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Can you get a credit card from a different bank?

You don’t need to get a credit card from the same bank you have your transaction or savings accounts with. There are actually some benefits in opting for a different one.

While getting a credit card with the same bank as your debit card provider might offer some convenience, there are some perks to switching to a different bank when applying for a new credit card. Use this guide to weigh up your options and decide whether or not you should get a credit card with your current bank or a different provider.

Getting a credit card with the same bank as your debit account vs with a different bank

There are perks to both staying with your existing bank and signing up to a new one when you’re on the market for a credit card. If you’re having trouble deciding, use the comparison below to determine which strategy is right for you.

Getting a credit card with your existing bank

  • The familiarity of banking with the one institution. If you have banked with the same institution for a while, there are some benefits to staying loyal. If you have a savings account with a bank, for example, you’ll be familiar with the services that the bank offers. You’ll know what to expect from the customer service team and hopefully there will be some branches nearby. Additionally, having all of your online banking on one app or platform offers convenience when managing your money.
  • Simple application process. When you apply for a credit card, the lender assesses your approval based on a number of factors including your income, repayment history and credit history. If you’re applying for a credit card with the same bank, they can access your debit card history and also assess your approval based on your ability to save and your spending behaviour. If you’re good at saving, spend responsibly and don’t overdraw your account, this could work in your favour. The fact that your bank already has your details could also mean that you won’t need to submit some basic details when you’re filling out your application.

Getting a credit card with a new bank

  • Promotional offers. If you’re looking for a new credit card, applying for a card with an introductory offer could help sweeten the deal. For example, some credit cards offer 0% on purchases for a set period, interest-free days on balance transfers and bonus points with a rewards or frequent flyer program. These offers are usually only available for new applicants and may not be available if you already bank with the provider. If you do want to take advantage of a promotional offer like this, comparing credit cards with a different bank could provide you with more options.
  • Getting a better deal. While sticking with the same bank might offer convenience, you could be missing out on more competitive deals if you fail to compare your options beyond your regular provider. If you’re unsure where to start, using the comparison tables on finder.com.au is a simple way to compare your options side-by-side. Pay attention to the annual fees, interest rates and features such as rewards, complimentary insurances and more to see how the cards with your usual provider compare to the other options on the market.

Compare credit cards with an introductory offer

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Name Product Balance transfer rate Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount saved
HSBC Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
0% p.a. for 22 months
19.99% p.a.
$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
0% p.a. for 18 months
13.99% p.a.
$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.
Westpac Low Rate Card
2019 Winner
Westpac Low Rate Card
0% p.a. for 16 months
13.74% p.a.
$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.
ANZ Low Rate
0% p.a. for 22 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
12.49% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($58 p.a. thereafter)
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. for 12 months
18.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
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. for 18 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
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.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
6.99% p.a. for 12 months
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Features an introductory 0% p.a. purchase rate, $49 first year annual fee and complimentary travel insurance covers. Ends 2 June 2020.
Citi Rewards Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 26 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
21.49% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($199 p.a. thereafter)
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.
Coles Low Rate Mastercard
0% p.a. for 6 months
12.99% p.a.
$58 p.a.
Save with a low purchase interest rate, earn flybuys points as you spend and get up to 55 days interest-free.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
N/A
$450 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 140,000 bonus points, 3x points on eligible Qantas flights & 2 lounge passes per year.
Coles Rewards Mastercard
0% p.a. for 18 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
19.99% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 2 flybuys points / $1 spent and save with a 0% balance transfer offer. Plus, 0% international transaction fees on purchases.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Classic
0% p.a. for 18 months
13.99% p.a.
$55 p.a.
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.
St.George Amplify Platinum - Qantas
0% p.a. for 6 months
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.
BankSA Vertigo
0% p.a. for 18 months
13.99% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Enjoy a 0% p.a. interest rate for up to 18 months on balance transfers. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase interest rate. Ends 2 June 2020.
St.George Vertigo Classic Rainbow
0% p.a. for 18 months
13.99% p.a.
$55 p.a.
All the great low cost features of the Vertigo Visa with a rainbow design in support of the LGBT community. Ends 2 June 2020.
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As you can see, there are a few options to consider when deciding if you should stay with your current bank or look for a credit card elsewhere. Whether or not you’re content to remain with your existing issuer, you should still compare your other options to make sure you’re making the right credit card decision for you.
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    bbApril 18, 2019

    what is the minimum transfer amount, i am getting a credit card from another bank. thanks.

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      NikkiApril 19, 2019

      Hi BB,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder! If you are referring to a balance transfer credit card application, the minimum transfer amount will depend on the approved amount given to you by the bank. As a friendly reminder, review the eligibility criteria of the card before applying and read up on the terms and conditions of the card. Feel free to reach out to the bank if you need any clarifications.Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    MasoomMay 5, 2018

    I have a savings bank account but I m a student and have no regular savings. Now, can I apply for credit card?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JeniMay 6, 2018Staff

      Hi Masoom,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Regarding your enquiry, you you must have enough income to service the minimum credit limit available on the card. Income can include your wages from full- or part-time work, as well as Centrelink payments and even student scholarships in some cases. If you do not have a source of income, you can consider a supplementary card on a parent or guardian’s credit account or a Visa debit or Mastercard debit card.

      If you want to know a list of credit card issuers that offer student credit card, please check out this link.

      I hope this helps.

      Have a great day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    RedMarch 22, 2018

    How can i get a credit card even if I don’t have savings account?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JhezMarch 22, 2018Staff

      Hi Red,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for a credit card even if you do not have a savings account. You have to carefully check the requirements, terms and conditions and eligibility before you submit an application. See our page to know the requirements to apply for the credit card and to be able to get some tips as well.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

Credit Cards Comparison

Data indicated here is updated regularly
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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* The credit card offers compared on this page are chosen from a range of credit cards finder.com.au has access to track details from and is not representative of all the products available in the market. Products are displayed in no particular order or ranking. The use of terms 'Best' and 'Top' are not product ratings and are subject to our disclaimer. You should consider seeking independent financial advice and consider your own personal financial circumstances when comparing cards.

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