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Barclaycard Ring Review: Off the Market, but a 0% Star in Its Time

(NO LONGER AVAILABLE) You could get a 0% intro APR period for balance transfers or a $0 transfer fee — but not both. Crowdsourced card features created a sense of community.
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May 16, 2018 1:41 p.m. PDT
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The Bottom Line

3.6

NerdWallet rating

Generally low costs and a curious combination of benefits can make this an attractive card for a very specific type of customer.

Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard® Image
Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard®
Annual Fee
$0
Rewards Rate
N/A
Intro Offer
N/A
Recommended credit score
Intro APR
0% intro APR for 15 months on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable 14.24% APR will apply
Regular APR
14.24% Variable APR
Recommended credit score
Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard® Image
Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard®
Annual Fee
$0
Rewards Rate
N/A
Intro Offer
N/A
Recommended credit score
Intro APR
0% intro APR for 15 months on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable 14.24% APR will apply
Regular APR
14.24% Variable APR
Recommended credit score
  • Annual fee

    $0

  • Rewards rate

    N/A

  • Bonus offer

    None

  • Intro APR

    0% intro APR for 15 months on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable 14.24% APR will apply

  • Ongoing APR

    APR: 14.24% Variable APR

    Cash Advance APR: 14.24%, Variable

  • Balance transfer fee

    Promotional Balance Transfers that post to your account within 45 days of account opening: Either $5 or 2% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater. For Balance Transfers that post to your account at a non-promotional APR after 45 days of account opening: $0

  • Foreign transaction fee

    0%

  • Enjoy a 0% intro APR for 15 months on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable 14.24% APR will apply
  • Low 14.24% variable APR on purchases and cash advances
  • NEW - Control Your Card - Instantly secure your accounts by locking your cards with Barclays SecurHold™, plus set transaction limits and block certain purchase categories for you or your authorized users. Available only on the Barclays mobile app.
  • No annual fee
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • International Chip and PIN

Pros and Cons

Pros

No annual fee

Intro APR period on Balance Transfers

No foreign transaction fee

Cons

No rewards

Detailed Review

» This card is no longer available

The Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard® is no longer accepting applications. See our best 0% APR credit cards and our best balance transfer credit cards for other options. Below is our review from when the card was still available.

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The ideal balance transfer credit card wouldn't have an annual fee, would give you an introductory 0% interest period on debt you move to the card, and wouldn't charge balance transfer fees.

The Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard® gives you two out of three. The twist is that you get decide which two out of three: You can have the 0% intro APR period or the $0 transfer fee, but not both.

In other respects, the crowdsourced Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard® is like a credit union credit card, without the credit union: It comes with a strong sense of community and a relatively low ongoing interest rate.

Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard®: Basics

Annual fee: $0.

Rewards: None, but the card offers a profit-sharing plan, described below.

APR: 0% on Balance Transfers for 15 months on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening, and then the ongoing APR of 14.24% Variable APR. (At times, the ongoing APR on this card was in the single digits, making it the rare card you might consider transferring a balance to even after the 0% period had ended, especially because the transfer fee dropped to zero.)

Balance transfer fee: Promotional Balance Transfers that post to your account within 45 days of account opening: Either $5 or 2% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater. For Balance Transfers that post to your account at a non-promotional APR after 45 days of account opening: $0.

Compare to Other Cards

ANNUAL FEE
$0
INTRO APR
0% Intro APR for 21 months on Balance Transfers and 12 months on Purchases
REGULAR APR
18.24%-28.99% Variable APR
RECOMMENDED CREDIT SCORE
ANNUAL FEE
$0
INTRO APR
0% intro APR for 18 billing cycles on purchases and balance transfers
REGULAR APR
18.74%-29.74% Variable APR
RECOMMENDED CREDIT SCORE
ANNUAL FEE
$0
INTRO APR
0% intro APR on purchases and Balance Transfers for 15 months
REGULAR APR
20.49%-29.24% Variable APR
RECOMMENDED CREDIT SCORE
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Benefits and Perks

A break for balance transfers

This card gives you two ways to save money on balance transfers — but it's a one-or-the-other proposition:

  • If you transfer a balance within the first 45 days, you get a fairly lengthy 0% APR period, but you have to pay a transfer fee. That 2% fee, though, is lower than the standard 3% to 5% charged by most cards in its class.

  • If you transfer a balance after 45 days, the transfer fee is $0, but you have to pay the card's regular APR. That ongoing APR was at one time among the lowest available on any card from a major issuer, but it later rose into the mid-teens.

Because there are no balance transfer fees after 45 days, keeping this card in your wallet gives you the option to execute multiple transfers over time. Say you have a big purchase coming up that you'd like to pay down over a few months. Put it on your rewards card to earn cash or miles, but avoid paying the high APRs typically charged by rewards cards by shifting the balance to the Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard®.

Low fees

The annual fee is $0, and there are no foreign transaction fees. Though cash advances on a credit card are best avoided, they're cheaper on this card than on many others: Each advance comes with a flat $3 fee, and you pay the same APR for cash advances as for purchases (many cards charge a much higher rate on advances). Late fees on this card max out at $28.

Voting on product features

If you want to bend your bank’s ear, the Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard® is your card. You’ll be able to suggest new card features to the community managers directly and weigh in on new product ideas, the sort of influence you wouldn’t be able to get with any other type of credit card.

You’ll also get to see the profit and loss reports for the Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard®, and earn a small payout through the card’s Giveback program every six months if you meet certain spending requirements. These rewards can be redeemed as a statement credit or check. This profit-sharing system is similar to the loyalty-based dividends many credit unions pay their members: The more money the card makes, and the more you use it, the more you'll get back.

Drawbacks and Considerations

You can get a longer 0% period — and for purchases, too

The U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card offers an introductory APR of 0% intro APR for 18 billing cycles on purchases and balance transfers, and then the ongoing APR of 18.74%-29.74% Variable APR. The annual fee is $0.

Rewards tied to the credit card’s performance

Profit-sharing is nice, but unpredictable. If you want to have more direct control over the rewards you earn, go for a card with a long introductory APR period, no annual fee and a clear-cut rewards program. Good alternatives include:

  • The Discover it® Cash Back which offers 5% cash back in rotating bonus categories that you activate (on up to $1,500 in sending per quarter) and 1% on everything else.

  • The Chase Freedom Unlimited®, which pays 5% on travel booked through Chase, 3% on dining and drugstores and 1.5% cash back on everything else.

You also can check out the NerdWallet best credit cards page for more information on how these cards stack up.

How To Decide If It's Right For You

With its choose-your-benefit approach to balance transfers, its low fees and lower ongoing APR, and its crowdsourcing features, the Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard® is designed for a very specific person in mind. If you're that person, go for it.

Alternate Pick: Longer 0% period
Get more time to pay off debt

The U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card has an APR of 0% intro APR for 18 billing cycles on purchases and balance transfers, and then the ongoing APR of 18.74%-29.74% Variable APR. The annual fee is $0.


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