Long-Term Balance Transfer Credit Cards

Need more time to repay your debt? Move your debt to a new credit card at 0% interest for up to 18-24 months with long-term balance transfers.

If you feel as though you might never have your debt under control, then a long-term balance might be your solution. With a longer interest-free period of up to 20 months, you can repay your debt without the burden of high interest rates.

Compare the benefits, features and restrictions of a long-term balance transfer to see whether it’s the key to your debt consolidation.

St.George Vertigo Platinum

0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers
with a one-time 2% balance transfer fee

Offer ends 22 November 2017

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

St.George Credit Card Offer

A platinum card that features a long-term balance transfer offer, combined with a range of complimentary insurance covers and a low variable interest rate on purchases.

  • $99 p.a. annual fee.
  • 12.74% p.a. on purchases
  • 0.00% p.a. for 24 months with 2% BT fee on balance transfers
  • Cash advance rate of 21.49% p.a.
  • Up to 55 days interest free
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Name Product Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount Saved Product Description
St.George Vertigo Platinum
0% p.a. for 24 months with 2% balance transfer fee
12.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Offers complimentary travel insurance, complimentary purchase insurance and access to a 24/7 personal concierge service.
NAB Premium Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 24 months
19.74% p.a.
$90 p.a.
Until 1 October 2017, exclusive to finder.com.au, enjoy a no BT fee, balance transfer offer with platinum privileges, including travel insurance.
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 60,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months on eligible spend and enjoy a discounted annual fee of $64 for the first year.
Westpac Low Rate Card - Online Only Balance Transfer Offer
0% p.a. for 24 months with 2% balance transfer fee
13.49% p.a.
$59 p.a.
Take advantage of 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers with a 2% balance transfer fee. Plus, use of the Westpac mobile banking app.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 22 months with 2% balance transfer fee
19.99% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 1 Reward Point per $1 of eligible spend and receive complimentary travel and purchase protection insurances.
St.George Vertigo Visa
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
13.24% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the ability to make contactless payments with Visa payWave technology.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 24 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Apply by 30 September 2017 to receive a long-term BT offer, earn Citi Reward Points and receive complimentary travel insurance.
Bankwest Breeze Platinum Mastercard
0% p.a. for 13 months with 2% balance transfer fee
0% p.a. for 13 months (reverts to 12.99% p.a.)
$99 p.a.
Receive complimentary international travel insurance, extended warranty cover and 0% foreign transaction fees.
HSBC Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 15 months with 2% balance transfer fee
13.25% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases. Also enjoy exclusive offers with the home&Away Privilege Program.
Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 14 months
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
Receive a $50 eGift Card when you apply by 31 December 2017 and make an eligible purchase by 31 January 2018.
ANZ Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 12 months
0% p.a. for 3 months (reverts to 19.74% p.a.)
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($87 p.a. thereafter)
Exclusive to finder, receive 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 3 months and 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months with no balance transfer fee.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Take advantage of a high Qantas Points earn rate and 2 American Express Airport Lounge entries each calendar year.
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 3% balance transfer fee
14.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Receive a $50 credit when you apply online, are approved and spend $750 on your new card within the first 3 months of card membership.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Visa Credit Card
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
13.24% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the protection of Verified by Visa online purchases.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
0% p.a. for 18 months
20.74% p.a.
$129 p.a.
Earn 3 bonus Velocity Points per $1 for the first 3 months, a first year annual fee refund and a yearly $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher.

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How to use a 0% balance transfer to manage post-Christmas debt

 

What is a long-term balance transfer?

A long-term balance transfer allows you to transfer your debt from a high interest credit card to a new credit card under a longer low interest period. While most balance transfer offers only last for six months, long balance transfer offers generally give you between 12 and 24 months to pay off your debt. Long-term balance transfer credit cards are designed for cardholders with a high outstanding balance, meaning they need a longer period to repay their balance. If you’re struggling to repay your large credit card debt, a long-term balance transfer will give you more time to repay your debt at a low or 0% interest rate before the offer ends and reverts to the standard high rates.

How much am I allowed to transfer?

The total amount you can transfer will depend on the conditions outlined by the bank you complete the balance transfer with. While some may let you transfer up to 95% of your credit limit, others may only allow you to transfer 80% of your total credit limit. Your maximum credit limit will be decided based on your financial circumstances and credit history.

If you’re carrying a large debt, it’s especially important to consider whether you can transfer the entire amount before applying for the card.

Mistakes to avoid with long-term balance transfers

To ensure you make the most of the long-term balance transfer offer, you should avoid the following mistakes:

  • Only meeting your minimum repayments. Only paying the minimum is unlikely to cover your entire debt by the end of the promotional period.If you have the opportunity to put more towards your debt than the monthly minimum requirement, you’ll clear your debt faster. For example, if you have a debt of $5,000 and only paid the minimum each month, it could take you up to 10 years to pay it off in full. Alternatively, if you paid $208 each month, you could have your debt fully repaid over a two-year period, which could be the length of your long-term balance transfer card.
  • Making purchases on your new credit card. The purpose of a balance transfer is to repay your debt in full during the promotional interest period and get your finances in line. Using your balance transfer card for purchases isn’t recommended, as it will only add to your debt. Plus, your repayments will automatically go to the debt that’s accruing the highest amount of interest (which is most likely going to be the purchases). This means that you’ll be wasting time and money repaying your purchases when you should be taking advantage of the low or no interest balance transfer period.

A long-term balance transfer could be your solution to clearing your debt and having a healthy credit report. By designing a realistic budget and working hard to stick to it, you can have your debt cleared before the end of the promotional period.

How to use the Balance Transfer Calculator in 4 easy steps and learn how much you can save today

Step 1. Enter the total debt/outstanding amount you would like to transfer
Step 2. Provide the interest rate that you are paying on your existing debt (if you don't have your interest rate on you, the average is around 18-20%)
Step 3. See the 'Interest Saved' column to find out which credit cards will save you the most money. Click on the 'Interest Saved' title to sort the cards in ascending or descending order of money saved
Step 4. Compare the credit cards available in the table provided to find the card that suits your needs. If you still want to find out more about a particular credit card, click the ‘More info’ link for a full review on the features and benefits.

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    doreenApril 3, 2017

    I have a bank card for 1000 of which I have spent 800 and a platinum new card for 6000 on which I owe 1000 could these go for balance transfer and what would be interest rate at the finish of 12 months?
    Thanks

    • Staff
      HaroldApril 4, 2017Staff

      Hi Doreen,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      To check your available options regarding balance transfer it would be nice to contact your provider directly. Also, you may want to consider this page for further information.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    VickiApril 25, 2016

    Hi
    I am a commonwealth bank customer and recently had a $10k limit with over 20% interest rate and got to over $5000 and wasn’t getting ahead so transferred it over to St George with 20 months interest free so have been paying the right amount each month so the debt is paid off within that period and not using the card for purchases.
    I have another lower rate credit card with Commonwealth for around 14% but it is around $5,000 and still paying around $70 interest a month.
    My question is this – would I be better to transfer this second balance and pay off with no interest or stick with what I’m doing?
    Cheers

    • Staff
      AnndyApril 28, 2016Staff

      Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for your question.

      This will depend on your personal and financial situation. You can balance transfer the existing $5,000 debt but there’s the risk that it won’t be approved. This will also depend on how recent your last balance transfer was.

      If you don’t intend to add the $5k debt and can pay off the balance and interest payments comfortably, a balance transfer may not be necessary.

      If you’d like to discuss your options further, you may want to consider the services of a financial planner. finder.com.au is a third party comparison service and can only provide general advice.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    FrancesOctober 23, 2015

    Hi there,
    I have incurred some debt from my line of credit recently and would like to know if it is possible to transfer the debt to one of the 0% for 15-25mths free cards? Which ones would offer this?
    Thanking you

    • Staff
      AllyOctober 23, 2015Staff

      Hi Frances,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Kindly check with your preferred bank directly as the amount they can approve you of will greatly depend on your credit situation and income.

      Cheers,
      Ally

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    PhuAugust 29, 2011

    Dear sir/madam
    I have got a debt 35.000 from credit card , now I would like to transfer to your bank with l.9% for 15 months . can you tell me what conditions to approve that . thanks

    • Staff
      JeremyAugust 31, 2011Staff

      Hi Phu

      Thanks for your question.

      The banks don’t state the requirements to be able to receive a credit limit of $35,000+ in order to do a balance transfer for $35,000.

      Standard Citibank credit card application criteria applies. They will approve you up to a certain amount which will be largely determined by your credit situation and income.

      Cheers

      Jeremy

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