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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.

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 (p.a.) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount Saved Product Description
Westpac Low Rate Card
0% p.a. for 24 months with 1% balance transfer fee
13.49% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($59 p.a. thereafter)
Offers a 0% for 24 month balance transfer option, first year annual fee waiver and a competitive purchase rate.
Citi Clear Platinum - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 24 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
14.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
finder Exclusive: Receive 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers and a discounted annual fee in the first year. Plus, access to Citi World Privileges.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 22 months with 2% balance transfer fee
19.99% p.a.
$129 p.a.
Offers a 0% p.a. for 22 months balance transfer and an annual fee refund each year when you spend $6,000.
St.George Vertigo Platinum - Online Offer
0% p.a. for 25 months
12.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Get platinum perks and save with 0% p.a. interest for up to 25 months on balance transfers with no BT fee.
NAB Low Fee Platinum Card
0% p.a. for 24 months with 2% balance transfer fee
19.74% p.a.
$90 p.a.
Offers 7 complimentary insurance covers, a 0% p.a. for 24 month balance transfer and access to a 24/7 concierge service for a $90 p.a. annual fee.
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 60,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months and enjoy a discounted annual fee of $64 for the first year.
HSBC Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 20 months with 2% balance transfer fee
13.25% p.a.
$79 p.a.
Receive up to 20 months interest-free on balance transfers with a 2% BT fee. Also enjoy exclusive offers with the home&Away Privilege Program.
Citi Simplicity Card
0% p.a. for 15 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Save with 5% cashback on eligible purchases (capped at $50 per month) for the first 90 days from approval. Plus, a 15 month balance transfer offer.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
0% p.a. for 18 months
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 18 months. $64 in the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter), plus, bonus Velocity Points.
NAB Low Fee Card
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
19.74% p.a.
$30 p.a.
Receive complimentary purchase protection insurance, a 18 month balance transfer offer and special offers from Visa Entertainment.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 14 months
11.99% p.a.
$49 p.a.
Offers a $49 annual fee, 10% cashback on purchases made in the first 3 months (capped at $100) and 0% p.a. for 14 months on balance transfers.
Citi Platinum Credit Card - 100k Bonus Points
0% p.a. for 15 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 100,000 reward Points, enjoy a long-term balance transfer offer, a discounted first year annual fee and complimentary travel insurance.
BankSA Amplify Card
3% p.a. for 36 months
19.49% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
Receive a 3% p.a. for 36 months balance transfer and earn Qantas or Amplify Points per $1 spent. Plus, enjoy a $0 annual fee for the first year.
BankSA Vertigo Visa
0% p.a. for 16 months
13.74% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Enjoy a 0% p.a. interest rate for up to 16 months on balance transfers with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low ongoing purchase rate.
St.George Vertigo Visa
0% p.a. for 16 months
13.74% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Get 0% p.a. interest for up to 16 months on balance transfers with no BT fee. Plus, a competitive annual fee.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Platinum
0% p.a. for 24 months with 1% balance transfer fee
12.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Offers a long-term balance transfer, low ongoing purchase rate, complimentary travel insurance and access to a 24/7 personal concierge service.
St.George Amplify Card
3% p.a. for 36 months
19.49% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of 3% p.a. interest on balance transfers for 36 months. Plus, a $0 first year annual fee and Amplify or Qantas Points per $1 spent.
NAB Low Rate Platinum Card
0% p.a. for 6 months with 2% balance transfer fee
0% p.a. for 9 months (reverts to 13.99% p.a.)
$100 p.a.
Enjoy a 0% p.a. interest rate offer on purchases for 9 months and the protection of 7 complimentary insurances including overseas travel insurance.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Velocity Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
American Express Explorer Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.74% p.a.
$395 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Membership Rewards points, a yearly $400 Travel Credit and 2 entries per year to the American Express Lounge.

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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 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 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.
WoolworthsYou can transfer up to 90% of your approved 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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Amy is a senior writer at finder.com.au with more than 10 years experience covering credit cards, personal finance and various lifestyle topics. When she’s not sharing her knowledge on money matters, Amy spends her time as an actress.

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6 Responses

  1. Default Gravatar
    September 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

    • finder Customer Care
      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.

    • finder 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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      September 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.

    • finder 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

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