Balance transfer limit: How much can I transfer with a balance transfer card?

Understand how balance transfer limits work so you can find the right credit card to consolidate your debts.

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A balance transfer credit card can be a great way to pay off an existing balance faster and cheaper with a 0% promotional period. However, the right balance transfer card for you may depend on the size of the debt you're transferring. This is because many banks only allow you to transfer up to a percentage of your approved credit limit. You can use this guide to understand how balance transfer limits work and to compare 0% balance transfer offers so you can find the right card for you.

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Name Product Balance transfer rate Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount Saved Product Description
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
0% p.a. for 22 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Save with a 0% p.a. interest rate on balance transfers for the first 22 months, with a 1% balance transfer fee. Plus, a reduced $64 first year annual fee.
Kogan Money Black Card
0% p.a. for 12 months
20.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Save with a $0 annual fee and a 0% introductory rate on balance transfers. Plus, earn $300 Kogan.com Credit and uncapped rewards points.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 13 months
0% for 13 months, reverts to 21.49% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
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Save with 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers for 13 months (with no BT fee). Plus, a discounted $49 annual fee for the first year.
Coles No Annual Fee Mastercard
0% p.a. for 12 months
0% for 12 months, reverts to 19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Offers 0% p.a. on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months and an ongoing $0 annual fee. Plus, earn flybuys for your eligible spend.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Bonus Points Offer
0% p.a. for 18 months
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 70,000 bonus Velocity Points (60,000 in 3 months and 10,000 after first year). Plus, save with 0% p.a. for 18 months on balance transfers.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
0% p.a. for 26 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
21.49% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($199 p.a. thereafter)
Earn reward Points per $1 spent, take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 26 month balance transfer offer, plus $0 first year annual fee.
Coles Low Rate Mastercard
0% p.a. for 12 months
0% for 12 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
$58 p.a.
Offers 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers and purchases for the first 12 months. Plus, earn flybuys points at Coles Supermarkets.
Citi Clear Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 9 months
0% for 9 months, reverts to 14.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy a $0 first year annual fee and a 0% introductory rate on purchases and balance transfers. Plus, complimentary purchase insurance cover.
BOQ Low Rate Visa Credit Card
0% p.a. for 14 months
13.49% p.a.
$55 p.a.
A no-frills card offering 0% on balance transfers for the first 14 months with no balance transfer fee.
Coles Rewards Mastercard
0% p.a. for 14 months
19.99% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Enjoy up to 120,000 bonus points (worth $600 flybuys Dollars / 52,200 Velocity Points ) when you meet the spend criteria and 2 flybuys / $1 spent.
BOQ Platinum Visa Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy 1,000 bonus Q Rewards points/month, a 12-month balance transfer offer and $0 first year annual fee.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 14 months
11.99% p.a.
$49 p.a.
Get a $49 annual fee, 10% cashback on purchases made in the first 3 months (capped at $100) and a 14-month balance transfer.
Commonwealth Bank Low Rate Gold Credit Card
5.99% p.a. for 5 months
0% for 15 months, reverts to 13.24% p.a.
$89 p.a.
Keep interest costs low with a 0% p.a. introductory rate on purchases for 15 months. Plus, access to complimentary insurance covers.
Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Gold Credit Card
5.99% p.a. for 5 months
0% for 15 months, reverts to 19.74% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($89 p.a. thereafter)
Save with 0% p.a. for 15 months on purchases and an ongoing annual fee waiver when you meet the spend requirement. Plus, included insurances.

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How do balance transfer limits work?

When you apply for a credit card, the card issuer assigns you a maximum credit limit based on your income, credit history and other factors (including any credit limit you request during the application). If you're also applying for a balance transfer, your approved credit limit could have an impact on how much debt you're able to move onto the new card.

Usually, you can transfer between 70% and 100% of the new card's approved credit limit, although this varies between card issuers. For example, if a card allows you to transfer 80% of your credit limit and you're approved for a $10,000 limit, you'd be able to balance transfer $8,000 worth of debt.

If you're transferring multiple debts from more than one account, you need to make sure that the combined debt doesn't exceed this balance transfer limit. Otherwise, the bank may only transfer the maximum amount of debt, which could leave you with a balance on your old account. You may also find that there is a minimum transfer limit, which is usually between $200 and $500. Balance transfer credit limits vary between cards, so you can compare your options below.

What happens when you balance transfer is higher than your credit limit?

How much can I balance transfer?

The table below shows balance transfer limits for different financial institutions. If you're looking at a particular balance transfer credit card, you can also find these details on the review pages.

Bank

Balance transfer limit

Commonwealth BankCommonwealth Bank can process balance transfer requests from $500 up to your available credit limit.
BankwestYou can use up to 95% towards a balance transfer with Bankwest.
ANZMinimum balance transfer limit of $100 and a maximum balance transfer limit up to 95% of your credit limit.
NABNAB’s minimum balance transfer limit is $200. NAB’s maximum balance transfer limit is up to 90% of your approved credit limit at the time of processing the balance transfer request.
WestpacWestpac lets you to use up to 80% of your credit card limit towards a balance transfer.
St.GeorgeSt.George’s minimum balance transfer is limit $200 and maximum balance transfer limit is up to 80% of your credit limit.
Bank of MelbourneYou can balance transfer a minimum of $200 and up to 80% of your credit limit with Bank of Melbourne.
BankSABalance transfer as little as $200 and up to 80% of your credit limit with BankSA.
Bank of QueenslandYou can balance transfer up to 80% of your approved credit limit.
CitiThe minimum credit limit is $500 and up to 80% of your approved credit limit.
Coles MastercardYou can transfer up to a maximum of 80% of your approved credit limit to a Coles credit card.
Community FirstBalance transfers to Community First credit cards start at $500 and are capped at your Community First credit card credit limit.
HSBCYou can transfer up to 90% of your credit limit.
MEYou can transfer up to $100 less than your available credit limit.
Suncorp BankYou can transfer up to 80% of your approved credit limit.
WoolworthsWoolworths can process balance transfer requests from $500 up to your available credit limit.

As the amount of debt you can move onto a balance transfer card depends on the credit limit, you won't know exactly how much you can balance transfer until your application is approved. But checking the minimum and maximum balance transfer amounts, as well as potential credit limits, can help you find a card that works for you.

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    KimJanuary 19, 2019

    I have been approved for a balance transfer credit card. They have advised me that they will transfer the full amount of my credit card limit in the next 2-3 working days. While I have been waiting on this approval I had to make a minimum payment to the existing credit card. With the minimum payment now applied the balance owing on the existing credit card is now less than the amount that my new credit card will be transferring. My question is what happens to that difference in balances? For example, if my existing credit card limit was $5000 and the new credit card will be transferring the balance of $5000 but I made the payment of $200 to the existing credit card. The true owing balance to the existing credit card is now $4800 (not counting interest fees). My new credit card provider has said that they will still transfer the full $5000. Therefore what happens to the $200 that I had to pay as a minimum payment to my existing credit card?

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      JeniJanuary 22, 2019Staff

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      You may discuss the amount you’ve paid with your existing credit card issuer if becomes an over payment. As you know, if the balance transfer amount has not been completed then you have to pay your minimum repayment on or before the due date with your existing credit card issuer to prevent missed/late payment.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    AleasheaDecember 27, 2018

    I’m on centerlink benefits I’m looking for a credit card that we’re I’m not paying alot back but have a minimum card useage of 1000. Thanks

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      JohnDecember 27, 2018Staff

      Hi Aleashea,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Please click on this link to go to our finder page “Credit cards for retired and pensioner applicants”. This page will give you details on the requirements for each credit card provider when you make an application. The page also provides you tip on what you could do when comparing these cards. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    JazzSeptember 30, 2015

    Hi
    Not sure if my last question came thru but basically, what happens if you pay off your balance transfer quicker than 14months etc?

    Also, is it possible to do another balance transfer from the same card? Obviously with a different bank.
    Or is that a bad idea..

    Thanks

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      JonathanSeptember 30, 2015Staff

      Hi Jazz, thanks for your question.

      If your balance transfer debt is repaid then you can use the credit card as normal. If you meet the eligibility requirements for the next bank/ card you are applying for then you can request a balance transfer to pay less interest.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    JazzSeptember 24, 2015

    Hi,
    I have been accepted for a st George vertigo card, however my credit limit is very low.
    Would it be best to amend the amount to transfer rather than cancelling the card? Would this help credit limits or do Banks just stick to initial credit limit.

    Also, if I cancel this card, how long should I wait before applying or another credit card balance transfer?

    Thank You.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanSeptember 25, 2015Staff

      Hi Jazz, thanks for your inquiry!

      If the approved credit limit for your St.George Vertigo card is insufficient to transfer all your existing credit card debt, then a credit limit increase can be requested. In regards to applying for another credit card typically it is best to wait at least a few months (4-6 months) before applying for another card.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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      JazzSeptember 30, 2015

      Hi,
      Another question:

      If the smaller amount of balance transfer is paid off say in couple months time, would it be a bad idea to apply for another credit card for another balance transfer, In the hopes that the credit limit be extended?

      Thank U.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanSeptember 30, 2015Staff

      Hi Jazz, thanks for your inquiry!

      Credit limits are subject to a bank’s lending criteria who take into account income, liabilities, employment history and credit history. As a result applying for another credit card balance transfer offer will not guarantee a credit limit extension. Frequent credit applications can display negative signals to a bank, so it can be recommended to wait at least a few months before applying for another card.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

Credit Cards Comparison

Rates last updated November 18th, 2019
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate Annual fee Product Description
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 22 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Save with a 0% p.a. interest rate on balance transfers for the first 22 months, with a 1% balance transfer fee. Plus, a reduced $64 first year annual fee.
Latitude 28° Global Platinum Mastercard
21.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Save with 0% foreign transaction fees on purchases. Plus, complimentary flight delay passes and a global wifi access.
Qantas Premier Platinum
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Get up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points (20,000/month) when you spend $1,500/month for the first 6 months.
Citi Clear Platinum Credit Card
0% for 9 months, reverts to 14.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 9 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy a $0 first year annual fee and a 0% introductory rate on purchases and balance transfers. Plus, complimentary purchase insurance cover.

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