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What is a balance transfer fee?

Learn more about the one-time fee you'll pay when you move your debt to a new credit card.

Balance transfers can be a useful way to consolidate your debt without the cost of high interest. While you'll save on balance transfer rates, this doesn't mean that balance transfers are cost-free. As well as the standard card fees, you might also have to pay a one-off balance transfer fee. Here we explain what this fee is and how you can confirm what you'll have to pay when you transfer your balance.

What is the balance transfer fee?

A balance transfer fee is charged when transferring your existing credit card debt to a new credit card. It is usually 1-3% of the entire balance transfer amount.

Sometimes, this fee is capped at a set dollar amount and you'll be required to pay the larger of the two. Usually, a balance transfer fee will be capped between $25 and $100. So if the fee had been capped at $75 and the balance transfer fee was 2%, then the 2% would be applied to any balance up to, say, $4,250. After this amount, you'd be required to pay the $75. Unlike an annual fee, this fee is only charged once when you first move your balance.

Not all balance transfer credit cards charge a balance transfer fee, so it's something worth considering when you're comparing your balance transfer options. If you're wondering if your new card will charge a balance transfer fee, you can check the product disclosure statement (PDS), the card review on finder or contact the card issuer to confirm the fee.

Comparison of credit cards without a balance transfer fee

Rates last updated June 24th, 2018
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Name Product Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount Saved Product Description
Suncorp Clear Options Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 18 months
20.74% p.a.
$99 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
finder Exclusive: Receive a long 18-month, 0% p.a., no fee balance transfer and earn Suncorp Rewards Points or Qantas Points per $1 spent.
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.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 14 months
11.99% p.a.
$49 p.a.
Offers a discounted annual fee, $100 cashback when you meet the spend requirement and 0% p.a. for 14 months on balance transfers.
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.
Qantas Premier Platinum
0% p.a. for 15 months
19.99% p.a.
$299 p.a.
Fly further with 80,000 bonus Qantas points, up to 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent and 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations.
Emirates Citi World Mastercard
0% p.a. for 9 months
20.99% p.a.
$149 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Receive up to 60,000 bonus Skywards Miles, pay half the annual fee for the first year and indulge in curated local and global experiences.

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    RickyNovember 15, 2011

    Are you aware of any credit cards in the Australian market that currently charge a balance transfer fee? I’ve shopped around and I can’t find any at present…

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      JeremyNovember 17, 2011Staff

      Hi Ricky

      The HSBC Credit Card currently charges a 2% balance transfer fee.



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