Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Credit Cards Charging Up to 46% Interest

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Credit Cards Charging Up to 46% Interest

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Byline: SRI CARMICHAEL

AMERICAN Express has increased the cost of borrowing on one of its credit cards to 46 per cent more than 30 times the Bank of England base rate.

The company now charges 46 per cent APR on the British Airways Premium Plus card, making it Britain's most expensive credit card.

Consumer groups said the cost of borrowing on some credit cards had now lost all touch with the base rate.

A series of other cards also have APR over 35 per cent despite interest rates now being at the lowest level since the Bank of England was set up in 1694.

Other cards include Virgin Money American Express at 37 per cent and Citi MasterCard at 41 per cent.

Consumer group Which!'s credit card expert Martyn Saville said the Amex rate was "ridiculous".

He said: "This is over 30 times base rate. Credit card interest rates now bear no resemblance to Bank rates it is just about what companies think they can get away with. Even at 19. …

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