Barclaycard Ring® Mastercard®

Becca Jackowitz  in  Low Interest Advertising Disclosure
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Recommended Credit Score

Excellent to Good

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Best for no annual fee

Annual Fee:
$0
Purchase Intro APR:
N/A
Balance Transfer Intro APR:
See Terms
Regular APR:
14.24% Variable
Terms and Restrictions Apply

Bankrate Rating

Commonly used for: 0% Introductory APR, Auto Rental Insurance, Balance Transfer, Excellent Credit, Extended Warranty Program, Free Credit Score, Low Interest, Mobile Pay Ready, No Annual Fee, No Foreign Transaction Fees, Price Protection, Unsecured credit card, Zero Fraud Liability.

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Editor’s note: this offer is no longer available. 

The Barclaycard Ring Mastercard recently updated its balance transfer offer, making it an unattractive choice compared to other balance transfer cards in the market.

This card advertises 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. However, you will be charged $5 or 2% of the transferred balance. On the other hand, if you make a balance transfer beyond 45 days of opening an account, you won’t have to pay a balance transfer fee, but your APR will be a variable 14.24%. What this boils down to is that you are either going to be paying a balance transfer fee, or you will be charged the regular APR on your balance transfer. It’s a lose-lose situation, and you would be better off with a card that has a stronger introductory balance transfer offer.

Review

As a balance transfer card, the Barclaycard Ring Mastercard falls short compared to the competition. The card is able to redeem some of its value as a low-interest card, but there are plenty of better options on the market for consumers looking to decrease their debt payments.

It’s one stab at a reward effort is its Giveback program, which was designed to share some card profits with cardholders. Unlike traditional rewards programs, there are no guaranteed rewards, and Barclay’s says it may discontinue the program at any time. You may also designate any Giveback rewards to charity.

We do like that this card preaches transparency and that cardholders are both alerted to upcoming changes and are offered an opportunity to vote on certain card features.

Who should get this card

With a lackluster balance transfer offer, this card is best suited for consumers with good to excellent credit scores that are looking for a long-term low-interest credit card.

Advantages
  • This card has a lower-than-average regular APR on purchases and balance transfers.
  • There’s no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees.
Disadvantages
  • There’s no opportunity to earn traditional rewards with this card.
  • If you transfer a balance within the first 45 days of opening the card, you will be charged a 2% or $5 balance transfer fee, whichever is greater.
  • 45 days after opening your account, you can transfer a balance with no fee, but you will not be eligible for the introductory APR offer on balance transfers.

Fees and APR

  • You’ll pay no annual fee with the Barclaycard Ring Mastercard.
  • You will be charged either $5 or 2% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater on balance transfers that post to your account within 45 days of account opening.
  • There are no foreign transaction fees for purchases made outside of the U.S.
  • The card includes a variable 14.24% APR for purchases and balance transfers.

Extras and perks

The Barclaycard Ring Mastercard touts itself as a “community-minded” credit card and has a dedicated website featuring tips and tools for money management as well as a place to start a discussion or submit an idea. The card also has a profit-sharing feature that gives an opportunity to either get a statement credit, donate your earnings to charity, or a combination of both. Keep in mind that, according to the fine print, any payouts are at the discretion of Barclay’s and it’s not a guarantee that any payouts will actually occur.