Low Interest Rate Credit Cards

Enjoy low interest rates when you carry a balance and save money on your credit card bills.

A low rate credit card is designed to help you save money on purchases and existing card debt by charging less interest than other credit cards. If you don't pay your card off in full each month, a low rate card helps keep your interest charges to a minimum. Switching to a card with a lower interest rate can also help you pay down your debt faster. Use this guide to learn how low interest rate cards work and compare the features and offers available to find the right low rate card for your needs.
St.George Vertigo Visa

St.George Credit Card Offer

The St.George Vertigo Visa offers a low ongoing rate on purchases, a long-term promotional rate on balance transfers and an annual fee waiver in the first year.

  • $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
  • 13.24% p.a. on purchases
  • 0% p.a. for 14 months on balance transfers
  • Cash Advance Rate of 21.49% p.a.
  • Up to 55 days interest free

Compare the latest low interest rate credit card deals

Rates last updated July 23rd, 2017
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Interest Free Period Annual fee Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Product Description
St.George Vertigo Visa
13.24% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 14 months
Receive exclusive ticket and lifestyle offers through Visa Entertainment and the security of Falcon Fraud protection.
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$59 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Gain access to Visa Global Customer Assistance Services and add an additional cardholder at no cost.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
12.74% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$99 p.a.
0% p.a. for 20 months
Features platinum insurance covers including Extended Warranty, Price Guarantee and Purchase Cover Insurance.
Bendigo Bank Basic Black Credit Card
12.24% p.a.
Up to 44 days on purchases
$45 p.a.
A basic low fee, low ongoing rate card that calculates interest from the monthly statement date.
HSBC Low Rate Credit Card
13.25% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 15 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Enjoy exclusive offers with the home&Away Privilege Program, and the ability to pay with Apple Pay.
Westpac Low Rate Card - Online Only Balance Transfer Offer
13.49% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$59 p.a.
0% p.a. for 24 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Offers a long term balance transfer rate of 0% p.a. for 24 months and up to $25 off your first Uber ride.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Platinum
12.74% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$99 p.a.
0% p.a. for 20 months
Take advantage of overseas travel insurance, purchase cover insurance, price guarantee cover and extended warranties.
ANZ Low Rate Platinum
11.49% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$99 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Enjoy platinum benefits with exclusive discounts, complimentary travel insurance and personal concierge.
NAB Low Rate Platinum Card
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$100 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Includes four complimentary travel insurances, concierge service and complimentary purchase insurance covers.
ANZ Low Rate
12.49% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$58 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Get peace of mind with ANZ Falcon security protection and Mastercard's Zero Liability Guarantee.
Coles Low Rate Mastercard
12.99% p.a.
Up to 62 days on purchases
$49 p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
Take advantage of 0% p.a. for 6 months on balance transfers.
BankSA Vertigo Visa
13.24% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 18 months
Add 1 additional cardholder at no extra cost and enjoy the protection of secure shopping and fraud monitoring.
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
14.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
Earn 1.00 Membership Rewards point per $1 spent and receive a $50 credit when you meet the eligibility criteria.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
Up to 44 days on purchases
$129 p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
Save with 0% p.a. on purchases for 12 months. Plus, up to 0.66 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
11.99% p.a.
Up to 44 days on purchases
$99 p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months
Choose to get the protection of CreditShield Edge and enjoy the convenience of Visa payWave.
Westpac Low Rate Card
13.49% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$59 p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Get an additional cardholder at no extra cost and take advantage of Visa PayWave and Samsung Pay.

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Compare the features of the low interest rate credit cards below.

Credit CardPurchase RateAnnual Fee
9.39% p.a.$59 p.a.
11.99% p.a.$99 p.a.
13.99% p.a.$59 p.a.
11.49% p.a.$49 p.a.
9.9% p.a.$108

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What is a low interest rate credit card?

Low interest rate cards offer a much lower interest rate for purchases than standard credit cards. While credit cards in Australia typically have interest rates that range from 15% to 24% per annum, low rate cards offer standard variable rates as low as 10% p.a. Some cards even offer promotional 0% rates on purchases for a fixed period (you can learn more about these in finder's guide to 0% purchase credit cards).

A low rate credit card makes sense if you regularly pay with plastic and know you won't always pay off the balance in full each month. It gives you the flexibility to pay off your balance over time, without the higher interest charges of some other cards.

But if you have a large existing credit card debt and want to pay it off, you may want to consider a balance transfer card instead. If you always pay your balance in full, then a card with a low annual fee or extra benefits such as reward points might make more sense.

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How much money can I save with a low rate credit card?

Even a small difference in credit card interest rates can save you a lot of money. Say you have a $2,000 balance on your credit card and you take 6 months to pay it off. With an interest rate of 20% p.a., you'd pay $118.30 extra on your debt.

But if you had a low rate card that charged 12% p.a., you'd pay $70.60 in interest over the same time period. That's a saving of $47.70. And the bigger your expenditure, the bigger the difference gets.

How to compare low interest rate credit cards

cards-research-250x250With a wide range of low rate credit cards on offer in Australia, comparing your options will help you find one that suits your needs. Here are the key factors you should consider:

Interest rates

Credit card interest rates are usually advertised based on the annual rate that applies to the account, shown as "per annum" or p.a. However, interest on your account is typically calculated daily based on your existing balance and then charged monthly on the statement due date.

Put simply: the lower the rate, the less interest you'll pay. But when it comes to your rates, these factors can all impact on your potential savings and costs:

  • Promotional interest rates. Some credit cards give you an introductory low or 0% interest rate for purchases or balance transfers. This can be useful if you have planned purchases or existing debt that you want to pay off. But keep in mind that when the introductory period ends, a higher revert rate will apply.
  • Standard interest rate. The "standard" or "revert" rate is the variable interest rate that applies at the end of any introductory 0% period. Depending on the card you choose, this rate could be much higher and not considered as a "low rate" option. So always check the standard rate to make sure the card you're applying for provides an ongoing low interest rate.
  • Cash advances. The interest rate for cash advances is usually higher than the rate applied to purchases. This rate is charged for transactions such as ATM cash withdrawals, foreign currency purchases and gambling. Cash advances also aren't eligible for interest-free days.
  • Interest-free days. If there's an interest-free period for purchases (and you're eligible for it), interest won't be calculated for those purchases until after that period ends. However, interest will apply in full if you don't pay off the total owed by the due date on your statement. Learn more about how this works in our guide to interest-free days.

Fees and charges

  • Annual fee. Try to find a card with a low annual fee, but don't make this your sole deciding factor. A $0 annual fee isn't helpful if the base interest rate on purchases is a lot higher. Annual fees typically range from $0 for cards with basic features to $250 or more for gold and platinum cards.
  • Other fees and charges. Fees may apply when you use your card at an ATM, overseas, online with international retailers or even when you apply for a balance transfer. Make sure you're aware of the relevant charges that apply to your card.

Additional features

While most low rate credit cards have limited features, more premium cards could offer extra perks. Some of the most popular include:

  • Complimentary extras. Gold or platinum low rate credit cards may include perks such as travel insurance, purchase protection insurance or concierge services. If you use these extras, they have the potential to offset the cost of any annual fee you pay.
  • Rewards. Most low rate credit cards don't offer rewards points for your spending. Currently the American Express Essential is one of the only products that earns points per $1 and has a low standard variable purchase rate. Another option is the Coles Low Rate Mastercard, which doubles as a flybuys rewards card and offers a low standard purchase rate.
  • No international transaction fee. If you plan to use your credit card when you travel overseas or shop online with international retailers, a low rate card that waives foreign transaction fees – such as the Bankwest Breeze Platinum Mastercard – could help you save even more money.

Pros and cons of low rate credit cards

Pros

  • You'll pay less interest on purchases, making it easier to manage your credit card debt.
  • Many low rate cards also have low annual fees.
  • You can often combine low rate cards with other features such as balance transfers or zero foreign transaction fees.

Cons

  • You're less likely to receive reward points and other perks.
  • You may not qualify if you have a poor credit history.
  • If you opt for a card with a 0% purchase rate, it'll only be available for a promotional period.

If you often carry a balance, a low interest credit card could help you save on additional fees and charges. Just remember to consider the other features – such as introductory offers, annual fees, and complimentary extras – to help you find a card that best suits your needs.

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Answers to frequently asked questions about low interest rate credit cards

This depends on the credit card and any applicable balance transfer offers. If the card allows balance transfers, it may come with a 0% interest rate for a promotional period before reverting to a standard rate. Some low rate cards apply the standard purchase rate to balance transfers after the introductory period while others apply the cash advance rate. Read our guide to balance transfer revert rates to find out what providers apply the purchase rate.

Low rate credit cards also have a cash advance rate that applies to cash advance transactions. Depending on the card, the cash advance rate will apply to any or all of the following: cash withdrawals from an ATM or supermarket, foreign currency purchases, gift card and prepaid debit card purchases, gambling transactions, BPAY transactions, government charges and balance transfers after the introductory period.

There is no one "best" low rate credit card in Australia. With so many cards on the market, the individual features have an impact on how well a card is suited to your circumstances. So the card that's right for you may not be right for someone else. Comparing low interest rate credit cards based on the features you're looking for will help you find a card for your individual needs.

Most low rate cards offer an interest-free period on purchases, up to a set number of days in each statement period. However, interest-free days are only available for purchases if you pay your balance in full by the due date on each statement.

Yes, you will still have to pay at least the minimum amount for each statement period. Depending on your credit card provider, this is usually around 2-3% of your total balance. If you want to avoid interest charges, you'll need to may higher repayments to clear your balance before the end of the promotional 0% interest period.

Although the interest rate advertised is a yearly (per annum) number, credit card interest is actually calculated daily based on your average daily balance. It's then charged to your account at the end of each statement period.

Most low rate credit cards do have an annual fee that you'll have to pay each year you have the account. However, there are a few cards that offer low rates and $0 annual fees, as well as some that waive the annual fee in the first year. When you're comparing low rate cards, you can click on the "annual fee" column to compare them by this cost. You may also want to read our guide on no annual fee vs. low rate cards .

Yes, a range of low rate cards also offer balance transfers. With these cards, you can get a promotional low or 0% balance transfer rate during the introductory period when you move debt from an existing card with a different issuer onto the new card.

At the end of the introductory period, a standard rate will apply for any debt remaining from the balance transfer. While some low rate cards will apply the low, ongoing purchase rate to your remaining balance transfer debt, others will apply the higher, cash advance rate. Make sure you check the revert rate for each low rate card you compare so you can find one that's affordable for you.

 

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American Express Velocity Platinum Card
American Express Velocity Platinum Card

Interest rate

20.74

Annual fee

375
ANZ Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
ANZ Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer

Interest rate

19.74

Annual fee

87
St.George Vertigo Platinum
St.George Vertigo Platinum

Interest rate

12.74

Annual fee

99

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    BrentonJanuary 23, 2017

    Hi I’m trying to find a better credit card than what I have at present. The interest rate I’m paying at the moment is 19.74 is there anything under 10%? Cheers Brenton

    • Staff
      MayJanuary 24, 2017Staff

      Hi Brenton,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      I’m afraid that there may not be a credit card which has an interest lower than 10%. At the moment, the credit cards with low interest are listed above. In case you want to check your options for a credit card with 0% interest on purchases for a limited time, you can find them here or for a credit card with no annual fees, please click this link.

      When selecting a credit card, it’s always best that you factor in which one that best meets your preferences and fits into your financial situation.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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    September 23, 2016

    if our salary is below 15000, then if we are interested to apply for a credit card at that time, what is the Secondary Process for that.

    • Staff
      MaySeptember 25, 2016Staff

      Hi Divya,

      Thank you for your question.

      Your income is one of the most important factors that a bank or credit card company considers for their applicants. Although credit card companies vary when it comes to income requirements, there are banks or card issuers that accept applicants with $15,000 p.a. or more and some require applicants to have earnings from $20,000 or $25,000. If you find that your income is below the minimum requirement, you may need to have an additional income source to present to be approved.

      Nevertheless, on this page, you can compare your low-income credit card options.

      Cheers,
      May

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    MiaJune 21, 2016

    Hi,
    This morning I applied for a St George Vertigo Credit Card. I was approved for credit of $2000 and a balance transfer of $2000 (sorry if I’m incorrect) but does that mean that the total value of this card is $4000?
    Thanks.

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      garryJanuary 11, 2017

      Hello
      If the bank accepts my application for a credit card and i transfer my dept to them an I able to switch back at the end of the promotional period?
      Is there a minimum time I have to stay with the new credit card?
      kind regards
      Garry

    • Staff
      AnndyJanuary 11, 2017Staff

      Hi Garry,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you are referring to using your old credit card again after the promotional period of your new balance transfer card, the answer is yes, that is possible. When you transfer your balance to a new card, you have the option to cancel or retain your old card.

      There is no time requirement for keeping your new card. You can also cancel it anytime, so long as you follow the correct procedure as we have listed on our credit card cancellation guide.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

    • Staff
      MayJune 21, 2016Staff

      Hi Mia,

      Thanks for your question.

      Essentially, when you apply for a credit card, the card institution will give you a credit card limit that you can use – either for purchases, cash advances and even balance transfers. As you mentioned, you were approved for a credit and balance transfer limit of $2,000 for the St. George Vertigo Credit Card, however, this does not imply that you’re given a total of $4,000 credit limit on the card (that you can spend). This means that St. George allows you to transfer a balance (a debt from your old credit card) up to $2,000 to this card. Unlike other card issuers (depending on the type of card), they would only allow you to transfer a total balance up to a percentage of your credit limit, usually 70%-95%.

      I hope this answers your question.

      Cheers,
      May

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    ginaMay 24, 2016

    i just wandering if i could get balance transfers,what could i do? if yet how much interest could i get each month.

    • Staff
      SharonMay 26, 2016Staff

      Hi Gina, thanks for you inquiry.

      You may check our balance transfer page first to compare credit cards that has this offer. You can check the complete details about a specific product by clicking the product name. This will direct you to the product review page where benefits, features, application requirements and other information that the product has to offer. When you’re done selecting for the right card, you can start the application process by clicking the “Go to site” button that is also available on the upper right side of the review page.

      I hope this helps,

      Sharon

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    MeaghanFebruary 11, 2016

    Hi
    Can I call to speak to someone to compare credit card accounts

    • Staff
      JonathanFebruary 11, 2016Staff

      Hi Meaghan, thanks for your inquiry!

      You can reach us on 1300 FINDER (346 337) and one of the specialists from our credit cards team will be happy to assist you.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    KylieFebruary 3, 2016

    Hi i am in a situation where i am in need of 2000-5000 to pay for a solicitor as i don’t have the money. I am looking into credit cards that i can either afford by myself as i am on centrelink or one that my partner and i can get together with his income and mine. What would be the best way to go? As we have never applied for one before. Thank you

    • Staff
      DebbieFebruary 4, 2016Staff

      Hi Kylie,

      Thanks for your question.
      Please note that you’ve come through finder.com.au and as a financial comparison service, we’re unable to recommend any specific product, service or strategy to our users as the ‘best’ option will always depend on the individual’s financial situation and needs.

      Whether you can apply for a credit card will depend on how much you earn per year and what type of Centrelink payments you receive.

      You might need to get in touch with the bank directly to confirm your likelihood of approval before applying.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Debbie

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    November 19, 2015

    Do you no anyone that will help people on disability pensioner with below average credit score to get a low limit credit card with below average credit score to rebuild my credit rating and give me a second chance

    • Staff
      JonathanNovember 20, 2015Staff

      Hi Rhys, thanks for your inquiry!

      You can compare low income credit cards here which have lower requirements than higher tier credit cards.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    ShaniAugust 5, 2015

    I have an existing credit card with a balance of 9000.I am looking to transfer to a new card which has 0% on balance transfers and a low interest rate with 55 days interest free. I can pay the balance off in about 12 months or less

    • Staff
      JonathanAugust 6, 2015Staff

      Hi Shani, thanks for your inquiry!

      Please refer to the this page for how much banks allow you to balance transfer to their credit cards. It is a key point to note no interest-free days will be awarded when you have an outstanding balance, so until your balance transfer debt has been fully cleared you will be unable to utilise this feature. You may like to compare balance transfer credit cards on this page.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    MajellaJuly 26, 2015

    Is there a low rate credit card for pensioners?

    • Staff
      JonathanJuly 27, 2015Staff

      Hi Majella, thanks for your inquiry!

      Credit card eligibility for pensioners depends on whether you meet the application requirements. Generally the bank/ lender will request a specific minimum income per year. If your primary form of income is through Centrelink/ pension benefits, contacting the bank before completing the application process to determine whether Centrelink qualifies as a form of income would be ideal.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    JennaJune 29, 2015

    I am traveling overseas for 12 months in Oct this year to the USA. I have loan approval for money I really don’t need the full amount of (or the stupidly high interest rate) someone suggested I get a low interest credit card to take with me or emergencies and small purchases?

    Can you suggest a low interest rate card I can use whilst overseas?

    • Staff
      SallyJune 29, 2015Staff

      Hi Jenna,

      Thanks for your question.

      As a financial comparison service, we can’t actually suggest one particular product to our users.

      However, you may want to consider a card with no annual fee, no foreign transaction fees and no currency conversion fees.

      You can compare your options on our comparison page.

      I hope this has helped answer your question.

      Thanks,

      Sally

Credit Cards Comparison

Rates last updated July 23rd, 2017
Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee
St.George Vertigo Visa
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the ability to make contactless payments with Visa payWave technology.
13.24% p.a. 0% p.a. for 14 months $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Exclusive Offer
Apply by 31 July 2017 to earn bonus Velocity Points for the first three months and a $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher each year.
20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months $64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
ANZ Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
Receive a low introductory offer of 0% p.a. on purchases for 3 months and 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months.
0% p.a. for 3 months (reverts to 19.74% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 12 months $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($87 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info

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