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Can you get a credit card from a different bank without a savings account?

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.

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Name Product Balance transfer rate Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount Saved Product Description
Citi Clear Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 14 months
12.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Offers a long-term balance transfer and $0 first year annual fee. Plus, insurance covers and Citibank Dining Program perks.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Annual Fee Offer
0% p.a. for 18 months
20.74% p.a.
$50 p.a.
Save with an ongoing $50 annual fee and 0% balance transfer offer. Plus, the ability to earn up to 30,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months.
St.George Vertigo Classic - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 6 months
0% for 14 months, reverts to 13.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
Finder Exclusive:
Low rate card offering 0% p.a. interest on purchases for the first 14 months and on balance transfers for 6 months. Plus, a $0 first year annual fee.
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 75,000 bonus Velocity Points and save with a $64 first year annual fee. Plus, a long-term balance transfer offer.
Bendigo Bank Low Rate Mastercard
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
11.99% p.a.
$45 p.a.
Take advantage of 0% p.a. for 18 months on balance transfers, plus a low variable purchase interest rate of 11.99% p.a. on purchases.
St.George Vertigo Classic
0% p.a. for 16 months
13.99% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Get 0% p.a. interest for up to 16 months on balance transfers with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase rate.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
0% p.a. for 6 months with 2% balance transfer fee
19.99% p.a.
$295 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Collect up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points. Get 90,000 when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases in the first 60 days and 30,000 after 12 months.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months
0% for 12 months, reverts to 19.99% p.a.
$129 p.a.
0% p.a. on purchases and balance transfers with no BT fee. Plus, a yearly annual fee refund when you spend $6,000 and 2 lounge passes per year.
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.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 13 months
0% for 13 months, reverts to 20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Finder Exclusive:
Save with 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers for 13 months (with no BT fee). Plus, a discounted $49 annual fee for the first year.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
0% p.a. for 18 months
12.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Features a long-term 0% balance transfer offer, $49 first year annual fee and access to a 24/7 personal concierge service.
Suncorp Clear Options Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 20 months
20.74% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Finder Exclusive:
Save with a 0% balance transfer offer and a $49 first year annual fee when you apply online.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
Save with a $0 first year annual fee and a long-term balance transfer offer. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Qantas
20.24% p.a. (AMEX)

20.49% p.a. (Visa/MC)

$249 p.a.
Up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued by Amex).
St.George Amplify
0% for 14 months, reverts to 19.74% p.a.
$79 p.a.
Take advantage of 0% p.a. interest on purchases for the first 14 months. Plus earn uncapped Amplify or Qantas Points per dollar spent.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
0% p.a. for 26 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
20.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($199 p.a. thereafter)
Earn reward Points per $1 spent, take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 26 month balance transfer offer, plus $0 first year annual fee.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 14 months
11.99% p.a.
$49 p.a.
Get a $49 annual fee, 10% cashback on purchases made in the first 3 months (capped at $100) and a 14-month balance transfer.
ANZ First Visa Credit Card
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
20.24% p.a.
$30 p.a.
Get up to 18 months interest-free on balance transfers and save with a low $30 annual fee. Plus, up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas
0% p.a. for 6 months
19.74% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Get 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 in 90 days and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Card - Qantas
20.49% p.a.
$200 p.a.
Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days of card approval. Plus, complimentary insurances and a personal concierge.

Compare up to 4 providers

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, 2019Staff

      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

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