afford to repay what you borrow
  • Charge interest if you don’t clear your full balance each month
  • It can damage your ability to get credit in the future if you miss repayments – this is why we say always to pay at least the minimum repayment each month.
Can credit card interest rates change?

Most credit cards come with a ‘variable APR’, known as CPR ‘annual cost rate’ in Estonia, which means that the interest lenders charge on borrowing (i.e. the outstanding balance on a credit card) can go up or down, depending on market fluctuations. Your lender must tell you if they plan to change your credit card CPR.

You can also get ‘fixed CPR cards, where lenders guarantee that they won’t raise or lower the rate for a fixed period of time, although these are less common and usually have higher interest rates.

What is credit scoring?

We’re not entirely sure whether credit scoring is used in Estonia. However, in many countries, credit scoring is a process used by credit card companies and other lenders to decide whether or not they want to lend to you. This process is largely based on information they get from the credit reference agencies – who hold information about your credit history.

They will also use data from your application form and information from any accounts you’ve had with that financial firm. Broadly speaking, it means that if you have a history of repaying debts in full and on time, you’ll have a better chance of getting accepted than if you have a history of missed payments.

What happens if I miss a repayment on my credit card?

If you miss a repayment or don’t make the minimum payment amount on your monthly credit card bill, you’ll typically be charged a late payment fee or interest on the outstanding amount.

Can I get a joint credit card?

Although you can’t technically get a joint credit card in Estonia, you can opt to have additional cardholders linked to your credit card account (most often a relative or family member). But as the primary cardholder, you’ll remain solely responsible for the debt, regardless of who’s done the spending.

So, think carefully before adding any additional cardholders. If they go on a spending spree, even without your permission, you’ll be the one responsible for making the payments and clearing the balance.

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