Country First Credit Cards

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Do you want a credit card that rewards spending? If so, Country First might have something for you.

Country First Credit Union began operations in the form of the Murrumbidgee Mutual Credit Union more than four decades ago. Murrumbidgee Mutual merged with Agristaff Credit Union, and operated under the latter’s name until 1998. In this year, after the relocation of the Department of Agriculture’s head office to Orange, the credit union closed its Sydney office and relied on its Griffith and Leeton offices to focus on the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA).

Country First now has offices in Leeton, Griffith, and Narrandera, as well as an agency in Hay. Amongst other financial services and products, it offers its members credit cards in association with Citibank.

Comparing the Country First Credit Card

Rates last updated December 7th, 2016
Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee
Country First Credit Union Silver MasterCard
Receive up to 55 days interest free and the PayLite payment option.
17.75% p.a. $35 p.a.
Country First Credit Union Gold MasterCard
Receive platinum benefits, frequent flyers points, and interest free days.
17.75% p.a. $75 p.a. More info

Types of credit cards the Country First offers

Country First, through a special arrangement with Citibank, gives its members the ability to apply for a Citibank MasterCard, where Citibank makes the final decision on your application, and your contract is with Citibank. Further details are as follows.

  • Rewards credit cards

You can choose between two rewards credit cards through Country First, the Silver MasterCard and the Gold MasterCard. Both these cards offer special balance transfer rates, and you can take advantage of up to 55 interest free days on purchases.

Rates last updated December 7th, 2016
Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Bonus Points Annual fee
Country First Credit Union Silver MasterCard
Receive up to 55 days interest free and the PayLite payment option.
1 $35 p.a.
Rates last updated December 7th, 2016
Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Bonus Points Annual fee
American Express Explorer Credit Card
Receive 100,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points on eligible spend within the first 2 months of Card Membership. Also enjoy a $400 travel voucher and two complimentary airline passes per year.
2 100,000 bonus points $395 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Essential Credit Card
Receive a $50 credit on eligible spend and get Smartphone screen insurance combined with a no annual fee for life card. Also enjoy a 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for 12 months.
1 $0 p.a. Go to site More info
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
Enjoy an annual fee refund every year if you meet the spend requirement with a balance transfer offer, high credit limits and prestige services including a personal concierge service and VISA Platinum rewards program.
0 1 $149 p.a. Go to site More info
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points on eligible spend within 3 months. Enjoy access to premium benefits and complimentary insurance.
0 1 60,000 bonus points $199 p.a. Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Earn bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months plus a low balance transfer offer of 0% p.a. for 18 months
0 0.66 $64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card - Exclusive Offer
Get 75,000 bonus Qantas Points plus enjoy a low promotional offer of 4.99% p.a. for 6 months on balance transfers.
1.5 0.5 75,000 bonus points $250 p.a. Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Earn Velocity Points plus enjoy an introductory interest-free offer of 0% p.a. on purchases for 12 months, and 0% p.a. for 6 months on balance transfers.
0 0.66 $129 p.a. Go to site More info
ANZ Rewards Platinum
Earn points for every dollar spent on purchases plus a 50,000 Reward Points after your first eligible purchase is made within 3 months of card approval.
2 1 50,000 bonus points $95 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
Enjoy up to 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you meet the minimum required spend and earn up to 3 rewards points per dollar spent. Also receive a complimentary return flight every year.
1 0 50,000 bonus points $349 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
Receive 10,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement. Enjoy a $200 travel credit every year and get 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
1 0 10,000 bonus points $195 p.a. Go to site More info
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
Pay no overseas transaction fee on purchases and receive complimentary domestic return flight and lounge passes each year you hold the card when you spend $500 on eligible purchases within the first three months.
2 1 $225 p.a. Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 30k Bonus Points offer
Receive 30,000 bonus Velocity Points and earn 1 Velocity Points per $1 spent. Receive an exclusive $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher and two complimentary Single Entry Virgin Australia domestic Lounge passes each year.
0 1 30,000 bonus points $144 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($289 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Discovery Card
A no annual fee frequent flyer credit card with Earn 7,500 bonus points and enjoy 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months when you apply and are approved. Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spend.
1 0 7,500 bonus points $0 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Escape Card
Enjoy 7,500 bonus Velocity Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement and earn up to 2 points for every $1 you spend, together with a $0 annual fee.
1 0 7,500 bonus points $0 p.a. Go to site More info
Westpac Altitude Black - Exclusive Offer
Earn 100,000 bonus points when you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases, choose between two reward programs offering Altitude or Qantas Rewards and receive premium cardholder benefits.
3 1.25 100,000 bonus points $395 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Premium Card
Earn as much as 30,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement. Enjoy frequent flyer benefits including uncapped Qantas Points per $1 spent, complimentary travel insurance and Qantas Club lounge invitations.
1 0 30,000 bonus points $249 p.a. Go to site More info
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
Receive 40,000 Membership Rewards points or 30,000 Qantas Points. Plus earn up to 4 rewards point per $1 spend.
1 40,000 bonus points $295 p.a. Go to site More info
Citi Qantas Signature Credit Card
Earn up to 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 or more on eligible purchases in the first 90 days. Plus, enjoy introductory interest rates on balance transfers and purchases with a discounted annual fee of $199 in the first year.
0 1 50,000 bonus points $199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Business Card
Receive 100,000 bonus points when you meet the minimum spend requirement and earn up to 2 Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent.
1 0 100,000 bonus points $1,500 p.a. Go to site More info

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Benefits of Country First credit cards

Both these credit cards, given their MasterCard affiliation, are ones you can use the world over, at ATMs, EFTPOS terminals, online, and over the phone. These cards come with a bunch of other benefits as well.

  • Rewards program

Silver cardholders are automatically enrolled in the Standard Rewards program and Gold cardholders can also enrol in the BlueSky Rewards program by paying a slightly higher annual fee. With the latter, cardholders can redeem their points for Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

  • PayLite plan

The PayLite plan allows cardholders to spread the cost of repaying purchases exceeding $500 over 6, 12, 18, 24, or 36 months. Under this plan, the amount attracts a lower interest rate, and you have to make monthly repayments. After making an eligible purchase, you'll have 14 days to register the purchase as a PayLite purchase, and this payment plan does not attract any penalty for early repayment.

  • Complimentary insurance

The Gold MasterCard comes with complimentary international travel and accident insurance as well as purchase cover, whereas the Silver MasterCard comes with purchase cover. Purchase cover offers protection against damage, theft, or loss with three months from purchase. International travel insurance provides cover against medical expenses, trip cancellations, unexpected travel expenses, loss or damage to personal items and personal liability.

  • Balance transfer

If you're struggling to repay a debt that's incurring high interest, you can conduct a balance transfer with a Country First credit card to take advantage of a competitive low balance transfer rate for a promotional period.

Applying for a Country First credit card

Once you've picked a Country First credit card that works for you, click on the corresponding ‘Go to Site’ button. Before you move forward with the application, though, make sure you meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

  • Age. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Residency. You must be a permanent resident of Australia to apply for the card.
  • Income. You should also meet minimum income criteria, which is $15,000 p.a. for the Silver MasterCard and $35,000 p.a. for the Gold MasterCard.
  • Credit history. Applicants will only be approved if they have a good credit history.

Required information

To complete the application you have to provide information about yourself, your employment, and your finances:

  • Personal details. These include your name, date of birth, phone number, email address, residential address, and driver’s license number.
  • Employment details. This includes employment status and your employer’s name and contact details.
  • Financial details. You'll need to provide information regarding all of your sources of income including investments in real estate and shares. Expenditure includes rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, child support and alimony payments, school fees, and so on. Under assets, you have to list equity in your home and any other real estate, investments, and savings. You also have you list out your liabilities which include loans and credit cards.
  • Balance transfer details. If you want to conduct a balance transfer with your new card, you'll need to provide information regarding how much you'd like to transfer and the details of your existing account.

What happens after applying?

If you have to submit any more information you’ll receive a phone call. In addition, you can help in moving the process along quicker by letting your employer’s human resource department know about the probable income verification call.

If you’re not a Country First member you have to complete an identity verification process, as required by the Australian government. You have to complete this process before you receive your credit card, and you might have to visit a Country First Branch for the same.

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Frequently asked questions

A number of questions pop up when it comes to Country First credit cards, and here are answers to the ones asked most commonly.

Do I have to be a credit union member to be eligible for the Mastercard?

The credit union is a mutual financial services organisation and as such is owned by its members, each one of whom is a shareholder. Therefore you must be a member prior to your MasterCard being issued.

How long does it take to complete the online application?

You should be able to complete the online application in about 10 minutes. You have the option of saving the application in between and accessing it later.

Can I check the status of my application?

Yes. After you complete your application you receive an email with an application ID which you can use to check the status of your application online.

Can I get additional cards?

Yes, you can get up to four additional cards for free, and these can be for your partner, family members, or other dependents over 16 years old.

Can I request for an increase in credit limit?

The minimum credit limits of the Silver and Gold cards are $2,000 and $5,000 respectively. You can apply for an increase in your original limit but its approval is subject to Citibank’s credit criteria. The maximum credit limit for the Silver MasterCard is $7,500 and for the Gold MasterCard this changes to $25,000.

Does the rewards program require me to pay a fee?

While membership to the Standard Rewards program is free with both cards, if you have the Gold MasterCard you can also join the BlueSky Rewards program by paying an annual fee.

How can I find out how many points I have?

You can find out how many points you have online or over the phone. In addition, you receive a rewards statement every quarter.

Do the reward points expire?

Your points in the Standard Rewards Program don’t expire, as long as your credit card account is open and I good standing.

How do I redeem reward points?

You can redeem reward points you earn through the Standard Rewards Program for travel rewards through Take Flight, or for a range of merchandise, store vouchers, or your card’s annual fee. Through the BlueSky Rewards program, you can redeem your reward points for Qantas Frequent Flyer points. Customers should contact the Rewards Service Centre to redeem their points for rewards. The Rewards Service Centre can be contacted by phone on 1300 136 551.

How can I make repayments?

You can make payments towards your MasterCard via electronic funds transfer from just about any Australian bank account. You have the option to mail in a cheque or you can also drop one in by visiting a branch. Other payment options include BPAY, Easi-Pay, and Bank@Post.

What should I do if I lose my card?

Since Citibank issues these credit cards, you have to report a lost or stolen card by calling the Citibank credit cards department at 13 24 84. You can call this number 24/7.

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