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Netflix is here. The pricing has been announced and the TV show and movie library has been released and pored over by every Australian keen to get their money's worth. So if you're ready to sign up — maybe you already have — there are definitely ways to get more bang for your buck when it comes to your Netflix subscription, and that comes down to how you're paying for it. Not sure what Internet TV provider to sign up with? Let us help you decide with the ultimate guide.

Be rewarded while you do nothing

What's this called again? Oh, yeah: LIVING THE DREAM! Link your rewards credit card to your Netflix subscription account and you'll earn points for watching TV.

How to choose the *best rewards credit card:

  • Check the earn rate. How many points will you earn for each dollar you spend?
  • How much does the card cost you to own? The annual fee and interest rate can also end up costing you, so be sure to check these are competitive.

How do you want to be rewarded?

Compare rewards credit cards

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Name Product Bonus Points Rewards program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Visa/MC
1
20.24% p.a.
$425 p.a.
Earn 120,000 bonus Qantas Points & $275 back when you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, airport lounge passes. Ends 9 June 2020.
St.George Amplify Platinum - Qantas
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Visa/MC
0.5
19.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points, plus enjoy 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 6 months and complimentary insurance covers. Ends 2 June 2020.
Coles No Annual Fee Mastercard
flybuys
Visa/MC
0.5
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn flybuys points for your spending and save with an ongoing $0 annual fee and 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Amex
0.75
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn 0.75 Qantas Points for your everyday purchases, uncapped, and pay $0 annual fee for the life of the card on this no-frills frequent flyer card.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Qantas
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Visa/MC
0.5
20.49% p.a.
$200 p.a.
Get 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days.
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A low rate card gives you a lower cost option to support your Netflix habits

If you need a credit card to link to your Netflix account and want to use it for other spending as well, think about how you'll be managing your repayments. If you don't think you'll be repaying your balance in full each month, then a low rate card could support your spending without charging you too much interest.

What to look for:

  • The other costs of the card. Is there an annual fee? Does the card have a rewards program, and do you have to pay for it? What will you be charged for balance transfers?

Compare low rate cards

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Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Interest Free Period Annual fee Balance transfer rate
St.George Vertigo Platinum
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
6.99% p.a. for 12 months
Features an introductory 0% p.a. purchase rate, $49 first year annual fee and complimentary travel insurance covers. Ends 2 June 2020.
St.George Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
Get 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 18 months with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase rate. Ends 2 June 2020.
Westpac Low Rate Card
2019 Winner
Westpac Low Rate Card
13.74% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$59 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months
A no frills, low rate card offering 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for the first 16 months, with no balance transfer fee.
ANZ Low Rate
12.49% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($58 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 22 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
With a low minimum credit limit of $1,000, this no frills card allows you to add up to 3 additional cardholders for $0.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
Enjoy 0% p.a. interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers. Plus, a low annual fee and competitive purchase rate. Ends 2 June 2020.
BankSA Vertigo
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
A no-frills Visa with the protection of a zero liability policy and a 24/7 fraud monitoring service.
Coles Low Rate Mastercard
12.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$58 p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
Collect 1 flybuys point per $2 spent at Coles supermarkets and get free delivery on orders over $100. Plus, Coles Mobile Wallet.
ING Orange One
11.99% p.a.
Up to 45 days on purchases
$0 p.a.
Keep costs low with $0 annual fee and 100% foreign transaction fee rebates. Available when you hold or open an Orange Everyday account.
St.George Vertigo Classic Rainbow
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
All the great low cost features of the Vertigo Visa with a rainbow design in support of the LGBT community. Ends 2 June 2020.
St.George Rainbow Vertigo Platinum
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
6.99% p.a. for 12 months
All the platinum features of the Vertigo Platinum Visa with a rainbow design in support of the LGBT community. Ends 2 June 2020.
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Enjoy an interest-free line of credit

Want to link a credit card to your account but don't want to pay interest? You can take up a credit card with a purchase rate offer to enjoy interest-free spending for a limited amount of time. For example, you could get up to 13 months of 0% p.a. for your new Netflix account.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Credit card features. Other than the purchase rate offer, does the card come with any other features? Balance transfer offers, rewards points, complimentary insurances and even concierge services could all be available with your new 0% purchase card, so be sure to check.
  • Revert rate. What purchase rate applies when the introductory period is over? Check it's competitive because that's what rate will apply to any unpaid balance as well as ongoing purchases after the promotional period ends.

Compare interest-free cards

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Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate Annual fee Interest Free Period Amount saved
St.George Vertigo Platinum
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
6.99% p.a. for 12 months
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
Features an introductory 0% p.a. purchase rate, $49 first year annual fee and complimentary travel insurance covers. Ends 2 June 2020.
St.George Rainbow Vertigo Platinum
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
6.99% p.a. for 12 months
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
All the platinum features of the Vertigo Platinum Visa with a rainbow design in support of the LGBT community. Ends 2 June 2020.
Commonwealth Bank Low Rate Gold Credit Card
0% for 15 months, reverts to 13.24% p.a.
5.99% p.a. for 5 months
$89 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
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
0% for 15 months, reverts to 19.74% p.a.
5.99% p.a. for 5 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($89 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
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.
Suncorp Clear Options Platinum Credit Card
0% for 14 months, reverts to 20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
Save with 0% p.a. for 14 months on purchases and balance transfers and a $49 first year annual fee. Plus, complimentary overseas travel insurance.
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Why pay for a credit card at all?

Well, not at all — you'll still need to repay your balance — but if you're just going to be using your card for basic spending, why pay for it? Choose a card with no annual fee.

What to check when you're comparing:

  • What rates apply? Look over the purchase rate, balance transfer rate (if you plan to use it) and the cash advance rate to ensure they're competitive.
  • Do you get any extra features? Just because no annual fee is charged, that doesn't mean there are no other features on offer. Rewards programs, bonus points, complimentary insurances and the like can all be available.

No annual fee card options

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Name Product Annual fee Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate
Bankwest Zero Platinum Mastercard
$0 p.a.
17.99% p.a.
2.99% p.a. for 9 months
Offers a $0 annual fee, 0% foreign transaction fees, complimentary international travel insurance and a balance transfer offer.
ANZ Low Rate
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($58 p.a. thereafter)
12.49% p.a.
0% p.a. for 22 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
Save with 0% p.a on balance transfers for 22 months (with a 1.5% BT fee) and $0 first year annual fee. Plus a 12.49% p.a. purchase interest rate.
Virgin Money No Annual Fee Credit Card
$0 p.a.
18.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months
Offers 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers and up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, all for a $0 annual fee.
Coles No Annual Fee Mastercard
$0 p.a.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
Earn flybuys points for your spending and save with an ongoing $0 annual fee and 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
$0 p.a.
20.74% p.a.
Earn 0.75 Qantas Points for your everyday purchases, uncapped, and pay $0 annual fee for the life of the card on this no-frills frequent flyer card.
St.George No Annual Fee
$0 p.a.
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, a low minimum credit limit of $500 and a long-term balance transfer offer. Ends 2 June 2020.
BankSA No Annual Fee
$0 p.a.
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
Offers 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months, up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and an ongoing $0 annual fee. Ends 2 June 2020.
Citi Rewards Card - Exclusive Offer
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($199 p.a. thereafter)
21.49% p.a.
0% p.a. for 26 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
Finder Exclusive
Save with 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for the first 26 months (with a 1.5% BT fee) and a $0 annual fee for the first year.
American Express Business Explorer Credit Card
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
16.99% p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 75,000 bonus points and a $0 first year annual fee. Plus, 2 airport lounge passes. Ends 3 June 2020.
ING Orange One
$0 p.a.
11.99% p.a.
Keep costs low with $0 annual fee and 100% foreign transaction fee rebates. Available when you hold or open an Orange Everyday account.
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How to pay for Netflix

Netflix is offering all new sign-ups a free month trial to get a feel for the new Internet streaming service. When you sign-up you have the option to input your credit card details — Visa, Mastercard and American Express are all available — or to continue to PayPal. If you want to use PayPal to pay for your subscription, you can still take advantage of credit card benefits by linking your card to your PayPal account. If you have a rewards credit card, be sure to double check the terms and conditions to ensure you'll still receive your points.

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Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate Annual fee
HSBC Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 22 months
$129 p.a.
Save with a 22-month balance transfer offer. Plus, lounge passes, travel insurance and an annual fee refund when you spend an eligible $6k/year.
St.George Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Get 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 18 months with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase rate. Ends 2 June 2020.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
20.24% p.a.
20.24% p.a.
$425 p.a.
Earn 120,000 bonus Qantas Points & $275 back when you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, airport lounge passes. Ends 9 June 2020.
Westpac Low Rate Card
2019 Winner
Westpac Low Rate Card
13.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months
$59 p.a.
A no frills, low rate card offering 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for the first 16 months, with no balance transfer fee.
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