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CommBank Low Rate Card

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Enjoy a 0% p.a. interest rate on purchases for the first 15 months with the CommBank Low Rate card.

Apply and get approved for a new CommBank Low Rate credit card by 30 June 2021 and you'll get a 0% p.a. interest rate for purchases you make in the first 15 months. After that, the card's current, variable interest rate of 13.24% p.a. applies to your purchases.

5.99% p.a.

Balance transfer rate

for 5 months

0% p.a.

Purchase rate

for the first 15 months (reverts to 13.24% p.a.)

$59 p.a.

Annual fee

55 days

Interest free period

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Details

Product NameCommBank Low Rate Credit Card
Balance transfer rate5.99% p.a. for 5 months
Balance transfer revert rateCash Advance Rate (21.24% p.a.)
Purchase rate0% p.a. for 15 months, reverts to 13.24% p.a.
Annual fee$59
Interest-free period55 days
Cash advance rate21.24% p.a.
Min credit limit$500
Card typeMastercard
Foreign currency conversion fee3%
Available to temporary residentsYes - Conditions apply
Joint applicationNo

Pros

  • 0% p.a. interest rate for 15 months on purchases
  • Balance transfer offer of 5.99% p.a. for 5 months
  • Access to Priceless Cities offers and experiences

Cons

  • International transaction fee of 3% applies
Annual fee$59
Minimum monthly repayment2% of the closing balance or $25, whichever is greater
Late payment fee$20
Foreign currency conversion fee3%
Cash advance fee3% or $3, whichever is greater
Overseas cash advance fee$3 or 3% of transaction value, whichever is greater
Additional cardholder fee$0
Number of additional cardholders1

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Expert review

The CommBank Low Rate Card could be a good credit card for those looking to minimise the risk of high interest charges, offering 0% p.a. on purchases for the first 15 months. After that, you can also get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, with a 13.24% p.a. variable interest rate if you do carry a balance. It also has a low minimum credit limit of $500.

It does feature a balance transfer option, however, if you want to repay an existing debt, you might want to consider a 0% balance transfer offer to completely avoid paying interest for the promotional period.

How to apply

You can apply for the CommBank Low Rate credit card online. Before you get started, check if you meet the eligibility criteria and that you have the necessary information to complete the application.

Eligibility criteria

  • Age. You must be at least 18 years old to apply.
  • Residency and work status. You must have the right to work in Australia.

Card benefits

  • 0% purchase rate offer. This card offers 0% p.a. on purchases for the first 15 months when you apply by 30 June 2021 and get approved. At the end of the introductory period, the card's 13.24% p.a. variable purchase rate will apply to purchases. Note that you'll still need to pay at least the minimum amount on each statement during the 0% p.a. introductory period.
  • Low standard purchase rate. This card charges a variable interest rate of 13.24% p.a. on purchases.

Rates & fees

  • Annual fee. This card charges a $59 annual fee.
  • Interest-free days. If you pay your balance in full by the statement due date, you can take advantage of up to 55 interest-free days on purchases. Interest-free days won't apply if you're paying off a balance transfer debt.

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145 Comments

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    J
    August 23, 2019

    How long must you be employed to qualify?

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      Jeni
      August 24, 2019

      Hi J Kang,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      It did not indicate the length of required employment, however if you’ve just started a new full-time job, you need to provide proof of at least 12 months income of your previous employment.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    Roger
    January 29, 2018

    What are eligible purchases?

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      Joel
      February 7, 2018

      Hi Roger,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Eligible purchases are generally defined as everyday purchases which involve the exchange of a good or service for a payment. Transactions that do not qualify as eligible purchases generally include balance transfers, cash advances and any purchase that is reversed or refunded

      I hope it helps.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    Hammad
    December 12, 2017

    I just want to know, on commonwealth low rate credit card there is an offer of 300 cash back after spending 1000 within 90 days. So my question is if i buy electronic device like laptop mobile phone the offer is still there or it is on some particular type of shopping

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      Harold
      December 13, 2017

      Hi Hammad,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      You can get the cashback offer if you can meet the eligible purchases include BPAY transactions and payments to the ATO but excludes balance transfers and cash advances.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    Shali
    June 24, 2017

    What is the lowest annual income rate to eligible for the credit card? I am working as casual so am I eligible? Thanks.

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      Jonathan
      June 24, 2017

      Hi Shali!

      There is no specific annual income and employment type in their application form or in the website. However, most card issuers are looking at $15,000 or better. To learn more, you can read more about the credit card minimum income requirements for application.

      You can contact your card issuer for this matter.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    sapna
    April 19, 2017

    When can I get 250 cash back. I have already spent $500 on my CC in mar2017?

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      Harold
      April 20, 2017

      Hi Sapna,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Commonwealth Bank no longer offer the said promotion last July 2016. In order to receive the $250 cash back offer, your application for the Commonwealth Bank Low Rate Card should be in by 31-October-2016 and is approved and you’ll be able to spend at least $500 on eligible purchases by 31-December-2016

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    Darren
    February 20, 2017

    Does this card comes with reward points ?

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      Dee
      February 20, 2017

      Hi Darren,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’m afraid the Commonwealth Bank Low Rare Card does not come with a rewards program.

      Since you’re asking about rewards, you may find our rewards credit cards page interesting.

      Open that link and on that page, there are rewards credit cards listed on our comparison table. Compare them based on various details. You can also select the “More info” link to read our review for that card. Once you’re done, select the “Go to site” button to be redirected safely to your chosen credit card issuer’s website.

      I recommend that you check the details of the credit card you’re interested in, its eligibility criteria as well as the Product Disclosure Statements/Terms and Conditions before you apply.

      Also if you can, contact first the issuing bank and discuss your options and chances of approval before you send anything final for your application. Just apply for one credit card at a time and ensure your eligibility before submitting your final application. This way you can avoid credit enquiries on your file.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Tara
    November 22, 2016

    Hi.

    Is buying electronic gadgets such as cameras are eligible in the offer.

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      Harold
      November 22, 2016

      Hello Tara,

      Unfortunately, buying electronic gadgets such as camera is will not consider as eligible for this offer.
      For your other options you may consider this article based on your personal requirements.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    Dasar
    November 1, 2016

    Hello.
    I have a Commonwealth low fee credit card. Their site says that anyone holding low rate credit card in past 12 months will not be eligible for this offer. Will I be eligible for this offer since I’ve got a low fee credit card and not low rate credit card?

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      susan
      January 13, 2017

      Can this card be used overseas?

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      Jason
      January 13, 2017

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      You may use the Commonwealth Bank Low Rate Card with any ATM or retailers that displays the MasterCard logo overseas. You may check out the corresponding fees of this card above when used overseas.

      Kind regards,
      Jason

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      Jason
      November 1, 2016

      Hi Dasar.

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      These promotional offers are only available to new Commonwealth Bank customers.
      You may not be eligible for this offer since you already have a Commonwealth low fee credit card.

      Please check out this link for a comparison of other credit cards with cashback offers and with low or no annual fee.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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    Chloe
    October 16, 2016

    Hi, I am currently holding Gold Awards CBA credit card, am I eligible to the promotion? Thanks.

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      Ysa
      October 24, 2016

      Hi Chloe,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, the $0 annual fee and $250 back promotions are only available to new Commonwealth Bank customers.
      Since you are currently holding a CBA Gold Awards credit card, you may not be eligible for this offer.

      Should you wish to check for other credit cards with the same features, please refer to our comparison guides on credit cards with cashback offers and annual fee waiver.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Ysa

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    Mark
    October 12, 2016

    Hi there.
    With regard to the $250 rebate on the Commbank Mastercard, did they have a similar promotion where applications had to be in by the 31st of July 2016?
    Thanks in advance.

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      Jason
      October 13, 2016

      Hi Mark. Thank you for visiting Finder.com.au.

      I’m afraid that the Commonwealth Bank no longer offer that promotion last July 2016. At the moment, in order to receive the $250 cash back offer, your application for the Commonwealth Bank Low Rate Card should be in by 31 October 2016 and is approved and you’ll be able to spend at least $500 on eligible purchases by 31 December 2016

      You can also check out this link for a comparison of cashback reward cards from several credit card providers.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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