Compare Commonwealth Bank credit cards with features including low rates, low fees and rewards so you can find a card that works for you.
CommBank offers credit cards for a variety of needs, with both low-cost and premium options available. Depending on your goals, you could get a CBA credit card that saves you money on interest or annual fees, a card that earns you rewards or one with complimentary extras such as insurance and airport lounge access.
CommBank also offers a range of business credit cards, as well as options for students. Use this guide to compare Commonwealth Bank credit cards and learn more about your options so you can find a card that's right for you.
Comparison of Commonwealth Bank Credit Cards
Commonwealth Bank offers many credit cards for personal and business use, including low rate cards, low fee cards, reward, frequent flyer options and student credit cards. There are also gold, platinum or diamond credit cards that offer even more premium benefits.
If you're looking to manage your business expenses, you can choose between cards that offer low fees, up to 55 interest-free days and rewards. You can also take advantage of extra benefits such as additional cardholders or included international travel insurance, depending on the Commonwealth Bank business credit card you choose.
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Types of Commonwealth Bank credit cards
If you're interested in a credit card from Commonwealth Bank, you can compare your options based on the following types of cards and needs.
Balance transfer credit cards
If you want to pay off existing debt you have on a card from another Australian financial institution, you can request a balance transfer to a new Commonwealth Bank credit card during your application. You’ll be required to provide details of your existing account for the transfer, so make sure to have these on hand before you apply for your chosen CommBank credit card. Once your application is approved, it can take up to 10 business days for the card to be delivered. Please note balance transfers are subject to approval. Refer to this guide for more information on balance transferring with Commonwealth Bank.
Low fee credit cards
Commonwealth Bank low fee credit cards offer a competitive annual fee that can be waived when you meet minimum spending requirements for the account. CommBank has low fee credit card options for both personal and business customers.
Low rate credit cards
The range of Commonwealth Bank Low Rate credit cards offer a low, ongoing variable interest rate for purchases. You have the choice of either a Low Rate or Low Rate Gold credit card. The CommBank Low Rate Gold credit card offers a few extra perks, such as included travel insurance, extended warranty insurance and purchase protection cover.
Learn more about low rate credit cards here
Award credit cards
These cards are linked to the CommBank Awards Program and offer points for every $1 you spend on eligible purchases made with the card. CommBank Awards credit cards come with both an American Express and Mastercard option to help you maximise your rewards. You can use the points you earn for rewards such as travel, merchandise and cashback through the CommBank Awards program. You can also choose to redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer or Velocity Points through the Awards program. Please refer to the CommBank Awards guide available on the CommBank website for full details of rewards and terms and conditions.
Student credit cards
The Commonwealth Bank Student Credit Card is a low fee product designed specifically for students. It offers up to 55 days interest-free and a low standard annual fee of $29 that is waived in the first year. Receive an annual fee waiver every year if you spend of at least $1,000 on your card in the previous year (on purchases and cash advances only). If you are a student and don't meet this spending requirement, you can present your student ID in a Commonwealth Bank branch after the card's annual fee is charged and request a refund.
Learn more about student credit cards here
Small Business credit cards
CBA offers flexible choices for small businesses, with low rate, interest-free days and Awards options available. If you choose a personal liability option for your business, you don't need to supply business financials when you apply for one of these credit cards. But you do need to be a business owner, director or partner with an Australian Business Number (ABN).
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The benefits of banking with the Commonwealth Bank
Here are some of the convenient features and services you can enjoy with a Commonwealth Bank credit card:
Commonwealth Bank included travel insurance policy
Commonwealth Bank's included insurance policies are an extra benefit for Commonwealth Bank Gold, Platinum and Diamond cardholders and are provided by Allianz Global Assistance. You can refer to the Commonwealth Bank Credit Card Insurances product disclosure statement available on the CommBank website for full details of the types of insurance available, requirements and claim limits for each card.
Commonwealth Bank Awards Program
The Awards program allows you to earn points when you use your CommBank Awards credit card for eligible transactions. You can redeem these points for over 1,000 items available through the CommBank Awards Program or in-store at Myer or Flight Centre. You can also transfer points to an eligible Velocity Frequent Flyer account or opt-in to Qantas Frequent Flyer Direct and have your Awards points transferred to your Qantas membership account on a monthly basis. Minimum transfer amounts and other terms and conditions apply and there is a $30 annual fee for opting-in to Qantas Frequent Flyer Direct.
Commonwealth Bank Mastercard credit card holders get access to a number of Mastercard benefits, including:
- Mastercard PayPass. For transactions under $100, just touch your Commonwealth Bank Mastercard against a contactless terminal and your transaction will be completed in a matter of seconds.
- Mastercard fraud guarantee. If your account is compromised while you’re using the Mastercard payment networks (shopping over the counter or online), the Mastercard Zero Liability protection may cover the cost of fraudulent charges.
- Global acceptance. Mastercard credit cards are accepted in millions of locations all over the world. Use your card to shop online, make purchases over the counter and withdraw cash from ATMs everywhere Mastercard is accepted.
Features available on Commonwealth Bank credit cards
Here are some of the features you can also get with a CommBank credit card:
You can request a balance transfer from another financial institution or store card when you apply for a new Commonwealth Bank credit card. If you already have a Commonwealth Bank credit card, you can also apply for a balance transfer through NetBank. Please note balance transfer requests are subject to approval.
Reduced annual fee
As well as the low fee credit card options, CommBank offers a one-year annual fee waiver if you apply for an eligible Commonwealth Bank credit card at the same time as your home loan application. (This offer excludes business liability credit cards, corporate cards and personal liability business credit cards without Awards.) Note that both the credit card and home loan applications will be subject to credit approval.
Online banking through NetBank
NetBank is an online banking tool for CommBank customers. NetBank makes managing your Commonwealth Bank credit card account easy. You can also apply for other Commonwealth Bank products and services through NetBank, view recent purchases on your credit card account and make payments.
CommBank Awards American Express card options
With the CommBank Awards, Gold, Platinum and Diamond credit cards, you receive an American Express card and a Mastercard linked to the same account. While both cards share the same credit limit and interest rate, they earn different amounts of points per $1 spent on eligible purchases. This means you can switch between the Amex and Mastercard to maximise your rewards.
How to apply for Commonwealth Bank credit cards
You can apply for a Commonwealth Bank credit card online in a few minutes. Before you get started, make sure you meet the application requirements for your chosen card. These include:
- Age. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a credit card.
- Residency status. You must provide details of your Australian citizenship, residency or visa status. These requirements vary between cards, and additional conditions may apply for temporary residents, so make sure you check the specified conditions for any product you wish to apply for.
- Credit history. You must not be an undischarged bankrupt.
Other conditions may apply depending on the card. You can find this information listed on our Commonwealth Bank credit card product review and application pages. If you do meet the minimum eligibility requirements, Commonwealth Bank will also need to assess your financial situation before they make a decision about your credit card application.
To speed up the application process, make sure you have these details and documents handy when you apply for your CommBank credit card.
- Personal information. You will need to provide information including your full name, current residential address, email address, contact phone numbers and date of birth.
- Details about your income. Aim to provide as much detail as possible about your income and assets. Details of income-generating assets such as property and shares also need to be provided, as well as information about any savings.
- Expenses and liabilities. You will need to provide information about any debts you have, as well as ongoing expenses like child support, rent, mortgage repayments, or anything else that is considered a regular, essential cost (such as your weekly food budget).
- Other credit cards. If you want to transfer a balance to a Commonwealth Bank credit card from your existing non-Commonwealth Bank credit card(s), store card(s) or charge card(s), you will need to provide the account details, including the card number, the amount you want to transfer and the name of the issuing financial institution.
What happens next when applying for a CBA credit card?
After applying for a Commonwealth Bank credit card, you will be kept informed as to the progress of your application. CommBank will contact you if more information is required during this process.
If your application is approved and you are new to the Commonwealth Bank, you will need to undergo an identity check. Commonwealth Bank will contact you with details of what you need to provide as proof of identification but typically this will include your Australian State or Territory driver's licence or passport.
After all this information has been fully verified and the application process is complete, you will receive your Commonwealth Bank credit card within 10 working days. You can then activate your new CBA credit card via NetBank, in a branch or by calling 13 22 21.
Frequently asked questions
Want to know more about Commonwealth Bank credit cards? Here we've answered some of the most common questions we get about CommBank cards. You can also get in touch with us by using the form at the bottom of the page.