By: Harvey Jones | Updated: 21st November, 2018.
Asda Cashback Credit Card
Good for: Cashback for Asda shoppers
Our Bottom Line
The Asda Cashback Credit Card is an interesting card that sets itself apart from the competition. It’s important to note that the “cashback” is not true cash, but rather cashback vouchers to Asda. Plus, while you get 0.2% “cashback” for all of your shopping, you’ll get 1% for shopping at Asda and online affiliates (like George.com). Tack on a balance transfer option (albeit with a balance-transfer fee) and six months of 0% APR for large purchases at George.com and this is a compelling card to consider.
Representative APR (variable):
Asda is the UK’s third largest supermarket chain – only Tesco and Sainsbury’s are bigger. More than 18 million people shop in its stores every week, and if you are one of them, you should consider adding this card to your collection of plastic.
All of those weekly shopping trips really add up, so it’s good to get a little back. Better still, the cashback is unlimited and applies to fuel at Asda’s filling stations. Plus, you get cashback on everything you buy, anywhere, although at a much lower rate.
Credit Rating Requirement: Good/Excellent
What I like about Asda Cashback Credit Card
- Unlimited cashback – This is what it’s all about — money back when you spend in-store or online. You get unlimited cash vouchers worth 1% of your spending at ASDA.com, Asda stores, Asda Living, Asda petrol stations, and its clothing arm, George.com. This is one of the most generous cashback deals on the market. You also get cashback on all your spending elsewhere, although at the greatly reduced rate of 0.2%.
- 0% balance transfer benefits – You pay zero interest on balance transfers from existing credit cards for 12 months, although you do have to pay a 3% transfer fee. There are far longer balance transfer deals on the market but this is a nice little extra.
- Quick eligibility check – Asda lets you quickly check online to see if you are likely to be accepted for this card, without leaving an application footprint that could affect your credit score.
- Other benefits – Another, lesser benefit, is that you pay zero interest for six months on purchases of £200 or more at George.com. You also get 10% cashback on selected Asda insurance products. Also, there is no annual fee.
- Worth knowing – All new purchases are interest free for 50 days. You pay a 3% fee for any cash withdrawals, capped at £5, and a foreign currency-conversion fee of 2.99% for overseas use.
Why you can trust me
I’ve been a personal financial journalist for 30 years, writing for national newspapers, magazines and websites. I reported on the technology boom in the 1990s, and the subsequent bust. I covered the financial crisis, and the tentative recovery. Decades of writing about the big banks has taught me to be skeptical, to examine every pledge and promise, and look closely at the small print of their product offerings. I’m on the side of the consumer, alert to rip-offs but also to good deals. There are plenty out there, if you know where to look.
What could be improved
The headline Asda cashback offer is good but I do have a few minor quibbles.
- The cash goes back to Asda – All the cashback you earn is allocated in the form of vouchers to spend in store at Asda, or online at George.com. So you don’t get cash in your hand, instead, you have to recycle it with Asda. That shouldn’t be a problem for regular Asda shoppers though.
- 0.2% cashback – While 1% unlimited cashback for shopping at Asda is as good as it gets these days, the 0.2% on all of your spending elsewhere is… well, pretty meh. So for every £100 you spend outside of Asda, you get just 20p back. You are hardly being lavished with riches here.
- Higher standard APR – The representative APR on this card is a bit above other cards on the market. It isn’t a massive difference though, and doesn’t matter if you clear your credit card in full every month, but even so.
- 0% purchases deal – This card does offer an introductory interest-free deal on purchases for the first six months, but it only applies to purchases of £200 or more at George.com, which is pretty limiting.
How does this Asda offer stack up?
The cashback market was hit by EU rules in 2015 capping the fees retailers pay to process card transactions. These days, most cashback cards pay between 0.25% and 0.5%, with limits on your spending. The Asda Cashback Credit Card gives you 1% on unlimited spending, including fuel, at all of its outlets. In today’s market, that makes it a real leader.
The Asda Cashback Credit Card credit score
When applying for a credit card, the issuer will check your credit rating with one of the big reference agencies such as Experian or Equifax. This will show a history of your borrowings for the last six years, and highlight any problem such as missed payments, bankruptcy or County Court Judgements (CCJs) against your name. Asda offers a two-minute eligibility checker on line. I tried this, dropping in one or two non-standard bits of information, notably a net income of just £1,000 a month, and was politely informed that I was not eligible. This tells me you need to be squeaky clean to get this card.
You will need a UK bank or building society account and a regular income through full or part-time employment, although students and retired people can also apply. Also a clean credit history, with no CCJs, bankruptcies or individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs).
How to apply
You will need your email address, mobile and home phone, residential address, employment status, net monthly personal income, and any partner’s income. You will need your address details for the last three years, your bank or building society details, employer’s name, the details of your other credit or store cards if you have any, and pen and paper to write down your application reference number. You should get an instant decision and the whole application process should take just 10 minutes or so online.
Is the Asda Cashback Credit Card right for you?
There is a simple test that will determine whether this card is right for you. Do you shop at Asda regularly? If the answer is yes, then this card could be a very good choice. You could always use another cashback or rewards card for your non-Asda shopping. However, if you rarely shop at Asda there are other cards that will provide you better benefits.