Money Hack: How to get fee-free cash from your credit card

Elizabeth Barry 27 September 2017 NEWS

credit card cashback

Points aren't the only way your credit card can reward you.

Now don't get me wrong, I love rewards points. They can save you money on flights, get you cabin upgrades or help you book accommodation. But hey, money isn't bad either.

The hack

If you prefer money to rewards points, sign up to a cashback credit card. These cards give you money in a few different ways, including a one-off cashback payment for signing up to the card and meeting spend requirements as well as earning a percentage back on certain purchases.

Most cashback offers come with certain conditions you need to meet, such as the percentage you receive back only being on particular purchases. For signup cashback promotions, you will usually need to meet a minimum spend requirement within the first few months of opening the card account.

Remember to check the terms and conditions of the cashback offer before you apply.

You also need to take into account the annual fee, interest rate and other associated card costs before you sign up otherwise you could end up spending more than you're getting back.

Here are some of the current cashback offers that are available:

Rates last updated February 22nd, 2019
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Bendigo Bank Low Rate Mastercard
11.99% p.a.
$45 p.a.
A no-frills card with a competitive annual fee, a low variable purchase interest rate of 11.99% p.a. and a $250 cashback offer.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
11.99% p.a.
$49 p.a.
Offers a $49 annual fee, 10% cashback on purchases made in the first 3 months (capped at $100) and 0% p.a. for 14 months on balance transfers.
Citi Rewards Classic Credit Card
Citi Rewards Program
20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Earn Points per $1 spent and up to $50 cashback when you meet the spend criteria. Plus, a 15 month balance transfer offer.
Bendigo Bank Low Rate Platinum Mastercard
11.99% p.a.
$89 p.a.
Offers a low variable purchase interest rate of 11.99% p.a., complimentary insurance covers and $250 cashback.
ANZ Rewards Black Credit Card
120,000 bonus points
ANZ Rewards Program
18.79% p.a.
$375 p.a.
Receive 120,000 bonus Reward Points and $100 back onto your card when you spend $7,500 within the first 3 months, plus, lounge passes.

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