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Can I transfer money from a credit card to a bank account?

Your options for transferring funds vary between providers and banks. Here’s what you need to know.

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While some credit cards give you the option of transferring funds to a bank account, others have restrictions around this type of transaction. You can use this guide to check if this is possible with your current bank, how to make a transfer and what to watch out for before you go ahead.

How to transfer money from a credit card to a bank account

The first step is to check if your credit card provider will let you transfer funds to a bank account – either by calling them or logging into your account to see if there is an option there.

If your card and selected account allow this type of transaction, you can usually make the transfer online, through your bank's mobile app or over the phone. We've outlined the basic steps for these options below, although it will be a bit different with each provider.

Online and mobile banking

  1. Log in to your credit card account.
  2. Select the "Transfer" option.
  3. Enter the amount you want to transfer.
  4. Enter the bank account number, BSB and any other details listed on the form.
  5. Follow the prompts to complete the transaction.

Over the phone

  1. Call your credit card provider and follow the steps to verify your account.
  2. Request a transfer to a bank account.
  3. Confirm how much you want to transfer to the bank account.
  4. Provide the bank account number, BSB and any other requested details.
  5. Follow the prompts to complete the transaction.

If you're transferring funds to an account with the same bank, they should be available within a day. If the transfer is to an account with a different institution, allow 2-3 business days for the transaction to be completed.

Credit cards providers which allow money transfers to bank accounts

ProvidersDo they allow money transfers from credit card to bank accounts?
amex-sml-logoNo
anz-sml-logoYes
new bankwest sml logoNo
bank-of-melbourne-sml-logoYes
banksa-transparent-logoYes
bendigo-logoYes
No
tenants1Yes
commbank-logoNo
CUA logoNo
hsbc provider logoYes
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nab logoYes
qantas money logoNo
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Yes
suncorp-logo-100pxYes
virgin-money-sml-logoNo
No
Westpac logoYes

How much can I transfer?

The amount you'll be able to send to a bank account from your credit card will depend on your credit limit and the credit card provider. This type of transfer is usually considered a cash advance transaction, so you may only be able to transfer a portion of your available credit limit. You can find these details in your online account, or by asking your credit card company.

What to think about before transferring funds from a credit card

Make sure you consider these factors and potential costs before you go ahead with a transfer from your credit card to a bank account.

  • Cash advance fee. If the transfer is considered a cash advance transaction (and it usually will be), then you'll pay a fee worth around 3% of the total you send to your bank account.
  • Cash advance interest rate. In most cases, your transfer will be charged interest at the cash advance rate. This rate is usually higher than the interest rate charged for regular purchases and can quickly add up.
  • No interest-free days. Your transfer won't be eligible for interest-free days, which means you'll be charged interest straight away.
  • Transaction fees. Even if the transfer is not processed as a cash advance transaction, a fee may apply. For example, with Citi PayAll payments, a fee worth 2% of the transfer applies each time you transfer money from your credit card to an Australian bank account. There could also be additional fees if the transaction is declined.
  • International transfers. There could be further restrictions if you want to transfer funds from your credit card to an account overseas. But even if the transfer is allowed, you'll typically pay an international transaction fee on top of the other fees and charges.

What if my credit card or bank doesn't allow the transfer?

Depending on your situation, you could consider the following alternatives if you're unable to transfer funds from your credit card to a bank account:

  • ATM cash advance. You could use your credit card to withdraw cash from an ATM and then deposit the money directly into the bank account. Note that cash advance rates and fees will apply.
  • International transfer. If your goal is to get funds sent to an overseas account, you may want to consider using an international transfer service. Keep in mind that most of these services only accept payment through an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), so you may not be able to pay with your credit card.
  • Personal loan. If you're short on savings and need money in an emergency, you could consider a personal loan. In the medium to long term, personal loans will typically be less expensive than a credit card cash advance.

While there are credit cards that allow you to transfer funds to a bank account, it usually attracts fees, charges and is subject to other limitations. So make sure you weigh up these factors to help you decide if this is the right option for you.

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    DonnaMarch 28, 2019

    How can I transfer money from credit card to a bank account but the credit card doesn’t have the expiration date or the CVV number waiting on the new card but this one is working just can’t deposit money?

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      JeniMarch 30, 2019Staff

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      You may process it online or over the phone. I’m afraid that you need to wait for your valid card for the required details like CVV and expiry date to successfully transfer money from your credit card to your bank account online.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    NasishDecember 3, 2018

    How to transfer cash from credit card to a normal savings account?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JhezDecember 4, 2018Staff

      Hello Nasish,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, it’s possible to transfer amount from credit card to a bank account. Firstly, since not all credit cards allow this kind of transfer, you must contact your credit card issuer and verify if a transfer is possible. Next is to call your bank and check if your account can accept transfers from credit accounts. If yes for both, then you can do the transfer through online or over the phone.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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23.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 25 months
$99
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Save with 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 25 months, up to 110 days interest-free on purchases and flexible instalment plan options.
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12.49% p.a.
0% p.a. for 25 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
$0 annual fee for the first year ($58 p.a. thereafter)
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Save with 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 25 months (with a one-time 1.5% BT fee) and $0 first year annual fee. Ends 30 Sept 2020.
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19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$295 annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Collect up to 130,000 bonus Qantas Points. Get 100k when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases in the first 60 days and 30k after 12 months.
ANZ Platinum Credit Card
0% for 17 months, reverts to 20.24% p.a.
20.24% p.a.
$0 annual fee for the first year ($87 p.a. thereafter)
Receive a 0% purchase rate offer for 17 months and a $0 first-year annual fee. Plus, complimentary overseas travel and medical insurance.
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