Citibank Ready Credit – 7.9% p.a. for 2 years

Rates and Fees verified correct on December 5th, 2016

Enjoy convenient access to funds and a limited-offer interest rate with Citibank Ready Credit.

The Citibank Ready Credit is a unique finance solution that offers a personal loan and a line of credit linked to a Visa debit card. You'll have the convenience of having fast and easy access to your funds, plus the ability to keep track of your finances through one account. Use the funds to pay down existing debt with the balance transfer option or for a range of other personal purposes by opting for the cheque-to-self. Read the review below to find out about how the Ready Credit works, and how it could work for you.

Product NameCitibank Ready Credit 7.9%
Interest Rate (p.a.)From 7.9% (fixed)
Comparison Rate (p.a.)
Interest Rate TypeFixed
Maximum Loan Term2 years
Min Loan Amount$5,000
Max. Loan Amount$75,000
Application Fee$149 (One off establishment fee)
Monthly Service Fee$0

Pros

  • Low interest rate
  • $0 monthly fee
  • No penalties for early payouts

Cons

  • Application fee of $149 required
  • Must have a good credit rating
  • Late fee of $10 for every 7 days

How the Citibank Ready Credit works

When you apply for the Citibank Ready Credit, you'll need to choose how you want to access your credit limit, which can be up to $75,000. If you opt for a balance transfer at the time of application, the funds will be transferred to your nominated financial institution via BPAY and you can pay down your debt at a rate of 7.9% p.a. for 2 years.

You also have the option of writing a cheque-to-self which will appear as a balance transfer in your account, and the same rate and terms will be applied. You can also access funds up to your credit limit using a Visa debit card, but keep in mind you will be charged the standard variable rate, currently 19.99% p.a.. This rate also applies to any outstanding balance at the end of the promotional period.

The Ready Credit comes with an establishment fee of $149 that's added to onto your account balance.

Features of the Ready Credit

  • Competitive rate on balance transfers. Get 7.9% p.a. on any credit card, store card, charge card, personal loan or line of credit balance you transfer to the Citibank Ready Credit.
  • Balance transfer or cheque-to-self. Instead of transferring a balance, you can elect to receive a "cheque to self". The money is made available to you and are available to be used for anything you need.
  • No ongoing fees. The Ready Credit comes with a one-off establishment fee of $149, but there are no ongoing fees or annual fees charged to keep this account.
  • Balance transfer your personal loan. Citibank is one of the few providers that lets you balance transfer your personal loan debt.
  • Citibank cardholder benefits. Apply for the Citibank Ready Credit balance transfer offer and you will get access to exclusive Citibank cardholder benefits like a free bottle of award winning wine when you shop at a participating Citibank partner restaurants.
  • Visa guarantee. As this is a Visa card, it comes with a no liability guarantee from Visa if you’re a victim of credit card fraud using the Visa payment network.

How you can apply for the Citibank Ready Credit

If you would like to apply for the Citibank Ready Credit click "Go to Site" to submit your application. You can confirm details of the offer and also your repayment options. The application is simple to complete and should only take about ten minutes.

To apply for the Citibank Ready Credit, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have a good credit rating
  • Earn a taxable income of $35,000 or more
  • Be an Australian resident
  • Not have applied for a Citibank credit card in the previous nine months

You will need to have the following information on hand if you wish to apply for the Citibank Ready Credit balance transfer offer:

  • An Australian driver’s licence
  • Your contact details
  • Your employer’s address and contact details, or your accountant’s details if self-employed
  • Details of your income, assets and liabilities

How to apply for the balance transfer offer

If you want to apply for the Citibank Ready Credit Balance transfer offer, proceed through the application until you reach a page where it asks you if you want to transfer a balance to the account. You will need to enter your current card or account number(s) and the amount you wish to transfer from each.

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139 Responses to Citibank Ready Credit – 7.9% p.a. for 2 years

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    Jeyenthy | October 10, 2016

    Hi,

    I have a Citi Credit Card, and I would like to apply for the balance transfer from my current CBA Bank to Citibank.

    Can you please advise on the process.

    my contact number is +614 14 995 756.

    Thanks
    Jeyenthy

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | October 10, 2016

      Hi Jeyenthy,

      Unfortunately you’re ineligible for this offer as you’re a current Citibank customer. The offer is only available for new customers. You can compare your other refinancing options on this page.

      Hope this helps,

      Elizabeth

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    Patrick | February 15, 2016

    What does “Booked” mean when you enquire about the status of a personal loan application?

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | February 15, 2016

      Hi Patrick,

      “Booked” will likely be just confirming that you have enquired about the status of your application. If you have received any communication from Citibank then you can confirm this. If you do not receive any communication from Citibank then you should get in contact with them to follow up.

      I hope this has helped,

      Elizabeth

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    Kim | February 9, 2016

    We want to consolidate our debts of combined $45000. Any clues on the best provider. I was looking at Citibank and learnt a bit from your previous questions.

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | February 10, 2016

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I can’t specifically recommend any lenders for you. However, this loan is suitable for debt consolidation, but you can also compare some of your other options on this page.

      Elizabeth

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    Maggie | December 17, 2015

    What is the phone number for Citibank Ready Credit, please?

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | December 18, 2015

      Hi Maggie,

      I’ve emailed you the customer service number for Citibank.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    Peter | November 27, 2015

    Hi City bank could you please answer this question

    If I take out a loan of $30k over 3 year what is the interest
    And if I pay it back in 6mth 2/12 years earlier what is the payout figure and fees.

    I ask it this way as you have problems answering the hidden meaning of No early pay out fees.

    Thanks Peter

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | November 30, 2015

      Hi Peter,

      Just to clarify, you’ve come through to finder.com.au, a financial comparison service and not Citibank. However I can still help you with your enquiry.

      If you take out a loan of $30,000 over 3 years and request a balance transfer or cheque to self for 80% of the loan amount, a rate of 5.9% will be will be applied to 80% of that $30,000 for two years. If you choose to use any of the remaining $6,000 Citibank’s standard rate (currently 19.49% p.a.) will be applied. This rate will also apply to any remaining unpaid balance after the two years is up.

      The promotional interest rate only lasts for two years, not three, so you will need to have it repaid in this time. Also, the promotional rate is only applied to up to 80% of your credit limit in the form of a balance transfer or cheque to self, so you will need to apply for around $38,000 if you are planning on using the entire $30,000 amount and want to 5.9% rate applied to that whole amount.

      There are no early payout fees but the standard rate (currently 19.49% p.a.) will be applied to any amount you draw over the initial 80% credit limit during your loan term. There is an initial $129 establishment fee. You will need to review all of this in your loan contract before you take on this loan to determine if it is the right product for you.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    layy51e | November 5, 2015

    Hi there,

    I am looking to get a car loan for $23k and was advised by Citibank to take the “Citi’s Ready Credit Flexibl Personal Loan” Product.

    Product details as followed:
    - 4.9% p.a for 3 years available up to 80% of your credit limit
    - No early pay out fees
    - no monthly or annual fees
    - one off establishment fee of $129

    Three questions:

    1) as it is capped at 80% of credit limit, do i need to apply for a minimum of $28,750 if i was wanting to use the $23k to pay for a private used car sale?

    2) based on Q1, will the P&I payments over the 3 years be based on the $28,750? And if i was to pay this out early – am i paying the total interest amount that is calculated for the whole 3 years?

    3) Lastly, is there any loopholes i need to be aware of? seems too good to be true.

    Cheers
    Jay

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      | November 6, 2015

      Thanks Elizabeth,

      To confirm, even though it is possible to pay the loan out earlier- there is no interest saving in doing this right?

      Using the example I sent earlier of a $23k loan, repayments are approximately $688 per month over 36 months.

      Let’s say I paid the minimum monthly payments of $688 for 12 months and after the 12 month I decided to pay the loan out in full – it is basically calculated at $688 x 24 months correct?

      Or does it go through the ERA process other institutions apply?

      Cheers
      James

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | November 6, 2015

      Hi,

      If you decide to pay out your account early you will save on interest – the interest rate is charged on your outstanding balance and acrues daily, charged at the end of each statement period. It is an annual rate. If you decide to make additional payments you will reduce the amount you owe and therefore the interest you are paying. If you pay off the account in full you will pay less interest as you will no longer be charged. As this is an ongoing line of credit, this account doesn’t follow the same ERA process as other institutions.

      Make sure you check the terms and conditions of your contract before you apply.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | November 5, 2015

      Hi Jyee23,

      Thanks for your questions.

      1) That’s correct. You will need to apply for enough of a credit limit so that 80% will cover the cost of your car.
      2) The principal and interest payments will be based on any amount of your credit limit you use. So, if you have a total credit limit of $28,750 but you only use $23,000, you will only need to pay interest on the $23,000 based on the promotional rate. This is assuming of course that you only draw the 80% limit at the beginning of your term and do not use any of your credit limit throughout the rest of the term.
      3) There aren’t really any catches to this loan, but as with any credit product, you need to be aware of all applicable fees and rates. The promotional rate applies to the 80% drawn at the beginning of the term, but if you use any of your remaining credit limit during the loan term, you will pay the standard variable rate, which at the moment is 19.49% p.a.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    jimmy | September 7, 2015

    Hey there,
    I borrowed $10400 from citi bank in march this year at 4.9 %. I have already paid half of it. I was under the impression that i may use this money for next 36 months at same interest rate but i have been told that it’s only one time use of it after that if i take out any money out of this account then i’ll charge with interest rate of 19.49%. It means money will sit there for next three years but can’t used again.
    Citibank is not providing all the info to its customers.
    Regards
    Jimmy

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | September 8, 2015

      Hi Jimmy,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Citibank Ready Credit is a flexible personal loan/debit card that lets you draw up to 80% of your approved credit limit at a promotional interest rate – you can use this amount as a balance transfer or to write a cheque to self. Any other amount drawn following this will be charged the standard rate, but you will still be able to use it. As a financial comparison service we’re unable to comment on the information you may or may not have been provided by Citibank when you signed up for the product, but you may want to get in contact with them to discuss.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    cj | July 13, 2015

    Hi,

    How quick can you get a response if an application has been approved or denied?

    Can you get one prior to 3 days?

    Thanks

    • Staff
      Sally | July 14, 2015

      Hi CJ,

      Thanks for your question.

      The length of the application procedure can vary, but the Citibank website states that you will receive notification via email (if you supply an email address) and the post of your application status. If your application has been successful, you will normally be ready to use your account within 10 working days. Therefore, you could probably expect for your application status to be confirmed within a week or so.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Sally

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    Tom | May 20, 2015

    Hello

    I have been offered a credit limit of $14500 and have chosen to receive a check. Can I deposit this check into an everyday account without incurring any fees?

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | May 21, 2015

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your question.

      This depends on who you bank with, but you shouldn’t be charged any additional fees for depositing your cheque to self in an everyday bank account.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    Pavan | May 13, 2015

    I have a citibank ready credit approved for $20K. Can i use to make purchases like how i would use my debit/credit card. Will that be considered as cash advances

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | May 13, 2015

      Hi Pavan,

      Thanks for your question.

      The Citibank Ready Credit is like a personal loan with a debit card attached, so you’re able to use your card and loan amount in any way you like. Up to 80% of your credit limit can be used for the advertised rate as a line of credit.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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