Do you want a low rate credit card that offers easy access to funds or a platinum card with a range of benefits? LCU has an option for you.
CSIRO staff established Laboratories Credit Union in 1954, and membership is now open to Riverside Corporate Park employees as well as people from other walks of lives. This North Ryde based credit union offers its members an array of financial services and products typically associated with a bank, some of which include loans of different types, access and savings accounts, and insurance solutions. It also offers two MasterCard options which are detailed on the page below.
Types of credit cards that LCU offers
If you turn to LCU for a credit card you can choose one based on whether you want a low interest rate or a whole bunch of extras. Since both kinds come with MasterCard connections, you can use them globally.
Low rate credit cards
You can benefit from using a low rate credit card if you don’t want too much from your card apart from a low interest rate. The MyCard Low Rate MasterCard that LCU offers gives you up to 55 interest-free days on purchases, and the guaranteed pricing scheme and purchase cover insurance provide peace of mind.
Platinum credit cards
If you don’t mind paying a little extra in the form of interest for extras like rewards and free insurance covers, a platinum card might be right for you. The LCU MyCard Platinum MasterCard rewards you in accordance to how much you spend using your card, and it comes with a number of complimentary insurance covers. This card also gives you access to a round-the-clock concierge service.
Benefits of LCU and its credit cards
LCU, like other credit unions, does not have shareholders who eat into its profits, and so manages to offer its customers competitive interest rates and high levels of service while keeping fees to a minimum. Benefits of getting an LCU credit card are as follows:
Complimentary insurance covers
Both credit cards offer protection through the guaranteed pricing scheme and purchase cover insurance. If you get the platinum card, you also get complimentary international travel, interstate flight inconvenience and transit accident insurance covers.
Save on interest
Both these cards offer interest on balance transfers, and this rate stays in place for six months. The platinum card offers interest for the first six months on purchases, as well.
The MyCard Platinum MasterCard offers access to a platinum concierge service which you can use for various purposes. This service, for example, can help you locate a restaurant in cities across the world, and you can also use it to book a table. You can also turn to it to book tickets for sporting, cultural, and entertainment events.
Both these cards make use of chip technology, which offers increased protection when compared to its magnetic strip predecessor. If there is any inkling of an irregular transaction, you can expect it to be followed up.
How to apply for an LCU credit card
Apply for an LCU credit card by visiting their branch or over the phone, and you can also download an application from their website. To download the application click on the ‘Go to Site’ button next to the credit card of your choice. After you complete the application you can mail it, fax it or drop it at an LCU branch. Before you move forward with the application, make sure you meet the following eligibility criteria.
- You’re at least 18 years old.
- You’re a permanent resident of Australia.
- You don’t have poor credit rating.
- For the low rate card, you should earn at least $25,000 p.a.
- For the platinum card, you should earn no less than $35,000 p.a.
To complete the application you have to submit different types of information, ranging from personal, to professional, to financial. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Personal - Provide your complete name, date of birth, driver’s licence number, home address, phone number, email address, marital status and number of dependants.
- Professional - This section requires your employment status along with your employer’s name and contact details. You also have to mention the duration of your employment. If you are self-employed or retired, you’ll need to provide your accountant’s details.
- Financial - Here, provide details of your income from all sources. You have to list general monthly expenses and any other recurring expenses, as well as details about liabilities like loans, credit cards, and store cards.
What happens next?
Expect someone to review your application soon after you submit it, and if LCU requires any more information a rep will contact you. Part of the process requires that the lender make an income verification call to the payroll department at your place of employment. If you’re not an LCU member you’ll have to become one in order to receive your card, and you’ll also have to go through a legally required identity verification process.Back to top
Frequently asked questions
Given below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about LCU credit cards, and if you’ve got a question of your own, you can ask using the form at the end of this page.
How quickly can I complete the application?
While the application requires different types of information, if you have all the information on hand you can complete it in a matter of minutes.
How quickly can I find out about approval?
You can look forward to an approval within 24 to 48 hours.
What happens to the promotional interest rate at the end of six months?
After the initial six-month period, outstanding balances from balance transfers attracts the cash advance rate, and outstanding balances from purchases attract the purchase rate.
What are the minimum and maximum credit limits?
The minimum credit limits of the low rate and platinum card are $2,000 and $6,000 respectively. The maximum limit at the point of initial approval is $15,000 for the low rate card and $30,000 for the platinum card.
How do I earn rewards?
The Platinum MasterCard comes linked to the Card Services Rewards Program, and you stand to earn points each time you use your card to make a purchase. When you make an eligible purchase, in-store, online, or over the phone, you earn 1.25 reward points for every dollar you spend.
How do I redeem my reward points?
You can redeem your reward points by visiting the Card Services website or by calling LCU.
Is there a cap on the number of points I can earn?
The Platinum MasterCard enables you to earn up to 100,000 rewards points in every 12-month cycle.
Do these points expire?
Your reward points don’t expire as long as you keep your account active and in good standing.
What can I redeem my points for?
The Card Services Rewards Program gives you numerous options from which to choose. These include flight tickets through different frequent flyer programs, travel and store vouchers, as well as a range of merchandise.